A brace from Jorge Ortiz, a goal from Ivan Gonzalez and Naveen Kumar's brilliance in goal helped FC Goa to a 3-0 win over Jamshedpur FC at the Fatorda on Thursday.
Ortiz scored a goal each in either half (19', 52') while Gonzalez's added a late third (89') after Alexandre Lima received marching orders following a second booking.
Naveen got his first start under Juan Ferrando while Lenny Rodrigues returned to the side. Top scorer Igor Angulo was a surprise exclusion as Alberto Noguera came in, allowing Ortiz to play in the number 9 role.
Owen Coyle made just two changes with Narender Gahlot and Issac Vanmalsawma starting ahead of Joyner Lourenco and Jackichand Singh.
It was end-to-end play in the opening minutes which saw both sides fashion goal-scoring opportunities. Jamshedpur had an early opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a free-kick outside the box. Aitor Monroy's outswinging freekick into the box presented a chance to Peter Hartley, but he couldn't get the right connection.
At the other end, Goa pressured the opponents and nearly broke the deadlock when Brandon Fernandes played Ortiz through on goal, but TP Rehenesh saved his shot.
He could, however do little about the goal. Noguera's brilliance on the right saw him get past his marker, before squaring it to Ortiz, who fired into the bottom corner.
JFC had their best chance to level terms in the 25th minute. Alexandre Lima got past James Donachie on the left and on reaching the byline, played a cutback pass for Valskis. But the Lithuanian's strike was saved by Naveen.
Soon after the restart, Ortiz scored his second. Noguera played Brandon through and the Goan squared it towards Ortiz. He took a first-time shot, which bounced in off the crossbar. Ortiz had the chance to complete his hat-trick a while later but this time, Rehenesh pulled off a fine save.
While the Goa attackers were doing their job, they were well backed up by their keeper. Naveen denied his former teammate Jackichand Singh with a brilliant save to ensure a clean sheet.
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Things got worse for JFC when Lima was sent off for a second yellow after a tackle on substitute Devendra Murgaonkar in the 85th minute
Then, Goa scored their third through Ivan Gonzalez. The defender played a one-two with Angulo at the edge of the box and slotted the ball past Rehenesh, into the net. Goa are now upto third in the table with 18 points in eleven, and face second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan next on the 17th. Jamshedpur, meanwhile, are down in seventh now after back-to-back losses and face NorthEast United on the 17th.