AFC Champions League: FC Goa's inspired draw against Al Rayyan SC underlines their upward learning curve
FC Goa and Al Rayyan SC battled to an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Monday. The result helped the Gaurs consolidate the third spot in Group E, whereas it left Al Rayyan SC rooted to the foot of the table.
AFC Champions League 2021: FC Goa will take immense pride and belief from Al Rayyan draw despite tough road ahead
Coach Juan Ferrando had the unenviable task of dropping two of Goa’s six foreign players in accordance with the AFC Champions League rules and it was top scorer Igor Angulo and leading assist maker Alberto Noguera who faced the axe much to the surprise of many.
FC Goa were one of the most impressive sides in the recently-concluded ISL but the AFC Champions League where the Asian elites play is sure to pose tougher challenges.
FC Goa has been clubbed with the last edition's runners-up Persepolis FC of Iran, Qatari heavyweights Al Rayyan SC and one yet-to-qualify side in Group E.
AFC Champions League: Struggling Minerva Punjab gear up to make continental bow against Iran's Saipa FC
Woefully out of sorts in the domestic I-League season, Minerva Punjab FC will make their maiden continental foray when they take on Iranian side Saipa FC in a preliminary round match of the AFC Champions League in Tehran on Tuesday.