Kolkata 5's and Goa 5's settle for a 2-2 draw in Premier Futsal

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Goa, July 19: Goa 5's Vampeta scored two quick goals in the third quarter as his side held Kolkata 5's to a 2-2 draw in a Premier Futsal match played at the Peddem Sports Complex here today.

Kolkats 5's were strong on both attack and defence in the first two quarters as they took an lead of 2-0 at the the half time. It was Kolkata 5's Pula who scored for the first time in the game in the fifth minute as the crowd cheered.

Kolkata5s (Red) player Pula celebrating after a goal

His team-mate Carioca extended the lead to 2-0 in the ninth minute. Goa had opportunities to score but missed several chances in the first two quarters, giving their opponents the edge.

Also, it was a spectacular performance and show of skills by Kolkata 5's goalkeeper Cidao who saved several of Goa 5's shot from hitting the net.

The Kolkata 5's players had a better understanding and coordination in the first two quarters even as Goa missed their marquee player Ronaldino for the contest. Goa were unable to score in the second quarter.

Equally outstanding was Goa 5's goalkeeper Bebe who made some extraordinary saves, sometimes even diving to make sure that the Kolkata side did not extend the lead.

Futsal is known for speed, passes and counter-attacks. This very nature of the game was displayed in third quarter as the tables turned in Goa 5's favour with the experienced Brazilian born Italian national Vampeta took on the keeper alone on two occasions and scored both the times.

Vampeta scored from counter-attacks in the 24th and 27th minutes. In the fourth quarter, Kolkata seemed to have changed their strategy with a one-on-one marking for their opposition players.

The quarter also saw aggressive play by the players of both sides. At the end of the scheduled time, the sides settled for a draw with both gaining a point each. [Full schedule of Premier Futsal]

PTI

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