Starting with as many as eight fresh faces, FC Goa was thrashed 4-0 by Iranian champions Persepolis FC in its return-leg of the AFC Champions League Group E match on Friday.
Shahriar Moghanlou (24th minute), Mehadi Torabi (43rd), Issa Alkasir (47th) and Kamal Kamyabinia (58th) scored for the winners in a completely one-sided match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Playing three matches in a week prior to this game forced FC coach Juan Ferrando to make wholesale changes to the starting XI, but the move hampered the team’s prospects as it looked clueless at the face of the fancied Iranian club’s attacking prowess.
AS IT HAPPENED
Three of the four goals conceded by the home team came because of errors by its players, especially goalkeeper Naveen Kumar, who was played in order to give first-choice Dheeraj Singh a breather after his excellent performance in the three previous outings.