Back-to-back defeats may have dented its confidence but FC Goa’s maiden campaign in the AFC Champions League (ACL) can still be revived if it beats Qatar’s Al Rayyan in a reverse fixture in Margao on Monday.
The two sides played out a 0-0 draw in their earlier Group E match though the Qatari side had dominated a majority of the game.
While Al Rayyan — on one point from four games — is no longer in contention for a knockout berth after suffering three losses, FC Goa is still in the reckoning for a Round-of-16 spot with two points from four outings.
The Goan side, league stage winner of the 2019-20 Indian Super League, would also be chasing its maiden win at the ACL after starting with two goalless draws, the other one being against Al Wahda of the UAE.
Juan Ferrando’s side was beaten 2-1 and 4-0 by last edition’s runner-up Persepolis FC of Iran, showing the gulf in class when pitted…