Al Wahda vs FC Goa AFC Champions League 2021 Group E match - watch live in India

FC Goa’s Asian venture continues with UAE side Al Wahda next. Watch live!

By Utathya Nag

After holding Qatari powerhouse Al Rayyan to a draw in their opening match of the AFC Champions League 2021, Indian football club FC Goa will face UAE side Al Wahda at the Fatorda Stadium on Saturday next.

The ACL Group E match will kick off from 8:00 PM IST. Watch Al Wahda vs FC Goa AFC Champions League match live in India.

FC Goa are the first Indian team representing the country in the main draw of the ACL and a goalless draw against Laurent Blanc-coached Al Rayyan in their Asian debut was a commendable result for the Indian Super League (ISL) side.

The result was primarily based on a gritty defensive display spearheaded by goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh and centre back Ivan Gonzalez.

FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando, however, doesn’t want to rest on his laurels and stressed the importance of a more organised offensive display from his team.

“We need to improve in attack and our focus is always on the next game. We cannot think of the Al Rayyan game anymore,” Ferrando said during the pre-match press conference.

Al Wahda, coached by former Ajax gaffer Henk ten Cate, though is sure to put up a considerable challenge. The Emiratis were edged out 1-0 by Iran’s Persepolis FC in their opening group game and will look to bounce back at the expense of the Gaurs.

“I know the coach and the attacking style of Al Wahda and they are a very dangerous team. We need to control them in many areas of the pitch to stop them and we will also try to keep the ball as much as possible,” Ferrando opined.

Al Wahda, who currently are placed eighth in the ongoing Arabian Gulf League 2020-21 points table, features a star-studded attack featuring Slovenian striker Tim Matavz, veteran Ismail Matar and Syrian ace Omar Kharbin – the 2017 Asian Player of the Year winner.

FC Goa’s defence will be tested in the match and the effectiveness of FC Goa’s two-man defensive midfield featuring Glan Martins and Edu Bedia will be pivotal in deciding the contest.

Where to watch Al Wahda vs FC Goa live in India?

The Al Wahda vs FC Goa match will be telecast live on the Star Sports 3 TV channel in India.

Live streaming of Al Wahda vs FC Goa in India will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.

FC Goa team for AFC Champions League 2021

Goalkeepers: Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Shubham Dhas, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem

Defenders: Sanson Pereira, Seriton Fernandes, Leander D’Cunha, Iván González (Spain), Mohamed Ali, James Donachie (Australia), Aibanbha Dohling, Saviour Gama, Adil Khan

Midfielders: Edu Bedia (Spain), Glan Martins, Princeton Rebello, Brandon Fernandes, Phrangki Buam, Redeem Tlang, Makan Winkle Chothe, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Romeo Fernandes

Forwards: Jorge Ortiz (Spain), Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita