Hernan Santana's delightful free-kick failed to hand NorthEast United FC a win as they were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Goa in the Indian Super League here on Friday.

Santana curled in a superb free-kick in just the second minute of the game

Airan Cabrera's goal in the 39th minute helped Goa draw level.

There were no goals in the second half, meaning Goa moved up a rung to eighth place having 13 points from 11 games

NorthEast United remained 10th with nine points from 11 games.

NorthEast United were off to a flying start courtesy of Santana's individual brilliance.

The 31-year old Spaniard curled in a delectable free-kick at the near post leaving Dheeraj Moirangthem with no chance as the ball pinged in off the crossbar.

There were chances few and far between for the Highlanders and Goa could not make the most of their attacking display as they had to share the spoils in the end with their rivals.