The 17th match of the Indian Super League saw FC Goa beat Mumbai City FC in an entertaining fixture that ended 4-2 at the Mumbai Football Arena. The fixture lived up to the expectations of a high-intensity and goal-rich conquest.
The Gaurs went top of the ISL after their win last night, while Mumbai City FC stay fifth, four points behind the leaders.
A game of comebacks
Going into this game, FC Goa were a point ahead of their hosts Mumbai. Both the teams were looking to find some consistency, especially Mumbai who had won, lost, drawn a match each.
The hosts played their favoured 4-3-3 formation while Goa stuck to a 4-2-3-1. The game was certainly going to be a battle played in the midfield and the spectators were in for a treat.
After the Gaurs kicked off the game, Mumbai created a chance in the 3rd minute from the left-wing. Bipin Singh made a low cross for his colleague Amine Chermiti who was waiting for the delivery in the box. However, the ball was intercepted by Goa defender Mourtada Fall who cleared it before Amine could get a touch on the ball.
In the 16th minute, Ahmed Jahouh attempted a shot which curled low and towards the keeper, however, it was scruffily saved by Amrinder Singh. 10 minutes later, Lenny Rodrigues got a free ball which wasn’t cleared by Mumbai. Amrinder got a touch to Lenny’s shot but it wasn’t convincing a save and resulted in the first goal of the night for the visitors.
In the 46th minute, a defence piercing through ball from Hugo Boumous found Seriton Fernandes. The Goan right-back was perfectly placed to make a pass to his colleague and all-time top scorer in ISL, Ferran Corominas who was unmarked and made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
A convincing and well deserved first half came to an end for the visitors who were confident of their 2 goal lead. However, that wasn’t the case in the 2nd half.
Mumbai was looking to find a way back into the game and they did. In the 48th minute, a cross from the Mumbai corner came searching for Sarthak Golui, who beautifully headed the ball beyond the goalkeepers reach. 6 minutes later, the Mumbai City defender Sauvik Chakrabarti hit a thunderous strike which found the back of the net before the keeper could react. With his goal, Mumbai City secured a 2-2 comeback with only 10 minutes into the 2nd half.
However, there was something else written in the scrip for both sides. In the 58th minute, a familiar-looking set-piece routine from the visitors that got them the equalizer in their last game against NorthEast was replicated. The goal took only 3 touches. Ahmed Jahouh launched the ball into the box to find the towering Senegalese Mourtada Fall, heading the ball towards Hugo Boumous who made no mistake in giving Goa the lead once again. It was certainly game on for Mumbai City.
With only 2 minutes to go, FC Goa were awarded a free-kick on the right-wing. Edu Bedia was the man to take the free-kick sending the ball towards Carlos Pena who got a nick off the ball to restore Goa’s 2 goal lead on the night.
The fixture between Mumbai City FC and FC Goa has always been entertaining and a high scoring one. Goa, however, did just enough as they had more possession and more shots on goal. The Gaurs are now on top of the ISL table having won 2, drawn 2 games and are still unbeaten in the league.