ISL 2017: Mumbai City FC Beat FC Goa 2-1, Clinch First Win of The Season
Mumbai City FC rode the brilliance of two Brazilian players to post a 2-1 victory over FC Goa in an entertaining contest in the Indian Super League.
Mumbai City FC players celebrate their win against FC Goa (Imag: ISL)
Mumbai: Mumbai City FC rode the brilliance of two Brazilian players to post a 2-1 victory over FC Goa in an entertaining contest in the Indian Super League.
Everton Santos Pinto (59th minute) and Thiago Santos (88th minute) scored for the hosts and helped Mumbai register their first win of the season after they had lost their opening game to Bengaluru FC.
After a goalless first half, the hosts took the lead on the 59th minute as Everton netted the ball thanks to a school boy error from FC Goa skipper and goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani.
Kattimani played a shot pass to Chinglensana Singh, who played it back to the keeper, but before he could clear it, Everton blocked it at the clearance and ended up putting the ball at the back of the net.
Goa managed to equalise on the 83rd minute through Manuel Arana. A long pass by Serito Fernandez saw Arana playing it to Corominas, who played it back to to Arana who volleyed it home with a first time finish.
But Goa's joy was short lived as just after five minutes Thiago scored the second goal for Mumbai.
A brilliant strike from Thiago took Mumbai ahead again and eventually sealed the match in their favour.
Thiago ran in from the right and ran past Mohamed Ali before shooting through Kattimani's legs to put his side back in front.
In the 66th minute, Goa managed to score but the referee wrongly ruled it as off-side.
Earlier, Goa began with 4-3-2-1 formation and were initially defensive in their approach, but had over 90 per cent of the ball possession till the first four minutes.
In the fifth minute, they had an early chance but before striker Balwant Singh could get his shot in, Seriton Benny Fernandez cleared the ball.
In the 15th minute, Manuel Lanzarote and Ferran Corominas teamed up well, but Mumbai's defender Gerson Fraga Vieira was at his best as he cleared his lines.
Goa had a chance on the 20th minute again as Manuel combined with Corominas, but the latter's shot at goal was blocked by a Mumbai defender.
In the 32nd minute, Balwant missed a straightforward chance as he took too long to get a shot away after a fantastic pass pass from Achille Emana Edzimbi. Balwant had all the time to hit it, but ended up shooting off target.
Goa had another narrow miss in stoppage time when Corominas' shot at goal was brilliantly saved by the home side's goalie Amrinder Singh.
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