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ISL 2021-22: Mumbai City FC Aim to Keep Semifinals Hope Alive With Win Over Lowly FC Goa

Mumbai have 28 points from 17 games and a win will take the defending champions level on points with ATK Mohun Bagan (Twitter)

Mumbai have 28 points from 17 games and a win will take the defending champions level on points with ATK Mohun Bagan (Twitter)

FC Goa have nothing to lose, languishing in ninth spot with 18 points to show.

Mumbai City FC will look to take a step forward towards ensuring a semifinal spot when they cross swords with FC Goa in an Indian Super League match here on Saturday.

Mumbai and Goa have seen their season take opposite trajectories with the former firmly in the race for a semifinal spot and the latter out of contention.

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Mumbai have 28 points from 17 games and a win will take the defending champions level on points with ATK Mohun Bagan and more importantly stave off Kerala Blasters FC, who are fifth in the table with 27 points from 17 matches.

Mumbai will take on Kerala in what could be a virtual shootout between the two teams for a place in the semis next week and on Saturday, Des Buckingham’s wards can take the equation in their own hands by winning against FC Goa.

“We have momentum going into the final stretch of the season. We have three games left but it’s very much about focusing on the next game and that is Goa. We have come good in the last couple of weeks as well so we need to make sure we continue doing the good work and finish the season where we want,” Buckingham said.

FC Goa have nothing to lose, languishing in ninth spot with 18 points to show.

Head coach Derrick Pereira would be hoping they can end the season on a high.

“It is always difficult when you have nothing to play for. But inside our team, each player’s performance is very important for the club. We need to keep working hard and keep fighting,” said assistant coach Clifford Miranda.

Jorge Ortiz has been the only shining light for Goa in an otherwise underwhelming season. Ortiz has scored eight goals and provided five assists in 14 games. This is also only the second time that Goa have failed to make it to the last four in eight seasons.

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first published:February 26, 2022, 10:53 IST