They are finally off the mark. After four gruelling matches, FC Goa has recorded a victory in ISL 2016. Mumbai City FC would have gone top of the table with a victory here but it is FC Goa who have prevailed at the Andheri sports complex.
A rather ingenious free kick routine a few minutes before half time led to Richarlyson putting the away side in front. At the end of the 90, it was his goal that turned out to be the difference between the two sides. Mumbai had their chances in the second half but could do nothing. The game ended with FC Goa getting the full three points.
FC Goa couldn’t have imagined of a worse start to the season. They are sitting rock bottom of the league table and are three points below the team above them. They have scored two goals and conceded seven in their first four matches and go into this match in danger of being the first ISL team to go without a win in their first five matches of the season.
Despite this, manager Zico has always remained optimistic while talking about his team’s prospects. This time too, the Brazilian legend remains confident that they can turn the corner, especially against a team that has remained winless in the last three matches.
“We are playing well. Even in games which we have lost, we could have had different results. We lost at least two matches largely due to our own mistakes rather than the merits of the other team,” Zico said during the pre-match media briefing.
There will be concerns for Goa as the defence has conceded seven goals, the most by any team, and they have scored just one goal from open play. The visitors, however, will relish the chance to take on the might of Mumbai City, a team they hammered 7-0 when they met in Goa last season.
Mumbai City, though are a transformed lot this season under Costa Rican coach Alexandre Guimaraes. Mumbai, who settled for a 3-3 draw against Delhi Dynamos in the last game, are placed second on the points table with eight points from five matches and will look to move to displace NorthEast United FC from the top.
“We played a very good match. These kind of games are good for the health of the league,” said the Costa Rican coach when asked if he was disappointed that his side surrendered a two-goal advantage twice against Delhi Dynamos.
Just like FC Goa, Mumbai City strikers too have failed to fire. Except for the penalty from Diego Forlan, all other goals have come from the wingers or midfielders. The coach confirmed that Forlan will return to action after missing the last three games but there was no word yet on Anwar Ali and Leo Costa, both of who were injured in the last game.
“FC Goa don’t deserve the results that they have right now. They have played courageous, brave, attacking football and this is what I am expecting tomorrow. This is the way FC Goa qualified during the first season and made it to the final last year. This is football; sometimes it happens, but we know that when the opponent comes to play a game with this kind of necessity, it’s always more dangerous. We have to be cautious,” said Guimaraes.
10′ gone Mumbai City FC 0-0 FC Goa
The Andheri sports complex is as loud as ever and Mumbai City FC have responded to it with a quick attack when Goa were caught in possession. The final attempted ball to Diego Forlan was not a good one and it went out for a goal kick.
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Mumbai are able to hold on to the ball a lot better than their opponents at the moment but both teams haven’t done anything decisive with it. Sony Norde has been the one showing the most intent from the home side.
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Diego Forlan had a chance to work something from a set piece routine when he took a free kick nearly 30 yards away from the Mumbai goal. The Uruguayan went for glory and missed the target completely. Another set piece routine for Mumbai later on was delivered well into the box by Forlan but not blue shirts could get a decisive touch on it. Mumbai’s attacks are becoming more frequent.
35′ gone Mumbai City FC 0-0 FC Goa
Defederico’s corner was cleared by a Goa defender but the ball came right back into the box. The Goa goalkeeper saved it and launched it forward. This led to a Goa counter attack. Pratesh Shirodkar’s made a vicious pass into the box that found no one and went out of play. That was the best chance Goa have had so far.
GOAL!! (Richarlyson 41′) Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
This is a goal straight from the training ground. Julio Cesar made a lofted pass from a free kick at an acute angle from the right. The ball found Richarlyson who seemed to have positioned himself for a ball of that manner. he then leapt and struck the ball that crashed into goal. FC Goa have scored their third goal of the season.
HALF TIME!! Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
FC Goa go into the first half in an upbeat mood. The goal minutes before half time means that they have a chance of ending their drought this season. But defensive lapses has been as much a problem for Goa as lack of sharpness in attack. It remains to be seen wether they can hold off the Mumbai attack in the second half or even break their defence once again to double their lead.
50′ gone Mumbai City 0-1 FC Goa
Goa had a couple of chances right at the start of the second half. First, Robin Singh couldn’t catch hold of a ball that would have given him a chance to score right in the middle of the Mumbai box. The Julio Cesar provided a brilliant freekick into the box. Raju Gaikwad only needed to touch the ball with his head as the goalkeeper was completely beaten but he couldn’t do so. For Mumbai City, Diego Forlan made an attempt from long out that missed the top corner by inches.
55′ gone Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
Jackichand Singh was brought on and he almost made an immediate impact when he charged down the right flank. he couldn’t make a good cross into the box but his ball was picked up by Defederico whose shot went wide.
65′ gone Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
Its pretty much an end to end game. Goa again had a great chance in the 63rd min when Joffre provided a pass of pin-point precision straight into the box. Robin Singh was waiting but could not control the ball and the Mumbai was away.
75′ gone Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
The initial frenzy of attacks in the second half has died down and the match has been halted by substitutions made by both sides. Tiredness and the punishing humidity in Mumbai seem to be taking its toll on the players as men from both sides go down with cramps
80′ gone Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
Goa are going into the defensive with Joffre being subbed off for Lucio. Joffre has been clinical for the visitors today. He may have not had a part in the goal but he has kept Mumbai defenders on the toes. His substitution was followed by a blistering run from Mumbai’s Sony Norde. He pierced through the Goa defense and was finally stopped by the Goa centre back. He may have made a better chance at getting his side up if he had passed the ball to Jackichand Singh who was completely unmarked on the right side.
90′ Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
Julio Cesar snatched at rebound that happended becuase of a shot made by Mandar. He found the back of the net but didn’t celebrate as the flag had gone up for offside as soon as he had touched the ball.