ISL 2018-19 Semi-Final, FC Goa vs Mumbai City highlights: Despite securing a 1-0 victory over FC Goa in the second-leg, Mumbai FC failed to make it to the finals of the Indian Super League. FC Goa eventually won the contest 5-2 on aggregate scoreline and will now lock horns with Bengaluru FC in the finals on Sunday.
Mumbai got off to a great start as Arnold Issoko made most out of a defensive error as he mixed up with Rafael Bastos to give the visitors an early lead in the sixth minute. However, the attacks kept coming but Naveen Kumar made some brilliant save to deny Mumbai from reducing the deficit. Both the sides created a lot of opportunities but brilliant goalkeeping at both the ends saw only one goal being scored in the match.
ISL 2018-19 Semi-Final, FC Goa vs Mumbai City highlights:
Full Time: GOA 0-1 MUM
Despite securing a 1-0 victory over FC Goa in the second-leg, Mumbai FC failed to make it to the finals of the tournament. FC Goa eventually won the contest on 5-2 aggregate and will now lock horns with Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League finals on Sunday.
Freekick for Mumbai and Paulo Machado steps up to take the setpiece. His shot curls over the wall and bounces just in front of Naveen Kumar, who makes a brilliant save to deny the visitors from scoring their second goal of the night.
Hugo Boumous and Lucian Goian tussle hard for the ball near the goal line. However, no one manages to get hold of the ball and it goes out of play. Both players then get themselves engaged in a verbal spat as the referee intervenes and book them for the misconduct.
Mumbai City have not given up
Arnold Issoko produces some great footwork as he goes past the defender and squares the ball towards Modou Sougou. However, the pass is not executed perfectly as Sougou outruns it and the ball goes behind the Senegalese.
How did that not go in
Great run by Jackichand as he goes to the right side and plays a dangerous ball towards the centre. Amrinder Singh manages to get a touch but the danger is not averted as the ball goes straight to Ferran Corominas, who's standing unmarked right in front of the goalpost. Coro tries to tap the ball inside the goalpost on the bounce but his attempt hits the crossbar and Mumbai eventually clear the ball away from danger. The Goa goal machine is not having a great night.
FC Goa have the first shot on target in the second half. Jackichand gets the ball just outside the box and squares it towards Ferran Corominas in the centre. The Spaniard controls the ball and takes a shot at the goalpost but it is easily saved by Amrinder Singh, who has so far faced no difficulties in dealing with the ball at the goalpost tonight.
Players are back in the field and the referee blows the whistle to get the second half underway. Despite leading by one goal, Mumbai City are still sitting at the cusp of being eliminated. Can they overturn the deficit?
The referee blows the whistle for half time and Rafael Bastos' goal stands the difference between the two sides. Mumbai will go into the break with a one-goal advantage, however, the job is not yet done.
Poor from Mumbai City as they lose the ball in the middle and Goa tries to make the most out of the mistake. After a set of passes between the Goa players, Ferran Corominas plays the ball towards the right to Jackichand Singh. Singh delivers a lofted ball and finds Hugo Boumous inside the box, who heads it wide off the goalpost. Boumous should have done better as he was standing unmarked right in front of the goal.
The referee goes to his pocket for the first time in the match as he books Ahmed Jahouh for his challenge on Modou Sougou. The Senegalese was trying to get inside the box but was caught from behind by Jahouh.
The visitors have so far put up a dominant show but that has not prevented the Gaurs from threatening the Mumbai defence. The hosts are in search of an equaliser and are continuously playing lofted balls inside the Mumbai box. Will they find the back of the net soon?
A great chance for Mumbai City to double their lead as Modou Sougou finds himself in a one-on-one situation with the keeper. However, the Senegalese hits it straight and the keeper makes a comfortable save at the end.
The opening 15 minutes have belonged to Mumbai City FC as they took an early lead. However, they need more goals to make it to the finals.
Mumbai City lead
Just the start Mumbai City FC were hoping for. A poor clearance by the FC Goa defender as his shot goes straight to Arnold Issoko. Issoko controls the ball and goes past two defenders before cutting it to Rafael Bastos, who punches in the opening goal for the visitors.
The referee blows the whistle and the semi-final match between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC is underway.
The players are out in the middle for the Indian National Anthem. We are minutes away from the much-awaited kickoff.
PLAYING XI: Amrinder Singh (GK), Anwar Ali, Joyner Lourenco, Lucian Goian, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Arnold Issoko, Milan Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Machado (C), Modou Sougou, Rafael Bastos.
Subs: Ravi Kumar (GK), Matias Mirabaje, Mohammed Rafique, Sanju Pradhan, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Alen Deory, Pranjal Bhumij.
PLAYING XI: Naveen Kumar (GK), Mourtada Fall, Seriton Fernandes, Carlos Pena, Ahmed Jahouh, Mandar Rao Dessai (C), Hugo Boumous, Brandon Fernandes, Jackichand Singh, Lenny Rodrigues, Ferran Corominas.
Subs: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Chinglensana Singh, Mohamed Ali, Saviour Gama, Zaid Krouch, Edu Bedia, Manvir Singh
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The aggregate score at the beginning of this match is 5-1 in FC Goa's favour. It means what we will get to see today will be either of two extremes. You won't be able to describe as a "good match" or a "nice match, not that great;" it will either be a dead rubber, or an absolute thriller.