FC Goa thrash Mumbai City 7-0 to maintain top spot

FC Goa continued their dream run in the Indian Super League (ISL) second season as the hosts crushed hapless Mumbai City FC 7-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Hat-trick hero Thongkoisep Haokip celebrates with his team-mate Gregory Arnolin.   -  SPORTZPICS

FC Goa continued their dream run in the Indian Super League (ISL) second season as the hosts crushed hapless Mumbai City FC 7-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.

Thongkhosiem Haokip and MacPherlin Dudu scored a hat-trick each while Reinaldo netted in the dying minutes of the game to help the side enter the record books as they registered the biggest margin of victory in an ISL match. With the win, the home side held on to the top position in the points table with 18 points from 10 games, having won five, drawn three and lost two. On the other hand, after a miserable performance, Mumbai find themselves in the sixth position with 12 points from 10 games, losing four while winning three and drawn three.

Nicolas Anelka’s Mumbai side made two changes for the game. They brought in Lalcchuanmawia Fanai and Sunil Chhetri for the injured Brandon Fernandes and Subash Singh. While Mandar Dessai, Jofre Mateu and Dudu Omagbemi made their way into the starting 11 for Goa, for Narayan Das and the injured duo of Bikramjit Singh and Rafael Coelho.

The carnage started in the 34th minute when Haokip opened the scoring for the home side to put Mumbai in the backfoot. From there on, there was no looking back for legendary Zico-coached side as they went on scoring one after the other to put their name in the record books. Dudu scored the second for the side in the 42nd minute to go into the break with 2-0 lead.

Coming into the second half, the home side went in an all attacking mode and Haokip made it 3-0 for the hosts in the 52nd minute. Dudu then scored twice, first on the 64th minute and then on the 67th, to earn his hat-trick. Haokip completed his own hat-trick in the 79th minute while the last nail on the coffin was hit by Brazilian Reinaldo in the 90th minute.

Goa will next face defending champions Atletico de Kolkata in an away match on November 22, while Mumbai travel to Guwahati, to face NorthEast United FC on November 20.

Anelka: worst defeat in my life

Mumbai coach Nicolas Anelka, a former Chelsea and France national team star, described Mumbai’s 0-7 defeat at the hands FC Goa as the worst in his life. The win by FC Goa was the biggest in ISL.

“It’s the worst defeat in my life and our players don’t deserve to wear the Mumbai FC jersey after today’s humiliating defeat,” Anelka said at the post-match press conference.

“Everything went wrong today and I tried to change the tactic in the second half after being down by 0-2 but the boys failed to cope up and gave a lot of space to the rival players to attack from the flanks.

“Now, we have to sit and see what went wrong and rectify the mistakes and win the remaining four matches if we are to reach the semifinals. We had a chance to go to the top but our boys failed to cash in on the opportunity and made things difficult for us to reach the semifinals,” said the player-cum-coach of Mumbai.

FC Goa coach Zico was very happy with his boys for today’s impressive win. “The boys played to our plans and it was the result of a collective effort. The win has put us on the right track to qualify for the semifinals. Now we have to keep the winning momentum and try to qualify as early as possible and not to depend on other teams result,” stated Zico.

Zico said he was happy with the way young Thongkoisep Haokip, who scored a hattrick, performed today.

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