FC Goa demonstrated the goal-getting ability in the ranks with a 4-2 demolition of Mumbai City FC to climb atop of the Indian Super League (ISL) table on Thursday. Six goals and a few misses kept the fans at the Mumbai Football Arena enthralled as the visitor scored twice in each half to quell a fight back from the host after the scores were tied 2-2 in the 55th minute.
Goa opened the scoring after Lenny Rodrigues struck a brilliant volley from a corner kick in the 27th minute. Mumbai, which began the match strongly, was trailing 0-2 by the end of half-time after Hugo Boumos released Seriton Fernandes on the right who lay it off for Ferran Corominas to finish from close range. The host was left to rue the multiple missed opportunities it created from set-pieces early in the first half.
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Crossing over with a two-goal lead, Goa expected a fightback from the host, but was taken by surprise when it happened. Goa goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz was first tested by striker Amine Cherminti, before getting beaten in the 49th minute by a wickedly looping header from Sartak Golui, getting to the end of a Larbi corner kick and twisting his body to nod in.
Six minutes later, the 19-year old custodian found himself at the receiving end again, this time a thunderous right-footed strike by Sauvik Chakrabarti found the top left corner. In the 59th minute, Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was helpless as the visitor scored from a set-piece to go 3-2 up. Off a free-kick, the ball was directed towards defender Mourtada Fall who headed towards teammate Hugo Boumous at the far post who nodded in from point-blank range.
Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa - As it happened
The Frenchman had to be taken off on a stretcher as he crashed into the goal post while scoring the goal which took the sting out of Mumbai. In the 89th minute, Carlos Pena added the cherry at the top as he deflected a low free-kick from Brandon Fernandes into the net with a cheeky flick at the near post.
With the win, Goa leapfrogged from fourth to the top in the ISL table with eight points from four games. Mumbai City FC, which slipped down to fifth after a 4-2 loss to Odisha FC in the previous home game, kept the fifth place with 5 points after four matches.
FC Goa will host Jamshedpur FC next Tuesday while Mumbai City FC is away to NorthEast United on Wednesday next week.
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