ISL 2020-21 highlights: Mumbai City FC beats FC Goa 1-0

A late Adam Le Fondre penalty gave Mumbai City FC a 1-0 victory over FC Goa, which had Redeem Tlang dismissed due to a mistimed tackle on Hernan Santana.

Adam Le Fondre's stoppage-time winner gave Mumbai City FC the full three points against FC Goa.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

This is Sportstar's ISL blog/highlights of the match between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Wednesday.

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FC Goa dominated the initial parts of the game as Mumbai City FC looked clueless. But the Redeem Tlang red card put the home side on the backfoot.

However, Goa, despite being reduced to 10 men, created the better chances in the second-half and came close to scoring with captain Edu Bedia leading the charge.

MATCH REPORT | ISL 2020-21: Late Le Fondre penalty helps Mumbai edge past 10-man Goa

At the end of the day, Mumbai City, which was wasteful upfront, was handed a lifeline when Lenny Rodrigues handled the ball inside the penalty box.

The experienced Adam Le Fondre stepped up and converted from the spot to give Mumbai the three points. Former FCG coach Sergio Lobera, who is now in charge of MCFC, must be the most relieved man now.

FT: MUMBAI CITY FC 1 - 0 FC GOA.

FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando: We were a bit unlucky. Even after being reduced to 10 men, we put up a decent fight. But we can't be thinking about games we lose. The team has to keep moving forward. We have important games coming up, and it's essential to concentrate on those.

READ: ISL 2020-21: Adam le Fondre scores Mumbai City FC's first goal in Lobera era  

Mumbai City FC forward Adam Le Fondre: I think we deserved the win and three points. I'm glad that I was able to open my account tonight. My teammates are very supportive. We are slowly gelling well. We improved a lot from the last match, and this is a step in the right direction.

Reaction from both camps coming up...

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

AND IT'S FULL-TIME!

90+5' GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! MUMBAI 1 - 0 GOA!!! Adam Le Fondre converts the penalty. Mohammad Nawaz dived in the right direction but there was too much power on Le Fondre's shot as the ball finds the back of the net.

90+3' PENALTY!!!! MUMBAI WINS A SPOT-KICK!! Mohammad Rakip made a wonderful run on the right flank and put in an inch-perfect cross into the box. Bipin Singh got to it and headed the ball across, but Lenny Rodrigues' left hand got in the way as the referee pointed to the spot much to the dismay of Goa.

90+2' Clear time wasting from FC Goa here. Te players are going down way too easily now. Mumbai City FC has dominated the last 10 minutes, so Ferrando's side looks keen to secure a point. Five minutes of stoppage time have been added on at the end of the second half!

89' SHOT! MCFC striker Adam Le Fondre dribbles past a Goan defender and takes a shot on target from a tough angle. But Mohammad Nawaz does well to make the save.

86' CHANGE! Juan Ferrando makes a change for his Goa side now. Princeton Rebello, who started the previous outing against Bengaluru FC, will replace Alberto Noguera in the middle.

83' SUBSTITUTION! Mumbai head coach Lobera brings in midfielder Bipin Singh to replace defender Mandar Rao Dessai. This has been a good display from Goa despite being reduced to 10 men.

80' ANOTHER MCFC CHANCE! This time the substitute Mohamad Rakip made a good move forward on the right. He executed a perfect low cross into the middle. But Hernan Santana, who received the ball, shot it well over the bar.

77' GLORIOUS OPPORTUNITY! Mandar Rao should have made it 1-0 for Mumbai. He misses an absolute sitter. Adam Le Fondre set himself to go for a shot from the edge of the box. It ended up being a low cross and Mandar messed it up as the ball hit his shin and went above the post.

75' It's time for the drinks break now!

74' YELLOW CARD! FC Goa's Romario Jesuraj almost took home Mandar Rao Dessai's jersey home with him. This has to be one of the silliest tackles in the history of ISL. A barge followed by a shirt pull.

71' TRIPLE SUBSTITUTION! Mumbai manager Sergio Lobera brings in Bartholomew Ogbeche, Mohamad Rakip and Vignesh D to replace Mourtada Fall, Farukh Choudhary and Amey Ranawade in the middle.

68' FOUL! Mumbai City FC midfielder Rowllin Borges takes out FC Goa's Alberto Noguera from behind and concedes a set-piece.

65' YELLOW CARD! Amey Ranawade gets booked for a terrible tackle on Alberto Noguera. Jorge Mendoza takes the free-kick but his shot goes over the post.

62' SUBSTITUTION! Igor Angulo makes his way out as FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando brings Jorge Mendoza Ortiz into the middle. Seiminlen Doungel was replaced by Romario Jesuraj a few moments ago.

61' WAS THAT A PENALTY??!! The replays do suggest that there was a handball. Mumbai's Hugo Boumous took a shot from just outside the box and Goa's Ivan Gonzalez, in a attempt to stop the ball puts his left hand forward while jumping. However, the referee doesn't notice that.

59' FIRST SHOT ON TARGET FOR MCFC! It's taken 150 minutes but playmaker Hugo Boumous is the first Mumbai player to have a shot on target in the 2020-21 ISL.

56' CORNER FOR GOA! Edu will take it. WHAT A CHANCE! After a brief game of pinball inside the box, Goa's Ivan Gonzalez received the ball and took a shot. Amrinder Singh once again does well to avert the danger.

55' BRILLIANT SHOT! As Mumbai City FC still struggles to get a shot on target, FC Goa almost scores. Skipper Edu Bedia lets one fly from distance and tests MCFC keeper Amrinder Singh to his limits.

53' VERY CLOSE! The FCG goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz almost made a mess of an easy clearance. He waited till the last moment as an onrushing Adam Le Fondre almost got in the way to score a lucky goal.

50' DRAMA! MCFC players are shouting to the referee, demanding a penalty. Farukh Choudhary goes down inside the box after a tackle from Seriton Fernandes. But the main decision-maker waves his hands.

48' WHAT A CHANCE! FCG's Igor Angulo almost scored his third goal of the season. He received the ball in midfield and sprinted forward to beat the two MCFC centre-backs and tried to fire a shot across. But the ball goes off target.

AND THE SECOND HALF BEGINS!

FC Goa was dominating Mumbai City FC for most parts of the game but Redeem Tlang's red card has changed the complexion of the game.

MCFC still doesn't have a single shot on target after 135 minutes in the 2020-21 ISL. The team has the advantage here, but it has to be a bit more lethal to defeat FCG.

AND IT'S HALF-TIME!

45+2' FOUL! Free-kick for FC Goa! MCFC centre-back Mourtada Fall takes down FCG's Seiminlen Doungel from behind. The Goa players want the referee to book Fall but he says nothing doing.

45' Three minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first-half! Mumbai is moving forward with numbers now. Lobera's side desperately wants at least a shot on target.

43' CHANCE! Farukh Choudhary and Adam Le Fondre try to work out an attack together. But the Goan defence gets away with it. This is Mumbai's game to lose now.

40' RED CARD! FC Goa's Redeem Tlang is sent off. The referee didn't hesitate a bit to give his decision here. That tackle from Tlang made contact right between the calf and knee of Mumbai City's Hernan Santana.

38' FOUL! Alberto Noguera wins a free-kick for Goa. Mumbai's Hernan Santana clipped his legs from behind. It was a soft foul so no booking.

35' CROSS! Edu Bedia takes the set-piece for FCG. But MCFC shot-stopper Amrinder Singh lets it go out to win a goalkick.

34' ANOTHER BOOKING! This time Seriton is the victim as he was making a move for Goa on the right flank. However, he was taken down by Mandar Rao Dessai, who received a yellow card for the tackle.

32' And finally it's time for the drinks break!

31' YELLOW CARD! FC Goa's Seriton Fernandes goes into the referee's book for a terrible tackle on Mumbao City FC's Hugo Boumous.

29' FREE-KICK FOR MUMBAI! This is also from a promising position. Cy Goddard will take this one. But his cross is very long as it goes out of play. Goa is still untroubled.

26' CHANCE! Edu Bedia took the set-piece for FC Goa. But he was unable to test Mumbai City FC goalkeeper Amrinder Singh, who made a straightforward save.

24' FREE-KICK FOR GOA! This is from a dangerous position very close to the goal. YELLOW CARD! Sarthak Golui receives his second consecutive booking this season for a silly tackle.

22' SHOT! Alberto Noguera was trying to find Igor Angulo in the middle. But he misplaced his pass, however, Lenny Rodrigues was able to get to the ball and he unleashed a shot which was way off target.

19' FC Goa has dominated the early proccedings here. Reminder: Mumbai City FC still doesn't have a single shot on target in two ISL 2020-21 games. Lobera will be desperate for a breakthrough, especially against his old team.

17' FOUL! Free-kick for Goa. Boumous looks like a frustrated figure here. In an attempt to recover the ball from Saviour Gama, the Mumbai midfielder shoves him. He's lucky to not receive a yellow card.

14' CORNER FOR MUMBAI! Hugo Boumous will take it. Farukh Choudhary was the player who won the set-piece after his shot was deflected away by a Goa defender. The corner is taken and is easily headed away by James Donachie.

11' CHANCE FOR MUMBAI!! Mandar Rao Dessai, with a pacy run on the wing, got into a good position to cross the ball into the obx. But his delivery was cleared away easily by the Goa defence.

8' CORNER FOR GOA! It should have been 1-0 FCG but Angulo's first touch let him down here. Alberto Noguera came up with a good low cross from the left flank but Angulo could only manage to win a set-piece.

6' OFFSIDE! The man who bagged a brace in the last game against Bengaluru FC -- Igor Angulo -- was just too eager to get forward as the linesman raises his flag.

4' FOUL! MCFC's Adam Le Fondre commits a silly tackle on FCG's Lenny Rodrigues. The referee awards a free-kick to Goa. The Mumbai forward gets away without a card.

2' GOOD CHALLENGE! Redeem Tlang makes a good move forward for FC Goa. However, Amey Ranawade's brilliant sprint and tackle averts the danger for Mumbai City FC.

7:30 PM: AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

7:25 PM: The players and the officials are out!

7:15 PM: Final moments of training.

Both FCG and MCFC are searching for their first victory of the 2020-21 ISL season.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

 

7:00 PM: The seventh edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), reinforced with the long-awaited introduction of Kolkata clubs Mohun Bagan (now ATK-Mohun Bagan) and East Bengal, will be held in a world like no other — not a world of dreams, but a dystopian nightmare. (READ OUR MAGAZINE COVER STORY)

6:40 PM: The team line-ups are out!

FC Goa XI (4-2-3-1)

Mohammed Nawaz (G), Seriton Fernandes, James Donachie, Ivan Gonzalez, Saviour Gama, Edu Bedia (C), Alberto Noguera, Lenny Rodrigues, Seiminlen Doungel, Redeem Tlang, Igor Angulo.

Mumbai City FC XI (4-2-3-1)

Amrinder Singh (C)(G), Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Sarthak Golui, Mandar Rao Dessai, Hernan Santana, Rowllin Borges, Cy Goddard, Hugo Boumous, Farukh Choudhary, Adam Le Fondre.

6:20 PM: Sergio Lobera – who gave FC Goa its identity and first title – will be managing Mumbai City in the upcoming ISL season, and the Spanish coach will be in familiar settings as the tournament’s seventh season will be held across three venues of the coastal state. (READ MORE)

6:05 PM: Mumbai City FC (MCFC) has had a complete overhaul of its overseas players for the upcoming 2020-21 ISL. The City Football group (CFG)-backed Mumbai City has made plenty of eye-catching foreign signings, several of whom have played under the head coach Sergio Lobera at FC Goa. (FULL STORY)

5:50 PM: Both teams will be featuring in their seventh ISL season. FC Goa, in terms of wins during the regular season, is the most successful team in the history of the competition with 51 victories from 109 matches at a success rate of 46.7 per cent. Meanwhile, Mumbai stands fourth on the all-time list with 38 wins from 101 games with a 37.6 per cent success rate. (HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD)

5:35 PM: FC Goa, two-time finalist of the Indian Super League, had a lot of work to do in the transfer window as star players from last season left the club to join former coach Sergio Lobera. Midfielder Edu Bedia remained for a third season with the Gaurs as the club brought in four Spanish players along with highly-rated Australian defender James Donachie. (FULL STORY)

5:20 PM: In the sixth match of the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21), both FC Goa and Mumbai City FC will square off in their second game of the season at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Wednesday. Here's how the two teams could line-up. (PREDICTED XI - READ MORE)

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MATCH PREVIEW:

An air of familiarity will rule the Indian Super League (ISL) clash between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC, at Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Wednesday.

Mumbai City FC head coach Sergio Lobera, who guided FC Goa to success in his three-year stint there, will make his first appearance against his former club.

Mumbai City FC midfielder Hugo Boumous is in a similar situation, having scored 20 goals in his fruitful three year spell at FC Goa. Mandar Rao Dessai, Amey Ranawade and Mourtada Fall are some of the others to follow Lobero and Boumous from FC Goa to Mumbai City FC at the end of the previous season.

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For Lobera, it will be a special occasion. "It is a special game for me. I have good memories of my last three seasons at FC Goa. We achieved a lot of things. We increased the number of players in the Indian national team. But tomorrow we need to compete well and win the game," Lobera said.

Lobero will miss the services of Ahmed Jahouh, another former FC Goa player, as the midfielder is serving a one-match suspension for receiving a red card in the 0-1 defeat to NorthEast United FC on Saturday.

FC Goa skipper Edu Bedia acknowledged the significance of going up against many of his former teammates. “I know that there will be an edge to the contest with a number of our ex players in the Mumbai side. However, I feel that extra motivation is not really good for any athlete, as he might end up being pushed to do more than what is required,” Bedia said.

Bedia added that his side is on a high, having overturned a 0-2 deficit to salvage an exciting 2-2 draw against Bengaluru FC on Sunday. “Our focus will be on 3 points and to improve ourselves. We ended the last game on a high note, and we want to carry that momentum forward,” Bedia said.

- THE SQUADS -

FC Goa: Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Dylan D'Silva, Shubham Dhas, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Aibanbha Dohling, Leander D'Cunha, Mohamed Ali, Sanson Pereira, Sarineo Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Edu Bedia, Flan Gomes, Jorge Ortiz, Brandon Fernandes, Alberto Noguera, Lenny Rodrigues, Redeem Tlang, Seiminlen Doungel, Nestor Dias, Phrangki Buam, Princeton Rebello, Alexander Jesuraj, Makan Chothe, Igor Angulo, Ishan Pandita, Aaren D'Silva, Devendra Murgaonkar

Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh, Nishit Shetty, Vikram Singh, Phurba Lachenpa, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Dessai, Tondonba Singh, Sarthak Golui, Amey Ranawade, Mohamad Rakip, Mehtab Singh, Valpuia, Ahmed Jahouh, Cy Goddard, Hugo Boumous, Herman Santana, Rowllin Borges, Farukh Choudhary, Raynier Fernandes, Bidyananda Singh, Asif Khan, Bipin Singh, Pranjal Bhumij, Sourav Das, Vikram Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Adam Le Fondre Colaco, Ishan Dey, Lalawmpuia, Rohit Danu.

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