Last season's finalist FC Goa moved back to the summit of the ISL table with a come-from-behind 5-2 win over Mumbai City, which remains fourth with the defeat.
Full-time: FC Goa 5-2 Mumbai City A thumping win for the home side in the end. Ferran Corominas led the fightback and finished with a brace, while Jackichand Singh and Hugo Boumous scored a goal apiece while Mohammad Rafique was unfortunate to concede an own-goal. For Mumbai City, Rowllin Borges and Bipin Singh scored, but the defence had a poor night and that was perhaps the difference.
We are into five minutes of stoppage time.
87' OWN-GOAL! Mohammad Rafique can consider himself unfortunate as Lenny Rodrigues' wayward effort ricochets in off his body. FC Goa leads 5-2 and goal difference could be the key to finishing top.
84' Substitution for FC Goa: Hugo Boumous OFF, Edu Bedia ON
80' GOAL, 4-2! Ferran Corominas restores FC Goa's two-goal lead. Applies a clinical finish after a neat one-two with Hugo Boumous. FC Goa at its attacking best there. Mumbai City has left itself vulnerable with committing men forward, but still, that was all about the understanding between Boumous and Corominas to create the chance.
76' Mumbai City defender Mato Grgic is shown the yellow card. He's the fifth from his team to be booked tonight.
73' Bipin Singh comes off worse from an aerial duel with Mourtada Fall. He makes way for Raynier Fernandes.
72' Substitution for FC Goa: Mandar Rao Desai OFF, Saviour Gama ON
68' BLOCKED! Sieminlen Doungel, who replaced Jackichand Singh, whose intricate footwork gets him past a couple of Mumbai City defenders and he squares the ball for Ferran Corominas just inside the area. He goes for a first-time side-footed effort, it's blocked.
64' YELLOW CARD! Brandon Fernandes is booked for time wasting. He's the first FC Goa player to be booked tonight.
60' SAVE AFTER SAVE! A double save from Mohammad Nawaz to keep FC Goa 3-2 up. First he's tested by Rowllin Borges with a curling effort from the edge of the area, and from the resulting corner, Bipin Singh sets Modou Sougou for a header at the backpost. Sougou generates power on his header and Nawaz is there again, saving with two hands.
57' GOAL! Bipin Singh halves FC Goa's advantage with a first-time side-footed effort that nestles in the corner to make it FC Goa 3-2 Mumbai City. Rowllin Borges set it up by keeping the ball in play from the initial free-kick and dribbles past a couple of FC Goa defenders, who didn't want to get anywhere near in fear of conceding a penalty, and lays it off for Bipin, to strike it first time.
53' SAVED! Diego Carlos forces a low save from Mohammad Nawaz, who's up to the task. Carlos receives a pass just inside the area and goes for a low effort. Gets good power behind it, but doesn't beat the FC Goa goalkeeper.
51' YELLOW CARD! Rowllin Borges is the fourth Mumbai City player to be booked on the night. It's an ugly kick at Ferran Corominas, who goes down in a lot of pain. Mumbai City manager Jorge Costa lends his hand to help the Spaniard back onto his feet. That was borne out of frustration.
48' Encouraging start to the half from Mumbai City. Good centre-forward play from Modou Sogou, who receives a pass and then lays it off for Diego Carlos to hit it first time from the edge of the area. Gets decent power on his strike but it's well off target.
46' The countdown's complete and Mumbai City gets the second half underway! It's 3-1 down and has no option but to commit players forward to turn around the match.
Half-time: FC Goa 3-1 Mumbai City Rowllin Borges put Mumbai City ahead in the 18th minute but it's been FC Goa all the way thereafter through goals from Ferran Corominas, Hugo Boumous and Jackichand Singh.
45+2' SAVED! Mohammad Nawaz with a flying save to his right to deny Bidyananda Singh! It's a beautiful connection and the ball was swerving in the air, seemingly destined for the top corner, but Nawaz goes full stretch to his right, gets a strong right palm and sends the ball out for a corner that doesn't bring Mumbai the desired result.
44' OHH! Wonderful build-up play from FC Goa again. Ahmed Jahouh is at the heart of it, plays the ball square for overlapping Mandar Rao Desai, who squares for Jackichand Singh in the six-yard box, he can't get his toe to the ball and it's a let-off for Mumbai City. Amrinder Singh was scrambling across and any connection from Jackichand would have directed the ball on target.
39' GOAL! 3-1! Jackichand Singh collects a pass from Ferran Corominas and, from an acute angle, dinks the ball over Amrinder Singh to double FC Goa's lead. This has been an unbelievable turnaround from the home side. The home fans are bouncing, and it leaves Mumbai City with a mountain to climb.
38' GOAL! Hugo Boumous converts from close range to put FC Goa 2-1 up. Mumbai City players look at each other to suggest how the Spaniard was unmarked in the six-yard box as the corner was whipped in.
34' YELLOW CARD for Pratik Chaudhari! Tries to step across Ferran Corominas, but there's a bit of contact and the referee penalises the Mumbai City defender.
29' OHH! Hugo Boumous has played the pass of the match so far! Dropping in between the lines, he plays in Jackichand Singh and it seems everything's in place for Jackichand to apply the finish. Mohammad Rafique gets his body position spot on and times his slide tackle to perfection to diffuse the situation.
23' Yellow card! The first of the match, and the recipient is Modou Sogou. He goes down on the edge of the area as he raced through on goal. He feels he was tripped, but the referee deems he's tried to con him and shows him the yellow.
20' GOAL! FC Goa with an instant reply, Ferran Corominas equalises! Jackichand Singh crosses from the right, Hugo Boumous wins the aerial ball and sets up Corominas for a first-time finish. It's volleyed home by the Spaniard, no chance for Amrinder Singh. 1-1
18' GOAL! Rowllin Borges puts Mumbai City 1-0 up with a thumping effort that, however, deflects in off the heal of Mandar Rao Desai, who was trying to block the shot. FC Goa's defenders fail to deal with the aerial ball, it's then played square to Borges, arriving in the box, and he thumps it home. 1-0 up!
15' FIRST SHOT ON TARGET! Ahmed Jahouh with a long-range effort, this time it deflects off Modou Sogou and is on target but Amrinder Singh gathers with ease. The deflection took away all the fizz off the strike.
12' Mourtada Fall comes to FC Goa's rescue this time. Bipin Singh whips in a free-kick, trying to bend it inside Mohammad Nawaz's far post. Fall gets in the ways and heads it away for a corner. The corner's delivered by Diego Carlos, FC Goa goalkeeper miscues his punch but no damage done.
10' Mourtada Fall is all over the pitch! This time he tries to win the ball in the attacking half, slides in and brings down Diego Carlos, who seems to be in plenty of pain. Fall gets a talking to from the referee. The foul didn't warrant an yellow.
8' Ahmed Jahouh receives a square pass and, from well over 30 yards out, lets fly a right-footed effort. Doesn't get his knee over the ball and blazes it over the crossbar.
5' Mourtada Fall v Modou Sogou is emerging as a key individual battle in the early exchanges. So far, Fall has been on top of his game with his reading of the situation and timing of interceptions and tackling. Sogou is Mumbai's lone man up front, so his hold-up play will be crucial to his team's chances of winning.
2' A couple of niggling fouls from Mumbai City in the early moments. This time it's Brandon Fernandes who wins a free-kick in Mumbai City's defensive half. Midfield enforcer Ahmed Jahouh picks out Mourtada Fall in the box, he tries to direct his header across goal but doesn't get the desired connection and it's out for a goal kick.
Kick-off: FC Goa gets us underway, playing from right to left in the first half.
The pyrotechnics go off as the players make their way out to the middle. The two sets of players have assembled either side of the match referees and we are ready for the Indian national anthem. The national anthem and the customary pre-match handshakes and team photos are complete. We are minutes away from kick-off.
With about 20 minutes to kick-off, FC Goa players are out for warm-up.
A view of the Fatorda Stadium before kick-off.
Team news: FC Goa's interim coach Clifford Miranda has named an unchanged starting XI from the win over Hyderabad FC. For Mumbai, Bidyananda Singh, who scored the winner against Jamshedpur FC, and Bipin Singh feature in the starting XI, in place of Sourav Das and Raynier Fernandes.
FC Goa: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Carlos Pena, Mandar Rao Desai, Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh, Jackichand Singh, Hugo Boumous, Brandon Fernandes, Ferran Corominas ( Substitutions: Naveen Kumar, Mohamed Ali, Saviour Gama, Edu Bedia, Princeton Rebello, Seiminlen Doungel, Manvir Singh)
Mumbai City: Amrinder Singh (GK), Mato Grgic, Pratik Chaudhari, Subhasish Bose, Mohammed Rafique, Rowllin Borges, Bipin Singh, Bidyananda Singh, Diego Carlos, Mohamed Larbi, Modou Sogou ( Substitutions: Ravi Kumar, Valpuia, Keenan Almeida, Pranjal Bhumij, Raynier Fernandes, Surchandra Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy)
A fixture which could have direct implications on the race for the playoff spots, Mumbai City travels to FC Goa needing a win to reinforce its quest to reach the playoffs. With 26 points after 16 rounds, Mumbai City must win its final two fixtures. Goa, on the other hand, is assured of a playoff spot and battles ATK to finish top and secure an AFC Champions League group-stage spot for next season.
At the pre-match press conference, FC Goa interim coach Clifford Miranda said: "Two teams with two different motivations to play. It will be an intense match. There will be no margin for error. It will be a difficult game for both teams."
Mumbai manager Jorge Costa said: "It will be an open game. They don't know how to play defensive football. Especially, because of the quality they have. They will be fighting to finish first. We will play for a top-four spot. Both of us have pressure to deliver. I hope the fans will enjoy the game and we get the three points."
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