Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Indian Super League (Hero ISL)2018-19 second leg playoffs clash between FC Goa vs Mumbai City played at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa.
Full time! What a superb game of football! Mumbai City put up a real fight here after the hammering at home last week. The Islanders bow out with their heads held high. Goa is handed its second home defeat of the season but will now go onto face Bengaluru in the final on March 17 in Mumbai. We will bring you all the updates of the game here on Sportstar. Goodbye until then.
Bizarrely, Mourtada Fall is awarded the man of the match. There are more deserving candidates. Lucian Goain has had a more telling influence in the match than the Moroccan defender.
90+3' Fall flicks the ball from a fierce Edu Bedia free-kick which is held on by Amrinder.
90+2' Rafique's long range strike is palmed into the box by Naveen. Sougou picks up the loose ball and is lobbed into the six yard area but Manvir clears it behind for a corner.
Five minutes of added time.
86' Mirabaje's free-kick is palmed onto the post by Naveen before Sougou blazes the rebound over the bar.
83' CHANCE! Rafique puts the ball in from the right and Sougou swings his boot at it which goes narrowly wide of the far post!
81' Pena cleans up at the back after Machado puts in a dangerous pass for Sougou.
80' Goian and Boumous scuffle as the ball goes out of play. A bit silly from both players and they are rightly booked by the referee.
79' No goal for Corominas against Mumbai this time. He is replaced by Zaid Krouch.
Goa has scored the most number of goals after the 75th minute: 11
Mumbai City fans know what's coming but they will be proud of their team's display tonight.
70' Boumous goes for the spectacular from 25-yards out but its miles over the bar.
Change for Mumbai City FC. Raynier goes off for M. Rafique.
67' Bedia and Sougou get involved in a tussle after the latter clips the Goan midfielder's heel.
65' Issoko with an early shot from distance but its safely collected by Naveen Kumar.
62' Seriton gets a good block in from Bastos' shot on the break.
60' Corominas dribbles in from the right but he is cynically brought down by Lourenco before he reaches the box.
Goa looks the most likeliest to score at the moment.
60' Jackichand's shot goes through a crowd of people but Amrinder gets down low to catch the ball.
59' Boumous is brought down inside the box by Anwar Ali but no penalty is awarded.
56' Corominas strikes the cross bar after Amrinder palms out Jackichand's cross from the right!
The referee goes over the touchline and sends Sergio Lobera's assistant Jesus Tato to the stands! He probably took exception to something Tato said.
51' Issoko goes down near the edge of Goa's box after a run down the right flank. The Mumbai forward is booed by the home crowd.
48' Corominas turns and gets a shot away quickly near the edge of the box. Amrinder gets down to make the save!
46' Second half is underway and Edu Bedia goes down on the halfway line after an off the ball collission.
Half-time! An unexpected turn of events so far. Goa hasn't had a real crack at goal while Mumbai has hit the host on the counter. If Sougou had put his team 2-0 up in the 23rd minute, we could have had quote a match on our hands. Four more goals in 45 minutes will be a tough ask for Costa's men. We will be back for the second half in another five minutes.
44' Superb from Bastos! He intercepts the ball near the half way line and runs to the edge of the Goa box, but his shot is blocked by Pena.
39' Early change for Goa. Edu Bedia comes on for Jahouh, who makes his way down the tunnel.
39' Boumous with a good chance inside the box but he directs his header wide from Jackichand's cross from the right.
37' Goian with a good defensive header from Brandon's in-swinging free-kick from the left.
A second goal for Mumbai before half-time will really make things interesting in the second period.
34' Bastos gets the ball over the ball from the free-kick but it comfortably sails over the bar.
33' Jahouh gets caught in possession by Sougou, who in turn is brought down by the Goan midfielder. The referee takes his name in the book.
32' Mumbai City has played some good football so far. Issoko, Machado and Bastos have put in a good shift for the Islanders.
Mumbai has scored the most number of goals from counter attacks this season: 11
25' Consecutive corners for Goa. Its fourth of the match. Nothing comes out of it. Goa is making some serious inroads on Mumbai's goal in the last few minutes.
23' WHAT A CHANCE FOR MUMBAI! Sougou breaks through on goal but his shot from close range is saved by Naveen Kumar. There is a penalty appeal on Fall from Mumbai during that passage of play.
22' Carlos Pena gets a shot off from a short corner but its way over the bar.
20' Jackichand races through onto a lobbed pass from Corominas but the referee wrongly flags him offside.
17' Joyner stretches to make a challenge inside the box ahead of the overlapping Jackichand. Goa's first corner of the match.
14' Mandar does well to catch up with Issoko who appeared to be getting into a dangerous position on Goa's left side.
There could be more goals in this half because Goa also has the most number of first half goals this season: 16
11' Machado with an out-swinging corner but Sougou could not get his header on target.
Issoko now has more assists, 8, than Corominas in the ongoing season.
6' GOAL! Here's the first.. but for Mumbai! Arnold with a darting run through the middle and slips it on the left for Bastos, who slots it past Naveen Kumar's right! Is the tie still alive?
Goa has ascored the most number of goals in the first 15 minutes (7).
3' Free-kick for Goa from outside the box. Brandon gets it on target but its straight at Amrinder, who collects it well.
'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal' sung by some section of the fans. It appears to be a full house in Goa.
1' Goa kicks things off at the Fatorda.
Mumbai has had success at the Fatorda in the recent past. In the 2017-18 season, the Islanders beat Goa 4-3 after a late winner from Balwant Singh. Seriton picked up a red card in the 48th minute of the match.
We are just a few minutes away from kick-off.
Our reporter Anirudh Velamuri looked at what makes Goa more threatening this year compared to the last before the first leg. Some numbers to look at before kick-off. ( READ )
Not big on predictions but its difficult to look past a Goa win in this contest. Everything looks set for a dream final match-up between Bengaluru FC, who had another memorable evening at the Kanteerava last night, and the Gaurs on the 17th.
Goa has put 12 goals past Mumbai City in three matches this season, coming out with wins in each encounter. In their first meeting of the season, Goa won 5-0 .
Is this tie done and dusted? Mumbai City faces a steep challenge in scoring five without return at the home of the Gaurs. Costa certainly thinks so. "Our dream finished tonight. I don't believe in miracles. I don't believe that we have the potential to go (to Goa) and change the result. We must go there to respect our job, to respect the club and to do our best. To be honest, this is over. Congratulations to Goa and good luck for the final," he said after the first leg.
Here's a short recap of what happened in the first leg: Mumbai took an early before Goa smashed five past its state rival! ( REPORT )
This is Aashin Prasad taking you through the second leg of the semifinal between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC. Goa has made just one change to its line-up. Edu Bedia drops to the bench for Hugo Boumous. Mumbai's Jorge Costa makes one change: Joyner Lourenco for Subhasish Bose.
Here are the team line-ups
FC Goa: Naveen Kumar; Seriton Fernandes, Carlos Peña, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Desai; Ahmed Jahouh, Lenny Rodrigues; Brandon Fernandes, Hugo Boumous, Jackichand Singh; Ferran Corominas
Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh; S. Chakraborti, Lucian Goian, Anwar Ali, Joyner; Raynier, Milan Singh, Paulo Machado; Arnold Issoko, Modou Sougou, Rafael Bastos
The FC Goa strike force creates pleasing passing patterns on the pitch, and in the process, it pushes rival goalkeepers into awkward positions. It is Mumbai City FC custodian Amrinder Singh’s turn to face the music under the bar, the second time in four days, during the Indian Super League season five play-off return leg at Fatorda’s Nehru stadium.
Forty-one goals in 19 games and counting, a foot in the final, is the home team’s treat for fans, who are expected to pack the stands.
FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera is not thinking of taking his foot off the pedal. “Ï approach this game with utmost respect, we are facing a great team. I don’t see us in the final yet, if we start doing that it will be a great mistake from our side. We have to be at our 100 per cent.”
The Spaniard focussed on the work put in by his side in the three back-to-back wins against Mumbai (5-0, 2-0, 5-1) in season five. “The work done in the past is going to help us (in the second play-off). We should be working on the same path and try to win the next game. The team going to play is the best one I think which can win the game. We cannot think of the final because we are not there yet.”
The Mumbai goalkeeper-captain, at the receiving end of a 5-1 win for Goa, had kept a clean slate for 30 minutes during the first leg play-off. The situation went out of his control the moment a reflex dive and block off a blast by ISL Golden Boot leader, Ferran Corominas, landed at Jackichand Singh’s feet. The ball was tapped in before Amrinder could get up. The next four goals past him were executed with such finality that he will have nightmares visualising the next 60 minutes.
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The India international remains the first choice for Mumbai chief coach Jorge Costa, for whom the task ahead is to win by a margin of five goals. “In football and in life, you can never say (what will happen). In reality, it is very difficult to change this result. We need to play for our fans, because it is our job (to play),” he said.
Costa added: “I repeat my statement made before the first play-off that we are playing the best team in the competition. FC Goa taught us lessons (in the 5-1 win) and I am sure our players will learn from this experience and get better in matches to come.”
The game will begin at 7:30 pm IST and will be shown on Star Sports and streamed live on Hotstar.
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