Today FC GOA clashes with MUMBAI CITY FC at the jawahar lal staduim. Both teams have a good start in the ISL season3. FC Goa are placed at the bottom with 10 points from 10 matches and with four matches left to be played may need all points to assure themselves a place among the top four. Goa stunned NorthEast United FC 2-1 in the previous game against all odds with a last minute goal from Romeo Fernandes and will have to be at their best again as they face Mumbai City FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.
FC Goa can take heart from their impressive performance in the previous game, besides their first win in the Hero ISL this season came against Mumbai City FC in Mumbai.
The Goa team has only three points at home in their four matches after losing three matches in a row but with Indian players like Robin Singh and Romeo Fernandes finally scoring, there is renewed hope. The duo scored their first goals of the campaign and set up a goal for another.
FC Goa also had their first victory of the season against Mumbai City FC. They will now need to win all their remaining fixtures to book a semi final spot. Mumbai City FC, despite their loss to Pune, are very much in the hunt and will look to make their semi-final bid stronger with a win at Fatorda.
Mumbai City have 11 away points in ISL 2016, the most by any side. In fact, they have won three matches away from home in ISL 2016, two more than what they managed in ISL 2014 and ISL 2015 combined.
Mumbai City FC have 15 points from 10 matches and are placed third behind league leaders Delhi Dynamos (17) and Kerala Blasters (15). However, teams like Atletico de Kolkata (13) and FC Pune City (12) can catch-up with them since they have a match in hand.
FC Goa are at the bottom with 10 points from 10 matches.
Rafael steamrolls through the Goa half and lays it off to a flying Romeo. The Goan has fans across the ground on their feet when he ripples the net – but it’s from the outside. The angle was really tight there, but he would have expected to do better.
A good shot was taken by Norde and Defederico combine again down the Mumbai left. The Haitian runs down the touchline before attempting to find Chettri; it’s well cleared by Raju Gaikwad.
FC Goa had a fantastic shot at goal. Raju retrieved the ball from the midfield and passed it to Romeo, who charged down the right and got into the box. Goian kept the pressure on him because of which Romeo couldn’t keep the shot on target and it remains 0-0 after 20 minutes.
Back to back corners for FC Goa as they keep the pressure on Mumbai City FC. Richarlyson has been running from one side of the goal to the other as Goa kept knocking. None of them did much to duisturbe the Mumbai goal and finally, Mumbai come off the hook.
The second half has been all about corners and free kicks so far. The game hasn’t been as fluent as it was in the first half. Zico trying to increase his team’s potency in attack by bringing on Trindade and Joffre.
Mumbai City FC attacking more now. Diego Forlan managed to get to a ball that was passed into the box. The goalkeeper came and palmed it away. Before this Soni Norde made a promising run before taking a shot from just outside the box that soared over goal.
End to end now as both the teams having a go at each other’s defence. But quality in the fianl third has been absent and that has to be the reason why we haven’t seen a goal yet. Players are looking tired now and a goal might be the result of a mistake made by the defensive side.
Forlan lets fly with a left footed shot that has neither the power nor the direction to trouble Kattimani. At the other end of the pitch, Julio Cesar twinkle-toes his way past two Mumbai defences before trying to hoodwink yet another when a simple pass to an unmarked Joffre would have been much the better option.
Cafu tries to do something on his. He runs down the left and cuts inside to the right – like an inverse Arjen Robben – but his finish can’t mimic that of the great Dutchman. It dribbles wide.
FC goa (0-0) Mumbai fc city
48% ball possession 52%
8 shots 15
9 fouls 10
8 corners 4
FULLTIME: Goa 0 – 0 Mumbai
Hero of the match: Rafael goian