A pensive night at the Mumbai Football Arena was on hold as Mumbai City sunk their ship by hitting an obstacle. FC Goa flashed 5 goals past the home side yesterday at the 1st leg of the Semi-Final as a one-sided affair saw the men in blue succumb to a 5-1 defeat at their backyard.
The Gaurs had a great outing as they now have a 4-0 advantage in their aggregate tally. That too, 4 away goals in play!
Moving on, let us take a look at the 5 talking points from yesterday’s partial contest :
1) Goa’s Swift Attack :
FC Goa is known for their dominant attacking force. The team is famous and watch-worthy because of it’s striking approach. They have scored a total of 24 goals past Mumbai City, recently updating the scorecard by 5 yesterday. The 5 goals came from Mourtada Fall’s brace, Jackichand, Brandon and the pivotal Ferran Corrominas. The 24 goals conceded by the Maharashtrian outfit is the highest against a single opponent for Mumbai in the ISL – which proves how dominant the striking force of FC Goa is. This is the 4th semi-finals for the Goans in the 5 editions of the ISL.
2) Mumbai’s Trembling Defence :
Mumbai throughout the season was praised for their defensive consolidation. But, yesterday the defence fell apart as 5 goals came from major mistakes from Lucian Goian and Co. Ferran Corrominas’ goal came when he was in a complete unmarked situation at the far post, where he picked up a pass from Jackichand and scored via an easy header to put his team to the lead. A similar situation took place when Mourtada scored the second goal from a corner where Subhasish Bose failed to keep a check on him. It didn’t take long for Lobera’s men to utilize the gaps in the defence and burst with furious attacks to bully the Islanders at the end of the day.
3) First Time In The History :
FC Goa now has a commendable lead of 12-1 in aggregate this season against Mumbai City FC. Also, Mumbai City FC faced their biggest defeat this season against the Gaurs – 5-0 in Goa and now 5-1 at the Mumbai Football Arena in the 1st leg of the Semi Final. Goa has scored 36 goals this season which is the highest goal scoring tally in the history of ISL. Also, can we see FC Goa being the new champions of the coveted trophy? No matter who lifts the trophy this season, there is going to be a new champion writing their name in history.
4) Sergio Lobera’s Consecutive Two Semi Finals :
This is the second consecutive season for FC Goa contesting in the playoffs under the guidance of Sergio Lobera. In the previous year, they lost to Chennaiyin who eventually emerged as the champions. But, this season, they look compact as a side with an amusing striking line up. Under Sergio Lobera, the team has scored a record 80 goals. No other team has scored more goals under a single manager. Can this be the year for the Goans where the seeds will bear fruits?
5) Can Mumbai City make it to the Finals?
The last time Mumbai qualified for the semi-finals was back in 2016 against ATK, who became the champions eventually after defeating them. Although, the scoreline then was at a 2-3 loss at the 1st leg and a 0-0 draw in the second. This time, however, things have worsened and the side now trails by 1-5 goals having their second leg in the opponent’s neighbourhood. No matter what, Jorge Costa’s men will put in their efforts to play for pride if not for the trophy.
What happens next remains to be seen as we proceed to the remaining 90 minutes of the 2nd leg.
Looking forward, can Jorge Costa’s Islanders script a fairy tale and make it to the Finals, or Sergio Lobera’s Gaurs will have the last laugh? A question that seeks an answer in the next leg scheduled on 12/03/2019 at the Jawarhal Nehru Stadium, Goa.