The sixth matchday of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) was nothing less than a thriller at Fatorda Stadium. 10-men FC Goa succumbed to Mumbai City at the fag end of the game by virtue of conceding a penalty. Here are the major talking points:
FC Goa’s efficient build up from the back
At the start of the first quarter, FC Goa dominantly outplayed their counterparts by building up from the back. James Donachie alongside Nawaz, Seriton and Ivan led the proceedings by retaining the ball and playing it out to the midfielders. What seemed highly impressive was not only the robustness showed by the defenders but the repeated pressing imposed by Igor Angulo and co upfront in the opposition’s defensive third. FC Goa attempted three shots at goal having one on target at the first half. In spite of trailing by a man, FC Goa ended with the better share of possession and winning more corners.
A game of foul plays
It was an initial half of foul plays and wrong challenges as four cards were displayed by the end of the first half. Mumbai City’s Sarthak Golui became the initial name in the referee’s black book after he clipped Alberto Noguera. Seriton of FC Goa became the second candidate followed by Mandar who were alarmed for the rash tackle. What happened during the closing minutes of the first half changed the entire tide. Goa’s Reedem Tlang picked up a direct Red after a scarring sliding challenge on Daniel Santana. Amey, Jesuraj, Romario picked up the yellow in the second half. The game ended having 27 fouls being committed with 7 bookings.
Amrinder’s resilience bore the fruits
The Islander’s trusted gatekeeper proved his mettle by making two swashbuckling saves. The first save came at the 55th minute when Edu Garcia’s in-step screamer from outside the box was kept at bay by Amrinder’s fingertips. Following that attempt, Lenny Rodrigues whipped in a decisive corner which met Ivan’s feet. If Amrinder’s reflex and astute agility failed to respond, the scoreline could have been on Goa’s favour.
Mumbai’s absence of ambition complimented by Jahouh’s suspension
Since the very beginning, Mumbai lacked the ambition to get the better of their opponents. The team was short on discipline and were often seen opening up blank spaces for the opponent to exploit. The midfield lacked creativity and the strikers failed to create pressure. The defence, however, responded when situations turned menacing. The problem which attributed to Mumbai’s lack of structure was mainly because of Ahmed Jahouh’s absence, who was suspended after their last outing against NorthEast United FC.
Bipin’s header saves the day for Mumbai City
At the dying minutes when fans and officials expected the match to end on equal terms, a sudden disperse on the right flank saw CY Goddard rampaging into Goa’s defence and setting up a perfect cross for Bipin Singh, whose attempt hit Lenny on his hand. Mumbai City was rewarded with the spot-kick and 3 points. 10-men FC Goa lost to Mumbai at the dying moments when Goalkeeper Nawaz’s attempt failed to stop Adam Le Fondre’s precise shot on the bottom right of the net.