ISL 2018-19 Playoff Full Time: FC Goa 0-1 Mumbai City
Written by: Uttiyo Sarkar
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Not the ideal way in which FC Goa would've wanted to head into the final, but the job's done for him. The Gaurs might feel robbed of a few goals, but they were ousted on every department through a resurgent Mumbai City FC. The Islanders showed enough heart to finish their campaign on a winning note and gaining a win at the Fatorda! A fantastic defensive performance helps Amrinder Singh gain another clean-sheet and take a lead in the Golden Gloves race. They could've scored more if not for Naveen Kumar's heroics, but their poor work in the first leg effectively ended the tie. Goa will now face Bengaluru FC in the ISL final on Sunday at the Mumbai Football Arena. The Gaurs have lost both games they've faced the Blues this season and will look for sweet revenge to win their first ever ISL title on the 17th. Khel Now will be bringing all the actions revolving the big match on Sunday! For now, this is Uttiyo Sarkar signing off. Thanks and Good Night, Ladies and Gentlemen!
90+5' A final chance for FC Goa through a free-kick. Bedia curls in an inviting set-piece, but Pena's header goes well wide. That's the game!
90+3' Loud chants of KUMAR KUMAR in the stands after that save. If not for him, Goa could've conceded more goals tonight. Meanwhile, Joyner Lourenco is booked after a cynical foul. The corresponding free-kick is met by Fall's header, but Amrinder does well to save his clean-sheet.
90+2' NAVEEN SAVES! Rafique finds some space ahead of him in midfield and lashes a powerful shot, which is parried out pretty well by Naveen. Mumbai try to do something off the rebound, but can't.
90+1' Five minutes of stoppage time has been added on. Just a formality now.
88' It seems as if Kumar is determined not to concede anymore goals. Mumbai City have tried their best to add to their in the last half-hour, but it doesn't look like they will get anymore.
86' WHAT A SAVE! Mumbai get a free-kick from a promising position, which Mirabaje does superbly to curl around the post. However, Naveen Kumar is agile to get down to parry it towards the bar and Sogou blasts the rebound over.
83' CLOSE! Mumbai do really well to win the ball, as Rafique overpowers his man and plays in a great ball to Sogou, who's shot goes agonizingly wide of the target.
81' Decent move from the Islanders as Machado does well to play the ball into the box, but Carlos Pena clears it before Sogou latch onto it.
79' Heated scenes once again! Lucian Goian and Hugo Boumous get in a tangle after the former blocks him off from denying a goal-kick. Goian gets booked for his reaction as well.
78' Third and final substitution for FC Goa, with captain Ferran Corominas being taken off for Zaid Crouch. Coro gets a huge applause from the fans, as Sergio Lobera's keeping him fit for the final.
76' Substitution for the Islanders! Matias Mirabaje comes on for goal-scorer Rafael Bastos who limps off the field.
74' FC Goa might not have had many fireworks today, but the fans are still having a blast knowing their side are destined for the final. They're chanting loudly and rallying on their troops whenever they can.
71' WOOH! A close call for FC Goa, who can't seem to defend Machado's through-ball to Bastos, as Seriton's botched clearance almost falls to Bastos, but Naveen bravely comes out to punch it away, hurting himself and the man in the process.
69' Substitution for Mumbai City! Raynier Fernandes goes off for Mohammed Rafique.
68' Issoko shows a neat piece of skill by whizzing past Lenny Rodrigues down the left, but his outside the foot pass doesn't get to Sogou as intended. Wasted chance!
66' Things are heating up here at the Fatorda! Sogou brings down Beida from behind, but the Spaniard doesn't take it well. He complains to him, triggering Machado to come in and give him a piece of his mind. Things eventually cool down thanks to the referee.
65' Issoko drifts into the middle and tries an ambitious shot from a long way out, which is held onto confidently by Naveen.
64' Brandon Fernandes is now down on the pitch with something of a niggle. He is substituted for Manvir Singh,but this could be a concern for Sergio Lobera.
62' Mumbai City another lethal counter-attack as Machado does well to go past some players beofre passing it wide to Bastos. He tries to trick his way past Seriton and take a shot, which is blocked off for a corner.
59' PENALTY SHOUT! Brandon plays a nice pass to Boumous, who delightfully chips it over Anwar and tries to go past him but is blocked off. However, Goa only get a corner, which after some scrappiness falls to Jackichand in the middle, who's shot goes straight to Singh.
57' Another decent chance! Coro is brought down with a crunching challenge from Anwar, but the ball fell straight to Brandon outside the box. He tries to curl it in, but Amrinder holds onto it confidently.
56' CORO HITS THE BAR! A fantastic move from the Gaurs, with Coro sending Jackichand Singh clear through the right. The Winger does really well to send in a great cross which falls to Coro, whos shot hits the upright. CLOSE!
53' Touchline Drama! Sergio Lobera's assistant is being too vocal on the touchline and gets sent off to the stands by the referee!
51' OOH! FC Goa create another decent attacking move, this time through the left as Mandar plays in a superb low cross for Coro, who can't get a touch to it and sees it collected by Amrinder.
48' Much better attacking from FC Goa. Boumous does well to skip past some defenders and lays it for Coro, who takes the ball on his left foot and takes a shot which is saved smartly by Amrinder.
48' Thankfully for Sergio Lobera, Bedia has recovered from it and comes back instantly into the pitch after receiving some treatment.
47' Worrying scenes for the Gaurs, as Edu Bedia looks to be in pain after taking a bad tackle from Machado.
46' The second-half kicks off! Mumbai get the game underway again, attacking from the left to right this time.
HALF-TIME ANALYSIS: Well, Mumbai City FC have definitely taken the game to FC Goa! They've shown enough heart to not only stop their attack from creating much, but also go forward and aim to get back into the tie. Rafael Bastos' early goal set things up nicely for them and Modou Sogou later had his shot saved pretty well. The Islanders have been rock-solid defensively, keeping out Corominas and co perfectly and counter-attacked by pouncing on their frailties. Ahmed Jahouh's poor display forced Sergio Lobera to substitute him and the Spanish gaffer will now change his tactics to make sure his side reward the crowd with something entertaining. We'll be back with 2nd half action in a few minutes. Stay tuned, folks!
45+2' Boumous tries to get a last chance and moves forward with vigour, but is stopped by a crunching challenge from Goian. What a finish to the thrilling half!
45+1' Two minutes of stoppage time is added on here.
44' FC Goa lose the ball again, allowing Rafael Bastos to surge ahead in a quick counter-attack. However, he is eventually surrounded with Goa players and ends up taking a shot which is cleared away.
42' A rather interesting move from Sergio Lobera to make the substitution minutes before half-time. It seemed a statement of intent and warning that complacency will not be rewarded. He'll want Bedia to also add some spark to their quiet attack.
39' Substitution for FC Goa. Edu Bedia comes on for the inefficient Jahouh who does not look happy with it. The cuffs are now off the Gaurs.
38' OOH! Coro does pretty well to find Jackichand in a bit of space on the right, as the winger sends in a good cross to Hugo Bomous, who's header goes wide.
37' The FC Goa fans are unfazed by their side's drab performance and are making quite the noise in trying to charge them on to turn things around.
36' Lucian Goian is reckless in attempting to clear the ball and ends up fouling Corominas outside the box. However, Brandon's dangerous free-kick is also cleared out well by the Mumbai City captain.
34' Ahmed Jahouh gets booked after losing the ball once again, this time conceding a free-kick from a promising position.
33' WOAH! A brilliant corner from Machado threatens to almost curl into the goal, but Kumar does pretty well to parry it out for another one.
30' Issoko is causing many problems for Goa so far. He does well to play around with the ball again and wins a free-kick when Brandon fouls him out of frustration. However, that freekick is cleared away well by Fall before anything drastic could've happened.
27' There have been 12 attempted shots so far, with four of them being on target. However, it's Mumbai's shots which have mattered as they've scored and come close to adding another. What a fiery encounter so far!
25' The pressure is piling on Goa to give a befitting answer to this Mumbai pressure. They've gifted quite a few chances to the Islanders so far but will need to create their own now.
23' GREAT SAVE FROM NAVEEN! Jahouh loses the ball again in midfield, allowing Machado to play in Sogou through on goal. The striker overpowers Fall to take a shot, which is saved well by Kumar before Fall clears it away. Another handball call is deferred.
21' A handball call by Issoko! Paulo Machado does really well to whirl his way into the Goa half before playing it wide to Issoko, whose cross is deflected off Mandar Rao Dessai, prompting him to think it struck his hand. No reaction from the referee, much to the winger's dismay.
19' FC Goa finally seem to have gained control of the game. They are now dominating possession and looking to slowly work their way into equalizing.
17' The first real chance for the Gaurs. A short corner is played to Jackichand Singh, whose shot is cleared off a few yards ahead of the goal-line.
16' The Islanders look a much more stable unit today. Despite having to get so many goals, they are taking their own time to carve up moves and break down the hosts defence.
13' FC Goa have been rocked by the early goal and even though they're trying to move forward, they haven't been able to get the ball into the box yet thanks to some good defending from the visitors.
11' Another decent chance for The Islanders as a whipped in corner is met by Modou Sogou, but his header goes flying over.
10' That was Arnold Issoko's 8th assist of the season, only one behind Coro in the leading charts. He attempts to add one more to his tally, but his chipped pass forward is headed clear by Mourtada Fall.
7' Well, Mumbai have attained a bag of confidence from that goal. Bastos finds the ball a long way out from goal, but after seeing a lot of space ahead of him, he takes a shot which goes wide.
6' GOALLL! MUMBAI SCORE! A superb counter-attack move from Mumbai, as Jahouh's ball is intercepted by Arnold Issoko who moves forward and finds Rafael Bastos with a clever pass and sees the Brazilian calmly put it past Naveen Kumar. 1-0!
3' OOF! Brandon Fernandes manages to curl the ball above the wall, but his shot goes straight to the hands of Amrinder Singh.
2' An electric start to the game by the Gaurs, who are attacking right from the get-go. They get the ball in a promising position outside the box, but Boumous is brought down. Can they get an early goal in?
1' AND WE KICKOFF! FC Goa get the game underway, attacking from the right to left.
7:25 PM: The last time Mumbai City played at the Fatorda, they were drubbed 5-0 by a clinical Gaurs side. Can they overturn their fortunes and pull off something extraordinary to ensure their first ISL final's berth? As the players come out for the national anthem and pre-match rituals, stay tuned as we'll be back with live action in a few minutes!
7:20 PM: However, FC Goa will be out to prove that there's no things as miracles. Despite resting Edu Bedia, Sergio Lobera's still put out a very strong side which can carve open Mumbai's defence easily. They'll look to have fun and entertain the fans in their final home game of the season and get the tie wrapped up with something special.
7:15 PM: Well, The Islanders have a mountain to climb after being victims of a demolition derby at the weekend. But mountains are meant to be climbed! Mumbai City will take inspiration from Manchester United and Ajax's heroic comebacks in the UEFA Champions League and try to create their own magical story today. They're playing with their best possible attacking unit and their front trio will need to turn up the heat right from the get-go. Modou Sougou, their top-scorer of the season, needs to turn up big.
7:10 PM: Two changes from Mumbai City FC, who have brought in Anwar Ali and Milan Singh in place of Subhashish Bose and Sehnaj Singh. Milan will add some drive to their midfield, while they'll hope the experienced head of Anwar can cope up for the absence of the injured Subhashish. The Gaurs have only made one change, resting Edu Bedia and bringing on Hugo Boumous as they look to script their second ISL final berth in style.
7:05 PM: The starting line-ups for this second semi-final are in!
FC Goa: Naveen, Seriton, Fall, Pena, Mandar(C), Lenny, Jahouh, Jackichand, Boumous, Brandon, Corominas.
Subs: Nawaz, Chinglensana, Ali, Gama, Bedia, Krouch, Manvir.
Mumbi City FC: Amrinder, Sauvik, Goian(C), Lourenco, Anwar, Raynier, Milan, Machado, Issoko, Bastos, Sougou.
Subs: Ravi, Mirabaje, Rafique, Pradhan, Vignesh, Deory, Bhumij.
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