Ryan Giggs dazzles as Mumbai overpower Chennai in Premier Futsal’s opener

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Ryan Giggs dazzles as Mumbai overpower Chennai in Premier Futsal’s opener

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Press Release

07/15/2016

Mumbai overpowered Chennai 4-2 in the first ever Premier Futsal game in Chennai. Ryan Giggs played a starring role as they put together a solid defensive performance and gave Chennai a master-class on counter-attack.

Ryan Giggs took the charge against the Pele of Futsal, Falcao, and came out on top to claim the first game of the Premier Futsal. Giggs has been with Manchester United for almost 3 decades playing football, but today was his debut on the Futsal pitch. Mumbai 5’s strike force had the firepower of Ryan Giggs and Foglia who won the Best Futsal Player award in 2003. 

Mumbai opened the scoring after they won a penalty. Sirilo’s handball allowed Foglia to step up and score a calm penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way. In the first quarter, Chennai had the bulk of the chances but couldn’t back their flair play with accurate finishing.

The second quarter started badly for Chennai going two goals down quickly. Mumbai robbed Chennai of possession and Angellot showed brilliant piece of ball control to leave the keeper on the floor and blasted the ball into open net to claim Mumbai 5’s third goal.

Chennai kept possession but Mumbai’s solid defence ensured they remained a step ahead in the second quarter. Mumbai were employing the classic counter tactic breaking every time Chennai lost the ball. Falcao continued to display his full array of tricks but Mumbai kept hold of their 2-0 lead at half time.

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It takes a minute for the course of the game to change in Futsal, Chennai 5’s could not be ruled out of it at any stage. Chennai almost got a goal back as Sirilo’s shot stung the bar and went out of play.

Ryan Giggs was seen in all his elements by the third quarter has he produced the first nutmeg of Premier Futsal and showcased his class with a few no-look passes. The United legend set up Foglia for his second and Mumbai’s 3rd on the night. He might have been out of play for a while, but he sure didn’t look out of touch.

Mumbai 5’s kept going up the gears as the game went on. Ramirez made it four with a wonderful side foot finish into the top corner. Chennai 5’s finally opened their account with Sirilo toe poking one in to the back of the net, taking advantage of a miscommunication in Mumbai’s defence. Falcao pulled the second goal back as he thrashed one into the net after going past a couple of defenders.

At the end of the of the final whistle, Mumbai took home the first three points of Premier Futsal blowing away Falcao’s Chennai 5’s 4 – 2.

*Report courtesy Premier Futsal media

FINAL SCORE -  Mumbai 5’s 4 - 2 Chennai 5’s 

Foglia – 10 mins

Cirillo – 35 mins

Angellot – 12 mins

Falcao – 36 mins

Foglia – 29 mins

 

Ramirez – 34 mins

 

POINTS TABLE (At the end of Match 1)

Pool A

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Draw

Points

GD

Mumbai 5’s

1

1

0

0

3

+2

Chennai 5’s

1

0

1

0

0

-2

Kochi 5’s

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOP SCORERS 

Name

Team

Goals

Foglia

Mumbai 5’s

2

Angellot

Mumbai 5’s

1

Ramirez

Mumbai 5’s

1

Falcao

Chennai 5’s

1

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