The Premier Futsal carnival came to an end today with Mumbai winning the inaugural edition on penalties (3-2) against the Kochi side. After the match went into penalties with a last-minute equalizer, the result was decided when Mumbai keeper Amado kept his nerves and converted the decider.
Giggs and Salgado had both done exceptionally well in throughout the tournament but they needed to put in one last big effort to earn their team that coveted trophy. Mumbai boasted the likes of Foglia and
Kochi had played more as a unit in the tournament with their most famous victory coming in that dramatic 3-3 draw against Chennai who were favourites, to put them through to the semi-final.
Kochi scored the opening goal of the game with 2 minutes to go in the first quarter. Chaguinha attempted shot cum cross somehow found it’s way to Moraes who waiting at the far post and all he had to do was tap it into an empty net.
Foglia came close to levelling it up in the 2nd quarter. His snapshot beat the keeper but bounced off the near post. Kochi continued to employ their counterattacking strategy in the game after grabbing the lead and it was opening up the Mumbai defence every time they attacked.
Salgado thought he had made it 2-0 in the 3rd quarter as he hit the back of the net with a long-range free-kick but the referee ruled it out as it was an indirect freekick which had been awarded.
With 10 minutes left in the match, Mumbai kept getting several half-chances as Foglia’s free kick just went wide of the post. Next, a long throw from the keeper was headed by Foglia but Casalone produced another great reaction save.
With just over a minute to play, top scorer
A series of penalties took place as Giggs, Salgado, and Foglia all missed but it came down to the battle of the goalkeepers. Mumbai’s keeper Amado converted his penalty while Casalone missed his, giving Mumbai the trophy.
Best Indian Player - Jonathan Piers, Bangalore
Most Valuable Player -
Golden Arm-Band - Chaguinha
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