ISL 2016 | FC Goa manage first win of season against Mumbai

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ISL 2016 | FC Goa manage first win of season against Mumbai

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SportsCafe Desk


FC Goa breathed new life into their campaign with a gritty 1-0 victory over Mumbai City FC today thanks to a super strike for Richarlyson Felisbino in the 41st minute. FC Goa are still, however, at the bottom of the league table despite pocketing their first win in five matches.

Mumbai City welcomed back marquee player Diego Forlan into the starting eleven after he sat out of the last three matches with an injury.  Joining the Uruguayan striker in the starting list was Rakesh Oram – an 18 yearlad from Orissa making his debut .

FC Goa chief coach Zico, on the other hand, was forced to start with Julio Cesar with another Brazilian striker Rafael Coelho ruled out of the match. Prathesh Shirodkar stepped into the boots of the suspended Sanjay Balmuchu for the defensive midfield role.

Neither of the two teams could breach the rival defences in the first half an hour, or even create a worthy chance as both played safe. The best chance of the first 30 minutes was created by Goa midfielder Joffre Gonzalez in the 25th minute when he tried to pick up Julio Cesar but Mumbai defender Aibor Khongjee came up with a timely tackle to clear the ball for a corner.

Mumbai City didn’t trouble Goa much, although Sony Norde tried his best to put his skill and speed to good use on the left flank. 

The breakthrough for FC Goa came just before half-time from a dead ball situation. Sena Ralte had fouled Keenan Almeida just outside the box on the right in an encouraging position and Julio delivered a great ball inside the box for an unmarked Richarlyson to dart in and connect a half-volley that crashed into the top corner of the net.

Mumbai City hardly challenged FC Goa goalkeeper Subashish Choudhury. Forlan tried his luck from a distance and free-kicks but all his attempts were way off the mark.

Once it became clear that Goa had a chance to walk away with full points, Goa shut the doors with a defensive approach. Zico opted to field former Brazil captain Lucio as a defensive cover for the last 10 minutes as Goa finally managed to taste victory.

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