Mumbai City FC will feel lucky with the win that they churned out against FC Goa, which saw the visitors hitting the goalpost twice and poor refereeing preventing a goal. FC Goa are definitely an emerging force and though they will be upset with the result, they should be happy with their display.
FC Goa shines again but lacks physical endurance
Sergio Lobera has earned himself some fans with the very first game that his side played against Chennaiyin FC. Their win, unlike many others in the first
Amidst the patient buildup and impeccable passing, Goa lost the ball every time it went up in the air. The callous refereeing didn’t help much as Mumbai City FC committed as many as 18 fouls but, to add to it, the officials missed out on many late challenges. Mumbai players saw three yellow cards but could have easily seen more. The likes of Lucian Goian, Marcio Nascimento Rozario, and Achille Emana Edzimbi won almost every aerial duel and most physical battles, which broke Goa’s flow repeatedly. Lobera knew their inability to deal with physicality could jeopardize their defence and they started with a more protective four-man midfield to counter it.
However, it left the visitors to solely rely on the likes of Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote’s individual abilities to make things happen up front, but as luck would have it, they hit the woodwork twice and, another time, some unacceptable refereeing prevented them a fair equalizer.
Blunders of epic proportion
It all started quite similarly for Goa’s goalkeeper and skipper Laxmikant Kattimani, whose mistakes had almost cost them the game against Chennaiyin. Though Mumbai started the second-half on a stronger note, they weren’t close to
If Lobera wasn’t enough infuriated by his goalie, the refereeing blunder will surely leave his blood boiling, which brings us perhaps to the biggest talking point of the game- the wrongly ruled offside goal of FC Goa. FC Goa had arguably scored the goal of the tournament with a scintillating movement, in a manner similar to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. Manuel Arana played a one-two with Edu Bedia at the edge of the box before putting Coro through another such one-touch pass which he finished, but the linesman got it wrong by a mile.
It wasn’t a game for Mumbai to win and many would agree to it. They were second best to everything and if not for some poor refereeing and luck, the result could have seen differently. The standout player in the game was, again, Manuel Lanzarote Bruno. FC Goa
Barring the fact that he couldn’t score a goal, he did everything perfect today. While the referee turning a blind eye to Mumbai City FC defence, who were fouling him at
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