Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of this evening’s Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa. This is Aneesh Dey bringing you live updates from the match.
HALF-TIME!! (MUMBAI CITY FC 2-0 FC GOA)
TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES!!
45′ CLOSE- Papuia loses the ball after Cassio’s pressure. Outnumbered in defence, Raynier was played the ball and was clear on goal .He was one-on-one with Dheeraj. However, his shot cannons back into play after hitting the crossbar. That should have been number three for Mumbai.
43′ A good delivery by Bedia as he dinks it over the wall. The ball finds Ivan Gonzalez but the player could not get a decent contact. Nawaz collects and Mumbai is safe.
42′ FOUL- Apuia’s dangling leg catches Papuia. FC Goa with a freekick in a good area.
38′ SHOT- Cassio takes a shot from distance now, which Dheeraj punches away. It was travelling well but was straight at the keeper, which made Dheeraj’s job easier.
37′ Igor Angulo, last season’s Golden Boot winner with 14 goals has had a brilliant start and is really hurting his former team.
36′ GOOOAAALLLLLL!!! ANGULO AGAIN!!! TWO IN TWO MINUTES!! A great pass from Jahouh. Angulo still had a lot to do. Surrounded by players, Angulo just poked the ball into the net out of Dheeraj’s reach. A classy finish.
34′ GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! ANGULO CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT!! A CALM FINISH FROM THE VETERAN!!
33′ PENALTY- This time Mumbai does get the penalty. Cassio holds the ball well inside the box and invites Ivan for the challenge who obliges. A clear penalty and there isn’t any protest from the Goa players.
30′ CHANCE- How was FC Goa not scored there? Mumbai trying to play out from the back, concedes possession in its box after Glan Martins snatches the ball. He passes the ball to Cabrera but the forward could not read the pass. Mumbai survives.
28′ BOOKING- FC Goa’s Romario sees yellow for his mistimed challenge on Cassio. The first booking of the evening.
27′ FC Goa has been quite indisciplined in its play till now, conceding unnecessary fouls in dangerous areas.
25′ CHANCE- The ball spun in the air and landed in front of Raynier who was positioned well inside the box. But the player could not get over the ball and balloons his shot over goal.
25′ A wasted freekick by Jahouh as his delivery is too deep and the ball goes out of play.
24′ Another crunching challenge by Leander on Rakip and Mumbai has a freekick in a good area. Mourtada Fall time?
23′ Raynier bends a low cross in from the right. The ball had a good trajectory but Dheeraj anticipates the flight of the ball and catches it.
22′ Glan Martins has just passed the ball out of play without any pressure whatsoever. Early season blues that one.
19′ Trivia- FC Goa skipper Edu Bedia is the longest serving foreigner at the club. This is his fifth season.
17′ MUMBAI SUB- Vignesh is replaced by Rakip. That challenge by Leander seems to have taken a toll on Vignesh’s ankle.
15′ Further replay indicates that it was indeed a penalty to Mumbai as Vignesh was clearly brought down inside the box. A strange call by the referee there.
14′ PENALTY SHOUT- A brilliant run by Vignesh from the flank inside Goa’s box but he is brought down inside the penalty-area by Leander. Mumbai players cry penalty but the referee waves those claims off.
13′ A good passing move by FC Goa into Mumbai’s half but it is halted as Saviour Gama is offside.
10′ SHOT- Brilliant link up play by Mumbai involving Angulo, Raynier and Cassio. Cassio set Angulo up for the shot but it was a weak one, which did not trouble Dheeraj.
8′ Mumbai’s main attacking outlet for now seems to be Bipin Singh from the left flank. He has already made some surging runs with the intention of crossing the ball into the box.
6′ A long ball pinged from midfield encouraged Igor Angulo to go on a run but Goa keeper Dheeraj reaches the ball before the veteran striker could get a touch.
4′ A fast start to the match with both teams applying the press when the opposition has the ball. Clear attacking intent being shown by both teams.
2′ Bipin putting pressure on the Goa backline. He attempts a cross from the left flank, which is blocked. Mumbai corner.
A decent delivery but Goa clears the ball without much fuss.
1′ A nervy start from Apuia as his long backpass leads to a Goa corner.
7:32 PM- AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!!
7:25 PM- Five minutes to kickoff!!
7:15 PM- What is last season Golden-Boot winner Igor Angulo saying ahead of his first match against his former club?
7:00 PM- STAT: FC Goa’s goalscoring record against Mumbai City FC
The Gaurs have netted 38 goals against Mumbai City FC in head to head matches, which is the most number of goals they’ve scored against any team in the ISL. It is also the highest any team has scored against any opposition in the history of the league.
6:45 PM- Listen in to our season preview on a new episode of The Full Time Show:
6:38 PM- OFFICIAL LINEUPS ARE OUT!!
Mumbai City FC XI: Nawaz (Gk); Ranawade, Bheke, Fall (C), Vignesh; Apuia, Jahouh; Raynier, Cassio, Bipin; Angulo
Subs: Phurba (GK), Mehtab, Rakip, Valpuia, Inman, Rowllin, Vikram, Gurkirat, Ygor Catatau
Coach: Des Buckingham
FC Goa XI: Dheeraj (GK); Leander, Lalhmangaihsanga, Ivan Gonzalez, Sanson; Martins, Bedia (C); Jesuraj, Noguera, Saviour; Cabrera
Subs: Hrithik (GK), Fox, Seriton, Dohling, Princeton, Naorem, Danstan, Ortiz, Murgaonkar
Coach: Juan Ferrando
6:15 PM- What happened when the two teams met last season? Have a look!!
6:00 PM- Here is how we think the two teams will lineup today!!
Mumbai City Predicted XI: Mohamed Nawaz (GK), Amey Ranwade, Rahul Bheke, Mourtada Fall (C), Mandar Rao Dessai, Ahmed Jahouh, Lalengmawia Apuia, Raynier Fernandes, Cassinho, Bipin Singh, Igor Angulo
FC Goa Predicted XI: Dheeraj Singh (GK), Seriton Fernandes, Ivan Gonzalez, Aiban Dohling, Sanson Pereira, Edu Bedia (C), Glan Martins, Romario Jesuraj, Alberto Noguera, Brandon Fernandes, Airam Cabrera
5:45 PM- Missed the previous match? We’ve got you covered with our ISL match reviews. Here’s a recap of the SCEB v JFC fixture.
MATCH PREVIEW: ISL 2021-22: Mumbai City begins title defence with battle against FC Goa
Club captain and no. 1 goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was released in the summer, while among the overseas players, Mumbai City has only retained defender Mourtada Fall and midfielder Ahmed Jahouh from the title-winning season. Head coach Sergio Lobera was replaced by Des Buckingham a little over a month back.
The club – part of the City Football Group – will hope to start sharp against Goa, which won the Durand Cup with a near-full strength squad last month.
With the addition of last season’s emerging player of the year, Lalengmawia, Mumbai City boasts a set of youthful domestic players, who are ready to step up again.
Fall, who was named captain earlier this week, said the playing style will persist despite the change in the coaching set-up. “Our style of play — it’s similar but the coach brings a bit more than what we had last season,” said the 33-year-old centre-back.
No team has successfully defended the title in the short history of the league and the challenge for Buckingham will be to motivate the side to do it all over again. “We asked that question to the players. We can either look at our success last season and be satisfied with winning one championship and one final, or we actually build upon that and try and continue building our club,” said the 36-year-old.
Juan Ferrando’s Goa finished fourth last season before exiting the playoffs in a penalty shoot-out to Mumbai City in the semifinals. Goa has a good mix of youthful domestic and experienced overseas players, who have settled into the Spaniard’s style of attacking football. The three-month-long pre-season will hold Goa in good stead compared to its competitors.
“I think the most important thing for me in this moment is the team is clear on mentality in attack and defense. I hope in our plan, we see a big effort from the players, and they enjoy on the pitch,” said Ferrando.
Where can you watch the match?
|The match will be telecasted live on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be livestreamed in the OTT Platform, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV|