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ISL | FC Goa trumps Mumbai City FC 4-2

In the thick of it: Lenny Rodrigues opened the scoring for FC Goa in the 27th minute.

In the thick of it: Lenny Rodrigues opened the scoring for FC Goa in the 27th minute.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

Goalkeepers of both sides were constantly in the line of fire

FC Goa’s goalscoring ability came to the fore during its 4-2 win over Mumbai City FC in their Hero-ISL contest at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday. Six goals and a few misses kept the fans enthralled, the visitors scoring twice in each half to douse the home team’s fightback after the breather.

Goalkeepers were in the line of fire at both ends. Amrinder Singh, under the MCFC bar, was left shaking his head in anger at the pace of his defenders as Goa struck a goal following a slick passing bout. Hugo Boumos threaded the ball to Seriton who tapped back and into the path of Corominas before the Spaniard finished with a cool tap into the net.

Amrinder could only watch from the goalline as the visitors scored off a set-piece to go up 3-2. Off a free-kick, the ball was directed towards tall defender Mourtada Fall who headed to teammate Boumous who nodded it in.

Mohammed Nawaz, under the Goa bar, too faced anxious moments early on in the first half, but Mumbai did not take advantage of its corners and free-kicks. Goa went ahead in the 27th minute through Rodrigues who lent the finishing touch with a shot on the turn after the ball landed within range off a deflection following a Brandon Fernandes corner-kick.

Crossing over with a two-goal cushion, Goa saw a spirited fightback from the hosts. Nawaz was first tested by striker Amine Cherminti, before getting beaten by a looping header from Sartak Golui.

Mumbai pulled level through a stunning strike from Sauvik Chakravarti, the defender connecting powerfully after the ball was nodded towards him by Rayner Fernandes. However, it was Goa which had the final say.

The result: Mumbai City FC 2 (Golui 49, Sauvik 55) lost to FC Goa 4 (Rodrigues 27, Corominas 45, Boumous 59, Pena 89).

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