Herald: 10-man FC Goa stumble in 7-goal thriller
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10-man FC Goa stumble in 7-goal thriller

29 Jan 2018 05:30am IST

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29 Jan 2018 05:30am IST

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Corominas’ brace and Lanzarote’s strike account for the host’s goals while Everton, Emana, Thiago and Balwant net for the visitors to grab maximum points

FATORDA: FC Goa went down to Mumbai City FC 3-4 in a fiercely contested affair at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday. 

Ferran ‘Coro’ Corominas increased his lead at the top of the goal standings with two more goals, taking his tally to 12 for the season. Lanzarote chipped in with yet another goal as well, taking his tally to eight. For the visitors, Everton Santos, Thiago Santos, Achile Emana and Balwant Singh were on target.

Sergio’s men had the bulk of the possession and created numerous chances but were unable to convert. The game kicked into life in the 34th minute. Lanzarote took a quick throw in towards Coro who ran at the defence and then passed it sideways to Mandar who darted into the box and shot towards the far post. 

Amrinder Singh got down well to make the stop but parried the ball into the path of the lurking Coro who tapped home his 11th goal of the campaign. The lead however, didn’t last long as the Islanders came roaring back. 

A swift counter-attack saw Achile Emana receive the ball in the box and lay it into the path of Thiago Santos who took a touch and smashed it towards Kattimani. However, the ball took a massive deflection off Everton Santos and beat the goalkeeper.

However, as the game looked like it would end square at the break, the Gaurs turned it on its head once again. Brandon played a harmless ball through the Mumbai defence which Sanju Pradhan should have cleared but got a bad touch allowing Mandar through. 

The Goan winger played the ball across the box where Lanzarote ran on to it and tapped home with seconds of the half left to restore the Gaurs’ lead. Not long after half time.

In the second period, Seriton Fernandes who was having a fantastic game got show a second yellow for a shirt pull on Thiago. 

The Islanders then hit back in the 53rd minute. Ali brought down Sanju Pradhan just inside the area and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Emana stepped up and sent Kattimani the wrong way to restore parity to the game once again. 

The men from Mumbai were rewarded in the 71st minute when Thiago played Balwant through and continued his run into the box. The striker’s shot was saved but the ball ricocheted to the Brazlian who tapped home easily.

The Gaurs found themselves level in the 78th minute after a brilliant counter-attack when Jahouh picked up the ball in midfield, ran towards goal and fed Coro who made a brilliant run to evade the Mumbai defenders. The Spaniard still had work to do however and he did so fantastically by lobbing Amrinder from close quarters to bring his side level once more. 

It continued to remain a very open game in the last ten minutes and the Islanders capitalized on this to score the winner in the 86th minute. 

While FC Goa's attack has been brilliant, the gaurs defense has been in poor form. Kattimani failed to live up to his expectations as his poor decision making and on field abilities is letting the guars down in crucial situations.

The Goan defence was carved open once more and Kattimani came forward to make the stop. However, he couldn’t make good enough contact on the ball as it deflected towards Balwant making a run in the box. Mandar tracked back in a bid to clear but hit his clearance against Balwant and into the goal.

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