FC Goa surged to the top of Indian Super League table after a comprehensive 5-0 win over Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.
Star striker Ferran Corominas converted an early penalty (6th minute) to hand the hosts the lead before second-half strikes from Jackichand Singh (55th), Edu Bedia (61st) made it 3-0. A late brace from Miguel Palanca Fernandez (84th, 90th) condemned Mumbai City to a heavy defeat.
The game got off to an end-to-end start and Mumbai should have taken the ensuing counter, Souvik Chakrabarti brought down Coro with a horrendous challenge which a left the referee no option but to point to the spot. The former Espanyol striker pulled off a Panenka which bewildered Amrinder Singh and handed FC Goa the lead.
The visitors had several opportunities to score the equalizer as they won several free headers inside the Goa box but just could not test Nawaz. Goa threatened themselves but Amrinder came to Mumbai’s rescue on occasions.
The floodgates Opened in the second session when Seriton Fernandes’ cross into the box was turned into the net by Jackichand rebate to make it 2-0.
The Gaurs then added one more to the tally through Bedia’s stunning outside of the back of the net. Goa got into cruise control after that and continued to pound Mumbai’s goalpost.
The win saw Goa climb above Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United on goal difference at the top of the table while Mumbai drops to the seventh spot.
From Online Sources