Premier Futsal League: Mumbai edge Chennai 4-3 to qualify for semis, Goa hold Kolkata to 2-2 draw,
Mumbai do the double over Chennai and qualify for the semi-finals
Mumbai edged Chennai in 4-3 to become the first team to book their place in the semi-final of the competition.
Mumbai got the opening goal of the game in controversial circumstances. Sean Garnier of Chennai had possession but Foglia muscled him off the ball which the freestyler thought he would get a foul for. But play went on and Foglia chipped the ball wonderfully over the keeper to put his team into the lead.
Their joy was cut short, as in a matter of minutes Chennai were level. Nanda put in a powerful cross that bypassed every player in a blue shirt and Sean Garnier at the far post, reacted quickly to chest the ball into the net from close range.
Chennai had the momentum and took the lead in the 2nd quarter. Angellot tried to do a little too much with the ball and lost possession to Romulo who’s powerful drive beat the keeper even ripping a hole through net.
The Colombian though made up for his earlier error by getting his team back on level terms. A well-worked move ended up with Foglia rolling the ball for Angellot, who blasted the ball into the back of the net after the keeper was left in no man's land.
Camilo once again put Chennai ahead as his top poke effort deflected off Angellot and went through the keeper's legs.
The goal the crowd wanted came as Ryan Giggs interchanged wonderfully with Angellot and the United legend tapped home to make it 3-3. There was a brilliant piece of control and skill from Angellot in the build-up to that move.
Goa fight back against Kolkata to earn 2-2 draw
Goa came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Kolkata as Brazilian Futsaller Vampeta scored both of Goa’s goals in a man of the match performance.
Kolkata as expected, started the game brighter and took the lead in the first few minutes of the game. Brazilian Pula dribbled past a couple of defenders and unleashed a powerful low drive that landed in the bottom left corner of the net. It was some strike, one Crespo himself would be proud of.
Before the end of the first quarter, Kolkata finally doubled their lead. Carioca received the ball with his back to goal but an exquisite first touch helped him escape his marker and then he embarrassed the keeper by finding the gap between his legs to make it 2-0.
Kolkata started to play some real exhibition stuff as their dominance over Goa continued. Faizal was the next player to miss a great opportunity to extend the lead. After some neat passing, Faizal skewed his shot wide from a cutback.Goa slowly started to grow into the game as Kolkata started to sit back
Goa kept knocking at the door as Cidao kept making save after save, but something had to give and in the 3rd quarter, it finally did. On the break, Vampeta had all kinds of space and he got it past the Kolkata goalkeeper with an acute finish into the far corner to make it 2-1.
With 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, it was 2-2. Once again, Kolkata were caught on the counter as Vampeta raced down the other end skipped past the goalkeeper who came off his line and slotted it calmly into an empty net.
That’s how the game ended as neither team could find that decisive goal to win it. An exciting start to the Goa leg of the Premier Futsal League