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There was excitement at the end of it, and both Mumbai (with Chettri and Forlan) and Goa (through Julio Cesar) had chances to steal it, but in the end both teams paid for their desperately poor finishing. It was a dire game that shone in fits and spurts, and wasn't a fantastic advertisement for the ISL.
Mumbai's frontline especially flattered to deceive. In fact, only the goalkeepers walk away with their reputations enhanced.
At the business end of things, Goa are 7th on 11 points, but NorthEast United have two games in hand, and are just a point behind. Mumbai meanwhile climb above Kerala to second place.
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Goa 0 - 0 Mumbai
About as exciting as that scoreline suggests
93' OH MY GOODNESS LORD! OH MY GOODNESS LORD! RAFAEL THREADS IN A SUPERB GOAL THAT GIVES JULIO CESAR A SHOOTING OPPORTUNITY FROM ALL OF SIX YARDS OUT. AMARINDER SINGH DOES FANTASTICALLY WELL TO READ JULIO CESAR'S BODY SHAPE AND SAVE LOW TO HIS RIGHT. WHAT A SAVE!
91' Julio Cesar turns on a 50-paise coin and smacks it juuuust above Amrinder's goal. Why he didn't come on earlier is anybody's guess. The man has looked livelier in his brief time on the pitch than any other Goan player
90' OOOOO JULIO CESAR's EFFORT IS DEFLECTED AWAY BY GERSON!
FOUR MINUTES TO BE ADDED ON
89' OOOO GOA HAVE A FREEKICK IN A VERY DANGEROUS POSITION - think David Beckham territory. What Zico would do to be able to jog and take that one - I am a 100% sure he would convert this.
88' Joffre twists and turns, but he can't shake off the man mountain that is Anwar Ali.
86' The corner swings all the way out. Too much curl on that from Forlan.
85' Forlan has a smack. It deflects away for a corner.
84' Trindade has a go from twenty yards out - the ball's lost somewhere on the picturesque Konkan rail-line.
83' SUNIL CHETTRIIIII!!!! HE SKIPS PAST RICHARLYSON LIKE HE DOESN'T EXIST, AND WHACKS ONE TO KATTIMANI'S LEFT THAT THE GOAN DOES VERY WELL TO KEEP OUT! The one true moment of quality that could have changed the match, that. Well done, Kattimani!
82' Goa get a free-kick and ruin it by taking it too quickly. Zico looks like he is ready to implode.
81' Cafu tries to do something on his. He runs down the left and cuts inside to the right - like an inverse Arjen Robben - but his finish can't mimic that of the great Dutchman. It dribbles wide.
80' At the other end of the pitch, Julio Cesar twinkle-toes his way past two Mumbai defences before trying to hoodwink yet another when a simple pass to an unmarked Joffre would have been much the better option. Tsk! Tsk!
79' Forlan lets fly with a left footed shot that has neither the power nor the direction to trouble Kattimani
77' OH ROBIN SINGH! THAT WAS A MISERABLE MISS! Julio Cesar runs down the left and sends in a peach off a cross that Robin manages to hit it over the bar, from all of three yards out. Surely, it would have been easier to score that than miss - says your commentator who struggles to run thirty yards without dying of exhaustion.
76' Gerson is being stretchered off! Let's hope it's nothing serious!!
74' Rafael, Julio Cesar and Joffre work pretty little triangles around the edge of the box, but Rafael slips at the crucial juncture, and the ball goes out for a goal kick. They really are playing some neat football - it's just that nothing has clicked. Yet.
73' Vadocz has a shot from thirty yards out. He shouldn't have. The Hungarian is better than that, and looks suitably embarrassed with himself.
72' Cafu tries to play in Norde - the Haitian would have been one-on-one with the keeper - but Raju does extremely well to stick his foot out and intercept the ball.
71' Julio Cesar has a whack from distance. It deflects off Goian's heads and loops harmlessly into the hands of Amrinder.
70' OOOO CONTROVERSY! Anwar Ali handles the ball just outside the as he tussles with Robin Singh. It would have been tough for the ref to spot, but his assistant should have caught it
69' Lucian Goian has been a rock at the back for Mumbai. He does really well to hold Joffre off, and the Romanian clears with the minimum off fuss.
68' Norde powers down the left and plays a ball in deep to Vadocz, but the Hungarian's header back in is not the best.
67' SUBSTITUTION - Julio Cesar ON, Sanjay Balmuchu OFF. This Goa has such an attacking look to it! Can Mumbai press forward and expose the spaces that will eventually open up in the Goan box?
65' SUBSTITUTION - Cafu ON, Defederico OFF. Guimaraes will be hoping that the Brazilian can inject some life into this misfiring attack.
64' OH FORLAN! OH MY! The magician peels off Arnolin brilliantly to run onto Chettri's through ball and chip the onrushing goalkeeper - Arnolin covers the ground well and keeps the ball out! The chip had almost no power at all! What is happening to these front-men!!!
62' Chettri and Norde combine well at the edge of the box, but the Haitian blazes well over from just outside the box! This is so sloppy from the Mumbai frontline.
61' OH NO CHETTRI! OH NO! Forlan hassles Gregory off the ball, and the Uruguayan skips away with the ball. He then passes it to a completely unmarked Chettri - six yards out - but the Indian fluffs his lines!! So very uncharacteristic of the great man!! That should have been the opener, right there!
60' Goa have the attacking players on the pitch, but a loose pass from Romeo ends this particular move.
59' SUBSTITUTIONS - Keenan Almeida off for Trindade, the excellent Debabrata Roy off for crowd favourite Joffre. Attacking moves these by the coach. That's it though, with the the Indian experiment, eh Zico?
58' Debabrata is having an excellent game down the left of the Goan defence. He intercepts two passes as he continues to frustrate Defederico
57' The corner from Forlan is harmless.
56' Defederico has a swing, it delfects off Debabrata and flies just wide! That could so easily have gone in!
55' Gersoooooon!! It was a dangerous ball in from Forlan, but the Brazilian defender can only head it over. He was unmarked and had a good jump at the ball; that should have been 1-0
54' Mumbai win a freekick in an area from which they can swing in a dangerous cross. Forlan stands over it, looking to make Goa pay for their missed chances!
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