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Well, that was a thoroughly entertaining match. Goa were superb going forward - Trindade, Cesar, Joffre, Richarlyson and Robin Singh causing a lot of problems for Mumbai whenever they went forward.
Richarlyson's goal was a thing of beauty - an innovative set piece routine, brilliantly executed. This ought to calm Zico's frayed nerves and give him some breathing space, even though they are still bottom of the table (on Goal Difference from Pune).
Mumbai had flashes of promise - especially via Norde and Jackichand - but were shorn of the dynamism of their previous displays. Kristian Vadocz especially put in a disappointingly anonymous display. Guimaraes' injury worries continue to mount with both Defederico and Halder limping off. He is a job on his hands now - they remain 2nd in the table.
It was a pleasure bringing this to you! Thank you for reading
Anirudh Menon signing out.
Peep! Peep!! Fulltime!!
94' OH DUMAS. What a clearing header from a man who has put in a COMMANDING DISPLAY today
93' Forlan asks him to go into the box!!! Forlan looks to chip it in
92' OOOH NICE! Some quick feet from David sees Trindade wipe him out. The KEEPER HAS COME UP AND IS ASKING FORLAN IF HE CAN HAVE A POP! WHAAAT!!!
91' Jackichand tries to nip in behind the mammoth Goian, but the keeper does well to collect
90' OH! OH! OH! GOA!!!! Trindade breaks forward with extreme menace, but he is way too selfish. Khongjee puts in a superb tackle. He should have played in someone else there! The ball breaks to Mandar Rao and he chips to Cesar who puts in the goal on the second attempt. But he's called OFFSIDE. Correctly
89' Khongjee lumps it up toward for Goian but the ball is not the best.
88' OOOOOOOO Julio Cesar tries an audacious curling lob into the far corner from way out on the left. Valpatto does well to palm it awa.
87' Goian is playing striker now alongside Diego Forlan. I wonder if the Romanian ever dreamt of such a day!
86' After some neat interplay between Cafu and Vadocz, the ball is fed to Forlan. He tries to feed in Ashutosh, but the ball is overhit
85' UFFFFF.... It curls well wide. He is looked well off colour in this one
84' Forlan is fouled by Gaikwad, and it's a freekick on the edge of the box. The Uruguayan dusts himself off and stands over the set piece.
83' Ashutosh shapes to cross, but elects to pass it straight to Lucio. *facepalm*
82' Jackichand has looked Mumbai's most promising avenue for a chance. He chips it into the box looking for Vadocz's trademark run from the deep, but the ball is too close to the keeper
81' Lucio is playing in midfield, by the bye, and his mere presence scares away Cafu. The Mumbai man turns his back and takes it towards his own half. That kills any momentum they had built up
79' WOOOOOOOO!!! SONNY NORDE EMBARKS ON A SOLO RUN THAT NO ONE IN WHITE IS STOPPING. His pace takes him clear, but Gaikwad does wonderfully well to stand his ground (and not get sucked into making the challenge) and block the Haitian's effort
78' SUBSTITUTION - Joffre OFF, Lucio ON. Zico has FOUR centre-backs on the pitch now. How very '82 Italian of him
77'... to no avail. That was promising though. Cesar holding up the ball really well before playing in Joffre. He swings it in but it's too deep. The ball is worked to Trindade who jinks in but passes it straight at the keeper
76' The ball's put in a dangerous area by Cafu. The goalkeeper does well to come out and punch clear. Sena Ralte attempts to put it back in, but it's a poor ball and Goa break...
75' Ashutosh wins a corner of Richarlyson. Mumbai are turning on the screw here
74' It was surprising that Dessai didn't make the starting XI. He's been Goa's best attacking outlet this season - full of trickery and unpredictabilty
72' SUBSTITUTION - Pratesh OFF, Mandar rao Dessai ON
71' Mumbai break with the lively Jackichand. He lays the ball off to Forlan, but for once the Uruguayan's touch deserts him. Ashutosh recovers the ball and swings in a teasing cross BUT THERE IS NO ONE IN BLUE IN THE SIX YARD BOX. What are these guys doing??
70' SUBSTITUTION - Keenan OFF, Roy ON
69' David's full name is Lalrinmuana. David it is then.
67' SUBSTITUTION - Oram OFF, David ON
66' Jackichand does superbly to slip the ball past Keegan Perreira and runs on to the ball. It's 4 on 4 for Mumbai, but Sena Ralte's cross evades Jacki and Goa breathe again
65' Ashutosh is down and is screaming in pain, beating the ground and all that razzmatazz. The cause for all this hullaballoo - Robin Singh turned into him and his shoulder smacked into Ashutosh's face.
The Mumbai rightback got what he wanted - a YELLOW for Robin. What drama
64' Cesar is pulled down by Ashutosh, thankfully for the right back the Goa striker had strayed offside!
63' CONFUSION IN THE BOX! Robin Singh falls down under pressure from Goian. The men in white appeal for a penalty, but nothing doing!
62' Jackichand curls an effort, but it lacks power, and it's straight at the Goa goalie. Good intention, poor execution.
60' Krisztian Vadocz has been invisible this match. He needs to step up NOW. Trindade does well to break down the right, but Cafu holds firm
59' OH NO! OH NO! THIS IS BAD FOR MUMBAI. Matis Defederico pulls up with what looks like a pulled hamstring. Guimaraes' side are crumbling around themselves
SUBSTITUTION - Cafu ON, Defederico OFF
58' Mumbai are attempting to pin Goa back and Sena Ralte is at the forefront of it.
57' Cesar does really well to evade Khongjee and Ashutosh but he flashes his shot wide!! THAT WAS A CHANCE
55' Trindade embarks on a wonderful run right through the heart of the Mumbai midfield. He is stopped by Khongjee - it looked like a clean tackle - but thats a foul. Nothing comes off it.
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