FC Goa played first home game of the season against Mumbai City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Wednesday in the Hero Indian Super, and they seemed to enjoy it.
FC Goa have continued to strengthen their position at the top of the Indian Super League table, as goals from:Â Ferran Corominas, Jackichand Singh, Edu Bedia and Miguel Palanca gave them a resounding 5-0 victory over Mumbai City FC.
As soon as the game kicked off, Goa fans knew they were in for a treat. Everyone just seemed up for it, and you could see that by Gaurs chasing every loose ball.
The Gunners found themselves playing some beautiful football in the oppositions half, courtesy of some intricate passing fromÂ the midfield.
Dominant from the first whistle
The game got off to an end-to-end start and Mumbai should have taken the lead when Arnold Issoko scuffed his effort from a corner. From the ensuing counter, Souvik Chakrabarti brought down Coro with a horrendous challenge which 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 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 Mumbaiâ€™s rescue on occasions.
The floodgates opened in the second session when Seriton Fernandesâ€™ cross into the box was turned into the net by Jackichand who got ahead of Souvik Chakrabarti to make it 2-0.
The Gaurs then added one more to the tally through Bediaâ€™s stunning outside of the foot shot which sailed into the back of the net.
Finish things in style
Goa were in cruise control by this time. Miguel Palanca, who came on in the 82nd minute, hammered the final nails in Mumbai Cityâ€™s coffin with a well-taken brace. First, Palanca took Manvir Singhâ€™s cross in his stride and lifted a finish over substitute goalkeeper Ravi Kumar before sending a left-footed finish past the goalkeeper in the 90th minute after bringing Ahmed Jahouhâ€™s cross from the right wing.
The victory would be proof for Sergio Lobera that his tiki taka ways were producing results. Goa have now scored 10 goals in their first three matches and will next face FC Pune City in the next home game on Sunday.
The win sees Goa climb above Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United on goal difference at the top of the table while Mumbai drop to the seventh spot.
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Source: Matchday Frolics