Mumbai City wins the battle but fails to claim the war from GOA

Nitish Bhan  |  ISL-5  |  1 Week Ago

FC Goa defended their four-goal lead in the aggregate successfully against a persistent Mumbai City FC in their return-leg tie of the second semifinal to book a berth in the finals for the second time against a high-soaring Bengaluru FC.


Jorge Costa’s negative demeanour before the match even started insinuated the fact that he was not expecting much from his team in the away encounter.


However, Mumbai’s early goal which came from a perfect build up from Rafael Bastos filled the side with lots of hopes. Issoko muscled his way past a couple of Goa defenders and split the defence open with a delightful through for an advancing Bastos and the Brazilian striker drew first blood for the visitors.

Despite firing on all cylinders, Mumbai couldn’t just infringe the Goa rearguard for a second-time and their majestic profligacy in front of the goal witnessed Goa sailing into the finals hammer and tongs.


However, as Jorge Costa had previously predicted, there was no comeback on the cards and though FC Goa was beaten, the margin was just not enough for the visitors to go through on the night.


Bengaluru FC will now clash with FC Goa in the finale of the ongoing edition of ISL on 17th of March in Mumbai. The trophy awaits its true contender, Indians behold!


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