Mumbai City FC picked up a solid 2-0 win against FC Goa to get their Indian Super League campaign back on track.
The first half of the match started on a very high tempo. Both teams were looking to get ahead of each other and in the first 20 minutes, there were some beautiful chances. Goa, however, was eclipsed by the trio of Sony Norde, Sunil Chhetri and Frédéric Piquionne.
All three caused havoc for the Goa defence and in the 33rd minute, Piquionne was fouled by Raju Gaikwad inside the penalty box.The referee awarded a penalty and Chhetri placed it perfectly into the bottom right corner to claim his third goal of the season. Chhetri proved to be a menace as just minutes after the goal he forced a top class save from the FC Goa keeper Kattimani.
Piquionne then had a one on one chance against Kattimani but once again, the Goa goalkeeper came up with a solid save. The half ended with Mumbai city fc on top while Goa was struggling to minimize the damage.
Dominant Second Half for Mumbai City FC
The second half began with Mumbai on top. Piquionne scored off Norde’s freekick in the 48th minute and Mumbai was sitting pretty on a two goal cushion. Despite the dominant scoreline, Mumbai still piled on the pressure through Norde and Chhetri. Anelka decided to pull off Piquionne in the 60th minute and brought on Frantz Bertin. Leo Moura produced a deadly attempt from edge of the box in the 67th to bring back Goa into the game but it went in vain.
Norde was later substituted in the 76th minute and on came Nicolas Anelka for his first appearance of the season.Eight minutes after coming on, Anelka almost got on the score sheet but his shot was blocked perfectly by Gaikwad. He then had a Penalty claim in the 88th minute but it was waved off by the referee. Mumbai City stayed active till the final whistle and went home with the three points.
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