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ISL 2018-19 2nd Semifinal, 1st Leg- Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa: How the action unfolded

FC Goa registered a 5-1 win against Mumbai City FC in the first leg of the second semi-final in an excellent performance by the visitors. 

ISL 2018-19 2nd Semifinal, 1st Leg- Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa: How the action unfolded
Image Credits: Twitter/@FCGoaOfficial

FC Goa registered a 5-1 win against Mumbai City FC in the first leg of the second semi-final. Senegal based footballer Mourtada Fall was the man to watch out for, scoring twice. 

Jackichand Singh (31st minute), Ferran Corominas (51st minute) and Brandon Fernandes (82nd minute) further made their presence felt with a goal apiece.  

Here are the highlights:

# Mumbai City FC have been beaten 5-1 by FC Goa in the first leg of the second semi-final!  

# Full Time! 

# FC Goa seem set to end the clash with a four-goal advantage with just three minutes of extra time! Mumbai City FC 1-5 FC Goa (90 Minutes)  

# Goal! FC Goa have scored a fifth goal following an excellent pass and clinical finish by Brandon! Mumbai City FC 1-5 FC Goa (83 Minutes) 

# Goalscorer Jackichand Singh makes his way out while Manvir Singh makes his way in!  

# Mumbai City FC will need to score 4 away goals away from home if they wish to qualify for the final considering the current scoreline, which is certainly evident from their attacking gameplay! Mumbai City FC 1-4 FC Goa (80 Minutes)   

# Mumbai City FC nearly score a second goal following an excellent corner but fail to generate any proper contact on the ball! Mumbai City FC 1-4 FC Goa (68 Minutes)  

# Mattias Mirabaje has been subbed in by Mumbai City FC with Baston making his way out! 

# FC Goa nearly score a fifth as goalkeeper Amrinder Singh pulls off a stunning save to maintain the 4-1 scoreline! Mumbai City FC 1-4 FC Goa (68 Minutes)   

# Arnold is denied a penalty despite an alleged foul in the box, as the referee indicates that the game will continue! Mumbai City FC 1-4 FC Goa (62 Minutes)     

# Goal! Mourtada Fall has scored his second goal of the clash following an incredible header off the corner which makes it 4-1 in favour of the visitors! Mumbai City FC 1-4 FC Goa (60 Minutes)    

# Jackichand Singh nearly scores a fourth goal for FC Goa following a long-ranger as goalkeeper Amrinder Singh pulls off a fine save! 

# FC Goa nearly score a fourth goal as Coro misses a one on one chance against goalkeeper Amrinder Singh! Mumbai City FC 1-3 FC Goa (55 Minutes)   

# Goal! FC Goa have scored a third goal against Mumbai City FC following an excellent cross as Coro makes it 3-1 for FC Goa! Mumbai City FC 1-3 FC Goa (52 Minutes)!  

# Mumbai City FC are attempting to go for their shots as the second half kicks off with the hosts trailing by two away goals! Mumbai City FC 1-2 FC Goa (50 Minutes)       

# The second half time is set to start shortly!  

# Naveen Kumar pulled off an excellent save in extra time drawing comparisons to Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea!  

# Half-Time! Mumbai City FC 1-2 FC Goa! 

# Mumbai City FC have had a goal ruled offside following the decision of the referee. Will it prove costly at the end of 90 minutes? Mumbai City FC 1-2 FC Goa (45 Minutes)   

# Goal! FC Goa take the lead following an excellent header off a corner by Fall in the 39th minute! Mumbai City FC 1-2 FC Goa (40 Minutes)

# Fifth corner of the game for Mumbai City FC who look to take the lead again, after conceding a sloppy goal! Mumbai City FC 1-1 FC Goa (36 Minutes)    

# Goal! FC Goa have scored an important away goal following an excellent finish by Jackichand Singh who takes advantage of some sloppy keeping by Amrinder Singh! Mumbai City FC 1-1  FC Goa (31 Minutes)  

Joyner Lourenco is the second Mumbai City FC player to enter the referee's book for pushing Jackichand Singh! Mumbai City FC 1-0 FC Goa (30 Minutes)

# The Mumbai City FC will be looking to press home the advantage after scoring their first goal of the ISL against the FC Goa this season!   

# Goal! Mumbai City FC have scored the first goal of the match following an excellent cross by Arnold with Bastos ensuring a composed finish! Mumbai City FC 1-0 FC Goa (21 Minutes)

# Second corner of the match for Mumbai City FC as the FC Goa defenders kick the ball away following a powerful save by the keeper! Mumbai City FC 0-0 FC Goa (16 Minutes) 

# Mumbai City FC looking to attack with frequent long-balls into the penalty box as well as a constant flow of passes! Mumbai City FC 0-0 FC Goa (12 Minutes)  

# Nearly a goal for FC Goa following a free kick as goalkeeper Amrinder Singh holds on to the ball after an accurate header! Mumbai City FC 0-0 FC Goa (9 Minutes)  

# Two free kicks in the first three minutes for FC Goa! Mumbai City FC 0-0 FC Goa

# Can FC Goa put pressure on the hosts by scoring an early away goal? 

# The two sides have made their way down to the pitch, with the clash set to kick off soon! 

# Mumbai City FC Playing XI! 

Amrinder Singh (GK/C), Joyner Lourenco, Subhasish Bose, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Arnold Issoko, Lucian Goian, Sehnaj Singh, Rafael Bastos, Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Machado, Modou Sougou.

# Here is the FC Goa lineup for the first leg! 

# The FC Goa supporters are attempting to make their presence felt! 

# Edu Bedia has lauded the development of FC Goa over the course of the season! 

# Mumbai City FC defender Subhashish Bose has promised to deliver his 100% on the field in order to ensure a win the game for his side! 

Having suffered two defeats against FC Goa in the league stage, Mumbai City FC would be thirsting for revenge when the two outfits clash in the first- leg semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday.

FC Goa had defeated Mumbai 5-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa in October, after which the Jorge Costa-coached Mumbai were unbeaten in nine games.

But again it was FC Goa who had snapped their unbeaten run when they defeated them 2-0 at the Mumbai Football Arena here in February.

So when Mumbai take the field with the stakes higher, revenge will also be on their mind, but the hosts know well that they cannot afford to take the visitors lightly.

For the hosts, Modou Sougou has been the star performer having pumped in 12 goals so far. And a lot will depend on how the Senegalese fares in this key contest.

He, along with Arnold Issako of Congo who has six assists to his credit, form a lethal pair.

With a forward like Brazilian Rafael Bastos and an array of mid-fielders, including Sougou, Paulo Machado and Matias Mirabaje to bank on, Mumbai have a strong outfit.

With Romanian Lucian Goian and Subhasish Bose to man it, Mumbai also have a strong defence although it was breached rather easily previously on both the occasions by Goa.

This is an area they would like to tighten up.

The role of experienced goalkeeper Amrinder Singh would also be crucial and he would be hoping to maintain a clean sheet.

Amrinder has been quite impressive in the tournament having 55 saves to his name.

Costa said his team has leant from the mistakes they have committed against Goa in the previous two games.

"We have to see the reality. We have lost two games against FC Goa. I hope there will be a different story tomorrow.

"We made mistakes in the two games against FC Goa but we've learnt from them," said Costa.

Goa have a lethal weapon in the form of Ferran Corominas, who is the leading goal-scorer in the league, having slotted in 15 goals.

If he is allowed to play as he wants, the Mumbai defence will have a harrowing time.

Apart from Corominas, Goa's hopes will also be pinned on the performance of Spaniard Edu Bedia, who plays as central mid-fielder and has seven goals to his name.

Along with Bedia, Jackichand Singh, Mandar Rao Dessai and Zaid Krouch are other mid-fielders for Goa.

The Goa defenders and custodian Laxmikant Kattimani also will have to be on their toes against the Mumbai attack with home crowd behind it.

Goa's assistant coach Jesus Tato said his team needs to keep working on its strengths.

"The most important thing is our style of football. Of course, you have to take the opposition into account but we have to keep on working on what is our strength - our style," said Tato.

(With PTI Inputs)