Neither FC Goa nor Mumbai City were ready to give an edge to each other as they held off to a 2-all tie until the final whistle at the Fatorda Stadium.
Goa and Mumbai head into the 2nd Leg with 2 goals each
Kicking off to a highly anticipated semi final clash, it was Goa whose chance came as early in the 20th minute as they were awarded a penalty after Mumbai left back Mandar Rao Dessai brought down Jorge Ortiz Mendoza inside the box. Igor Angulo made no mistake from the spot as Goa went into the lead.
However, the lead was only short lived as Mumbai City had their equaliser by the 38th minute. Playing against his former side, Mumbai midfielder Hugo Boumous got the better of Saviour Gama, and rocketed the ball past Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem into the net.
Heading into the second half with a goal each, Gama put Goa into the lead once again, with a brilliant solo run into the Mumbai defence, followed by a low strike as the ball went beyond the reach of Amrinder Singh.
Just within two minutes, Mumbai delivered their rebuttal a second time. A brilliant swerving delivery from Ahmed Jahouh ended up becoming the perfect assist for Mourtada Fall, who slotted it into the Goa net to get his side back into level scores.
With a 2-2 aggregate, the second leg this Monday at the GMC Stadium is setting up to be a nail-biting event to decide one of the finalists.
“Today I am not happy and because I think we had chances to score more goals. We need to be more clinical,” Mumbai City manager Sergio Lobera said in the post-game interview, “we didn’t have control of the game and they have the ball and they were comfortable for long periods. We had our chances but we didn’t take advantage. We need to win possession against the team.”
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