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ISL Update: FC Goa and Mumbai City FC play out a feisty 2-2 draw in the first leg

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The first-leg of Hero ISL 2020-21 playoffs beheld FC Goa hold a resilient Mumbai City at the Fatorda Stadium on a festive Friday night, with both teams sharing the spoils in a square-drawn contest. Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City came from behind twice to stay in the hunt.

Hugo Boumous made his mark in the first-leg of the semi-final after his return from suspension | Image Source: Star Sports Football Twitter

No sooner had the game kicked off, both sides delved onto their entertaining brand of football. With a flurry of chances to keep a fashioned approach to the game, the two sides kept each other on their toes. After an early survival of a penalty forced upon Romario, Mandar soon committed a rotten foul on Ortiz. FC Goa was awarded a spot-kick inside the box.

It was Igor Angulo who drove the first blood for FC Goa, converting the penalty and gave Gaurs a comfy lead in the early first half of the game. Hugo Boumous broke the deadlock for his side and netted the equalizer in the 40th minute.

Lobera’s star striker Bartholomew Ogbeche had a fine chance to equalize in the 25th minute, but it was for Dheeraj’s hands that kept off the strike and helped his side preventing an early goal. FC Goa had two penalty claims in the opening half, but the least bothered referring just made them worse while it saved Mumbai City FC.

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The second half of the match turned out to be more entertaining, while the sides hovering over their past promises. The Goan left-back, Saviour Gama gave FC Goa the lead for the second time, scoring a stunning goal sprinting from the left-flank.

The delight of Gama didn’t long last, and thanks to Mourtada Fall who brought his side on level terms by scoring a fine header in the very next minute of the game. Jahouh’s cross put a perfect ball for Fall to head it onto the top far corner of the net.

Mourtada Fall’s header ensured Mumbai went into the second leg level on scores | Image Source: Star Sports Football Twitter

It was a desperate night for the Islanders, who wasted a flurry of chances to gain the merits for the next leg of the game. FC Goa would be happier for the result, as they continued their unbeaten streak for the 14th game in a row. The first leg of the game saw some worthwhile performances from the local lads, displaying high-end resilience till the final minutes of the game.

With nothing to separate both sides from the grooves, thus will be more elated as all eyes would be on the second leg of the game, as two sides will battle it out once again when they clash in the second leg at the GMC Atheltic Stadium in Bambolim on Monday.

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