5 things learned as FC Goa breeze past Mumbai City

posted in Specials by Sarthak Sharma on 13th February 2020

posted in Specials

by Sarthak Sharma

on 13th February 2020

5 things learned as FC Goa breeze past Mumbai City

FC Goa produced another goal fest at the Fatorda thanks to a brace from top scorer Ferran Corominas, helping the Gaurs pick up a deserved 5-2 win over Mumbai City FC.

The win ensures that the Men in Orange continue their charge towards the AFC Champions League, with just one more league match to be played before the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) playoffs begin.

The clash with Mumbai was a memorable one, and here are five things we learned from it:

#5 The Gaurs excel at outscoring opponents

Recent results seem to suggest that FC Goa are at their best when they play on the front foot.

The Gaurs are comfortably the highest scoring team in the ISL this season, with 41 goals throughout the campaign thus far.

What this shows is that even if the opposition manages to score a couple of goals in the game, it is far from a guarantee that it would result in a win or even a draw for the side.

While conversely it may be argued that the Gaurs’ defending can improve, there is no doubt that scoring an average of 3-4 goals a game will surely enable a team to make it to the very top of the mountain.

Besides, the fans love a bit of entertainment, and FC Goa are masters at providing it, and the game against Mumbai was no different.

#4 The Hugo-Coro partnership is frightening for defenders

Wednesday night saw Hugo Boumous and Ferran Corominas light it up once again as they combined successfully to help the team see off a brief challenge from Mumbai.

Coro is now the leading goal scorer in the ISL this season with 13 strikes to his name, while Hugo has crawled his way up into golden boot contention as well, bagging 9 goals this campaign.

Boumous even has 8 assists to his name, more than any other player in the league this season, with plenty of them leading to goals for Coro.

This partnership has terrorised defences in the league, and it bodes well for the Gaurs as they head into the playoffs very soon.

Despite being prepared for the onslaught, teams find it difficult to contain the duo, and FC Goa fans can’t seem to get enough of their favourite Spanish-French pairing.

#3 Seriton and Brandon suspended for Jamshedpur clash

Seriton Fernandes picked up his fourth yellow card of the campaign against the Islanders, while Brandon Fernandes picked up his seventh booking of the season, which means the duo will miss FC Goa’s next game against Jamshedpur FC.

The reaction from Seriton suggested he was none too pleased with being shown a yellow, and the same goes for Brandon, who has been key for the Gaurs in attack throughout the season.

The two bookings could prove crucial in the larger scheme of things, as a victory over Jamshedpur may be compulsory if the Goans want to finish top of the standings, and it looks like they would need to achieve it without two of their top players.

#2 Gaurs dent Islanders’ playoff hopes

The win over Mumbai cemented the Gaurs’ position in the top two in the ISL table and made it just a little bit more difficult for the Islanders to make it through to the playoffs.

An FC Goa victory was enough to see Bengaluru FC qualify for the last four, which means that Mumbai City FC are now in a fight with Chennaiyin FC to see who makes it through.

With two games in hand, Chennaiyin just might fancy pipping the Islanders and take the final playoff place thanks to a favour from the Gaurs on Wednesday night.

#1 The Asian dream lives on

The team that finishes top of the tree in the ISL competes in the AFC Champions League next season, and there is no doubt that the Gaurs have the quality to play in the continental competition.

However, ATK are just as keen to make it to Asia’s elite, and currently hold the edge over FC Goa in head to head encounters.

A victory against Mumbai was key to keeping the Asian dream alive, and the Gaurs achieved the feat without much fuss, building confidence ahead of the final league game against Jamshedpur.

Should ATK drop points in either of their next two games and FC Goa pick up a win in their next clash, a Champions League spot would be confirmed for the Gaurs, and history would be made.