Moments That Shaped Our Season: Gaurs come from behind to thrash Mumbai City 5-2

posted in Specials by Sarthak Sharma on 21st May 2020

posted in Specials

by Sarthak Sharma

on 21st May 2020

Moments That Shaped Our Season: Gaurs come from behind to thrash Mumbai City 5-2

As we near the end of our “Moments That Shaped Our Season” series, we come across one of the games that may well have sealed FC Goa’s ticket to the very top of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Today, we cover a memorable victory at the Fortress against formidable opposition in Mumbai City, who were eventually made to look like schoolboys when all was said and done.

An early shock for the Gaurs

The Gaurs came into this game full of confidence after overcoming Hyderabad at home, but despite fielding a very impressive eleven, fell to a shock early Mumbai goal.

Mumbai grabbed the lead via a deflected effort from Rowllin Borges in the 18th minute, and a pin drop could be heard all around the stadium.

If Goa were to continue their winning run, they needed to come from behind.

Normal services resumes immediately

If there was ever any doubt, it was laid to rest almost immediately, as Ferran Corominas fired FC Goa back into contention after some lovely play with Hugo Boumous.

Their partnership was proving impossible to contain, and Coro’s goal showed just how important they both were in the team’s success.

The gulf in class shows

Speaking of Boumous, the Frenchman’s electrifying form was showing no sign of stopping, and he added his own name to the scoresheet soon after Coro had found the equaliser.

He may be known more for his silky skills and passing ability, but Boumous used his head to send the Fortress into delirium, and most importantly, gave FC Goa a 2-1 advantage in the contest.

Jacki proves his worth

Another player who had become indispensable for the Gaurs in recent games was Jackichand Singh, and keeping him out of the goals on this day was an impossible task.

Jacki made it 3-1 to the Men in Orange after a cheeky little lob from a tight angle to virtually settle the contest before the half-time whistle blew.

Mumbai sense an opportunity

As good as the Gaurs had been going forward, they did seem shaky at the back at times, and were punished for not clearing the ball in the second half.

This time it was Bipin Singh who managed to score past Mohammad Nawaz with a deflected shot, and a few nervous faces could be seen around the ground.

Coro wraps it up

It took some time, but Coro did manage to confirm the victory in the 80th minute, as some terrific interplay between him and Boumous worked wonders.

The one-two was truly mesmerising, and came at a great time for the Gaurs, who could smell victory with just ten minutes of normal time remaining.

Mumbai compound their downfall late on

After scoring against Mumbai in the reverse fixture, Lenny Rodrigues fancied himself here too, and may well take credit for what was to come.

The Goan midfielder’s effort clearly took a wicked deflection off Mohammed Rafique and creeped into the back of the net to make it 5-2 and put the icing on the victorious Gaurs’ cake.

All ready for the Playoffs

The win drove home the fact that FC Goa were going to be the team to beat come the ISL Playoffs, and this commanding victory was proof that even a setback wasn’t going to derail the team’s momentum.

With just one more game to go in the league stage, a spot at the top of the ISL standings was looking ready to turn orange in honour of the Gaurs.