ISL 2018-19 : FC Goa end Mumbai's unbeaten run
by Shubham Sharma
Mumbai: FC Goa ended Mumbai City FC’s unbeaten run of nine games after registering a comfortable 2-0 win in Mumbai on Friday. Spanish midfielder Edu Bedia (28th minute) and star striker Ferran Corominas (79th minute) struck on either side of the break at the Mumbai Football Arena.
In the absence of their leading striker Modou Sougou, rested by Costa after the hamstring problem the Senegalese suffered in Sunday’s 1-0 win here against Bengaluru, Mumbai were punished by an Edu Bedia tap-in goal in the 28th minute followed by a 79th minute penalty scored by Ferran Corominas.
With this win, the Gaurs jump onto the third place in the league table with 24 points from 13 games while Mumbai can consolidate themselves with the fact that they hold themselves on the second place with 27 points from 14 games.
The Gaurs registered their fifth clean sheet of the season but Lobera could care less. "For me, the most important thing is that we have the highest goal difference in the league. I am not obsessed with clean sheets. I am more worried about the number of goals we score.
"At the end of the league, if we are tied on points with some other team, the number of clean sheets won't matter, what will matter is the goal difference," he quipped.
The ISL, though, uses head-to-head to determine the standings if teams are tied on points. Reflecting on the defeat, Mumbai City manager Jorge Costa commented,
"What went wrong? Firstly, the result. Secondly, the first half. I don't know what happened. I must see the game again, I must speak with the players. But, in the first half, this is not the team that we are used to seeing. This is not my team.
"Second half, we pressed as a team. We had two clear opportunities. One from (Paulo) Machado, another one that hit the bar. Goa is the best team in India with the ball. The result is good for them, they are a very dangerous team. We took some risks and we lost the three points."
However, with 27 points from 14 games, Mumbai are odds on one of the favourites to make it to the playoffs. "I still believe in my players. We will do what we wanted from the beginning, finish in the top four. Of course, we will do it," Costa reassured.