The Goan side managed to take a point back home thanks to a second half penalty by their talisman...Mumbai FC and Sporting Clube de Goa played out a 1-1 draw in their opening I-League fixture of the 2013-14 season. John Coutinho had given the home side the lead a minute before the half-time whistle which was cancelled by an Ogba Kalu Nnanna penalty in the 77th minute.
Climax Lawrence made his debut for Mumbai FC while Jovel Martins, who was the centre of controversy for having signed for two clubs, was handed a start by Sporting Clube de Goa.
Rowlin Borges had the first shot of the match, but his effort flied well past the bar after Jovel had set him up beautifully.
It was the Flaming Oranje who dominated the proceedings and had most of the chances. Gonzalo Neila flicked on from a corner-kick towards the near post which was just about cleared by the Mumbai FC backline.
Boima Karpeh had a couple of chances. First his shot went sailing over the crossbar from inside the area. Thereafter he had another attempt as he controlled a ball from the defense to shoot from the edge of the box which cannoned off the post.
They had another appotunity when Boima headed for Jovel who took way too much time before deciding to shoot as the Mumbai FC left back cleared the danger.The goal was scored by John Coutinho in the 44th minute for Mumbai FC. Jamil’s side launched a counter attack in the dying minutes of the first half. The left flank seemed to bear the fruit of Mumbai's attack when a brillaint low cross put in by D'Zouza was met outside the box by John Coutinho whose shot trickled past the covering Sporting defender to find the back of the net.
In the second half, it was the woodwork that denied the away side as Boima’s shot came off the crossbar which was followed by a dangerous looking cross by Jovel being just about cleared by the Mumbai brigade.
Oscar Bruzon went all out in attack as they switched to a back three and also introduced Ogba Kalu to add more venom to their attack. It nearly paid dividends as the Nigerian found the back of the net but was flagged offside.
They came close to equalising again in the 76th minute after a fantastic move by Stephen Barreto, Rowllin and Dawson Fernandes which could have ended in a goal but for a last ditch tackle made.Sporting were rebellious in counter attack as they switched formation with just three at the back. The equalizer came in the 77th minute when a cross by Rowllin into the box saw Karpeh being pushed by a Mumbai FC defender. Ogba Kalu made no mistakes from the spot to make it 1-1.
Mumbai FC could have nearly paid the price in the end when goalkeeper Kunal Sawant relaxed which allowed Dawson to close him down. The ball went as far as Boima who shot it wide from inside the box.
Sporting would be disappointed with a point as they attacked relentlessly and were paid to pay for the missed chances.
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