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Relegated Mumbai FC on the cusp of creating two I-League records

4:33 AM WAT 24/04/2017
Aizawl FC Mumbai FC I-League 2017
The Essel Group-owned outfit's relegation has been confirmed but the team is on the verge of creating two big I-League records this season.

With 13 points from 17 fixtures, Mumbai FC's relegation from India's top-flight league has been confirmed. The metropolis outfit shared spoils with visitors Shillong Lajong on Sunday evening in a 1-1 result which saw Victorino Fernandes score an early goal before an equaliser at death from Japanese international Yuta Kinowaki.

28-year-old Victorino's goal against The Reds was the second goal scored by the Mumbaikars at home with the first goal coming from Thoi Singh in a 1-0 win at Cooperage against DSK Shivajians in the Yellow and Blues' first I-League game of 2016-17 season.

This means the Essel Group owned outfit has now scored the least number of goals in home matches (2) with the previous record owned by Air India FC (6) in 2007-08 season.

Also, the Oscar Bruzon-led side has conceded just twice at home - once against Khalid Jamil's Aizawl side in a 0-1 result on 22nd January. Syrian player Mahmoud Al Amna had registered his name on the score-sheet following an assist from Lalruatthara. The second goal conceded by the Yellow Submarines was on 23rd April, Sunday, which came off Yuta Kinowaki in the 91st minute in a 1-1 result. 

This means the Mumbai outfit has recorded the least number of goals conceded in home matches (2), with the previous best being held by Jagatjit Cotton & Textile Football Club (JCT) in 2007-08 season (10).

With the draw against Thangboi Singto's young side, Mumbai FC's hopes of qualifying for the Federation Cup were also crushed. Minerva Punjab and Mumbai FC are the two teams which shall miss out on the tournament scheduled to begin from May 7 at Cuttack, Odisha. The ninth placed Maharashtra side will take on Kolkata outfit East Bengal in their final fixture of the season at Cooperage. With almost nothing at stake, one can expect gaffer Bruzon to put up a young side and also introduce local lads in the encounter with the Reds and Golds on 29th April, Saturday.