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ISL 2018-19: Fluent FC Goa hand Mumbai City a reality check

05:04 BST 25/10/2018
FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC ISL 2018-19
The Islanders were terrible upfront and were not much better defensively as well as Goa ran riot...

Mumbai City FC were handed a reality check as they went down 5-0 at the hands of FC Goa on Wednesday evening. The Islanders didn’t have the best of starts to their Indian Super League (ISL) campaign this season but managed to pick three points in their last game against FC Pune City.

However, their brief revival was subdued with Hugo Boumous, Edu Bedia and Ferran Corominas running rings around their defence. Critics may point that Goa played an open game which could have been exploited by the visitors. To an extent, the gaps at the back were exposed by Mumbai. However, their wastefulness upfront didn’t help.

In the opening 10 minutes, they had at least four opportunities to head home from inside the box. Arnold Issoko, Moudou Sougou, Rafael Bastos, Paulo Machado and even Lucian Goian had multiple chances to make their mark but were guilty of squandering each and every one of them.

The referee was also in the spotlight for some atrocious decisions. While Goa were awarded a penalty after Coro was hacked down inside the box by Souvik Chakrabarti, the Mumbai full-back didn’t go into the book. Coro was brought down at least twice in the second half by Subashish Bose and Boumous too was tackled in the area by Milan Singh. Had those decisions been given, the score-line could have been much worse.

When you play on a big pitch, if your defence isn’t organised or compact, there is a good chance that the opposition will exploit the gaps at the back. While both teams weren’t the best when it came to defending, Mumbai were horrific in the second half. It almost looked like they decided to throw in the towel after Edu Bedia’s stunning shot from outside the box.

At the start of the season, Jorge Costa spoke of the need to be practical and embrace a pragmatic approach where the result is more important as opposed to the manner in which they play. However, Mumbai haven’t been either defensively solid nor have they set the league alight with their attacking prowess.

What Costa needs to question his players is as to why didn’t they test a rookie custodian in Goa's goal. Either they slammed their effort wide or scuffed their shot altogether. Bastos was through on goal in the first half but his eventual shot was directed towards the corner flag as opposed to the frame of goal. This more or less summed up their performance in the attacking third.

Mumbai will next come up against a struggling Delhi Dynamos who haven’t won a single game either.

For FC Goa, there is no question that their midfield trio of Bedia, Boumous and Ahmet Jahouh are the best in the ISL. However, if they can combine their attacking verve with some defensive solidity, they could be the runaway leaders this season.