ISL 2019/20: Coro brace guides FC Goa to 5-2 win over Mumbai City FC

GOA: FC Goa were at their free-flowing best as they thrashed Mumbai City FC 5-2 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda and continued their winning run with just a game to go in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season.

FC Goa went unchanged from their previous game at the Fortress, and controlled proceedings in the first half, with Ahmed Jahouh the man pulling the strings in midfield.

Despite the early dominance however, it was Mumbai who took the lead against the run of play, with Rowllin Borges pouncing inside the box and firing home via a deflected effort.

The goal might have knocked the stuffing out of any other team, but the home side instead retaliated, and were back on level terms in no time.

The combination of Hugo Boumous and Ferran Corominas worked wonders again, and a knock down from the former was turned home by Coro for his twelfth goal of the season.

The equaliser brought about even more attacking threat from the Gaurs, who went a goal up shortly thereafter, when Boumous managed to squeeze his header past Amrinder Singh in the Islanders goal.

There was more joy for the home fans before the break, as a lovely pass from Coro found Jackichand Singh in space, and the Manipuri dinked his effort past Amrinder to make it 3-1 at the half-time break.

FC Goa may have been the better side by far in the first period, but the visitors improved in the second, and found a goal to cut the deficit down to just one goal.

The men in orange were guilty of not clearing the ball, and paid for it as Bipin Singh fired home to make it 3-2 and give Mumbai hope.

Cut to the 80th minute mark, and that hope for the Islanders had vanished, as Boumous and Coro made light work of the defending and made the visitors pay for not tracking the run of the latter.

An inch perfect ball from Boumous found Coro, and the Spaniard slotted home to secure the points for FC Goa.

The Fortress had more to cheer for towards the end of the game too, as Lenny Rodrigues found the time and space to let an effort fly, and the ball ricocheted off Mohammed Rafique to make it 5-2.

The unassuming Rafique had no idea what happened, but Lenny didn’t care, and neither did the thousands in attendance, who celebrated a fifth for their side.

That was the last bit of action during the game, and a 5-2 victory was just reward for an FC Goa side that refuses to relent as they head into the ISL playoffs.

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