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Late penalty heartbreak for 10 men Goa

(Source: ISL Media)

An injury-time penalty from English striker Adam Le Fondre gave Mumbai City a scarcely deserved victory over FC Goa who played for more than half the match with just ten men.

It was Goa who had the first chance of the match when Igor Angulo found space In the box, but his touch was heavy and Mumbai were able to block the shot for a corner. Goa continued to have the better of it against a Mumbai side that were slow to settle, but the match was stood completely on its head in the 39th minute. Radeem Tlang was shown a straight red for a bad, and completely unnecessary challenge on Hernan Santana, studs-up.

Goa though got to half-time with no undue alarms, and it was Goa who created the better chances as the second-half unfurled. First Angulo shot wide when it seemed easier to score, and then it was the turn of Goa captain Edu Bedia hit a rasping shot which Amrinder Singh in the Mumbai goal did well to keep out. A minute later, Bedia went close again, but Singh saved his shot on the line.

Mumbai were struggling to create clear-cut chances but spurned a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 74th minute when Le Fondre squared the ball to defender Mandar Rao Dessai but he skied the ball over the bar from close range. 

Goa were beginning to tire as the extra man advantage began to count. Le Fondre sent a shot over the bar and then CY Goddard got clear before Bedia was on hand to intercept in the nick of time.

Goa seemed to have earned the point they deserved for their efforts by deep into injury time Goddard beat two defenders on the right and swung in a cross. Substitute Bipin Singh met the ball with his head and it struck the hand of Lenny Rodrigues, causing the referee to point to the spot.

Le Fondre made no mistake, scoring his first goal in Indian football, and breaking the hearts of Goa who deserved at least a draw on the day.

Shantanu Gupta predominantly writes for the sister sites of CricketNews.com: Inplay Cricket India, Inplay Sports India and Indian Cricket World. Having grown up around the intense rivalries of cricket Shantanu took to a journalistic career in following the sport whilst also remaining mindful of other key sports of interest to Indian sports fans. You’ll see him not only writing about cricket but also covering football, tennis and more.

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