INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE - 2014 (REPORT)

ISL 2014: MUMBAI CITY FC drew goalless with FC Goa.

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REPORT : Mumbai City FC settled for their third consecutive stalemate in the Hero Indian Super League when the hosts were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Goa at the D.Y. Patil Stadium here on Monday evening. The team, co-owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor and Chartered Accountant Bimal Parekh, dominated the proceedings throughout the 90 minute encounter but were denied three points by the crossbar and profligacy of their strikers.

The draw took Mumbai City FC's points tally to 12 points from nine outings and the team remains in fifth spot in overall standings while FC Goa are seventh with nine points. Just like the last encounter between the two teams, the game was a battle of attrition in the midfield and Mumbai City FC had the better of the exchanges from the start.

The hosts, who now have maintained five clean sheets, went into the match with an aggressive game plan and coach Peter Reid opted for a 4-4-1-1 system with fit-again Andre Moritz sitting behind lone striker Nicolas Anelka. The strategy worked very well for the hosts as the team controlled play throughout the first half and came up with at least half a dozen moves that had the potential of finding the opening goal.

The first came within five minutes when Anelka's outstretched leg managed to connect to a cross too well and the ball sailed over the crossbar after a mistake in the FC Goa defence. Subhash Singh and Lalrindika Ralte also had the opportunity to get their name on the scoresheet but the former pulled his shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat in the 20th minute and FC Goa custodian Jan Seda came up with a superb low dive to keep out Dika's left-footer.

In between these two chances, FC Goa could have taken the lead against the run of play but an alert Subrata Pal managed to parry Gabriel Fernandes' shot. The second half continued with the same script and it looked like Mumbai City FC had found that illusive goal when Moritz's strike from outside the box went past an outstretched Seda, only for the ball to rebound off the woodwork in the 82nd minute.

FC Goa could have took the lead against the run of play when Tolgay Ozbey's low strike hit the post three minutes later and Pal had to come up with a couple of good saves in the last few minutes to maintain the status quo. Coach Peter Reid was satisfied with the final result and said he would any day take a draw as against a defeat. 'We prefer draws to losing. It is better to draw than lose a match as it shows that we are a tough team to beat. The positive thing is that we created a lot chances but unluckily we could not convert them. We will work a bit on it before the next game."

17.11.2014 : MUMBAI CITY FC --- 0-0 --- FC GOA ( FT)
MCFC : 1-Subata Paul, 2-Letzelter, 5-Friedrich, 17-Deepak, 27-Cmovs, 16-Costa, 6-Stohanzl, 20-Lalrindika, 21-Moritz, 12-Subhash, 39-Anelka
FCG : 1-Seda, 2-Debabrata, 3-Narayan, 5-Bengelloun, 15-Gregory, 12-Bikramjit, 27-Santos, 7-Pires, 17-Mandar, 26- Tolgey Ozbey, 14-Gabriel

FT : SCORE LINE - MUMBAI 0-0 GOA
90': 4 minute added time.
88': PLAYER CHANGE - GOA : RomeRanti Martins in and Tolgey l out.
85': 5 minutes left to end of the schedule time. 0-0 is the scoreline.
82': Still the scoreline is 0-0.
82': Back to Back 3 corner for Goa but no damage done.
77': PLAYER CHANGE - MUMBAI : Ram Malik in and Lalrin dika out.
73': Yellow card to Cmovs of Mumbai.
72': YELLOW CARD to Gregory of Goa.
71': PLAYER CHANGE - GOA : Romeo in and Gabriel out.
71': SCORE LINE - MUMBAI 0-0 GOA
68': PLAYER CHANGE - GOA : Amiri in and Pires out.
66': STILL GOALLESS IN THE MATCH.
64': PLAYER CHANGE - MUMBAI CITY : Nadong in and Subhash Singh out
. 60': Chance to Mumbai City - Moritz to Friedrich but his header missed the target.
55': FOUL - Narayan Das of Goa fouled Mumbai's Subhas subhssh Singh.
53': 50:50 Ball possession now in the match.
52': Still no score in the match.
50': Deepak and Tolgey both were injured now fit.
47': Corner to GOA from Tolgey's attack, but Santos corner kick cleared in MCFC defence.
45': Foul - Tolgey Ozbey of GOA was fouled by Moritz
42': Effort of Mumbai's Dika but his shot missed the target.
40': Foul - Narayan Das was fouled by Letzelter .
37': Pires of GOA well effort but his shot went out.
35': Anelka of Mumbai was in offside trap.
32': Foul - Subrata Paul was fouled by Bengelloun
30': Corner to GOA - Santos's corner cleared.
28': YELLOW CARD - Mandar of GOA.
25': Moritz's shot went out.
20': Mumbai's Subhas shot off Moritz's pass went wide.
17': Tolgey of Goa was in offside trap.
14': Foul - Mandar fouled Stohanzl of Mumbai City.
12': Corner to Mumbai City - Andre Moritz corner kick towards Anelka, ball went to Subhash singh but he missed.
12' : Foul - Gregory fouled Mumbai's Anelka.
11': Foul of Bengelloun as he fouled to Moritz of Mumbai.
10': Mumbai City FC earned 11 points upto last 8 matches and stand in 5th place of the table.
9': FC GOA earned 8 points from last eight match to stand in 7th position of 8 teams league table
7': Foul of Lalrin Dika to Santos of Goa.
6': Upto last 33rd completed match a total of 108 yellow cards and 5 red cards sown.
5': SCORE LINE - MUMBAI 0-0 GOA
4': Debabrata's throw in went to Mandar but his shot went for MFC goal kick.
3': Foul - Bikramjeet of FC Goa fouled Stohanzl
1': Match starts as Mumbai City FC kicked off the match.

16.11.2014: FC GOA PRESS RELEASE : FC Goa pre-match press conference :: Press conference was addressed by Coach Zico and player Youness Bengelloun....... BELOW MUMBAI CITY FC PREVIEW

Q. In the last match what went right for the team that you got such good results?
A. Youness- Compared to the other games, we did score more goals and everybody can say that we always played well. For the last game we were very efficient and that is why we scored four goals.

Q. Do you think that you have less time to catch up with the top teams?
A. Youness- We have six more games and 18 points to take and we are going to do everything to reach in the top four.

Q. What went right in the last game and what went wrong in the earlier games?
A. Zico : In the last game we were able to finalise better and the earlier games we did create many opportunities to score, but were unable to do so.

Q. How difficult has it been for the players to adapt different playing surfaces?
A. Zico : I have no complaints. All the ground we have played have been good. And this one seems to be the best

Q. From your playing days how much has football changed?
A. Zico : Everything has changed. The only thing that hasn’t changed is playing football

Q. What do you think was the reason for team's slow start? Is there anything that you have worked upon to try and improve your team's performance?
A. Zico : Maybe because our players were being reckless and they were trying to do things by themselves and also the pressure to win the game. Every time we go on to the field we go to win. We create opportunities, we play football. So if we were not doing it, I would have been worried and FC Goa has been playing good football. Now in the second phase, it has become little complicated. The teams that are there in the top four are playing defensive game, they are not taking much risks and we have to take risks. But we are not going to change our philosophy. We will continue to play the way we have been playing.

Q. Coach you spoke about the team playing beautiful football. In the second phase, will the emphasis be only on playing beautiful football or winning the game?
A. Zico : No my philosophy has always been to win the game. If I have to change my philosophy, I will stop. I want my players to go victory and don’t play bad football.

Q. How are you approaching tomorrow’s game against Mumbai?
A. Zico : We are looking forward to neutralizing the best players of Mumbai the team and I think it is an equal game. They can be sure that we are playing to win and attack.

Match Preview: Mumbai City FC vs. FC Goa on 17th November 2014 in Mumbai

16.11.2014: FCFC Press Release : Mumbai City FC eying a win and ISL top spot. Mumbai City FC will look to find their scoring touch and three full points when they take on FC Goa in the Hero Indian Super League encounter at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Monday evening.

The team, co-owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor and Chartered Accountant Bimal Parekh, have maintained a clean slate in their last four games though having also failed to score in their last two away encounters.

One of those encounters were against the visitors, where both teams fought for midfield superiority and failed to break the opposition defence. However, the home support and conditions could play a big factor on Monday as the hosts aim to win all remaining hom points available with an eye on a semi-final berth.

Mumbai City FC have 11 points from eight outings so far and have three more home games, including the one on Monday, to play as the battle for the top four slots hots-up.

As things stand now, all the eight teams have a chance to reach the semi-finals and only two points separate Mumbai City FC from table toppers Atletico de Kolkata. A victory on Monday could see the host take pole position in the overall standings for the first time in the tournament.

But for that to happen, coach Peter Reid knows that the forward line has to fire again and it would be interesting to see if the Englishman makes any changes to his starting XI, after having tweaked his formation only due to injuries in the last few games.

At the Pre- Match press conference Mumbai City FC's Assistant Coach Steve Darby commented "Players don't like being beaten and it just doesn't help morale, so it is important to stop getting beaten. We have done that and we have had four clean sheets in a row. I think there’s been a lot of nil-nil draws going on in the League, so it's a sig'n of a mature League"

"I can categorically say that Freddie is not playing. The others are all in contention. Everyone else, 26 players are all fit but Freddie is not ready yet. We go for a win every game, honestly. Our view is we don't give anything away. We have people like Anelka, possibly Moritz who can score. That's the realistic… We are told there will be a good crowd, a lot of tickets sold. It does help, the crowd, honestly.

Tiago Ribeiro at the pre-match press conference commented "We have ensured that the gaps we have had earlier in the League, we have closed them. We are communicating better on the field and we started working as a unit. That's changed over the last few matches"