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12.03.2019 : FC GOA 0-1 MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)
MCFC : Rafael Bastos 6'
FC GOA TO FACE BENGALURU FC IN THE FINAL

FC GOA <b> <font color=red> 0-1 </font> </b> MUMBAI CITY FC

FCG: Naveen, Seriton, Fall, Pena, Mandar, Lenny, Jahouh, Jackichand, Boumous, Brandon, Corominas.
MCFC: Amrinder, Souvik, Goian, Anwar, Lourenco; Raynier, Milan, Machado, Issoko, Sougou, Bastos.
REFEREE: R VENKATESH.

Man of the Match - Mourtada Fall : FC GOA
Club Award - Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Rafael Bastos : MUMBAI CITY
Winning pass of the match - Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY
Emerging player - Brandon Fernandes : FC GOA

A narrow 1-0 win was nowhere near enough for a desperate Mumbai City FC who were knocked out by FC Goa 5-2 on aggregate in the 2018-19 Hero Indian Super League semi-final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Tuesday. Rafael Bastos scored the only goal of the match in the sixth minute but the visitors struggled to take advantage of their early lead and score more goals. A resolute Goa stood firm to ensure a place in the final and will battle Bengaluru FC for the coveted trophy at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday.

Mumbai got off to a promising start and took the lead in the sixth minute. Arnold Issoko intercepted a sloppy pass from Ahmed Jahouh and dribbled forward through the centre. Issoko picked out Bastos’ run into the box from the left and the Brazilian slotted the ball past goalkeeper Naveen Kumar. Goa soon took control of the game and passed the ball in and around the Mumbai box in search of an equaliser. The Islanders’ defence, led by Lucian Goian, stood firm and closed down gaps.

Jahouh was pickpocketed again midway through the first half and Bastos sent Modou Sougou clear into the box. Naveen pulled off a good save and the rebound was cleared by a recovering Mourtada Fall. A Paulo Machado strike from outside the box was deflected off target by Jahouh and a Bastos free-kick flew over the bar before the break as Mumbai piled the pressure on Goa and sought more goals. At the other end, a Jackichand Singh cross was headed wide by Hugo Boumous, leaving the Mumbai defenders on their toes.

Ferran Corominas, who had been silent in the first half, tried to influence the flow of the game after the break. The Spanish striker’s shot from outside the box three minutes after the restart was saved by Amrinder Singh. In the 56th minute, Jackichand’s cross from the right was punched by Amrinder into the path of Corominas whose shot rattled the crossbar.

Mumbai looked to increase their lead as the second half progressed but struggled to create clear-cut chances against a stable Goa defence and an alert Naveen Kumar. Machado split the defence with a through-ball into the box for Bastos in the 70th minute but a sliding challenge from Seriton Fernandes and a clearance by Naveen denied the visitors.

Sougou came agonisingly close to scoring a goal late in the game as the striker’s effort missed the post by a whisker.A curling Matias Mirabaje free-kick was kept out by Naveen but a miraculous comeback was already out of sight by then as Goa marched into the final.

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11.03.2019 : BENGALURU FC 3-0 NORTH EAST UNITED FC (FT)
BFC: NICHOLAS FEDOR (72'), DIMAS MORGADO (87'), SUNIL CHETRI(90+2')
FIRST LEG SEMI FINAL SCORE : NORTH EAST UNITED FC 2-1 BENGALURU FC

BENGALURU FC  <b> <font color=red> 3-0 </font> </b> NORTH EAST UNITED FC

BFC: Gurpreet, Rahul, Juanan,Khabra, Nishu, Delgado, Hernandez, Udanta, Garcia, Sunil, Fedor.
NEUFC: Pawan,Rivas, Reagan,Grgic, Robert, Lalthathanga, Redeem, Gallego, Fanai, Leudo, Mascia.
REFEREE: ABDULLA ALALI.

Man of the Match - Nicholas Fedor : BENGALURU FC
Club Award - Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player - Dimas Delgado : BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match - Udanta Singh : BENGALURU FC
Emerging player - Nishu Kumar : BENGALURU FC

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC sealed their place in the final of the Hero Indian Super League for the second successive year with a 3-0 win against NorthEast United FC in the second leg of the play-off at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, here on Monday. The Blues, who were dominant throughout the game, were made to work hard by a resilient NorthEast United who were finally outdone by a 72nd-minute goal from Miku. Late strikes from Dimas Delgado (87') and Sunil Chhetri (90+2') followed as Bengaluru overturned the 2-1 defeat in the first leg.

The aggregate score read 4-2 in favour of the Blues who will now look to land their first ever ISL title on Sunday. After a dominant first few minutes by Bengaluru, it were NorthEast who threatened first against the run of play. Federico Gallego nicked the ball off Dimas’s feet and charged at the Bengaluru defence. The Uruguayan fed Juan Mascia into the box who, with just Gurpreet Singh to beat, shot straight at the goalkeeper from a narrow angle.

With NorthEast posing a threat from counter-attacks, Miku missed two glorious chances to score in the space of two minutes. In the 23rd minute, Nishu Kumar delivered a delightful cross into the centre of the box from the left flank but Miku headed it over the bar. Two minutes later, Udanta Singh was released down the right flank and the winger’s cut-back from the byline was sent wide from close-range by the Venezuelan striker. Miku nearly made amends for his misses with a terrific solo run after the half an hour mark. The striker shimmied past multiple NorthEast players on his way into the box, but sent a weak effort straight into the gloves of Pawan Kumar.

The visitors rang the alarm bell again before the break as Mascia’s thunderous strike from outside the box swerved towards goal but Gurpreet kept his eyes on the ball to make a good save. Bengaluru got off the blocks quickly after the restart and put pressure on NorthEast United defence but brilliant saves from Pawan Kumar kept NorthEast in the game.

As Bengaluru chased a goal, NorthEast were pushed further back into their own half as the second half wore on. A cross from the right flank by Xisco Hernandez was flicked into the path of Juanan by Harmanjot Khabra but the defender blasted the ball over the bar from close-range. Bengaluru finally found the net in the 72nd minute when Khabra found Xisco on the right flank. The Spaniard passed to Udanta who whipped a brilliant cross into the box for Miku who guided the ball into the net with a faint left-footed finish and broke NorthEast United hearts.

NorthEast desperately sought an equaliser and were caught out on the break by Udanta in the 87th minute. He charged into space from his own half and attempted a chip that ricocheted off the post into the path of an onrushing Dimas who slotted home. A desperate NorthEast were punished again in added time. Chhetri played a one-two with Udanta and dribbled into the box. With just Pawan Kumar to beat, the Indian international skipped past the goalkeeper and caressed the ball into the net to spark jubilant scenes in Bengaluru.

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09.03.2019 (SF-2:LEG 1) :: MUMBAI CITY FC 1-5 FC GOA (FT)
MCFC: RAPHEL BASTOS(19')
FCG: JACKIECHAD SINGH(30'), MOURTADA FALL(39',57'), FERRAN COROMINAS(50'), MANVIR SINGH(81')

MUMBAI CITY FC <b> <font color=red> 1-5 </font> </b> FC GOA

MCFC : Amrinder,Lourenco, Subhasish, Sauvik, Issoko, Goian, Sehnaj, Bastos, Raynier, Machado, Sougou.
FCG : Naveen, Fall, Pena, Seriton, Brandon, Mandar, Jahouh, Lenny, Bedia, Jackichand, Corominas.
REFEREE: HAMID ALI YUSUF
Man of the Match - Mourtada Fall : FC GOA
Club Award - FC Goa
Limitless Player - Jackichand Singh : FC GOA
Winning pass of the match - Hugo Boumous : FC GOA
Emerging player - Brandon Fernandes : FC GOA

MUMBAI CITY FC <b> <font color=red> 1-5 </font> </b> FC GOA

ISL PRESS RELEASE : A mesmerising attacking performance from FC Goa saw them virtually blow Mumbai City FC out of their Hero Indian Super League play-off tie after a 5-1 win in the first leg at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Saturday. Though Mumbai took the lead through Rafael Bastos, an opportunistic strike from Jackichand Singh (31’) and a header from Mourtada Fall (39’) handed Goa the lead before half-time. Ferran Corominas (51’), Fall (58’) and Brandon Fernandes (82’) scored three more goals for Goa in the second half.

This is the first time that a team has won an away play-off tie in the ISL and Mumbai City’s hopes of reaching the final for the first time looks to be all but over. The first-half got off to a racy start with Mumbai displaying plenty of intent in their game. Goa’s defence had a few nervy moments with Arnold Issoko causing them trouble from the right wing.

Mumbai did not have to wait long to take the lead. Issoko was the architect, twisting and turning past Mandar Rao Desai before picking out Bastos’ run at the far post in the 20th minute. The Brazilian, left unmarked, turned it in first-time past a hapless Naveen Kumar. The goal jolted Goa into action and they equalised just past the half an hour mark. Corominas found some space to shoot, but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Amrinder Singh but a lurking Jackichand pounced on the rebound.

In the 39th minute, the tie turned on its head as a low corner from Brandon took a touch off Coro and found Fall who stooped down and sent a header home to hand Goa the lead. Mumbai thought they had an equaliser just before half-time when Bastos saw a shot spilt by custodian Naveen Kumar. Sougou reacted fast and turned it home but was deemed to be offside.

It all went further downhill for Mumbai after the break as Goa turned on the style and pumped three more goals past Amrinder. Six minutes into the half, Coro was left unmarked by a poor Mumbai defence to head home Jackichand’s cross at the far post. Fall added another when he got his head to a corner, yet again, ahead of Mumbai defenders. The Gaurs went on to pepper the Mumbai goal with a flurry of shots following that goal and only a combination of Amrinder and the woodwork saved Mumbai from going further behind. But the fifth goal did come in the 82nd minute when Hugo Boumous slipped in Brandon who slid a shot in past Amrinder to pile a heap of misery on Mumbai City FC.

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07.03.2019 (SF-1:LEG 1) : NORTH EAST UNITED 2-1 BENGALURU FC (FT)
NEU : REDEEM TLANG (20'), JUAN CRUZ (Pen-90+4')
BFC : FRANCISCO HERNANDEZ (82')

NORTH EAST UNITED <b> <font color=red> 2-1  </font> </b> BENGALURU FC

BFC : Gurpreet, Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Nishu Kumar, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Alejandro Garcia, Sunil Chhetri, Miku.
NEU : Pawan Kumar, Janeiler Rivas, Reagan Singh, Mato Grgic, Robert Lalthlamuana, Redeem Tlang, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Rowllin Borges, Federico Gallego, Jose Leudo, Bartholomew Ogbeche.

REFEREE: M.B.SANTOSH KUMAR.
Man of the Match - Jose Leudo : NORTH EAST
Club Award - NorthEast United FC
Limitless Player - Federico Gallego : NORTH EAST
Winning pass of the match - Bartholomew Ogbeche : NORTH EAST
Emerging player - Redeem Tlang : NORTH EAST

NORTH EAST UNITED <b> <font color=red> 2-1  </font> </b> BENGALURU FC

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Guwahati: NorthEast United FC left it late to secure their first win against Bengaluru FC but what an important win it turned out to be in the first leg semi-finals of the Hero Indian Super League. In four attempts since last season, NorthEast United were the second best side, but when it mattered most, the hosts turned it around majestically to script an incredible 2-1 victory in the first leg clash at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, on Thursday.

The second leg will be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, on March 11. Bengaluru struggled to make an impact in the attacking third and paid the price in the first half as Redeem Tlang (20’) put the hosts in front. An improved second-half from the visitors culminated in a goal by Xisco Hernandez (82’). But a late penalty from Juan Mascia (90+3’) handed the advantage back to Eelco Schattorie’s side.

NorthEast, however, were dealt a huge blow as Bartholomew Ogbeche and Rowllin Borges were forced off the field at the end of the first half due to injuries. NorthEast took control of the game and pressed Bengaluru high up the field right from the start. The hosts enjoyed much more freedom on the wings and created chances from crosses into the box.

Tlang made full use of space afforded to him on the wings and scored in the 20th minute. Ogbeche sprayed the ball to the right for Tlang who cut inside and curled a terrific left-footed strike into the top left corner of the net. An out-of-sorts Bengaluru defence struggled to contain the NorthEast attacks. Gallego’s drilled effort from the edge of the box after the half an hour mark rolled inches wide of the post.

Injuries to Ogbeche and Borges at the end of the first half forced NorthEast to slow their tempo down after the change of ends. Bengaluru started to see more of the ball but it were NorthEast who threatened first after the restart from a counter attack. Nikhil Kadam received the ball on the left flank and crossed into the box. The ball was headed clear into the path of Tlang who attempted a volley from the edge of the box but it was miscued.

Bengaluru went close in the 66th minute from a corner won by Miku. The delivery into the box wasn’t properly cleared and it fell to Xisco Hernandez whose swerving strike from edge of the box missed the post by a whisker. Bengaluru managed to grab the equaliser in the 82nd minute. Sunil Chhetri latched on to a ball into the box from Miku, dribbled to the byline and cut it back for Xisco who beat his marker and tapped the ball in at the near post.

A free-kick in the last minute of added time gave the hosts their lifeline. Harmanjot Khabra fouled Juan Mascia inside the box as Lalthathanga Khawlhring sent the ball into the box and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Mascia stepped up and slotted home from 12 yards to secure an important win for NorthEast.

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