FC Goa face Mumbai challenge in first leg of ISL semi-final
FC Goa will look to take a step closer to their maiden ISL title when they face table-toppers Mumbai City in the first leg of their semi-final fixture here on Friday. Goa have secured play-off qualification a record six times but they have never managed to lift the ISL trophy.
Come Friday, they will look to put it past Mumbai City, who annexed the League Winners Shield and are coached by Spaniard Sergio Lobera, to inch closer to the dream of lifting the trophy.
Facing Mumbai will not be an easy task but coach Juan Ferrando hopes his players will stick to his philosophy. “If we enjoy the game, we will have success.”
Lobera, too, wants his players to enjoy themselvesh. “It’s a special game. We need to be smart and ready to play 180 minutes and tomorrow is the first step.”
Mumbai City will be without Amey Ranawade (suspended) while Hugo Boumous returns after a four-match ban.