Key battles to watch out for in Mumbai City FC-FC Goa second-leg semi-final
The second leg of semi-final 1 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 will see Mumbai City FC take on FC Goa at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Monday. The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg with goals from Igor Angulo and Saviour Gama for FC Goa, while Hugo Boumous and Mourtada Fall scored for the Islanders. A win for Mumbai City FC will lead them to their first-ever Hero ISL final. FC Goa though will look to spoil their plans and fight for their third appearance in a Hero ISL final. With a tough battle expected between the two teams, here’s a closer look at some of the key battles from Monday.
Adam le Fondre vs Saviour Gama
Adam le Fondre has been one of Mumbai City FC’s most potent threats going forward with 11 goals to his name this season. However, the Englishman has not found the net in their last four games. Playing on the right-side during Mumbai City FC’s last few games, le Fondre was well marked by the young fullback Saviour Gama in the first leg. Gama made two successful tackles, four clearances and a successful interception in the previous outing and the 23-year-old defender is dangerous going forward as he demonstrated by scoring FC Goa’s second goal in the opening leg against the Islanders.
Bartholomew Ogbeche vs Ivan Gonzalez
Bartholomew Ogbeche has started Mumbai City FC’s last three matches, scoring three goals for the Islanders. The Nigerian forward has been a reliable source of goals when called upon by Sergio Lobera and he will be eager to help Mumbai City FC to their first-ever Hero ISL final. The return of FC Goa defender Ivan Gonzalez will make Ogbeche’s work a lot harder. The Spaniard missed their last match due to a suspension and is likely to slot straight into the backline for the Gaurs.
Igor Angulo vs Mourtada Fall
Mourtada Fall has been a solid presence in defence for Mumbai City FC this season. The Senegalese defender has made 123 clearances, 32 blocks and also commands a strong passing accuracy of 84.19%. His marking of Igor Angulo will be integral to the Islanders’ success. The 37-year-old Spanish striker is the current Golden Boot leader with 14 goals to his name. Angulo’s ability to beat the offside trap and find the net has been on display on multiple occasions this season, and Fall will be tasked with keeping a tight leash on the Spanish striker.