10-man Mumbai FC hold Sporting Goa to 2-2 draw

Reduced to ten men in the second half, a fighting Mumbai FC held Sporting Clube de Goa to a 2-2 draw and kept their unbeaten home record intact in the I-League football match on Saturday.

Mumbai were forced to play without captain NP Pradeep after he was sent off following a double-booking in the first half. But the hosts fought hard to earn the draw.

The visitors drew first blood in the 8th minute through Mahmoud Al Amna that was neutralised by Mumbai's Kyuki Kozawa in the 19th minute.

Crossing over with only ten men on the field Mumbai took a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute through substitute Jayesh Rane only to see substitute Victoria Fernandes equalise for the Goans six minutes later.

The draw lifted Sporting to number 4 on the table with 12points while keeping Mumbai in 12th spot with ten points.

Mumbai were stunned by an early strike by the Goan team in the 6th minute. Mahmoud Al Amna left-footed the ball with surprising ease to put the Goans 1-0 up. Nandy was replaced by Pawan Kumar before half time.

But Mumbai, hit back 12 minutes later through Japanese striker Ryuki Kozava. Substitute Rane put Mumbai ahead early in the second half.

But Sporting hit back seven minute later through a combination of substitutes Serotpn Fernandes and Victorio Fernandes with the latter connecting a cross from the right to beat Pawan Kumar.

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