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ISL: Mumbai edge Goa in shootout to enter maiden final




Margao: Mumbai City FC entered the Indian Super League (ISL) final by beating FC Goa 6-5 in a penalty shootout on Monday.

The first leg had ended 2-2, and the aggregate score after a goalless 90 minutes plus extra time in the second leg.

Goa dominated possession and create better opportunities but lacked the cutting edge upfront.

Amrinder Singh was a standout performer for Mumbai during regulation and extra time, denying Goa the advantage with a series of brilliant saves.

Both managers brought on substitute keepers for the shootout, Phurba Lachenpa replacing Amrinder and Naveen Kumar coming on for Dheeraj Singh after 120 minutes.

Lachenpa pulled off three saves for Mumbai, denying Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes and James Donachie. Naveen Kumar was also outstanding, denying Hernan Santana, Hugo Boumous and Ahmed Jahouh.

With the shootout tied at 5-5, Glan Martins would miss Goa’s fourth penalty, putting his side-footed effort wide. Rowllin Borges made no mistake from the spot, however, slotting it home to seal Mumbai’s place in the final.

Mumbai will face the winner of the second leg between NorthEast United and ATK Mohun Bagan in the final on Saturday, March 13. The first leg between those two sides ended 1-1.

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