FC Goa, coached by the legendary Zico, and co-owned by India Test cricket skipper Virat Kohli, came out all guns blazing and demolished Mumbai City FC, 7-0, in the biggest win of the Indian Super League football in, Margao. It has its two stars – Thongkhosiem Haokip and Dudu Omagbemi – to thank for this, as both scored a hat-trick. Dudu (41st, 63rd and 66th) and Haokip (33rd, 52nd and 79th) made merry with three goals each, while substitute Reinaldo Oliveira (90th) added one more in a completely one-sided match, held at Nehru Stadium. The biggest win so far in the two year history of the tournament was the 5-0 thrashing of FC Pune City by Mumbai City FC, in Mumbai last season. This victory was not only a sweet revenge, of the away 0-2 defeat, for FC Goa, but also helped them maintain their top spot in the league standings with 18 points from 10 matches.
After the humiliating defeat, the worst in the ISL, Mumbai remained on sixth place with 12 points from 10 games. FC Goa made three changes in their starting line up, bringing in Jofre Mateu Gonzalez, Mandar Rao and Dudu, who made his debut in this match
Mumbai City FC, on the other hand, made two changes bringing in Sunil Chhetri and Lalchhunmmawia Fanai in place of Subash Singh and Brendon Fernandes, who is ruled out of the competition. The home side started in right earnest as they made inroads with steady flow of passes, with Mandar Rao and Romeo Fernandes using the flanks well to put pressure on the rival defence.
Defender Pavel Cmovs, who soaked a lot of pressure, committed a foul on top of the box but luckily keeper Subrata Paul did well to make a diving save to deny Jofre Gonzalez and Leonardo da Silva Moura from scoring.
Mumbai succumbed to pressure in the 33rd minute, when Jonatan Lucca sent a through pass to Dudu, whose chip rolled towards the goal after deflecting from a rival defender and Haokip simply put the ball into the net to score the 100th goal of the ISL.
Spurred by the goal, the home team piled up pressure and increased the lead in the 41st minute. Defender and captain Lucio who moved up with the ball took three rival players in his stride and relayed the ball to Leonardo Moura who set up Dudu to smash the ball into the Mumbai net with an angular left-footer. Mumbai FC, who relied on the counter moves, came close to scoring twice but Goa keeper Laxmikant Kattimani made saves, from strikes by Nicolas Anelka and Cristian Bustos. Earlier, he did well to snatch the ball from the feet of Frederic Piquionne who was about to score from inside the box.
The home team took complete control of the proceeding and pumped in four more goals. Dudu scored twice in quick succession to score his hat-trick. Haokip scored the fourth hat-trick of the tournament with a gentle push after Romeo Fernandes made a solo run on the right.
A dejected Mumbai City FC coach Nicolas Anelka, a former Chelsea and France national team star, said that, his players did not deserve to wear the team jersey. “It’s the worst defeat in my life and our players don’t deserve to wear the Mumbai FC jersey after the humiliating defeat.”