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Mumbai thrash Salgaocar to open account

Mumbai thrash Salgaocar to open account
Cellar outfit Mumbai FC scored its maiden victory of the season and did it in style by outclassing Salgaocar SC from Goa 3-0 in the 6th round I-League encounter at the Cooperage ground on Friday.
Playing only their second game of the season at home after playing at Pune for the last few seasons, Mumbai FC rode roughshod over their Goan opponents in the first half to take a 2-0 lead, defended extremely well for the major part of the latter half and rounded off the tally in added on-time.

Sampath Kutty Mani shocked the visitors when they were about the settle down on the artificial surface with a pile-driver from five metres outside the box in the sixth minute. Brazilian import Josimar Martins applied the finishing touches to a good move with a superb header in the 26th minute to increase the lead to 2-0 before he provided the pass for under 23 player Jayesh Rane to complete the rout in the first minute of added on time. This was a great win for Mumbai against an outfit against  whom they had been at the receiving end in the league since 2012 and boosted their points tally to four from six games, with one win, one draw, in their opening home game here, and four losses.

It was the visitors’ second loss in six matches, the other reverse coming against Royal Wahingdoh on January 23. They have won two and drawn two to remain on eight points. Salgaocar hardly had a look at the rival goal in the opening half. The Goans came into their own in the latter half but were denied by some superb goalkeeping by Nidhin Lal and some astute defending.
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