Lusofonia Games 2014: Goa-India triumph over Mozambique

Lusofonia Games 2014 Goa
20.01.2014
Tilak Maidan Stadium, Goa
Goa-India 2-1 Mozambique
Goa-India: Umesh(53rd), Mandar Desai(60th)
Mozambique: Aleandre Guambe(83rd)

Goa India Football Team
Goa-India Football team at Lusofonia Games 2014
Team Goa- India continued its unbeaten run in the third edition of Lusofonia Games with a win over Mozambique in Goa’s favourite sport, Football. Team Goa- India, led by Coach, Francisco Neto, overcame Mozambique 2-1 in a thrilling performance at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco. The first few minutes of the game was dominated by Mozambique who made an attempt on the Indian Goal in the very first minute. Mozambique, the higher ranked team amongst the two, used their player’s physique to slow their counterparts down but there was no stopping the home team once they gained ground. Goa’s talent, Brandon Fernandes, created multiple opportunities for the team and even took a few stunning free kicks in the game that was level at 0-0 at the end of first half.

The rejuvenated Goa- India team dominated the whole of second half and thrilled a packed audience with some stunning football. Umesh scored a stunner in the 53rd minute from outside the box that created a roar in Tilak Maidan Stadium. Captain Mandar Desai then sealed the game for the home team in the 60th minute with a solo run down the left flank. Mozambique player, Aleandre Guambe scored a goal in the 83rd minute that brought the game to a close at a full time score of India 2-1 Mozambique.
Goa India Appluading the Lusofonia 2014 games crowd
Goa-India team appreciating the
crowd support at the Tilak Stadium Goa,
Lusofonia Games 2014

Speaking at the post match press conference, Goa- India Coach, Francesco Neto, said, “We have had a difficult day playing against a higher ranked country. We will now enjoy this beautiful moment and practice hard for Wednesday as we are sure Mozambique will improve and make it another memorable match.” He went on to thank all the fans at the stadium and dedicated the victory to the Football frenzy Goans. Coach Neto was happy with the team’s performance and said that the boys have the quality to play in the I-League.

Mozambique Coach, Augusto Matine, admitted that this wasn’t the best game for his team and they will display an improved performance during the next match with Goa- India on Wednesday.

Goa- India Captain, Mandar Dessai, was happy with his team’s performance and dedicated his first international goal to the fans who supported the team throughout the match.

Here is how the group standings look till now:

Group A
Teams
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Goal Difference
Points

Sri Lanka
1
1
0
1
3
Macau
1
0
1
-1
0
East Timor
0
0
0
0
0
Group B
Teams
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Goal Difference
Points

India
1
1
0
1
3
Mozambique
1
0
1
-1
0

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