21-01-2014 … 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 Ind 2; Moz 1.
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.