Friday , December 1 2023

Premier Futsal: Mumbai edge Chennai 4-3, qualify for semifinals!

Premier FutsalThe Mumbai 5s were the first team to qualify for the knockout semifinals with a heard earned 4-3 win over Chennai 5s in the return leg after having beaten them 4-2 last week.

Mumbai opener was surrounded by controversy as Chennai’s Sean Garnier lost possession due to Foglia muscling him off the ball for what he thought was an infringement, but play continued and Foglia chipped the ball wonderfully over the keeper into the net.

But Chennai were not shocked as Nanda put in a powerful cross that went passed every player in a blue shirt and Sean Garnier at the far post, reacted quickly to chest the ball into the net from close range for the equaliser.

Now suddenly Chennai had the momentum and took the lead in the second quarter as Angellot tried to do a little too much with the ball and lost possession to Romulo who’s powerful drive beat the keeper even ripping a hole through net.

The Colombian though made up for his earlier error by getting his team back on level terms through a well-worked move ended up with Foglia rolling the ball for Angellot, who blasted the ball into the back of the net after the keeper was left in no man’s land.

Camilo once again put Chennai ahead as his top poke effort deflected off Angellot and went through the keeper’s legs.

The goal the crowd wanted came as Ryan Giggs interchanged wonderfully with Angellot and the Manchester United legend tapped home to make it 3-3. There was a brilliant piece of control and skill from Angellot in the build-up to that move.

Man of the Match Foglia made it 4-3 in favour of Mumbai with a shot going between the ‘keepers legs, bringing up his fourth goal overall and Mumbai a place in the semifinals.

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