The coach of the Flaming Oranje stated that his side will need to be better prepared for the semi-final after a tough game versus Mumbai FC.
Sporting Clube de Goa progressed to the semi-finals of the Federation Cup, after defeating Mumbai FC 0-1 in the second leg of their fixture on Wednesday and with an aggregate score of 0-2.
Mateus Costa pointed out that Sporting looked more focused in the first leg of the tie but did well to edge out the result at the Fatorda Stadium.
“I don’t know about this match but in the last match the boys were good. They were more focused in that game. This is a difficult game, playing at home after a 0-1 lead because you know that they would be coming all out. Our defence was good,” he said at the post match press conference.
“It’s a 4:30 game and it was tough. But what they did was enough,” Costa added.
Sporting scored the only goal of the game through a Subhashish Bose penalty after Ashutosh Mehta was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty box. On being quizzed about the incident, Costa justified the referee’s decision.
“The penalty was the referee’s decision. From where I stood it looked like Mehta held the ball after falling down to the ground. It was a clear dive by him and while asking for a foul on him, he held the ball and the penalty was given,” he remarked.
Sporting Clube de Goa will take on Aizawl FC in the semi-finals with the first leg being played in the north-east, early next week. Costa stated that his side will switch gears to prepare for the all-important trip.
“We have to gear up for the semi-finals now. We are playing the first game away and we need to be prepared. It’s good that they have scheduled the game further as otherwise it would have been very tough for us. It’s on the 10th (of May) now and it’s good for us as it’s tough to play back-to-back games in this part of the year,” Costa stated.
“My main aim is to keep the ball and if we can do that more, it will be good for us. I am happy with the side now as since the last few I-League games, the boys have not conceded any goals and that’s a good thing,” he concluded.