After almost three hours of the ISL semifinal second leg, FC Goa skipper Edu Bedia was sprawled on his back, motionless, as the celebrations sparked in the Mumbai City FC camp. This meant more to him as he bid to pull his team into the final against his former teammates and coach. Bedia had given it his everything for 210 minutes, with two fractured ribs and all.

It was Sergio Lobera who brought Bedia to these shores in 2017 as a No. 10 midfielder before he lost out the role to the mercurial Hugo Boumous. Over the years, Bedia was moved into a deeper midfield role but was seen as the second choice to Ahmed Jahouh by Lobera. In the 2019-20 season, the Spaniard featured in just 529 minutes across 13 outings.

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Bedia neither possesses the dribbling ability and incisive running of a Boumous nor…

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