Mumbai City FC captain Paulo Machado’s 29th-minute strike was the difference between the two sides as Bengaluru FC tasted their first defeat of the Indian Super League season on Sunday.
The 1-0 win goal also took Mumbai City to the top of the ISL table, having amassed 27 points from 13 games. Bengaluru, on the other hand, slips to the second spot with the same number of points. However, the team has a game in hand.
Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City: As it happened
Bengaluru had fielded a strong starting XI, with only striker Miku missing from the scene courtesy of an injury. Mumbai, too, had put forth a competitive team, led by Machado at the front.
Both the outfits started the match aggressively with the visitors creating two chances within the first seven minutes. However, both the shots flew well over the bar.
Mumbai was not far back as well. Their first attempt came in the fifth minute as Arnold Issoko pulled the trigger from a distance with a lofted attempt. Nonetheless, an experienced Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was able to collect the ball safely.
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On the other side of the post, Mumbai City’s goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was in the thick of the play as well, having tipped over a volley by Xisco Hernandez from a close range.
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The first blood was drawn by the home side after a lightning and intelligent counter-attack with Arnold Issoko snatching the ball in defence and initiating the counter.
After receiving the ball, Rafael Bastos then threaded a neatly weighted through pass back for Machado. The latter then registered a top-notch finish to bust the net, much to the jubilation of the home fans at the Mumbai Football Arena. The goal was to be the match-winner eventually.
In a desperate attempt to make a return, BFC brought in Boithang Haokip and Chencho Gyeltshen as substitutes in the frontline, with Xisco and Udanta Singh being relieved of their duties.
The changes did raise the pace in the offence, with frequent run-ins in the Mumbai penalty area. However, the Mumbai City defence was well adept at rebuffing the onslaught.
The back four, ably marshalled by Lucian Goian and well supported by Anwar Ali, Subhasish Bose, and Sauvik Chakravarti tirelessly did their duties.
Modou Sougou had a fine chance for Mumbai to double the advantage when he tricked the offside trap with a clever burst down the left lane. He almost scored a goal being one-on-one against keeper Gurpreet, only to see the Bengaluru custodian rightfully read the Senegal striker’s intentions and deny him with a fine save.
Mumbai City will now host FC Goa on Friday, whereas Bengaluru FC will next welcome NorthEast United on Wednesday.