Mumbai City reached the top by defeating Bengaluru 3-1

Fatorda (Goa), 5 January (IANS). Mumbai City topped the seventh season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) by defeating former champions Bengaluru FC. Mumbai beat Bengaluru 3–1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Tuesday. This is Mumbai’s fourth consecutive win in the ISL against Bengaluru.

This is Mumbai City’s seventh win in nine matches and topped the table with 22 points. This is Bengaluru FC’s third consecutive loss in three matches and third in nine matches this season. The team has 12 points and is at number five in the table.

The first half was completely named after Mumbai. He scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and pushed former champion Bengaluru to the backfoot. Mumbai finished the half 2–0 with goals from Mautorda Fall in the ninth minute and Bipin Singh in the 15th minute.

It is another matter that the first attack of the match was from Bengaluru in the fifth minute, which was deferred by Mumbai but only four minutes later, the goals were scored after the corner was taken by Phal to Bipin Singh. Hernan Santana took Bipin’s corner over his head. Harmanjot deflected from Khabra Khabra to the ball post, which Fal put into the post via a leaping header.

Six minutes later, Bipin Singh scored a fine cross from Mandar Rao Desai to put Mumbai ahead 2–0. In the 24th minute, Bengaluru’s defense was once again blown away, which the Mumbai team could take advantage of, but none of their teammates reached the box on time to receive Mandar Rao Desai’s cross.

Mumbai’s team also made a good move in the 37th minute, but despite many players joining it, Mumbai’s team could not reduce their lead to 3-0. In the 41st minute, Bengaluru created the atmosphere, but captain and goalkeeper Amarinder Singh showed his leadership to maintain his team’s lead.

Trailing by two goals, Bengaluru started the second half with two changes. During the Bangalore attack on the goal line in the 52nd minute, a communication-bizarre situation arose between the Mumbai captain and the goalscorer Fal, but the good thing was that it did not harm Mumbai.

Mumbai’s Ame Ranavade received a yellow card in the 58th minute and Bengaluru made a third change in the same minute. Bengaluru captain Sunil Chhetri was booked in the 60th minute. On the other hand, Mumbai made two changes in the 66th minute. In the 69th minute, an effort from Super-Sub Bathorlomew Ogbeche was belted by Bengaluru’s Juanan.

In the 71st minute, Chhetri and Cliton Silva made a good attack but were thwarted by Mumbai captain Amarinder. But in the 79th minute, captain Sunil Chhetri opened the Bengaluru account by scoring a penalty.

But Mumbai also continued their attack and scored a goal in their favor in the 84th minute to score 3–1. Bathormolev Ogbeche scored this goal for Mumbai. However, two minutes later, Ahmed Johou of Mumbai was shown the red card and Mumbai had to play with 10 of their players.

Despite this, Mumbai City registered their seventh win, keeping the score at 3–1.

–IANS

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