Friday Jan 27, 2023

Mumbai City FC Climbs Back To Fourth in the ISL

Mumbai City FC returns back to the top four of the Indian Super League after a solitary goal secured by Indian soccer player Bipin Singh in their match against SC East Bengal. The game was held on Tuesday at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda. With their latest win earning them 28 points, the defending champions pushed the Kerala Blasters down to the fifth spot and regained their place in the top four. SC East Bengal stays unmoving on the bottom of the ISL with ten points in their belt.

Mumbai City FC Keeps SC East Bengal Down in the ISL

The first half of the game started with no goals from either side due to an intense performance of offensive and defensive action for both East Bengal and Mumbai. East Bengal began strong and aggressive, creating potential opportunities for leads in the first half. Mahesh Naorem almost took the lead with a powerful strike but was blocked by Mumbai City’s goalkeeper Mohamad Nawaz. Thongkhosiem Haokip also had a brush with the goalkeeper, but his attempt was not as strong as Naorem for it to benefit the team. 

Mumbai also managed to open up chances for their strikers with spectacular crosses, but East Bengal’s defence was impassable, and none of the attempts turned into a goal. The first half ended with a levelled 0-0.

In the second half of the game, East Bengal started strong again with Mahesh facing off with Nawaz, but the attempt ended up the same as the first, with the goalkeeper fending off an East Bengal lead. Igor Angulo tried to score for Mumbai City but failed with his 10-yard kick. Bipin Singh, however, compensated for Angulo’s failed attempt with a solo strike in the 51st minute, finally breaking the prolonged deadlock. Bipin managed to cut through East Bengal’s defences to reach their box, and from there, his left-foot kick directed the ball to the back of the net. Sankar Roy could not do a single thing with the quick strike near his post.

East Bengal did not take this lying down with their attempt for an equaliser at the 80th minute. Raju Gaikwad, with his bicycle kick, could have made a difference had Nawaz been unable to block his shot. The same could be said with Fran Sota’s strike that flew above the crossbar after Gaikwad’s ball rebounded on Nawaz’s save. For the rest of the game, and during the additional four minutes for stoppages, Mumbai City closed in and defended resiliently. 

Mumbai City FC will face off with Goa FC this 27 February 2022, and East Bengal will play against NorthEast United on 28 February 2022.

Jeremy Nero

Nero Fulgar has been writing professionally for the past five years, delving into technical and creative content, as well as literary works. He has a degree in creative writing from U.P. Visayas and has published several works in the Philippines and Singapore. Other than writing, he has dabbled into editing and publishing fiction novels before moving on into writing-centred professions. Based in Dumaguete City, Philippines, he continues to write about everything that interests him, which includes igames, sports, politics, pop culture, art, and literature to name a few. You can reach Jeremy at [email protected]

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