Mumbai City FC once again secured themselves into the top four of the Indian Super League (ISL) after their win against Odisha FC at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Before their win, Mumbai had been on the sixth of the ISL standings. The win got them three points, boosting them three two ranks ahead of Odisha, with Indian soccer teams Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC ranking fifth and sixth respectively. Odisha remains in seventh place.
The win was due to Igor Angulo and Bipin Singh, both sealing their team’s win, each with their own brace and ending the game with a huge gap of 4-1.
Mumbai Ranks 4th After Beating Odisha in the ISL
The game started with Odisha’s defence standing a bit cagey, much to Mumbai’s chagrin after the referee denied their calls of penalty, overlooking possible mistakes on Odisha’s defence. With the rocky start, the game began to take its pace as each team held its own, exchanging blows until Odisha took an opportunity for a goal within the 34th minute.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga sent a sturdy volley for the opening goal, but Mumbai City’s goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz deflected the shot. Another attempt by Odisha was denied by Mandar Desai after he intercepted a cross for Mawihmingthanga and took the ball away before the striker could secure a lead.
Mumbai finally set the tone of the game with Igor Angulo’s half of his brace in the 41st minute. Rahul Beke assisted with a cross that went smoothly after Angulo was left unguarded by Odisha’s defence, allowing the Spanish striker to end the deadlock with 1-0. Odisha struggled to find the equaliser through Victor Mongil but failed to do so with Mongil’s shot missing.
In the 47th minute, Bipin Singh got his first goal with the help of Ahmed Johouh after the latter stole the ball from Odisha and sent it to Singh. Odisha’s defence began to dwindle at this point, as Singh scored his shot into the net.
In the 70th minute, Angulo took his second swipe past Odisha’s careless defence and scored the third goal for Mumbai, marking his tenth goal for the season. Within two minutes from Angulo’s third goal, Bipin Singh scored the fourth with Cassio Gabriel, who sent the ball to Singh from the left flank.
Odisha’s saving grace came from Jonathas consolation goal in the ninetieth minute. At this point, the chances for an equaliser was nonexistent. With a point ahead in third place, Jamshedpur FC will face Mumbai City on 17 February 2022, and Odisha will battle it out with Chennaiyin FC on the 16th.