ReportBengaluru FC had a presentable chance within two minutes as Cleiton Silva slipped Deshorn Brown through on the right following a bit of a mistake from Ahmed Jahouh, but the Jamaican striker skied his effort. Mumbai City took the lead in the 9th minute, though, as Hernán Santana headed the ball across the face of goal from a corner, leaving Mourtada Fall to power it home from close range.
Bengaluru FC’s next notable chance came in the 41st minute when Cleiton Silva took a free-kick from the edge of the box and cleared the wall, but his shot was pushed away by Amrinder Singh. There was a big twist in the tale in the 77th minute, when Mourtada Fall seemingly cleanly tackled Cleiton Silva in the box, but the referee awarded a penalty. Sunil Chhetri stepped up to take it and he smashed it home.
They said Bengaluru were title challengers😂 pic.twitter.com/CzSydDF2Ce— Vinay Mehta (@imvinay05) January 5, 2021
It was not all smooth sailing for the Islanders, though, as Ahmed Jahouh saw a second yellow card in the 86th minute for a rather silly challenge, so they had to finish the match with one man less. That didn’t matter in this match’s result, though, as Mumbai City eased to a 3-1 victory.
Gurpreet's such a saint. Not only does he help raise money to develop women's sport in India but also helps correct the wrongs in a football match. Such a gentleman! 😀 #BFCMCFC— For Football’s Sake (@ffspodcasts) January 5, 2021
Key Talking Point
Problems GaloreEver since Ashique Kuruniyan suffered that unfortunate facial injury, Bengaluru FC have not looked the same. Tonight, they were without the suspended Erik Paartalu, so Carles Cuadrat deployed Kristian Opseth and Deshorn Brown together for the first time this season instead of substituting one for the other as he usually has been doing. However, the system he opted for – a 4-2-3-1 – only accommodated one man up front, so Brown had to play on the right flank, and that didn’t work too well. After looking bright at the very start of the match, the Blues conceded from another set-piece (for the third time this season) to undo their good work, and soon let another one in following some horrendous defending. After that, they looked quite clueless as they neither pressed nor sat off, so they should have considered themselves lucky to just be two down at the break. They were gifted a lifeline of a penalty in the second half too, but the home side squandered that as well through Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s error. https://twitter.com/sagarssshinde/status/1346463928344145921 This was yet another disappointing defeat for Bengaluru FC, and if things keep going this way, Carles Cuadrat will surely be in a spot of bother.
Player RatingsGurpreet Singh Sandhu (3), Harmanjot Khabra (5), Pratik Chaudhari (5), Juanan (5.5), Rahul Bheke (5), Suresh Wangjam (5), Dimas Delgado (5.5), Deshorn Brown (4.5), Cleiton Silva (6), Sunil Chhetri (6*), Kristian Opseth (5) Subs: Udanta Singh (5), Ajith Kumar (5.5), Fran González (5), Semboi Haokip (N/A)
Key Talking Point
Near-Perfect PreparationMumbai City knew pre-match that a win here would mean that they would go into that huge clash against ATK Mohun Bagan on a three-match winning streak, so that’s exactly what they wanted to do. Although the Islanders didn’t start too well and were hemmed in for the first few minutes, they bounced back emphatically and went two goals up within 15 minutes for the second time in their last two matches. They played some of the best possession football we have seen all season thereafter, and their lead looked as intact as it possibly could going into half-time. There was another parallel to the Kerala Blasters match, as the Islanders’ intensity dropped in the second half and they didn’t look as silky as they did in the first period. Their defence was sound, though, and bar one (incorrect) penalty decision, Amrinder Singh didn’t have too much work to do in the match as he watched his side coast to another routine victory, especially after that deserved third goal.
Mumbai City came away with yet another bundle of three points from this match, which surely was the perfect way to prepare for the big match next week. The only problem is that Ahmed Jahouh saw red, so he will be suspended for that match.
Back where we belong!— Ninad Achrekar (@AchrekarNinad) January 5, 2021