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Mumbai City FC is back to the winning track, they defeated Kerala Blasters FC by 2-1 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim yesterday.
Mumbai City FC Return To Winning ways, beat Kerala Blasters FC by 2-1 at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim. After missing some chances Adam Le Fondre’s 67th-minute penalty proved crucial after Bipin Singh (46’) had earlier cancelled out Vicente Gomez first-half goal (27’). Kerala made three changes where Bakary Kone, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni and Yondrembem Denechendra got place in the starting XI. While for Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai, Adam Le Fondre, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, and Cy Goddard were given a start.
The first half was very exiting with some good actions including a goal missed chances and some great goalkeeping actions. Raynier Fernandes came close in the eighth minute but his short went outside the box.
After that, in the 11th minute Le Fondre got an excellent chance in the game he danced his way past two Kerala defenders but his short was not good enough for the goal, he played the short from narrow-angle and beat both the goal post and keeper. Le Fondre was given another chance but again he couldn’t convert the chance into a goal.
From the resulting corner, Kerala took the lead. Sahal Abdul Samad sent in a perfect delivery in the area where Gomez got off his marker and headed in.
Kerala’s Albino Gomes came into the action when Bipin escaped two of opponents but his header was nicely saved by the keeper.
Kerala kept pressing but Amrinder stood strong. The keeper was continuing frustrating and pressuring their opponents as he denied Murray and Rahul once again.
At the end Mumbai got a penalty when Le Fondre was fouled in the box by Costa Nhamoinesu. This time Le Fondre didn’t repeat the previous mistake and smashed the ball into the goal post. After that the final whistle came and Mumbai City FC got the victory.
Mumbai City is now top in the table with 33 points. Mumbai’s next match will be against Goa on 8th February.
Inputs from NDTV sports
By Bratadeep Choudhury