Mumbai surprise league-leaders Bengaluru

Tough tackling Mumbai FC denied Bengaluru FC any breathing space as they stifled the visitors to a 2-0 victory here on Wednesday. Arata Izumi (5th minute), Min Chol-Son (11th) bagged the goals as the home team registered win against the high-flying Bengaluru side.

Mumbai FC's Arata Azumi (in yellow) celebrate his strike with teammates, at the Cooperage stadium on Wednesday.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Tough tackling Mumbai FC denied Bengaluru FC any breathing space as they stifled the visitors to a 2-0 victory here on Wednesday. Arata Izumi (5th minute), Min Chol-Son (11th) bagged the goals as the home team registered win against the high-flying Bengaluru side.

After four draws between the two sides in I-League action, MFC were rewarded with a win as reward for hard work behind the ball. Taisuke in the backline chased down every ball crossing the centreline. He won most of the challenges against BFC attackers.

Arata slotted home the first goal, punishing the rival defence which first failed to cut off a Jayesh Rane floater into the box. Twice the ball came back off the defence. Eric Browne found his attempt blocked but Arata darted in to finish calmly the second time.

Lucky goal

In the 11th minute, Chol-Son howled in delight after an attempted clearance ricocheted off of him with the ball taking off, looping high over retreating goalkeeper L Ralte and nestling into the net. The visitors got two chances before the breather, but found custodian Pawan Kumar in immaculate form.

BFC replaced Sunil Chhetri, Allwyn George at half-time and took out injured Eugeneson Lyngdoh in the second half. Substitute Udanta got the closest look at MFC’s goal, twisting his way in but blasted over.

BFC tasted defeat after three wins in a row and now travel to Kolkata for the next tie. MFC, on a high after two back-to-back wins at home, take on DSK Shivajians in Pune.

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