ISL 2021-22: SC East Bengal and Mumbai City FC share a point each in goalless draw

The Islanders regained top spot with 17 points but continued to remain winless for the fourth successive occasion.

Daniel Chima Chukwu of SC East Bengal and Mourtada Fall of Mumbai City FC shake hands after the match.

Daniel Chima Chukwu of SC East Bengal and Mourtada Fall of Mumbai City FC shake hands after the match.   -  Focus Sports/ISL

SC East Bengal (SCEB) showed the right measure of grit and determination to hold defending champion Mumbai City FC (MCFC) to a goalless draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) at Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday.

SCEB continued to remain winless and stayed at the bottom of the table with six points from 10 matches but showed the right attitude and purpose that was missing in its performance so far. MCFC regained the top spot with 17 points but continued to remain winless for the fourth successive occasion.

The Red and Gold Brigade put up a good defensive plan that denied Mumbai City a clear look at the goal for a big portion of the action. Striker Igor Angulo managed a header in the ninth minute off a D. Vignesh cross but the seasoned striker could not generate enough power to beat Arindam Bhattacharya manning the East Bengal goal.

AS IT HAPPENED: SC East Bengal vs Mumbai City FC Highlights

Mumbai’s attacks on most occasions fell flat in the East Bengal box where India team defender Adil Khan led by example to inspire his back-line colleagues to put up a coordinated show.

Mumbai City was denied a genuine call of penalty in the 23rd minute when East Bengal winger Bikash Jairu handled the ball inside his own box while trying to thwart a cross from Mumbai midfielder Raynier Fernandes.

Barring this, East Bengal put up a good advertisement for Indian players by fielding just one foreigner (in Nigerian forward Chima Chukwu) and dished out a commendable performance.

Former India captain and the interim East Bengal coach, Renedy Singh, seems to have infused the requisite confidence in the same set of players who were found lacking in their purpose in the first eight matches.

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