ISL 2021-22 Highlights Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC: Blues clinch third win of the season with 3-0 win against Mumbai

ISL 2021-22, BFC vs MCFC Score: Read the Indian super league updates between Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC from Fatorda Stadium

Prince Ibara of Bengaluru FC scored two goals in the first half.   -  Focus Sports/ISL

Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) played at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa. This was Aneesh Dey bringing you the pre-match buildup and minute-by-minute updates.

That is all for today. We will meet you tomorrow when Jamshedpur FC clashes with SC East Bengal. Thanks for tuning in. Goodnight and take care.

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Read match report: ISL 2021-22: Ibara brace guides Bengaluru to thumping 3-0 win against Mumbai City FC.

Post-match comments!!

Mumbai City head coach Des Buckingham: "We tried to keep Angulo as fresh as we can. He just played a game two days ago. Also, Catatau has played well whenever he has come on. It did not work for us but we had too much to do after the first half. We have to keep addressing the problems and hope we have a good match against Kerala (Blasters FC)."

Mumbai City's Bradden Inman: "A lot of things went wrong. The first 45 was not good enough. We have to regroup. We have a match in six days. We just have to move on. Tomorrow, we will watch the goals and get back on training. We have a big game coming on."

No goals in the second half but we have seen a resolute performance by Bengaluru FC to defeat defending champion Mumbai City FC 3-0.

Mumbai did create a lot more chances in the second half but it could not break the Bengaluru defence. Mumbai had more possession and more passes than its opponents at the end of the match but it is all about what Marco Pezzaiuoli's did with the ball.

Bengaluru FC climbs to seventh with this thumping win with 13 points from 11 matches. Mumbai City stays in second with 17 points from the same number of matches.

Full time (Mumbai City FC 0-3 Bengaluru FC)!!

90+3' Gurkirat cuts in and tries one from distance. The ball was dipping but Gurpreet keeps his focus to follow the flight of the ball and hold on to it.

90+1' End-to-end play as Mumbai counters. Angulo twists and turns Pratik and shoots at Gurpreet's near post but it hits the side-netting.

90+1' A low-hard shot by Danish first time forces a wonderful sage from Phurba. The Mumbai keeper got down with lightining pace.

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Five additional minutes!!

87' The match tempo has gone down for obvious reasons this late into the game. Mumbai City, unlike the first half, have created chances in the second, but the Blues has shown some gritty defending to hold on to their lead and keep the clean sheet.

85' Booking- Mumbai's Gurkirat shown yellow.

82' BFC Sub- Ajith Kamaraj replaces Roshan.

81' Its seems to be a case of cramp for Roshan. He takes his leave from the pitch.

79' Shot- Ashique with a bursting run from his full-back position. He shoots low and hard at goal but it hits the side-netting.

75' MCFC Sub- Mandar Dessai comes on for Rakip.

Match resumes!!

Drinks break!!

69' Save- Cassio opens his body up and goes for a curler. Gurpreet saves well. The rebound ends up with Cassio who backheels it to Angulo. The Spaniard takes a first-time shot but it is not on target.

68' Sub- Iman Basafa comes on for Udanta Singh.

67' Off the post- Apuia shoots with a wonderful half-volley from outside the box. The shot is hard and low and beat Gurpreet. However, it hits the post and comes back into play. Unfortunate for the Mumbai youngster.

65' Mumbai being patient in trying to create an opening but the BFC defence is maintaining its shape quite well.

62' Inman slips a great ball to Amey inside the BFC box. He takes too much time in taking his shot and is dispossessed. Cassio catches the loose ball and shoots but it is blocked.

60' MCFC Sub- Gurkirat Singh replaces Bipin.

59' BFC Sub- Sunil Chhetri replaces Ibara.

58' Ibara has taken a tumble. It seems to be a minor muscle pull. His incredible night concludes.

54' Cassio seemed to have played a nice ball to Angulo. The Spaniard received the ball in a good position but the assistant referee raises his flag for offside.

50' Close- Cleiton get his shot away from close distance. Fall puts in a great tackle to take away the sting from the ball but the deflection is a tricky one as it lobs up and hits the side-netting.

48' Cleiton and Danish combine to penetrate the Mumbai box and put them under pressure. Cleiton tries to square the ball across goal but Bheke does well to block the attempt.

46' MCFC Subs- Igor Angulo, Raynier Fernandes and Amey Ranawade replace Ygor Catatau, Vinit Rai and Vignesh Dakshinamurthy.

Second half kicks-off!!!

It has been all Bengaluru in the first half. Danish Farooq opened the scoring for the Blues in the eighth minute with a well-taken shot. Prince Ibara doubles BFC's lead in the 23rd-minute with a powerful header from a Roshan Naorem cross. In the dying stages of the first half, it was Roshan Naorem's brilliant corner, which found Ibara's head again and the latter made no mistake in making it 3-0 for the Blues against the defending champions.

Half-time (Mumbai City FC 0-3 Bengaluru FC)!!

45+5' GOAAALLLL!!! ITS IBARA AGAIN!! ITS THREE FOR BENGALURU!! Another stunning delivery by Roshan from a BFC corner. Ibara towers over everyone and guides the ball inside the net with his head.

45+4' Save- Bruno shoots at goal. The shot takes a minor deflection off Fall and rushes towards the goal. Phurba does well to make the save.

45+2' Booking- BFC goalscorer Danish Farooq shown yellow.

45+1' Booking- Vinit Rai of Mumbai shown yellow.

Four additional minutes!!

43' Ibara does well to square the ball from the right. The ball finds Cleiton Silva who shoots first-time but it is a good block.

40' Roshan with another inch-perfect ball inside the box. It finds Udanta who tries to side-volley it first-time. However, he botches his effort.

38' Ashique makes a well-timed challenge on Inman inside his box before the latter could get his shot away.

36' Shot- Farooq takes a first-time shot from the edge of the Mumbai box but does not get his angles right. It is a goalkick for Mumbai.

34' Close- Roshan whips a cross inside the box and everyone misses it. Fall gets a minor touch on the ball which takes it away from Phurba. The Mumbai keeper does well to make a save.

33' Booking- BFC's Pratik Chowdhury sees yellow.

31' Match resumes after drinks break!!

26' Booking- Rahul Bheke of Mumbai sees his first yellow of the season.

23' GOOOAAALL!!! BENGALURU DOUBLES IT ADVANTAGE!! ITS IBARA!! Mumbai failed to clear its lines and was punished for that. Naorem got the ball on the right flank and delivered a peach of a cross. Ibara drifted away from his marker and headed the ball inside the goal.

20' Moments away from disaster as Rakip's backpass is awkward for Phurba. The goalkeeper's first touch was not good and the ball was going inside the net but the keeper does enough to keep it out.

16' Ahmed Jahouh's absence in MCFC's midfield is distinctly visible. The Islanders not creating much from the middle of the park in contrast to the matches where Jahouh operates from midfield.

13' Save- Bipin does well to get his shot away from the left but it is a confident save by Gurpreet.

11' BFC players shout for a penalty as Roshan was brought down inside the box but the referee says nothing doing.

8' GOOAALLL!! ITS DANISH FOR BENGALURU!! Cleiton Silav made a good run at the edge of the box but he was dispossessed with a great tackle. Danish pounces on the loose ball and shoots first time, which results in the ball rattling the back of the net.

5' Ibara does well to send a ball inside the box from the right but is is an easy cross to collect for MCFC keeper Phurba.

2' Apuia with a delightful first-time ball to the near-post. It finds Cassio who gets his head to it but Gurpreet maintains his calm to collect the ball without fuss.

1' Kick-off!!

7:30 PM- And we are underway!!

7:15 PM- Key player for both teams!!

Bipin Singh (Mumbai City FC): The 34-year-old Brazilian has five goals and three assists in 10 games and has been the major contributor of goals for his side.

Cleiton Silva (Bengaluru FC): Possessing blistering pace, quick feet and ability to ping in pinpoint balls into the box, Singh is an important figure for the Islanders on the left flank. He has three goals and two assists in 10 matches this season.

7:00 PM- What are the coaches saying?

Des Buckingham on Mumbai's winless run: "We need to continue getting better at what we do. We’ve played some fantastic football over the past 10 games, not just the four you’ve mentioned, and it’s important that we’re showing signs of getting better. We’ll try to make sure that what we do is as good as it can be over a large period of time."

Marco Pezzaiuoli's thoughts on the match: "Mumbai are a top team, but there are many top teams in the league this year. We lost the first game 3-1, but we had a lot of possession and conceded goals against the run of play. We have to work hard to improve defensively and in attack. We need to give a hundred percent otherwise it can become difficult."

6:45 PM- Head-to-head record!!

The two teams have played each other nine times, with Mumbai City FC winning five and Bengaluru FC winning three times. The Islanders have won four of the last five matches between the two sides in the Hero ISL.

6:37 PM- Official lineups are out!!

Mumbai City FC: Phurba Lachenpa (GK), Mohamad Rakip, Mourtada Fall (C), Rahul Bheke, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Lalengmawia, Vinit Rai, Bradden Inman, Cassio Gabriel, Bipin Singh and Ygor Catatau.

Subs: Nawaz (GK); Amey, Mehtab, Mandar, Raynier, Asif, Gurkirat, Angulo, Pranjal

Coach: Des Buckingham.

Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Sandhu (GK/C), Roshan Naorem, Pratik Chowdhary, Alan Costa, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Wangjam, Bruno Silva, Danish Farooq, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva and Prince Ibara.

Subs: Lara (GK); Muirang, Ajith, Iman, Rohit, Lyngdoh, Chhetri, Bidyasagar, Siva

Coach: Marco Pezzaiuoli.

6:15 PM-  Here's what happened when both teams met the last time!!

 

6:00 PM- Here's how we think the two sides could line up today!!

Mumbai City FC Predicted XI: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall (C), Rahul Bheke, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Lalengmawia, Raynier Fernandes, Cassio Gabriel, Bipin Singh, Ygor Catatau Igor Angulo.

Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Naorem Roshan Singh, Parag Shrivas, Alan Costa, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Singh, Bruno Ramires, Udanta Singh, Jayesh Rane, Prince Ibara, Cleiton Silva.

5:45 PM- Teams news and Injury updates ahead of the match!!

Mumbai City FC: Ahmed Jahouh is suspended for this match as he picked up his fourth yellow card in the last one. Vikram Singh is still in recovery and is still some time away from getting minutes on the pitch.

Bengaluru FC: In the Bengaluru FC camp, Leon Augustine and Sarthak Golui are ruled out. Jayesh Rane's ankle injury in the last match makes him unavailable for this one. Ajay Chhetri was sick for a week so he will also not feature.

MATCH PREVIEW: ISL 2021-22: Mumbai City FC aims to get back on winning ways against Bengaluru

Bengaluru FC will get yet another opportunity to steady a stuttering season when it meets under-pressure Mumbai City FC at the Fatorda Stadium on Monday.

Marco Pezzaiuoli’s side might be on a four-game unbeaten run, but there hasn’t been a match in recent memory where it has convinced from start to finish.

Defending champion Mumbai, after a rollicking start that saw it win five of the opening six games, has lost two and drawn two of its last four, allowing the likes of Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC and ATK Mohun Bagan to catch up.

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Both BFC and Mumbai had their previous matches against bottom-placed SC East Bengal and both ended in draws. While it may reflect the Kolkata outfit’s newly found steeliness under interim head coach Renedy Singh, it also points to the state of play at BFC and Mumbai.

While BFC has been increasingly adept at controlling possession, it has struggled to score from open play, with attacking patterns failing to materialise.

“We need to get better in the final phase,” Pezzaiuoli said, on match-eve. “We had many good balls in the last third but when you are dominating possession, wingers need to have more quality. The pass to wingers behind the defence was good but we need to bring the ball inside.”

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Against Mumbai, it may not have a lion’s share of the ball but the form Des Buckingham’s side is in provides hope. The Englishman has seen his wards concede 10 goals from just three matches before the 0-0 draw against East Bengal. He will also be without midfield lynchpin Ahmed Jahouh, who is suspended.

“Now we need to kick on and make sure we continue with the clean-sheets in the upcoming matches,” Buckingham said, referring to the last draw. “We need to maintain a good defensive shape.”

The way Mumbai has been pulled back after it threatened to run away with the league shows how topsy-turvy the competition has been, with teams routinely cancelling each other out. BFC’s hopes rest on the same, for despite being in the ninth position, a win can catapult the 2018-19 champion within touching distance of a playoff spot.

Where to watch?

You can watch the Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC match live at 7:30 PM on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.