ISL 2021-22 Mumbai City FC 1-0 Chennayin FC HIGHLIGHTS: Bheke's header wins it for MCFC

ISL Today, MCFC vs CFC Live Score: Follow the Indian super league live updates between Mumbai City FC and Chennaiyin FC from Fatorda Stadium in Goa.

Welcome to the blog for the Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa. This is Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you pre-match buildup and live updates from the match.

With the win MCFC remains on top of the table and CFC kept the fifth spot as well, with no real change in the points table.

ISL 2021-22 Points Table: Jamshedpur FC inches closer to Mumbai City on second spot  

Post Match Comments:

Des Buckingham, the MCFC Head Coach: "I am hugely proud of the performing group the way it really has (played). Teams are going to stop us in different ways and we just remained patient and we were confident that we should keep knocking and fortunate that we managed to sneak one in. As long as we keep playing the way we want, we will keep creating chances"

Bozidar Bandovic, the CFC Head Coach: " I think the defensive organization was very good. We controlled MCFC defensively in the first half. But I think in the second half, we had so many situations, if we could score, it was a totally different game. I think we deserved at least one point from the game. I think we deserve more than lose the game today. We need to be mentally ready for the next game. It is not emotionally good to lose at this point of the game, so we must be ready"

Mourtada Fall, the MCFC Captain: "We have lot of young players. They now take responsibility to fight for the title and everyone knows now that we fight for the title. Tonight (CFC was a) very tough team, they dropped back, so lack of space and we made them run and make them tired in the second half and n the last minute we scored with the free kick."

Rahul Bheke, Hero of the Match: "This game was going to be a tough one. We wanted to extend the lead and I am happy to be on the scoresheet. I think we stuck to the game plan and that's why we dominated the game, through set pieces. We have scored many goals through set pieces as well. The atmosphere of the team is really good and that's why we are getting this victory."

Full Time

Mumbai City FC 1-0 Chennaiyin FC

A well organised defensive Chennaiyin FC gfailed to capitalise on the attack as a man-marking error by Damjanovic allowed Rahul Beheke to make a run and head the ball into the net, giving MCFC a win.

MATCH REPORT:  ISL 2021-22: Bheke powers Mumbai City FC to a 1-0 win against Chennaiyin FC

90+4' Yellow Card! MCFC attacks on the break with Catatau making a run, but is stopped in his tracks by Rahim Ali through a foul to get booked

90+3' A long ball for Vikram Singh from the back by Mumbai City FC, who misses the ball and it finally lands in Kaith's gloves

90' Vikram Singh makes a run and gets a throw-in as the referee indicates there will be five minutes of added time

88' SHOT! Borysiuk takes a bullet of a shot as the ball flies past the MCFC net. Rahul's header has done the damage to trigger CFC to fire on all cylinders

86' GOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! Rahul Bheke scores with a header from a Jahou free kick

MCFC 1-0 CFC

85' CFC is sealing every gap that MCFC is trying to find. Cassio tries to find one, but is blocked with the ball returning to the MCFC defence.

Substitution for MCFC! Gurkirat Singh replaces Bipin Singh.

83' Tonihght's match has been extremely entertaining without goals. One goal can make it all the more tight. Will it come with a Rahul Bheke throw?

Unfortunately not as CFC clears the long throw out of danger

81' Substitution for CFC! Murzaev replaces Lukasz, while Rahim Ali replaces Chhangte

79' Match resumes after the cooling break and MCFC's corner is caught by Kaith. He has been very good after the early error

76' Kaith received the ball from an MCFC shot, and kicks the ball long for Chhangte, who fails to lead the ball to Lukasz, who was waiting and another CFC attack breaks down. Time for a cooling break

74' Corner for MCFC fails to find Mourtada Fall and the ball goes out for a throw and MCFC takes possession of the ball yet again. Vikram makes a run on the right, cuts into the left and takes a shot, which fails to find a receiver. Had there been one, it could have been a goal

70' Chance! Cassio takes a shot, which is first saved and the follow-on is saved by Kaith and Damjanovic in unison.

68' Time for Substitution!

For CFC, In: Germanpreet Singh, Out: Edwin Vanspaul

For MCFC, In: Vikram Singh, Ygor Catatau Out: Raynier Fernandes, Igor Angulo

66' Catatau gets ready to get on the field. He scored the winner in MCFC's last match against Jamshedpur FC. Buckingham will be looking to shift gears as MCFC has looked reasonably quiet in the second half

65' Koman takes a free kick, and then makes a run on the midfield soon to be dispossessed by the MCFC defenders

63' Shot! Cassio takes a shot from outside the box, but Kaith somehow saves it with a dive on the left

62' Chennaiyin FC has kept Angulo at bay in the second half, with the team constantly trying to build attacks from scratch with back passes

59' Shot! Apuia shifts to the right and hits a curler, but the ball is way off-target. Poor shot in the circumstances

57' Lovely run by Jerry and passes the ball to Chhangte who allows Edwin to take the ball, who then passes the ball to Lukasz, whose touch is received by Koman. Koman takes a shot, which is saved by Kaith comfortably

55' Raynier and Ranawade pair up to exploit the gaps in the CFC midfield and after a touch from Apuia, march forward, only to see the attack fizzle out eventually

52' Chennaiyin goes on an attack on the other end, but its cross by Chhangte is fisted away by Nawaz to keep the scores 0-0

51' MCFC finally starts building an attack, with Raynier taking the ball on to the midfield and passing it to Bipin, whose cross is blocked for a corner. The corner that follows is punches out by the keeper

48' At the back, the boys in yellow is still firm as a rock with man-to-man marking

46' Chance! Chennaiyin advances in attack, Jerry's ball falls for Lukacz, but fails to finish as the scores remain 0-0

Second Half-Begins!

Half-Time

Mumbai City FC 0-0 Chennaiyin FC

A defensive Chennaiyin FC kept all Mumbai City FC's attackers at bay as the players entered the dugout all square.

45' Shot! Chennaiyin tries to attack on the break, with Reagan making a run on the right and goes for goal from far. However, the ball was miles away from goal. One minute of added time to be played.

44' Chennaiyin has all men in its half, firmly defending against a team that has the most number of goals in the tournament so far

41' Off Side! Chennaiyin marches to the front, Edwin progresses the ball in the final third and finally, an aerial cross for Lukasz stops the play as he is off-side

39' Yellow Card! Chhangte goes for the ball, misses it and fouls Apuia in the process to get the first booking of the game

38' Cassio gets the ball in the middle of the penalty box, but is just dispossessed as Chennaiyin FC goes on the attack, but the game is paused after a fine handball by Chhangte

36' Cassio gets the ball in the midfield, turns and runs into the opposition half and passes it to Bipin, whose cross is topped by Reagan Singh

32' Match begins after a brief cooling break. MCFC has had six shots on so far in the game, as compared to just one from CFC.

30' Chennaiyin FC goes for the counter attack, with Edwin feedin gin the ball from the midfield to the left and the ball is eventually stopped before entering the box. Time for a cooling break.

29' Chhangte makes a run with MCFC defenders tracking back, and his cross is cleared  away by Fall 

26' Free Kick! Cassio takes it with a bullet of a shot with his right-foot, but it was well off target. Apui takes another shot in the follow-up, whose shot is also miles away from goal - sloppy defending from Chennaiyin

24' Jahouh delivers a long ball for Bipin, who cuts in and beats his marker on the left, but his cross is deflected away by the Chennaiyin defence

22' Miss! A pass from Jahou for Angulo, gets deflected by Damjanovic, but falls for Angulo, who hits it off target

20' Chennaiyin went on a nine game run without a win till it broke it (the run) with a win in the first match this season against Hyderabad FC. The team also has the least number of yellow cards this season 

17' Jahouh takes the corner kick, but Chennaiyin FC clears it away with Edwin reducing the game's pace with a back-heel and Bandovic's men start on the attack again

16' Free Kick for MCFC! Jahouh takes the kick, which is headed away by Edwin Vanspaul for a corner

14' Mumbai City FC is bossing the possession with 67 percent in the first 12 minutes of the game. Nawaz becomes the sweeper keeper for MCFC as a long ball for Chhangte is cleared by the goalkeeper

11' Bipin runs along the left flank following a Bheke header and his cross is cleared away by the yellow wall. Bheke, who had gone down initially, is back on his feet

9' Chance! An error from Kaith as he completely misses the cross for Angulo, which hits the outside of the woodwork and Damjanovic is furious with the error

8' Koman makes a run right in the middle of the field and tries the no look pass, but fails to find the destination and MCFC takes back control of the ball

7' A corner for MCFC was cleared away by CFC and Rahul Bheke brings the ball down to restart the attack for the boys in blue

5' Shot! Cassio takes the ball, dribbles across two CFC players and takes a long ranger, which is saved easily by Kaith - the first shot on target by Mumbai City FC

4' A development from Chennaiyin, with the corner kick, following into the box after a clearance and Chhangte fails to take a shot and it is headed away

2' Chhangte makes a run after a ball from Jerry, but Mourtada Fall tracks the ball back to force a corner, which is fisted away

1' Mumbai City FC, after having taken control of the ball, starts the buildup from the back, with a throw-in

7:31 pm: Kick Off!

Mumbai City FC starts from right to left, with Chennaiyin FC starts from the other end.

7:25 pm: Chennaiyin FC has come out in its away yellow kit, while Mumbai City FC starts in its signature sky blue kit

7:00 pm: If you missed yesterday's match between Odisha FC and Jamshedpur FC, we have you covered. Here's the recap of yesterday's match:

JFC vs OFC - Match Recap

6:35 pm: Confirmed Line-ups:

Mumbai City FC Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall (C), Mandar Dessai, Cassio Gabriel, Ahmed Jahouh, Raynier Fernandes, Lalengmawia, Igor Angulo and Bipin Singh.

Chennaiyin FC Starting XI (4-1-4-1): Vishal Kaith (GK), Reagan Singh, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Ariel Borysiuk, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Vladimir Koman, Anirudh Thapa (C), Edwin Vanspaul and Lukasz Gikiewicz.

6:15 pm: A win here for Mumbai City FC will increase its lead further to four points, while a win for Chennaiyin FC will pull it into the top four.

Here's how the points table looks for now: ISL 2021-22 Points Table: Jamshedpur FC inches closer to Mumbai City on second spot

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

Mumbai City FC Predicted XI: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall (C), Mandar Dessai, Cassio Gabriel, Ahmed Jahouh, Raynier Fernandes, Lalengmawia, Igor Angulo and Bipin Singh.

Chennaiyin FC Predicted XI: Vishal Kaith (GK), Reagan Singh, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Ariel Borysiuk, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Vladimir Koman, Anirudh Thapa (C), Edwin Vanspaul and Lukasz Gikiewicz.

5:45 pm: Our reporters Aashin Prasad and N Sudarshan review matchweek 2 of the 2021-22 season of the Indian Super League and analyse the teams and their performances in this episode of The Full Time Show. Listen in -

MATCH PREVIEW: Chennaiyin FC faces stern challenge against defending champion Mumbai City FC

Chennaiyin FC will face its sternest test on Wednesday when it takes on defending champion and current leader Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.

This is an important week for Chennaiyin as it is scheduled to play three matches over the next week including this fixture.

The team’s philosophy has been to be as tight and compact as possible on defence and it has paid dividends as the team has conceded only two goals from the first four matches.

Importantly, the team has so far not been threatened or consistently come under pressure in its final third of the pitch by the four opponents so far and is the only unbeaten side in the competition so far.

But things will be different on Wednesday as in Mumbai City, it faces a team that plays an extremely attacking brand of football.

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“We will take every game, one at a time. We did not get carried away after our first game, and we did not get carried away after our second when we had one win and one loss,” said Mumbai City FC coach Des Buckingham. 

“They are the only team in the league who are unbeaten, so it's a challenge,” he added. 

The Islanders have rammed in 16 goals from five matches have four wins and a defeat so far. The team’s high-press game is sure to put the Chennaiyin defence under pressure and any lapse can prove costly. 

CFC Coach Bozidar Bandovic said, “They are not only a high pressing team but also good technically as well as in the attack. You need to have a good balance between attack and defence and that is very important because if you don’t defend well and concede chances then they (Mumbai City) will score for sure.”

Where to watch?

You can watch the Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin 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.