ISL 2019-20, highlights: Santana brace gives Odisha 4-2 win vs Mumbai

Catch all the live updates, commentary and score from the Indian Super League 2019-20 match between Mumbai City FC and Odisha FC on our live blog.

Jerry celebrates scoring Odisha's lead against Mumbai City.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the Indian Super League match between Mumbai City FC and Odisha FC from the Mumbai Football Arena. This is Aashin Prasad and I will be bringing you the action. Watch this space for all updates!

 

 

 

 

LIVE UPDATES

90' + 5' - GOAL for MCFC! Poor from Dorronsoro as he is beaten on the near post from a cross. The 'keeper lets Bipin's low cross slip from his hand and the ball bounces of his face and goes in.

90' + 4' - Odisha on the break go close to its fifth goal. The ball falls on the edge of the box for Jerry and his effort is deflected on to the hands of Amrinder.

Jerry Mawihmingthanga is named man of the match for his goal and two assists.

Odisha is on the brink of a well-deserved first win of the season. For Mumbai City, one wonders how different it would have been had Rowllin Borges not pulled his hamstring in the warm-ups on the day. The MCFC players had a lacklustre first half but pulled themselves together in the second to put up a good fight.

Five minutes of added time.

89' - Larbi does well on the left side, cuts in and swings in a cross into the far post. His countryman Chermiti tries to get a good connection on the dive but fails to do so.

88' - A sustained period of ball possession from Odisha ends with an offside call on Jerry.

84' - Final change of the match. Mumbai City's Rafique is replaced by Vignesh Dakshinamurthy.

83' -  Bipin does well to turn in a cross to the far post which Larbi heads into the side-netting.

82' - What a chance for Romeo to get his side's fifth and his first goal of the season. He runs through on goal after an excellent first touch but his side-footed curler is wide of the far post.

79' - Vinit Rai goes off for Daniel Lalhimpuia.

78' -  Santana goes down catching his face after being clattered from the back.

76' - Bipin Singh replaces Machado for Mumbai City.

73' - GOAL! Santana has done it again! Odisha breaks on the right side where Jerry puts in a cross on the face of the six yard box. Santana leaps in behind the center back to thump home the header.

70' - MCFC come close on the break! Carlos on the right puts in an inviting cross which is palmed away by Dorronsoro. The ball however falls on to the path of Larbi who strikes it on the turn. Chermiti was waiting on the line to turn that into the net but he is flagged offisde.

68'- Another change for Odisha. Nandhakumar goes off for Romeo Fernandes.

66' - Carlos on the left dribbles past Saranghi but eventually runs the ball out of play before heading the cross in.

62' - Xisco is going off for Odisha's first change.  Martin Guedes come on.

Odisha weather the momentum which Mumbai had going after its first goal by holding on to the ball well.

58' - Raynier brings down Jerry unfairly. The midfieder gets his second yellow card of the season.

56' - Another chance! A cross from the left flank finds Larbi, whose heavy touch doesn't allow him to get the shot away. Xisco gets in the way to make the crucial tackle to nick the ball away from Larbi.

MCFC players have a spring in their step. The supporters are up for it too. Can they pull off a miraculous comeback?

53' - There seemed to be a handball by Gharami inside Odisha's box but the referee fails to spot it. Costa can't believe the decision and the MCFC supporters aren't happy either.

51' - GOAL! Larbi steps up and slots in the penalty as Dorronsoro dives the wrong way.

50' - PENALTY for Mumbai! Kevyn tries to hook the ball over Dorronsoro and ends up clattering into him. The referee points to the spot! There were no complaints from any  MCFC players and only referee felt it was a penalty.

It will likely be a case of damage limitation for MCFC.

46' - We kick off the second half. Mumbai City replaces Bose for Valpuia. at left back.

SECOND HALF

The whistle is blown for the end of the first half. What a nightmare night this is turning out to be for Mumbai City FC. Odisha FC with some superb attacking play is on course for its first win of the season.

Gombau must be loving this execution from his young players.

41' - GOAAAL! It gets better and better for Odisha! Jerry gets on the scoresheet after some great work by Nandhakumar on the left. Saranghi again excellent in the build after holding off a challenge before finding Nandha with a crossfield pass. Nandha cuts in and thunders a shot against the cross bar which fell on to the path of Jerry. The winger controls it and fires it into the roof of the net.

Looked like Subhasish was about to be subbed off but the India international is okay to continue.

35' - Poor tackle from Santana where he catches Subhasish's ankle. Amrinder runs in to remonstrate with the referee and he gets booked for his troubles. Santana goes into the book as well.

32' - How did he not score from there?! Carlos does well on the left flank before finding Kevyn unmarked in the box. The Gabonese player on the turn fires the shot high and wide. He slipped as he completed the shot. He could have composed himself better before taking that shot as he had enough space in the box.

30' - Surely can't be another injury. Rafique is on the ground.

25' -  Another good build up from defence leads to attack where Gharami and Saranghi combine well before Xisco feeds Nandha on the left. Nandha cuts in and fires in a fierce shot on his weaker foot which stings the hands of Amrinder.

That goal came from a period of sustained pressure from Odisha where they confidently move the ball up from front to back.

Josep Gombau enjoyed that goal.

22' - GOAAAL! SANTANA! Brilliant build-up followed by a wonderful strike by Santana! Right-back Saranghi with a long pass along the ground which Jerry runs onto. The winger cuts in, looks up and finds the runs of Santana, who struck a first-time effort which found the right bottom corner. Amrinder had no chance.

This has been a breathtaking start to the game with chances at either end.

17' - Larbi's inswinging free-kick is punched away by Dorronsoro.

14' - Kevyn plays in a ball into Odisha's box which Chermiti races to and gets off a shot on the slide which is blocked by Gharami.

11' - Vinit goes into the book for bringing down Chermiti on the counter attack.

There was another injury in the warm-up. Bikramjit wasn't fit enough to start and is replaced by Vinit Rai.

10' - MCFC living dangerously here. Odisha nealry gets its second on the break. Xisco lays it on for Santana, whose first time shot is deflected on to the cross bar before going behind for a corner.  

6' - GOAAAL! Odisha is in the lead as Xisco fires in the goal! Mumbai City is breached for the first time this season. A simple ball over the top is headed down into the path of Xisco, who dashes through on goal and checks inside of Pratik. He composes himself and fires his side in front!

3' - Odisha players twice go for overhead kicks inside the box from a corner but fail to connect to it.

Mumbai supporters are in good spirits for their first home game of the season.

1' - And we are off! Odisha kicks off from left to right in its white kits.

The coaches exhange their pleasantaries on the sidelines.

FIRST HALF

Igor Stimac is in the stands in Mumbai and is standing up for the Indian national anthem.

JUST IN: Rowllin Borges pulled his hamstring in the warm-up and is replaced by Serge Kevyn.

It will be interesting to see if winger Nandhakumar starts as a left-back. Wingers converted into full-backs seem to be one of the themes of the new season thus far. Ashique Kuruniyan at Bengaluru FC and Michael Soosairaj at ATK. Here's a read on ATK's use of Soosairaj as a left wing-back. Is he an expensive problem or a solution in his new role?

Josep Gombau makes three changes: Dorronsoro, Bikramjit Singh, Nandhakumar Sekar, Diagne come into the side. Bikramjit, who is a more tenacious presence in the middle of the park, will accompany Tebar in the pivot.

The line-ups are out. Two forced changes for Mumbai City. Jorge Costa brings in Paulo Machado and Mohammed Rafique for the injured Modou Sougou and Sauvik Chakrabarti. The line-up suggests a 4-3-3 formation.

Playing XIs

MCFC: Amrinder (GK); Rafique, Partik, Sathak, Bose; Raynier, Rowllin, Machado; Carlos, Chermiti, Larbi

OFC: Dorronsoro (GK), Sarangi, Narayan, Gharami, Nandhakumar, Jerry, Xisco, Tebar (C), Bikramjit, Diagne, Santana.

 

 

Chennaiyin FC vs ATK recap

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Mumbai City vs Odisha Preview

Mumbai City FC is pleased to have come through its first two matches of the Hero indian Super League without a negative outcome. It opened this season's campaign with a 1-0 win against Kerala Blasters in Kochi  and shared points with Chennaiyin FC  following a goalless draw in Chennai.

That's what made its Portuguese coach Jorge Costa somewhat thrilled before his team takes on Odisha FC in the first home match at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Costa touched upon the team’s injury concerns, that he has 25 players to choose from, but most importantly revealed his happiness at picking up four points from the first two matches.

In a contrasting statement he also said: “Odisha FC (earlier Delhi Dynamos FC) played pretty well last season. We must respect them and I know that it won't be easy. I am not hundred percent happy after our two games. We still have to work harder and do well. My players work hard daily and are happy together.”

Odisha coach Josep Gombau said: “We didn’t get the result. In the first game (against Jamshedpur FC) there may have been passing inaccuracy. But in the second (North East United FC) I think we dominated. We conceded due to small mistakes, but we controlled the game and created a lot of chances. I think the team is doing well and we don’t deserve to get zero points. I am confident that the team will do well tomorrow.”

The match will be shown on the Star Sports network and can also be streamed live on Hotstar. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM IST.