ISL 2020-21 Highlights, CFC vs MCFC: Isma earns Chennaiyin 1-1 draw with Mumbai City

ISL Live, MCFC vs CFC Live Football Streaming: Get Indian Super League live score updates from the game between Mumbai City FC and Chennaiyin FC being played at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.

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Chennaiyin FC's Esmael Goncalves scores from the spot to equalise against Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) on Monday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

This is Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 live blog/highlights of the Chennaiyin FC vs Mumbai City FC clash being played at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.

That brings us to the end of our ISL coverage for the day. We will be back tomorrow when NorthEast United FC faces ATK Mohun Bagan. [PREVIEW]. Until then, it's goodnight from us!

MATCH REPORT| ISL 2020-21: Mumbai City draws with Chennaiyin, goes six points clear at the top

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Podcast: From coaching changes and how they are impacting the side to a certain rant from one of the biggest names in the league, the last week in ISL action has been dramatic to the say the very least. Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad are joined by The Hindu's N Sudarshan to discuss the best and worst of the week of ISL action gone by. Listen in to The Full Time Show:


Mumbai City FC coach Sergio Lobera: "Obviously I am not happy because I think my team had done a big effort and played very well but we lost two points. I am happy compared to last game but we conceded a goal and lost two pts. We need to try to avoid mistakes (like the one that led to the goal).

My analysis as a coach is that it's important to know that the players did many good things today. When one player makes a mistake, I need to speak to him. Jahouh helps us a lot in lots of games but today it's not good that we conceded this goal. We now need to shift focus to the next game."

ISL 2020-21 Points table: Mumbai City six points clear, Chennaiyin moves to fifth

[On not being able to score as many goals]: "We create lots of chances to score. The problem is not the chances, we need to finish better and be clinical. Sometimes when you score the second goal the game is completely different. We need to improve in this aspect because our defensive numbers are very good and we need to improve our offensive numbers.

Chennaiyin FC coach Csaba Laszlo: "I didn't think we played bad in the first half. It was a really nice goal from Mumbai and we could have done anything in this case except maybe push to avoid the cross. I told the team in the dressing room (at half-time) that we still had the chance. I think we deserve the one point. We went for the three points but I am also not disappointed with the one point."

[On strikers missing chances] "I think this is an endless story (laughs). We are not fantastic in offence this year. Tonight we showed a very good game. I am missing the killer instinct in the box. Two-three times we had very good crosses but you have to attack the ball. If you are a striker and if you wait for the ball and don't attack, it will never come to you. I am pleased that Jakub attacked the 'keeper and won the penalty and that Isma scored. If you look at our team, Isma and Jakub have both scored many goals in their previous clubs. You hope that they can do the job in the front. If Lanzarote (Manuel) is in then I have a little more possibility and creativity in the attacking midfield. Everybody is waiting for more goals from us since we have missed a lot. We need to concentrate and score."

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[On team spirit] "I feel it was painful when he lost points to ATK Mohun Bagan. I had a few sad faced in the dressing room after that game but I'm happy that the players stood up and said they will deliver against Mumbai City. The Indian players never give up. I watched four European football games last night and I can tell you that the most entertaining games are the ones in the ISL. The players here may not have the European quality but they never give up. They are always busy and running and this is entertaining."

Mumbai City FC's unbeaten run in ISL 2020-21 remains intact as it draws 1-1 with Chennaiyin FC. Ogbeche put the Islanders ahead in the 21st minute with a thumping header, while Chennaiyin drew level when Isma struck from the spot in the 76th minute.

STAT: This is the first time this season that Mumbai City has not won a game in which it scored the opening goal

The draw sees Mumbai City FC equal FC Goa's record of 12-game unbeaten run. Mumbai City FC remains on top of the standings, while Chennaiyin moves to the fifth spot.

FULL TIME: Chennaiyin FC 1 - 1 Mumbai City FC

90+5' Jahouh's delivery is threatening, but Mehtab's header is well off-target.

90+5' Last probable chance for Mumbai City. Jahouh to take the set-piece from near the midline.

90+3' Le Fondre latches onto Jahouh's pass and drills a left-footed strike, but can't beat Kaith.

90+2' Excellent work from Jerry as he takes the ball all the way to the corner flag and shields it really well against pressure from Jackichand.

90' Rowlinn picks up a yellow for a stamp on Tangri. That is Rowlinn's fourth booking of the season and he will miss the upcoming game against NorthEast United FC. Five minutes to be added on.

89' Late double change for Chennaiyin: Fathullo and Rahim Ali are coming on for Thoi and Chhangte.

88' MUmbai City's assistant coach, Jesus Tato, is booked for remonstrating the referee's decision.

87' What a chance for the Islanders! Amey does extremely well to go past Sipovic into the box and lobs it to the centre, but it's too powerful for Le Fondre. The 22-year-old has been phenomenal today.

84' Jackichand is brought down and Jahouh takes the resultant free-kick, but it's an easy save for Kaith.

82' Chennaiyin FC also makes a change as Deepak Tangri replaces Sylvestr.

81' A first in the ISL as Mumbai City makes four changes at one go! - IN: Cy Goddard, Adam le Fondre, Jackichand Singh, Mehtab Singh OUT: Ogbeche, Bipin , Hernan, Raynier

81' Jahouh tries to make amends for his earlier error by shooting from distance, but his swerving attempt sails above the target.

77' That's very poor from Jahouh. He is almost a tad too confident as he tries to turn inside Sylvestr in the box and ends up giving away a cheap penalty.

76' ISMA EQUALISES FOR CHENNAIYIN! The Bissau-Guinean striker drills it into the net from the spot to bring Chennaiyin back into the game.

75' PENALTY TO CHENNAIYIN! Jahouh brings down Sylvestr in the box and is booked. 

74' Mumbai City FC's latest signing, Jackichand Singh, is warming up on the sidelines. Jackichand had flourished under Sergio Lobera, scoring scoring nine goals and crafting seven assists during his two seasons at FC Goa. He has three assists to his name this season from the 12 games he played for Jamshedpur.

72' Not too far, that from Boumous. The Frenchman dodges his way into the final third and fires a powerful strike that zooms above the crossbar.

71' Thoi! Chhangte's corner finds Thoi in the middle of the box but the midfielder can't find the target.

70' Amrinder spills it! Reagan's long free-kick slips out of Amrinder's gloves and goes out for a corner.

68' Isma and Sylvestr have struggled to combine today. The Slovakian has the ball with him and sees Isma clear on goal but chooses against the pass. Isma is furious, but there's little he can do.

66' Amey nearly curls one in with his left foot! The right back comes within inches of scoring his maiden ISL goal as his stunning strike misses the target by a whisker.

STAT: A win today would see Mumbai City extend its unbeaten run to 12 games - the longest in the history of the ISL

64' That's a poor attempt from the substitute. He goes for power and his shot is nowhere near the target. Another set-piece chance wasted by Chennaiyin.

63' Good opportunity here for Chennaiyin. Ogbeche brings Isma down right at the edge of the box and Edwin looks set to take the free-kick.

62' So close! Hernan makes a darting run into the box and nods Bipin cross across the goal, but there's no one there to slot it home.

59' Fine defensive header from Ogbeche. Chhangte takes the free-kick from the cusp of the box and floats it for Memo  at the far post, but Ogbeche gets in the way to head it out for a corner.

58' First change of the evening: Edwin Vanspaul comes on for Germanpreet.

57' That could have been dangerous. Raynier finds himself in space and can release Bipin down the centre, but chooses to play it to Ogbeche instead. The Nigerian decides to have a go at goal but his shot doesn't get past the defence.

53' Ouch, that looks painful. Raynier hacks down Jerry and the young defender lands awkwardly on the ball.

51' Thoi breaks on the counter but Amey does really well to track back and stop the run.

50' Set-play threat for Chennaiyin. Jerry fouls Raynier on the right flank and Jahouh will take the free-kick.

48' Much like the opening half, Chennaiyin has created chances right after kick-off but is lacking the final ball.

46' KICK OFF! And the second half gets underway.

Mumbai City FC heads into the interval with a slender 1-0 lead over Chennaiyin FC. The Islanders did well to see out the opening minutes when Chennaiyin piled on the pressure and went ahead through Ogbeche's header in the 21st minute.

The goal spurred Lobera's side on as it went on to dominate the proceedings, finding acres of space up ahead with ease. Chennaiyin was forced on the back-foot, but Thoi and Chhangte managed to create a couple of promising chances.

HALF-TIME: Chennaiyin FC 0 - 1 Mumbai City FC

45+2' Late chance for Chennaiyin! Chhangte is brought down by Jahouh and the designated home side has a freekick.

45' Two minutes to be added on.

42' Free-kick to Chennaiyin. Rowllin's high boot sees the Marina Machans win a set-piece, but nothing comes off it.

40' Dangerous ball in from Thoi and it is headed clear by Fall. Corner to Chennaiyin. Thoi has been excellent today, offering terrific place down the right flank and a superior work rate.

37' Mumbai City has seized control of this game since opening the scoring. The midfielders are finding ample space up ahead, while the defence is quick to thwart any Chennaiyin chances.

STAT: Mumbai City has won each time it has scored the first goal in ISL 2020-21

35' Isma is visibly unhappy here. He was put off by that challenge from Hernan a few minutes ago and now fouls Fall while vying for a header. He expresses his displeasure to the ref, but the decision  stays.

33' Lucky escape there for Amrinder. He just about manages to clear his lines as Sylvestr nearly got the ball off him.

30' Water break called. Mumbai City leads 1-0 courtesy of Ogbeche's thundering header in the 21st minute.

STAT: Bipin Singh has four assists to his name this season - the joint-highest among Indian players

28' Isma lines up his shot but is tackled from behind by Hernan. Referee says play on.

26' Set-piece chance wasted. Reagan curls a free-kick into the box but the whistle is blown as Sabia fouls a defender while trying to win the header.

STAT: Ogbeche has 20 goals and one assist since last season

23' Sylvestr strides towards the goal and has options on both sides. He fails to utilise the options or pull the trigger and the chance slips away.

21' OGBECHE BUSTS THE NET WITH A BULLET HEADER! Bipin plays a teasing cross from the left and Ogbeche leaps past his marker to score his fifth goal of the season. Another assist for Bipin!

18' Audacious attempt from Vignesh. The left wing back sees Kaith off his line and fires a looping strike that lands on top of the net. The youngster has already scored one of the goals of the season when he struck that sublime first-touch volley against Hyderabad.

16' Excellent fluidity for Chennaiyin! Isma plays it for Thoi on the right with acres of space ahead of him. However, his cross lacks precision and takes a touch off a defender. Chennaiyin finding lots of room in the final third.

13' Back to back corners for Chennaiyin. Chhangte bombs down the left and attempts a cross and Amay gets in the way to deflect it for a corner.

12' Sabiaaaaaaa..off target! Chhangte's outswinging corner is  met by Sabia, but the Chennaiyin captain's header fails to trouble the 'keeper.

11' Sipovic has picked up his fourth yellow card of the season and will miss Chennaiyin's upcoming game against Hyderabad FC on Sunday.

10' Booking! Sipovic brings Jahouh down at the edge of the box and is shown a yellow card. The ref waves play on Rowlinn forces a save from Kaith.

9' End to end action here as both teams have gotten off the blocks strongly.

6' Chance for Raynier! Vignesh plays a delightful across the box and Raynier has a chance...but can't find the target. Thoi was caught napping there as Raynier sneaked right past him.

4' Isma has his shot saved. The Bissau-Guinean fires a low drive but a deflection takes the sting off it and Amrinder has a fairly easy save to make.

2' Parried away! Chhangte has a crack at goal from the edge of the box and Amrinder gloves it away. Good start for Chennaiyin here...Isma releases Thoi and the winger floats a cross into the box. Fall's clearance is weak and Chhangte gets a shot on goal.

1'KICK OFF!  Chennaiyin attacking from left to right.

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7:25pm: The players are out in the centre! Chennaiyin in blue and Mumbai City in yellow.

A win today for Mumbai City FC will help it hold the record for the longest unbeaten streak (12 matches) in the ISL. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

7:10pm: Chennaiyin FC has beaten Mumbai city FC six times in the 13 times the two sides have clashed. Here's a full lowdown on their H2H record:

 

7pm: With four representatives, table-topper Mumbai City FC dominates our ISL 2020-21 team of the fortnight and forms its spine. More on that here - Mumbai City dominates ISL Team of the Fortnight

6:50pm: Sergio Lobera makes three alterations to his XI. Hernan Santana slots back in defence after missing the previous clash due to suspension, while striker Bartholomew Ogbeche also returns to the starting line-up. Raynier Fernandes replaces Cy Goddard in midfield.

IN: Hernan Santana, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Raynier Fernandes | OUT: Mehtab Singh, Cy Goddard, Adam le Fondre

6:40pm: Two changes for Chennaiyin FC as Germanpreet Singh and Jakub Sylvestr find a place in the starting XI. Anirudh Thapa continues to miss the matchday squad after picking up an injury two games ago.

IN: Germanpreet Singh, Jakub Sylvestr| OUT: Deepak Tangri, Rahim Ali

Chennaiyin FC

Sixth-placed Chennaiyin FC has only one win in its last seven games and desperately needs a victory to propel its chances of making it to the play-offs.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6:30pm: Team News!

Chennaiyin FC XI: Vishal Kaith, Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Thoi Singh, Memo Moura, Germanpreet Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Esmael Goncalves, Jakub Sylvestr

Mumbai City FC XI: Amrinder Singh, Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Hernana Santana, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Hugo Boumous, Rowlinn Borges, Ahmed Jahouh, Raynier Fernandes, Bipin Singh, Bartholomew Ogbeche

6:15pm: From Bengaluru's winless run to the latest in transfers and KP Rahul's impressive week, here are the major talking points from the week gone by - ISL 2020-21 Weekly Roundup: 7 and no W for BFC, Do not upset Fowler

6pm: Chennaiyin FC has managed only 10 goals so far - the lowest in the league. Here's an analytical piece on how Chennaiyin creates chances aplenty, but can't get the goals - Can play, can't score: Chennaiyin's xG defying ISL season so far

5:45pm: Here's how we think the two teams could line-up today:

Chennaiyin FC predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Enes Sipovic, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Edwin Vanspaul, Memo Moura; Rahim Ali, Jakub Sylvestr, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Esmael Goncalves

Mumbai City FC predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Amrinder Singh; Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Hernan Santana, Mandar Rao Dessai; Ahmed Jahouh, Rowllin Borges; Raynier Fernandes, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh; Adam le Fondre.

Podcast: From coaching changes and how they are impacting the side to a certain rant from one of the biggest names in the league, the last week in ISL action has been dramatic to the say the very least. Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad are joined by The Hindu's N Sudarshan to discuss the best and worst of the week of ISL action gone by. Listen in to The Full Time Show:

Follow Sportstar's full coverage (Latest news, Interviews, Features, Points table, Quiz, Videos) of ISL 2020-21.

The seventh edition of the Indian Super League got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.

The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following the inclusion of SC East Bengal, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020: Points Table

MATCH PREVIEW:

In a video posted on Chennaiyin FC’s Youtube channel, head coach Csaba Laszlo is seen trying to inspire a deflated unit, which has found the going tough thus far in the Indian Super League (ISL). “You can do better... I am talking to you because I know that everybody can do better in his own position. Everybody, every single person,” said the Romanian.

The task doesn’t get any easier for Chennaiyin. After a demoralising stoppage-time defeat to ATK Mohun Bagan, it takes on league leader Mumbai City FC at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Monday.

While Chennaiyin has failed to get back-to-back wins this season, Mumbai City is on an 11-game unbeaten streak – a joint ISL record alongside Bengaluru FC’s 2018-19 title-winning team -- which is studded with nine victories.

READ | ISL Player of the Fortnight: Rowllin Borges, Mumbai City's wrecker-in-chief

It will be a battle of the league’s top scorers, Mumbai City (18 goals), against the lowest scorers, Chennaiyin (10).

Laszlo, who had set up his side to play on the counter against Bagan, said he will change his tactic when his side faces Mumbai City.

“In this game against Mumbai, it will be completely different,” said Laszlo. “We have to open the game up and we want to score goals. Even if it's Mumbai City, one of the most dangerous teams in the ISL, we have to try to win the game. I'm sure that we will get chances and there will be possibilities to use but the instinct to be hungry will be the key tomorrow.”

Key central midfielder Anirudh Thapa, who missed the last game due to an injury, will face a late fitness test on match-day.

Of the two goals conceded from open play by Mumbai City, one of them came against Chennaiyin in the reverse fixture. Sergio Lobera’s side came back from a goal down to win 2-1 despite not being at its best. Qualifying for next season’s AFC Champions League remains a big ambition for Lobera and he doesn’t want his side to slip up in the second half of the season.

READ | ISL 2020-21: Jamshedpur arrests losing streak in insipid goalless draw with Hyderabad

"We are top of the table but especially in this league, in this situation, everything can change in seven days. Sometimes you have three games in 10 days and nine points is a lot of points. Till now the situation is good, but we want the best situation at the end of the season.

"I don't need to explain the situation [exit from FC Goa] of last season. Hopefully, it's possible to achieve it [ACL qualification] this season,” said the Spaniard.

ISL 2020-21 will be televised live at 5 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.