ISL: Sougou, Chermiti strike as Mumbai City beats Bengaluru 2-0 - as it happened

Mumbai City completed the league double over defending ISL champion Bengaluru FC with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Modou Sogou and Amine Chermiti.

Sunil Chhetri will look to add to his eight goals in the Indian Super League this season.   -  ISL Media

A goal in either half secured a 2-0 win for Mumbai City FC over Bengaluru FC, helping it move up to fifth on the ISL table.

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Full-time: Mumbai City 2-0 Bengaluru FC Modou Sogou and Amine Chermiti's goals seal three points for Mumbai City and sends it up to fifth on the ISL table.

Substitutions for Mumbai City: Modou Sogou OFF, Bipin Singh ON; Mohamed Larbi OFF, Bidyananda Singh ON

90' We are into four minutes of stoppage time.

88' Raynier Fernandes looks to cross but gets too much bend on it and it's an easy collection for Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in Bengaluru FC goal.

Substitution for Mumbai City: Amine Chermiti OFF, Raynier Fernandes ON

82' CHANCE! Sunil Chhetri with a tame header as he attacked Deshorn Brown's cross from inside the area. Mumbai City fails to deal with Rahul Bheke's long throw, the ball flicks off Juanan's head and Brown keeps the ball in play before flashing a lobbed cross. Chhetri gets his head to it but doesn't get the connection he wanted and the ball dribbles off target for a goal kick.

79' YELLOW CARD! Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri is shown a yellow card for dissent.

74' Despite the substitutions of Udanta Singh and Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Bengaluru FC hasn't threatened in the second half. Mumbai City's second goal has taken the sting out of the defending ISL champion.

68' Rahul Bheke concedes possession in the attacking half and Mumbai City has a chance to counter. Dimas Delgado tracks back and wins the ball off Rowllin Borges, who dwelled on the ball as he tried to pick a pass.

60' Mumbai City's moving the ball with a bit more confidence since doubling the lead. Modou Sougou and Diego Carlos are receiving the ball in dangerous areas and testing the Bengaluru FC defence.

55' GOAL! Amine Chermiti finishes from close range after Harmanjot Khabra's backpass for Gurpreet Singh Sandhu falls at the feet of Chermiti. Mumbai City 2-0 Bengaluru FC. Rowllin Borges played a long ball into the box, Khabra tries to head it for Gurpreet to collect. Instead it finds Chermiti, who takes a touch, sends Gurpreet the wrong way and finds the back of the net.

Substitution for Bengaluru FC: Nishu Kumar OFF, Eugeneson Lyngdoh ON

51' OHH! Rahul Bheke with a long throw that Amrinder Singh palms away. It finds Udanta Singh on the edge of the penalty area. He heads it over the crossbar.

49' Nishu Kumar is booked for tugging onto Diego Carlos's shirt. He concedes a free-kick in the defensive half. The free-kick is delivered by Mohamed Larbi but Mumbai City has three players in an offside position.

Substitution for Bengaluru FC: Manuel Onwu OFF, Udanta Singh ON

46' We are ready for the second half! Mumbai City gets us underway, playing from right to left.

SECOND HALF

Half-time: Mumbai City goes into the break 1-0 up thanks to Modou Sogou's goal.

45+1' OFFSIDE! Dimas Delgado times his pass to perfection and finds Sunil Chhetri, who finds the back of the net but the linesman on the far side has put his flag up. A member of the Bengaluru FC support staff is shown a yellow card for protesting against the decision.

45' We are into two minutes of stoppage time.

44' OFFSIDE! Subhasish Bose and Mumbai City think they have their second goal, but Bose had strayed offside as he tried to meet with Diego Carlos's cross into the area.

42' Dimas Delgado is booked for kicking out at Rowllin Borges. The two sets of players get into a scuffle and it's a while before the free-kick is taken.

41' HEADED OVER! Dimas Delgado's corner finds Erik Paartalu, who's unable to get his head over the ball and the ball loops over the crossbar for a goal kick.

37' Amine Chermiti attacks Mohamed Larbi's corner at the front post, doesn't get his attempt on target and it's goal kick for Bengaluru. Mumbai City exerting more pressure on the Bengaluru defence in the last five minutes.

35' SAVED! Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saves a ferocious hit from Diego Carlos. It's a left-footed drive from an angle, it was rising and Gurpreet gets his right palm to it and concedes a corner. Mohamed Larbi's corner is over-hit and it goes harmlessly out for a goal kick for Bengaluru FC.

31' Diego Carlos shoots from a long way out, doesn't get the power and direction, and the ball dribbles away for a goal kick. Mumbai City had a chance to counter-attack and put pressure on the Bengaluru FC defence.

25' OHHH! Mumbai City's Sarthaku Golui concedes a free-kick in the defensive half. It's a good delivery from Dimas Delgado, finds Sunil Chhetri, who tries to flick on and find the far corner. Mumbai City gets a couple of bodies in the way and manages to clear the ball away. Another nervy moment for the home defence there.

21' Gurpreet Singh Sandhu concedes a cheap corner from a Modou Sogou shot that was on target. Rowllin Borges goes for a long-range effort and the ricochet falls at the feet of Sogou, who volleyed it first time albeit the replay shows he was fractionally offside. There's a foul on Gurpreet as the corner is delivered and the score remains Mumbai City 1-0 Bengaluru.

17' Bengaluru FC continues to dominate possession as it tries to hit back. Mumbai City is managing to keep it at arm's length so far. Mumbai's not shy of defending deep and when it does turn over possession, go direct.

13' GOAL! Modou Sogou heads Mumbai City in front! Rowllin Borges with an inch-perfect long ball that is unchallenged by Nishu Kumar and Sogou gets his head to it, keeps it on target and Mumbai City is 1-0 up. Poor goalkeeping from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, too, to come rushing off his line and leave his goal unguarded.

11' OHHH! Sunil Chhetri with an uncharacteristic effort. Harmanjot Khabra crosses after another short corner from Dimas Delgado, it finds the Bengaluru FC captain just inside the penalty area. It's a difficult chance. The ball bounced in front of Chhetri, who had to improvise and try to get his foot over the ball. Doesn't manage it and his effort flies over the crossbar. Plenty of warning signs for Mumbai City early, though.

7' SAVED! Bengaluru FC's dominating the early moments. Erik Paartalu pounces on a tame header from Subhasish Bose and drives into the area, looking to set himself up for a shot on goal. Mato Grgic senses danger and puts the ball out for a corner. Dimas Delgado takes a short one and the resultant cross is headed by Ashique Kuruniyan. It's on target but Amrinder Singh collects it on the bounce with little fuss.

3' Mumbai City's Rowllin Borges concedes a free-kick in the defensive half. It's delivered by Dimas Delgado, but Mumbai is well-organised and not much comes off it.

Kick-off: Bengaluru FC gets us underway, playing from right to left.

The players have made their way out to the middle. We are ready for the Indian national anthem. The national anthem and the customary pre-match team photos are complete. We are ready for kick-off.

As we await kick-off at the Mumbai Football Area, watch Sportstar's Off The Pitch interview of two of Mumbai City's star players, Subhasish Bose and Amrinder Singh.

 

Mumbai City starting XI: Amrinder Singh (GK), Mato Grgic, Pratik Chaudhari, Sarthak Golui, Subhasish Bose, Mohamed Larbi, Rowllin Borges, Sourav Das, Diego Carlos, Modou Sougou, Amine Chermiti (Substitutions: Ravi Kumar, Valpuia, Bidyananda Singh, Bipin Singh, Mohammed Rafique, Pranjal Bhumij, Raynier Fernandes)

Bengaluru FC starting XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Nishu Kumar, Juanan, Albert Serran, Rahul Bheke, Harmanjot Khabra, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri, Manuel Onwu (Substitutions: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Kean Lewis, Suresh Wangjam, Udanta Singh, Deshorn Brown, Semboi Haokip)

Preview

Bengaluru FC faces Mumbai City FC away from home with a chance to end the night top of the ISL table. Mumbai won the reverse fixture 3-2, with Rowllin Borges scoring the winner in the second-half stoppage time. It's also the clash of the best defence (Bengaluru with 7) against the team with the second-worst defensive record in the league (Mumbai with 21). Mumbai is coming off consecutive losses against ATK and Odisha, losing 2-0 on both occasions. Bengaluru has had a long break between its last match and this, with it beating Jamshedpur FC 2-0 at home last Thursday.