ISL 2020-21 highlights: Mumbai City FC, Hyderabad FC play out 0-0 draw

ISL 2020-21, MCFC vs HFC Updates: Get the Indian Super League score updates and commentary from the game between Hyderabad FC and Mumbai City FC in Bambolim.

Mumbai City FC is taking on Hyderabad FC in match 60 of the 2020-21 Indian Super League at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

This is Sportstar's match blog/highlights of the ISL 2020-21 game between Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC in Goa on Saturday.

That is all we have for today. Tomorrow (Super Sunday), Jamshedpur FC will take on NorthEast United in the evening game of the 2020-21 ISL (MATCH PREVIEW). Meanwhile, FC Goa will square off against ATK Mohun Bagan in the night game (MATCH PREVIEW). Until then, good night!

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Hyderabad FC midfielder Mohammed Yasir claims the 'Winning Pass of the Game' award for tonight's match, while his teammate Hitesh Sharma takes home the 'Player of the Match' honour.

MCFC manager Sergio Lobera: Obviously, I'm not happy because we always want to win three points. The draw is a fair result though, because we didn't play well and Hyderabad FC was clever. I didn't want to lose an important player for ten days. Hugo Boumous was rested for that reason. He wasn't 100% and I have other players who can do the job well. That's the advantage of having an amazing squad and everyone is ready to step up. My strategy for every game is different. I need to choose the best playing XI based on the opponent. And that's why I've been alternating between Adam le Fondre and Bartholomew Ogbeche. Hopefully, we continue this unbeaten run (10 games now) and go into the ISL season seven playoffs as the top-ranked team.

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HFC head coach Manolo Marquez: More or less, we played according to plan. They were better than us in the first leg. Maybe they had better possession tonight, but we played really well. I think that it's very easy to train my players. They do everything I ask them and believe in my work. Today, we were compact in defence and Mumbai hardly found any empty space. So, I'm very proud of my players. We had a problem with Fran Sandaza, our other No. 9. Practically, Aridane Santana is forced to play every minute. I knew if he had to be fully fit for the next game, I had to take him out in the 70th minute. We spend a lot of time together in the hotel and on the field. I have a fantastic bunch of players and it's not about an individual. For us, it's always a team effort.

Post-match reaction from both the camps coming up next.....

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

Meanwhile, Hyderabad (fourth) gets a clean sheet after a barren run of nine games. This result keeps Mumbai at the top spot, six points above second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan, which has a game in hand against FC Goa. 

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Mumbai City FC dominated possession throughout the match, but the better chances fell for HFC. Either team could have scored, however, the encounter ends 0-0 as MCFC fails to score in a game after nine outings.

Hyderabad FC will definitely be the happier of the two teams tonight. It came out into the field with a clear plan and executed it to perfection, showing off some resilient and compact defending in the middle.

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AND IT'S FULL-TIME! FINAL SCORE: MUMBAI CITY FC 0 - 0 HYDERABAD FC!!!

90+3' FOUL! Mumbai City FC centre-back Mourtada Fall is fouled by Hyderabad FC's Hitesh Sharma. The referee doesn't show yellow card and Lobera's dugout is not happy with the decision.

90' Five minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the second half! Ahmed Jahouh lobs the ball towards his MCFC teammate Bartholomew Ogbeche in the final third. The Mumbai striker takes a touch and let's one fly from close range. The ball lands on the roof of the net.

87' CLOSE! Mumbai moving forward with numbers here. Adam Le Fondre is involved in another attack. He finds Vikram Pratap Singh on the right flank. Just when the Indian forward was looking to cross the ball into the box, Akash Mishra dispossesses him. Hyderabad regains possession.

85' YELLOW CARD! MCFC's English forward Adam Le Fondre is booked by the referee for a mistimed sliding tackle on Hyderabad FC's Indian star, Liston Colaco.

83' BOOKING! Mumbai sub Vikram goes into the referee's book for executing a poor challenge on Hyderabad defender Akash Mishra just three minutes after coming on.

80' MCFC SUBSTITUTION! Raynier Fernandes makes way for Vikram Pratap Singh. Meanwhile, a few moments later, Hyderabad makes a change too. Sahil Tavora replaces Joel Chianese.

78' ANOTHER HYDERABAD CHANGE! Halicharan Narzary finally comes into the game as he replaces Mohammed Yasir on the field. Both coaches -- Manolo Marquez (HFC) and Sergio Lobera (MCFC) -- have been very animated on the sidelines tonight.

76' AND IT'S TIME FOR THE FINAL DRINKS BREAK OF THE MATCH!

73' HFC SUBSTITUTION! Hyderabad manager Manolo Marquez brings in Dutch attacking midfielder Roland Alberg to replace his skipper Aridane Santana in the middle.

70' CHANCE! Adam le Fondre tries to find Bartholomew Ogbeche inside the box with a chipped pass. But the HFC centre-back duo clears the ball away to avert the danger.

68' YELLOW CARD! Hernan Santan receives a fourth yellow card of the campaign. He'll miss MCFC's game against SC East Bengal on Friday. He put up a silly tackle from behind on HFC full-back Asish Rai.

65' BOOKING! It's not a player on the field but it's a team official on the bench. Mumbai City FC assistant coach receives a yellow card for arguing too much with the fourth official.

63' CHANGE! Lobera makes another substitution for Mumbai. This time, Cy Goddard makes way for Bartholomew Ogbeche on the field.

61' Hyderabad FC has started applying pressure on Mumbai City FC here. Liston Colaco has been supplying a number of crosses from the right wing, and the MCFC defence has panicked a couple of times.

59' SUBSTITUTION! MCFC manager Sergio Lobera makes the first change of the night. He brings on Vignesh Dakshinamurthy for Bipin Singh in the middle.

56' PENALTY CLAIMS FROM MCFC??!! A long ball from midfield is played towards Cy Goddard. The Mumbai players think the ball hit Hyderabad defender Chinglensana Singh's hand inside the box. But the referee waves his hands. Doesn't look like a handball after seeing the replays.

53' CORNER FOR MCFC! Akash Mishra puts in the sliding tackle to push Adam le Fondre's attempted through-ball towards Raynier Fernandes out of play. However, Mumbai is unable to capitalise on the set-piece.

50' SHOT! Amrinder Singh's attempted clearance from the back falls straight to Hyderabad forward Liston Colaco. But his shot goes wide off the target. Great escape for the Mumbai keeper.

47' CHANCE! Cy Goddard takes the ball forward for MCFC. He finds Adam Le Fondre in front of him. The English striker tries to find Bipin Singh at the far post. But there's too much power on the ball as it goes out for a goal-kick.

THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!

Forty-five minutes to go. Stay tuned!

Hyderabad FC forward Liston Colaco is being tackled from behind by Mumbai City FC full-back Mandar Rao Dessai in the 2020-21 ISL on Saturday.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

 

Mumbai City FC has dominated possession against Hyderabad FC so far. But The Nizams have been extremely compact in defence, and have also had the better chances. The Islanders might make a few substitutions straightaway in the second half.

AND IT'S HALF-TIME!!!

45' Two minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half! Adam le Fondre dribbles past Hitesh Sharma and has a shot on target for MCFC. But he hits the ball straight at Kattimani.

43' CORNER FOR MCFC! Ahmed Jahouh tries to find Amey Ranawade on the right flank but Akash Mishra pokes the ball away for a Mumbai set-piece. However, The Islanders are unable to create a proper chance through the corner kick.

41' CROSS! Bipin Singh crosses the ball into the box from the left flank. MCFC forward Adam Le Fondre tries to get to it. But HFC's Akash Mishra moves in front of him and chests the ball towards his keeper Kattimani.

38' GOOD TACKLE! Aridane Santana receives a pass from his Hyderabad teammate Akash Mishra. Santana tries to immediately send the ball towards Joel Chianese. But Mourtada Fall comes to Mumbai's rescue with a good sliding tackle.

35' YELLOW CARD! HFC defender Chinglensana Singh is the first player to be booked on the night. He took out MCFC striker Adam le Fondre from behind.

33' WHAT A SAVE! Another Amrinder Singh save. Joel Chianese was one-on-one with the Mumbai custodian after receiving a through-ball from midfield. He should have scored but he got his placement wrong as Amrinder stopped the ball with his outstretched left leg.

30' AND IT'S TIME FOR THE COOLING BREAK NOW!

27' SHOT! Liston Colaco gets dispossessed in midfield but his HFC teammate Hitesh Sharma gets the ball back and rushes forward. He takes a shot from long and the ball misses the target by quite a bit.

24' CROSS! Amey Ranawade takes the ball forward on the right wing for Mumbai City FC. He attempts to send a cross into the box but Hyderabad FC's Asish Rai clears the ball away with a header.

21' FOUL! MCFC defender Mourtada Fall brings down HFC's Mohammed Yasir from behind. He is lucky to escape without a yellow card for his mistimed tackle.

18' SAVE! MCFC keeper Amrinder Singh was calm under pressure. Aridane Santana and Liston Colaco come together for a team move. Santana sends in a through-ball towards Colaco, who has a shot on target from inside the box. But Amrinder pushes the ball away.

15' CLOSE! Another Mumbai chance here. Raynier Fernandes puts in a cross from the right flank after evading an opposition player. The ball falls to Bipin Singh but he is unable to direct it on target.

12' WHAT A CHANCE FOR MCFC! Ahmed Jahouh teed up Bipin Singh. The Hyderabad FC centre-backs were extremely messy as they were going for the offside trap. Bipin rushed forward and was one-on-one with goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani. But full-back Asish Rai sprinted from behind and made a crucial sliding tackle. Corner for MCFC!

9' Mumbai City FC playing a high-line tonight. The team is going for the early goal. However, it should be careful with the likes Joel Chianese and Aridane Santana during counter-attacks.

6' INDIRECT FREE-KICK FOR MCFC! This one is inside the box after HFC defender Chinglensana Singh high-booted Raynier Fernandes. The box is too crowded as Mumbai is unable to create a chance here.

3' THROW-IN FOR HFC! Akash Mishra is looking to go for a long throw from the left flank. He tries to find Aridane Santana. But the Mumbai defence clears the ball away.

7:30 PM: AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

7:20 PM: FACT OF THE DAY! Hyderabad FC's Joel Chianese (Perth Glory) played four times against Mumbai City FC's Adam Le Fondre (Sydney FC) in A-League during the 2018/19 season. In those four meetings, Chianese scored two goals and assisted one, while Le Fondre scored thrice.

They met again three times in the 2019/20 edition when Chianese was playing for Perth Glory and Le Fondre was playing for Sydney FC. In those three meetings, Chianese had one assist and Le Fondre bagged two goals.

7:10 PM: Ahmed Jahouh returns to the Mumbai line-up after serving a one-game suspension.

Mumbai City FC midfielder Ahmed Jahouh has received two red cards this season, against Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United FC. He has been sent off four times in his ISL career.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

 

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6:45 PM: Two changes to the MCFC playing XI! Adam Le Fondre and Ahmed Jahouh replace Bartholomew Ogbeche and Hugo Boumous, respectively.

HFC has made two alterations as well! Hitesh Sharma and Liston Colaco come in for Joao Victor and Halicharan Narzary. The team is playing only four foreigners tonight.

6:30 PM: The team line-ups are out!

MCFC XI: Amrinder Singh, Amey Ranawade, Ahmed Jahouh, Hernan Santana, Adam Le Fondre, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Mandar Rao Dessai, Cy Goddard, Mourtada Fall, Bipin Singh.

COACH: Sergio Lobera.

HFC XI: Laxmikant Kattimani, Chinglensana Singh, Lluis Sastre, Joel Chianese, Aridane Santana, Mohammed Yasir, Liston Colaco, Odei Onaindia, Hitesh Sharma, Akash Mishra, Asish Rai.

COACH: Manolo Marquez Roca.

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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.

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At the halfway stage of its debut Indian Super League (ISL) campaign in 2019-20, Hyderabad FC was rooted to the bottom of the table with five points from nine games. Even in the second half, things didn’t improve much as it finished 10th with just two wins.

In the ongoing campaign, Hyderabad is fourth with 15 points from 10 matches. It will aspire to finish the second half stronger when it takes on table-topper Mumbai City FC at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday.

The Nizams were afforded a week’s break but are set to embark on a packed fixture schedule. Hyderabad will play its last 10 matches in 44 days and its coach Manolo Marquez Roca is keen to consolidate his team’s playoffs position.

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In the previous meeting this season, Mumbai City won 2-0 at the Tilak Maidan. Roca, who had earlier picked Mumbai City as the strongest team in the ISL, reiterated his stance again ahead of the reverse fixture.

“Of course, Mumbai is the strongest team in the league,” Roca said of the Islanders, who are on a nine-match unbeaten run. "I continue saying that they will be the champions in the regular season because you know in the play-offs, not always the best team wins.”

The Spaniard also suggested that Hyderabad’s next fixture against Odisha FC on Tuesday, will likely have a bearing on his team selection for Saturday.

“We can change some details in our game tomorrow but it's important not to lose our style of play because we play again in three days against Odisha. To play in a different system or to put seven or eight different players [for back-to-back matches] is very difficult. Of course, we have to make some changes in the line-up but it will be a very difficult game [against Mumbai City]," said Roca.

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For Sergio Lobera, whose Mumbai City side has a five-point lead at the top of the table, wants consistency from his players throughout the season. “The level of Indian players is very important if you want to achieve something. They are improving day by day and want to learn every day. If we want to win trophies, the level of our Indian players has to be high throughout the season," said the former FC Goa head coach.

Looking ahead to the game, Lobera said, "I'm sure it's going to be a good game. They play a similar style. They have very good Indian players and also very experienced foreign players. It's going to be a different game [from the first leg] because they have recovered a lot of players [from injury]. But the most important thing for us is to focus on our style of play and to keep possession of the ball.”

Mumbai will have Ahmed Jahouh back in contention after his one-game suspension, while Hyderabad will be without Nikhil Poojary, Fran Sandaza and Souvik Chakrabarti.

ISL 2020-21 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.