ISL 2020-21, MCFC vs OFC highlights: Ogbeche, Borges set up 2-0 win for Mumbai against Odisha

ISL Live, OFC vs MCFC Highlights: Bartholomew Ogbeche and Rowlin Borges scored in the first half as Mumbai City FC eased to a 2-0 win over Odisha FC at GMC Stadium Bambolim.

Rowlin Borges doubled Mumbai City FC's lead on the stroke of half-time with a powerful header.   -  sportzpics

This is Sportstar's LIVE blog of the 2020-21 ISL match between Odisha FC and Mumbai City FC in Goa.

FULL-TIME: MUMBAI CITY 2-0 ODISHA FC

A brilliant all-around performance from Mumbai City FC lifts it to top of the ISL table with a 2-0 win over Odisha FC, which stays second from the bottom with one point from four games. Mumbai established its domination after a quiet start in the opening half hour and never looked back. A handball from Shubham Sarangi in the 30th minute resulted in a penalty for Mumbai which was tucked away by Ogbeche, who got his first goal in the sky blue jersey. Mumbai upped the pressure and a brilliant cross from Bipin Singh was thumped into the net by Rowlin Borges in the 45th minute as it took a 2-0 lead at half-time. Odisha brought on Marcelinho, Manuel Onwu and Laishram Singh in the second half but remained sluggish at the back. Laishram and Marcelinho had the best chances late into the second half but poor finishing let Stuart Baxter's side down. Ahmed Jahouh, Adam Le Fondre also had good chances but the two-goal cushion was enough for Sergio Lobera's side to see out the game.

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90+5' A low cross from Vignesh reaches Farukh but Tratt does extremely well to head it away for a corner. Taylor makes a desperate lunge at Raynier and gets a booked.

90+3' Sarthak cuts in from the left and pulls the trigger but is blocked by Taylor. Odisha loses the ball cheaply after some good passing move from Onwu and Marcelinho.

90+1' The fourth official announces five minutes of added time as Onwu puts Laishram through the goal, but the forward flounders and drags his shot wide off the near post.

89' Rowlin Borges comes off to make way for Pranjal Bhumji while Sarthak Golui comes on for Mehtab Singh.

86' Lobera takes off Bipin and brings on Farukh Choudhary. Le Fondre gets a yellow card for a delayed throw-in. Marcelinho finds himself in space in the centre and pulls the trigger with the Amrinder rooted to his spot, but the ball goes just wide off the near post.

84' Le Fondre and Raynier exchange passes on the right as the Englishman pulls the trigger from outside the which takes a deflection from Taylor and goes wide. Odisha looks completely cornered.

82' Close! Bipin makes a darting run with the ball and lays it off for Raynier, who makes a 360 degree turn and goes for the goal which sails harmlessly over the bar. Jahouh unleashes a ferocious volley after the ball comes off from Sarangi's weak clearance which is tipped over the bar by Ravi.

80' Jahouh brings down Marcelinho trying to win the ball as the Brazilian stands over the free kick and sends a looping ball at the far post. Amrinder spots it and comfortably collects it. Odisha needs some late magic to fancy a chance for comeback.

77' Onwu tries to reach a through ball from Alexander but its too far away from the striker as Amrinder lets it go for a goal kick.

74' Saurabh Meher takes out Jahouh trying to win the ball and is shown a yellow card. Lobera makes a double change as he takes off Ogbeche and Goddard to bring in Adam Le Fondre and Raynier Fernandes.

72' Odisha replaces Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Diego Mauricio with Laishram Singh and Manuel Ownu.

70' Jahouh gets a lay off from Goddard which comes back to him from an Odisha clearance. Mumbai goes back to build from the back and loses the ball. Vignesh wins back the ball in the centre and passes it to Boumous who tries to put Bipin through to the goal, but Ravi was quick to the ball and collects it comfortably.

68' Boumous holds off a tug from Tratt and puts the ball into the net, but the referee had blown his whistle by then as the forward is furious at the officials for not playing the advantage. Tratt gets a yellow card as Mumbai prepares for a free kick.

65' Vignesh tackles Mauricio on the right flank as Odisha wins a crucial free kick. Marcelinho's free kick is headed away by Borges as Odisha recycle the ball from the opposite flank. Mauricio cuts in and unleashes a fierce drive at the far post which is saved by Amarinder.

62' Odisha is chasing shadows here as Mumbai settle into knocking the ball around the backline. Its going to be uphill task for Baxter's side from here on.

60' Mauricio receives the ball in the centre and tries to make a run on the right flank but is stopped in his tracks by Vignesh.

58' Boumous waltzes past three Odisha defenders but is taken off the ball after a last-moment block by Sarangi. Baxter brings on Saurabh Meher for Nandhakumar, who looks drained out of energy.

55' Baxter readies his next substitution as Nandhakumar catches Goddard on the shin while trying to win a header on the right flank.

52' Odisha's movement on the ball has improved after the introduction of Marcelinho. Nandhakumar wins the ball in the centre and passes it to Marcelinho, who finds Mauricio in good space on the left. Mourtada makes a vital block to prevent the danger.

51' Alexander wins the ball in the centre and puts Mauricio through on the left flank. The Brazilian barges into the box but loses the ball after a powerful tackle Mourtada. Marcelinho takes the corner kick which is easily dealt by the Mumbai defence.

49' A superb passing move from Mumbai allows Goddard send a fizzing cross to Ogbeche in the middle who pulls the trigger but misses the far post.

48' Boumous makes a run into the final third and plays a one-two with Ogbeche. Odisha defence scampers to clear the lines before Bipin reaches the ball.

46' Odisha kicks off the second half as Baxter makes a half-time change. Star forward Marcelinho comes on for Daniel Lalhlimpuia.

HALF-TIME: MUMBAI CITY FC 2-0 ODISHA FC

Mumbai began slowly but got better as the first half went on. Sergio Lobera's side went ahead in the 30th minute after Bartholomew Ogbeche slotted home a penalty following Shubham Sarangi's handball inside the box. Odisha's problems were compounded further after keeper Kamaljit Singh fell on his head after clattering into Mourtada Fall during a free kick. The defender headed it into the goal, but the linesman deemed it as a foul on the keeper and chalked it out. Kamaljit was replaced with Ravi Kumar, who was unable to stop Rowlin Borges' towering header in the 45th minutes as Mumbai takes a comfortable 2-0 lead at half-time.

45+2' Odisha seems to be fatigued in the middle as Bora gives away a corner kick. Luckily for OFC, Goddard's delivery is poor as Nandhakumar heads it away to safety.

45' GOAL! Bomous makes a run on the left flank and passes it to Bipin who sends another superb delivery into the box which thumped into the back of the net Rowlin Borges.

43' Close! A brilliant run on the left by Bipin allows the winger to cross it to Boumous who hits on the volley, narrowly missing the post. Odisha defenders look sluggish at the moment.

41' Mauricio is left with ample space on the edge of the box but taken off the ball by a full-on lunge by Mourtada. The defender is lucky not to receive a card for that.

38' Baxter has no option but to replace Kamaljit with reserve keeper Ravi Kumar. Kamaljit tries to convince that he is alright but the head coach decides its too dangerous for him to continue.

34' Goal ruled out! A desperate tackle by Bora on Jahouh gives Mumbai a free kick at the centre. The Morroccan floats a ball at the far post as Kamaljit rushes forward and clatters into Mourtada who heads it into the back of the net. However, the linesman gives away a foul as the medical staff rushes on to the pitch. The goalkeeper looks dazed after he falls on his head as Mumbai players look on shocked that their goal was chalked out.

30' MUMBAI SCORES! Last season's joint-topscorer Ogbeche steps up and hits it to the bottom right. Goalkeeper goes the right way, but is unable to stop the shot.

29' PENALTY! Boumous blocked pass comes off Sarangi on the foot and hits his hand as the referee points to the spot.

26' An unnecessary push by Boumous on Daniel gives away a free kick on the edge of the box. Mauricio mishits it straight at Jahouh, who deflects it over the crossbar. The resultant corner is taken short by Odisha as Nandhakumar cross into the box which is comfortably collected by Amrinder.

24' Nandhakumar's pass puts Daniel open on the left flank, the midfielder cuts it back Nandhakumar who hits his shot straight into Mourtada.

22' Vignesh goes on a lung-bursting run on the left flank, but is unable to find support in the middle as Mumbai turns around to find a way through a pack of white shirts.

20' Jahouh leaves Daniel dead in his tracks with a sweeping move and finds Vignesh. The full-back passes it to Ogbeche who is taken off the ball by D'Souza.

18' Close! A delightful curling pass from Jahouh takes out Odisha defence as Goddard reaches and hits it on the bounce. The forward miscued it a bit as Odisha breathes easy. OFC needs to careful about these long balls.

17' Ogbeche winces in pain after Cole Alexander brings him with a crunching tackle as the referee lets him go with warning. Ogbeche looks alright and is back on his feet.

15' Mumbai wins a corner but is easily dealt by the Odisha defence. Mauricio is put through with a good pass by Jerry but Mourtada tails the Brazilian to win back the ball.

12' Mourtada tries to switch play as he tries a diagonal ball for Vignesh at the halfway line, but its too heavy for the midfielder. Mumbai wins back possession on the edge of its box and goes on the offensive, but Gaurav Bora brings down Ogbeche at the halfway line.

10' Goddard creates space on the right and tries to square a pass for Bipin in the centre, but D'Souza puts in a vital block to avert the danger.

8' Jahouh is living dangerously here. He received a warning for a tactical foul on Mauricio earlier and goes for a high-boot challenge on the striker as Odisha wins a corner kick on the right.

6' Rakip, Ogbeche and Goddard exchange passes on the right side as Rakip hits a cross which knocks the wind out of centre-back George D'Souza.

4' Nandhakumar is brought down just outside the box by Mourtada Fall as Odisha wins a free kick in a dangerous area. Mauricio stands over the ball as the Brazilian curls it at the top corner and manages to clip of the crossbar.

2' Mumbai kicks off the proceedings, as it plays it out from the back. Mauricio wins the ball for Odisha but clatters into Jahouh as the referee awards a free kick.

4.55 PM: The players are out on the pitch at GMC Stadium.

4.45 PM:

The first meeting between the two sides took place on October 31, 2019 at the Mumbai Football Arena. In an eventful encounter, Odisha stunned Mumbai with three first-half goals from Xisco Hernandez, Aridane Santana and Mawihmingthanga. Santana struck again in the second-half as the Islanders responded with two goals that were not enough to prevent OFC’s 4-2 win.

4.30 PM: Overall H2H form - The two sides have met twice last season with Odisha emerging victorious on both occasions.

4.00 PM: Line-ups are out!
 

Mumbai City XI: Amrinder Singh (GK), Mohamad Rakip, Mehtab Singh, Mourtada Fall, Ahmed Jahouh, Rowllin Borges, Cy Goddard, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Bipin Singh, Hugo Boumous, Bartholomew Ogbeche.
 

Odisha XI: Kamaljit Singh (GK), Gaurav Bora, Shubham Sarangi, Jacob, Steven Taylor, George D'souza, Cole Alexander, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Nandhakumar Sekar, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Diego Mauricio.

ISL 2020-21 points table

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The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) will mark the return of major league competition in India after the nationwide lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak was first imposed in March.

The seventh edition of the ISL 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 SC East Bengal's inclusion, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

MATCH PREVIEW:

Mumbai City FC finally played like a Sergio Lobera-managed side when it defeated SC East Bengal 3-0 on Tuesday. Hugo Boumous’ return to form will be a huge boost for the Islanders as they get ready to take on Odisha FC at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Stuart Baxter’s Odisha has been struggling in the 2020-21 Indian Super League. The Kalinga Warriors have two losses and a draw in the tournament and are going into the Mumbai game having conceded a late winner in the ATK Mohun Bagan outing on Thursday.

Mumbai, with two victories in three matches, occupies the second spot in the standings. Striker Adam Le Fondre is tied with Nerijus Valskis (Jamshedpur), Roy Krishna (Mohun Bagan) and Igor Angulo (Goa) as the leading goal-scorer of the ongoing edition.

Playmaker Boumous recently overtook Odisha’s Marcelinho as the top assist-provider in ISL history, while MCFC captain Amrinder Singh has kept clean sheets in the last two fixtures.

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'Need to score goals'

With most of the players in his squad in decent form, coach Lobera wants them to keep playing an attacking brand of football. The 43-year-old is also wary of the threat OFC can possess.

“We need to stick to our style and improve our play. It’s not easy playing against a team like Odisha. They have an experienced coach. We play attacking football. Balance is an important thing. We had two clean sheets and that’s very important. We need to score goals and that’s our philosophy,” Lobera said during a virtual conference.

Lobera hasn’t deployed a constant playing XI this edition. He has made four changes in each of the previous two games and he feels it’s important to field the right line-up based on the opponent.

'Very good squad'

“I have a very good squad. If you need to win a game, you need 11 players. If you want to win the league, you need to have a good squad. I made four changes in the second game. I know the physical condition and form of each player. It depends on the game. It is not about trying different things. We need to find the best XI for every game,” he claimed.

Tenth-placed Odisha, on the other hand, had beaten Mumbai in both the encounters last season, scoring six goals in the process. But the side has found the back of the net in only one of its three outings this term.

Brazilian forward Diego Mauricio has scored both the goals for OFC so far. On the contrary, the likes of Marcelinho and Manuel Onwu are still trying to reach their best. The defence, led by skipper Steven Taylor, has panicked at times and midfielder Cole Alexander is confident of a turnaround.

“In the last game, my soul came out of my body when they (ATKMB) scored in the last 10 seconds. I don’t think we deserved to lose that match. We should have at least got a draw. We’ve been getting better with each game and I believe that we’ll do well in the next one,” Alexander said.

'Confident'

The South African international added that his entire squad was determined to minimise errors ahead of the clash with MCFC.

“Mumbai is a good side but I feel confident. We’ve conceded goals due to our errors. The teams don’t do much to score against us. We commit schoolboy errors during set-pieces. If we can fix that and remain composed for the entire 90 minutes, we can get better results.”

A victory on Sunday will take Mumbai to the top of the points table, while Odisha can move up several places by bagging three points.

THE SQUADS:

MUMBAI CITY FC: Amrinder Singh, Nishit Shetty, Vikram Lahkbir Singh, Phurba Lachenpa, Mourtada Fall (Senegal), Mandar Rao Dessai, Tondonba Singh, Sarthak Golui, Amey Ranawade, Mohamad Rakip, Mehtab Singh, Valpuia, Ahmed Jahouh (Morocco), Rowllin Borges, Bidyananda Singh, Cy Goddard (Japan), Raynier Fernandes, Hugo Boumous (France), Farukh Choudhary, Sourav Das, Hernan Santana (Spain), Asif Khan, Bipin Singh, Vikram Pratap Singh, Vignesh D, Bartholomew Ogbeche (Nigeria), Pranjal Bhumij, Adam Le Fondre (England).

ODISHA FC: Kamaljit Singh, Ravi Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Ankit Bhuyan, Steven Taylor (England), Shubham Sarangi, Jacob Tratt (Australia), Gaurav Bora, Hendry Antonay, Kamalpreet Singh, George D'Souza, Mohammad Dhot, Saurabh Meher, Cole Alexander (South Africa), Nandhakumar Sekar, Paul Ramfangzauva, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Vinit Rai, Thoiba Singh, Isak Vanlalruatfela, Boaringdao Bodo, Lahrezuala Sailung, Marcelo Pereira (Brazil), Jerry Mawihmingthana, Manuel Onwu (Spain), Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Diego Mauricio (Brazil), Laishram Singh.

ISL 2020 will be televised live at 5.00 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.3'