Follow the HIGHLIGHTS from the Indian Super League match between Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan, being played at the Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai.
Match Summary: It has been an edge-of-the-seat game. Both Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan have seen multiple shots hitting the bar. That left both fans and the players frustrated. In the end, ATKMB snatched one point, holding host MCFC to a 2-2 draw, despite going down to 10 men. MCFC will be unhappy for being unable to win the match against ATKMB, who played the last 20 minutes without Lenny Rodrigues, who was sent off.
In a counterattacking game, MCFC took the lead in the third minute when Lallianzuala Chhangte scored. ATKMB has levelled the parity just two minutes after the half-time through Mehtab Singh’s own goal, when Joni Kauko’s shot deflected off the MCFC defender’s leg and landed in the net.
Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan Match Report
In the 72nd minute, MCFC again went ahead when Rostyn Griffiths managed to push the ball back into the net. With one minute left from the full-time, Carl McHugh saved ATKMB from a defeat. At the last moment, Mumbai missed a chance to secure a clincher when Ahmed Jahouh’s long ranger hit the crossbar.
ATKMB, placed fourth on the points table, now has seven points from four matches, while MCFC, placed third, has nine points in five matches.
This is their second draw in six meetings.
An intensely fought game ends. Both Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan have missed several changes. In the end, ATKMB snatches points, holding MCFC to a 2-2 draw, despite going down to 10 men.
A last gasp chance for MCFC. Ahmed’s long ranger hits the bar. Bipin Singh goes for a wild shot. It goes wide and out. MCFC 2-2 ATKMB
Four minutes have been added to the full-time.
A goal-line save by Phurba. ATKMB is now going all-out in the attack in search of a winner.
Two tactical changes by ATKMB have resulted in a goal. It is Carl McHugh. He scores from an assist by Dimitrios. ATKMB finds his way back into the game. It is 2-2 now.
Two changes by ATKMB.
Carl McHugh (In)
Asish Rai (Out)
Kiyan Giri (In)
MCFC goes on the attack! Stewart and Bipin play a couple of passes between them and earn a free kick just on the edge of the box. Ahmed takes a curling shot, and it deflects off the crossbar. MCFC 2-1 ATKMB.
Lalrinliana Hnamte replaces Manvir Singh
Red card for Lenny Rodrigues. ATKMB is down to 10 men. MCFC 2-1 ATKMB.
Corner kick for MCFC! Ahmed delivers and it lands in the box. ATKMB clears the ball for the time being. But MCFC is not done yet. Ahmed sends a cross from the right flank, Griffiths scores to put MCFC on lead. There is a tussle between Griffiths and Vishal Keith. Griffiths’ push crosses the goal-line. MCFC 2-1 ATKMB
For MCFC, Alberto Nouguera comes in to replace Jorge Diaz.
For ATKMB, Ashique Kuruniyan replaces Liston Colaco.
Bipin Singh forms MCFC attack! He runs into the box and takes a shot and Asish intercepts. The ball goes out. Corner kick for MCFC. No damage. MCFC 1-1 ATKMB.
Yellow card for Ahmed Jahouh. He brings down Kotal. The ATKMB captain takes the free kick. MCFC clears the danger. Corner kick for ATKMB. Dimitrios takes the kick. Phurba punches it away. Back to back corner kick for ATKMB.
Chhangte delivers in the box. A chance for MCFC. Diaz attempts a header, but not much power into it. ATKMB clears the danger. It is a corner for MCFC. Ahmed takes the corner kick. It is right in the box. ATKMB captain Pritam Kotal clears the danger. MCFC 1-0 ATKMB
Mumbai City FC goes on the attack! Bipin Singh creates a chance for Chhangte, who attempts a shot. But it is too powerful and goes wide and out of the pitch.
ATKMB goes on the attack! Liston runs down the left flank. He receives a pass from Hugo Boumous. The Indian winger beats Rahul Bheke and enters the box. But his shot goes straight into Phurba’s hand.
GOAAL! ATKMB finally levels the scoreline. It is Joni Kauko. His grounded shot deflects off Mehtab Singh’s leg and lands in the net. Liston Colaco comes up with the assist. MCFC 1-1 ATKMB.
For MCFC, Mandar Dessai comes onto the pitch to replace Sanjeev Stalin. Lenny Rodrigues replaces Deepak Tangri for ATKMB.
Second half begins
A breathtaking first half ends. Mumbai City FC retains its 1-0 lead over ATK Mohun Bagan. The visiting side should have scored to level the parity. Boumous, Liston and Manvir have rattled the Mumbai defence, but then they faltered at the attacking third. Coach Juan Ferrando is not happy. MCFC goalkeeper Phurba and ATKMB’s defensive midfielder Deepak Tingri have received yellow cards.
One minute has been added to the first-half.
ATKMB is on the attack! Manvir runs into the box with the ball. Boumous also surges into the box. Manvir passes it to Boumous, but he decides to backheel it. No ATKMB player is there to receive it. MCFC goes on a counterattack. MCFC 1-0 ATKMB
Yellow card for Dipak Tangri for a rough tackle.
It is a fast-paced game. Both sides are going on the counterattack. ATKMB should have scored and levelled the score, but it has been wasteful so far. Fans are frustrated, coach Juan Ferrnando is not happy. In between, MCFC goalkeeper Phurba receives an yellow card.
Miss! ATKMB wastes two back-to-back chances. This time Boumous. He receives a pass from Manvir, who rushes into the MCFC box, creates a chance for the French, but he takes time and eventually shoots the ball over the bar. MCFC 1-0 ATKMB.
Miss! ATKMB misses a golden chance to level the scoreline. Liston runs into the MCFC box. He passes it back to Kauko, who attempts a grounded shot. But it goes wide and out near the left post.
Chhangte is super active on the right wing. He sends a cross for Stewart, who finds himself unmarked, and takes a powerful shot. But Vishal blocks it. MCFC 1-0 ATKMB
Free kick for MCFC! KAUKO brings down Stewart. Griffiths takes the kick. It lands right in the box, and Sanjeev Stalin receives the ball and cuts in from his right. But Vishal Keith comes in line and makes a close save. He is having a busy time under the goal. No goal. MCFC 1-0 ATKMB
Chance for MCFC! Bipin Singh sends a cross from the right flank. Ahmed chests it down in the box and attempts a shot. But no it hits the crossbar. MCFC 1-0 ATKMB.
ATKMB is on the attack! Liston sprints down the left flank. He cuts in and attempts a pass into the box. But MCFC clears the danger. MCFC 1-0 ATKMB. It is a counterattacking game so far. Both sides have enjoyed 50-50 ball control.
ATKMB is on the attack! Manvir Singh cuts into the box and tries to send a pass, but it is intercepted by Griffiths with a superb positioning to clear the danger.
ATKMB is on the attack! Liston’s shot hits the crossbar. What a start to the match!
Mumbai City FC takes the lead. Chhangte receives a ball near the halfway mark and cuts in to score from a stunning long ranger. Electrifying start to the match. Subhasish Bose’s attempt to control the ball goes in vain, and Chhangte grabs it on the right flank. His shot initially hits the crossbar but it crosses the goal-line. There is a confusion. But the referee declares it a legitimate goal. MCFC 1-0 ATKMB
Free kick for MCFC! Subhasish Bose on the right side and he brings down Lallianzuala Chhangte. Ahmed takes the shot from the right flank, not far from the box. It lands near the far post. ATKMB’s Asish clears the ball. MCFC 0-0 ATKMB
Mumbai City FC takes the first kick of the game. MCFC starts from the right side of the pitch, while ATK Mohun Bagan in left.
A capacity Mumbai Football Arena welcomes host Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan. The visiting team wears its green and maroon away kits, while Mumbai City dons its chequered sky blue and white kits. Players from both sides shake hands. MCFC captain Rahul Bheke and ATKMB skipper Pritam Kotal exchange their club emblems and pose for a photograph with the match officials. MCFC wins the toss.
MCFC: Phurba (GK); Rahul, Griffiths, Mehtab, Sanjeev; Apuia, Ahmed, Stewart; Chhangte, Diaz, Bipin
ATKMB: Vishal (GK); Hamil, Kauko, Dimitrios, Boumous, Manvir, Subhasish, Liston, Pritam, Tangri, Asish
HEAD TO HEAD
Mumbai City FC will be aiming to keep its unbeaten record in the Indian Super League 2022-23 (ISL) intact when it faces ATK Mohun Bagan here at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday.
Both sides are coming into this game after convincing 2-0 wins in their last games. The Islanders defeated Kerala Blasters while the Mariners were triumphant in the Kolkata Derby against arch-rivals East Bengal.
Mumbai City FC will take the field on Sunday with the psychological advantage of being unbeaten against ATK Mohun Bagan in the league.
Head coach Des Buckingham is expected to make no changes to the eleven that started against the Blasters. Alberto Noguera is expected to start from the bench as Greg Stewart takes his place in the midfield, allowing Jorge Diaz to operate upfront.
Diaz is expected to be flanked by Lallianzuala Chhangte and Bipin Singh. The duo has started every game for the host so far this season. Defender Mehtab Singh has pocketed three Hero of the Match awards in four games so far and will start alongside Rostyn Griffiths in defence.
“The focus is on us. I’m very happy with the progress we’ve made so far. We want to continue building, get better after every round and set ourselves up defensively,” said Buckingham.
“We know we have to be wary of other teams. ATK Mohun Bagan have shown their strength in the last two games, but we spend most our time focusing on ourselves,” he added.
After losing its first match of the season, ATK Mohun Bagan won their last two games against Kerala Blasters and East Bengal FC. Head coach Juan Ferrando switched from a three-man defence to a 4-2-3-1 system in the Kolkata Derby.
The new system worked well for the Spaniard, and he may deploy the same formation against the Islanders. Pritam Kotal and Brendan Hamill have started in the Mariner’s defence in all three games so far this season and may retain their spots.
The season’s top-scorer and assist provider Dimitri Petratos is expected to start up top, with support from attackers Manvir Singh and Liston Colaco on the flanks. Hugo Boumous will play a vital role in midfield and will be interesting to see how the midfielder performs against MCFC’s Ahmed Jahouh.
“They have a lot of quality players. It’s a difficult match especially since it is away from home against such a big team. But we have a plan and it I hope it leads us to success,” said Ferrando.
Talking about the fact that ATK Mohun Bagan have never beaten Mumbai, Ferrando said, “I hope this Sunday we claim three points. That is our target. I never think of statistics because in football statistics change. The most important fact for me is that we are ready to play away.”
The two sides have played each other on five occasions. The Islanders have nabbed four wins while one match has ended in a draw. This includes the Hero ISL 2020-21 Final when Mumbai City beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1. Bipin Singh scored the winning goal in the 90th minute.
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