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ISL: Mumbai ends Bengaluru’s unbeaten run
Mumbai City FC ended Bengaluru FC’s unbeaten start to the season with a spectacular 3-2 win in the Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Sunday.
Subhasish Bose’s (12’) header had given Mumbai City an early lead, but an unfortunate Matic Grgic (58’) own-goal gave the defending champion a lifeline. Diego Carlos (77’) headed in what looked like the match-winner until Sunil Chhetri (89’) converted from the spot to equalise. However, it was Rowllin Borges who scored the winner in the 94th minute.
Courtesy his strike, MCFC continued its unbeaten run on the road and grabbed its first win since the opening game. With the victory, Mumbai City climbed to the sixth spot with 10 points from eight matches. Bengaluru’s first defeat has left it third, with 13 points. The visitor broke the deadlock in the 12th minute.
Mohamed Larbi delivered a terrific cross into the box from the left flank and an unmarked Bose ghosted past the Bengaluru defence to head in at the far post. BFC was unable to mount an immediate response as Mumbai City pressed well. A magnificent defence-splitting pass by Erik Paartalu caught the tourist’s defence unawares midway throughthe first half.
The Australian found Udanta Singh’s run into the box perfectly, but the winger failed to make use of the chance and lobbed his effort over the crossbar. Mumbai City threatened to double its lead before the break. A Modou Sougou strike on target was kept out by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu before the Senegalese forward set up Larbi, who blasted his shot over the bar.
The away side was awarded a penalty at the stroke of half-time when Amine Chermiti and Juanan ran into each other inside the box but Larbi was denied from 12 yards by the strong gloves of Gurpreet. BFC started the second half as the stronger side.
Dimas Delgado nearly found an equaliser when the MCFC defence failed to clear a long-throw-in into the box from the right flank. The Spaniard unleashed a curling strike from outside the box that Amrinder Singh tipped away at full stretch. The pressure paid off as the host soon drew level, thanks to an own-goal.
Grgic accidentally sent the ball into his own net after an out-swinging corner-kick by Dimas ricocheted off the defender’s shoulder. The teams struggled to keep hold of the ball for long periods as the second half wore on. Mumbai City looked more likely to score and the goal came via a Raynier Fernandes cross that beat the Bengaluru backline.
The inch-perfect delivery from the left flank found an unmarked Carlos at the far post, who headed in. There was late drama as Sarthak Golui handled the ball inside the box and conceded a penalty in the 89th minute. Chhetri stepped up and smashed home to make it 2-2.
Just when it looked Bengaluru had held on for a point, a Paulo Machado corner-kick unlocked a late winner for Mumbai City. The delivery was nodded towards goal by Bose and was helped into the net by Borges.