Mumbai City FC v/s Kerala Blasters: Review

Introduction

Mumbai City FC starts again after a loss against Khalid Jamil. Kibu Vicuña’s men went down 1-2 against Mumbai City FC at the Bambolim Stadium. Mumbai saw the game in a fighting spirit as they were 1-0 down but produced a comeback and won the match 1-2. Adam le Fondre would be a little disappointed for missing many chances which could have given Mumbai a lead in the first half itself. Thankfully, a second-half penalty gave him the fruit of his labor.

Kerala Blasters
Kerala Blasters

KBFC XI: Albino Gomes, Costa Nhamoinesu, Bakary Kone, Sandeep Singh, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Sahal Abdul Samad, Vicente Gomez, Rahul KP, Juande, Yondrembem Denechandra, Jordan Murray.

COACH: Kibu Vicuna.

MCFC XI: Amrinder Singh, Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Bipin Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Cy Goddard, Rowllin Borges, Raynier Fernandes, Hernan Santana, Hugo Boumous, Adam Le Fondre.

COACH: Sergio Lobera.

Mumbai City
Mumbai City

First half

Kerala Blasters had a dominating first half as they scored their first goal in the starting 30 minutes. The goal came from Vicente Gomez. Many opportunities had been missed by Adam le Fondre until then. On the 26th minute, there was a big opportunity created by the blasters but was saved by Amrinder. This gave them a corner that they would convert into a goal that went past Amrinder.

Kerala Blasters
Kerala Blasters

Second half

Even though Kerala had a dominating first half, Bipin Singh managed to score a goal against them in the starting few minutes of the 2nd half. Mumbai roared back to life soon enough and was trying harder than ever to create something. Unfortunately, many of these attempts were either sailing past or being blocked. Eventually, a debatable penalty call came in favor of Mumbai at the 66th-minute mark. Adam Le Fondre set up the ball to kick it against Gomes and slotted it hard into the bottom right corner

Amrinder (Mumbai)
Amrinder (Mumbai)

He may not be happy with his performance as he could have done a lot better. Nevertheless, his penalty shot came as a winning goal for his side. As Le Fondre himself puts it, he is “ruthless” and will surely bounce back soon enough.

(Mumbai city fc)Adam le fondre
(Mumbai city fc)Adam le fondre

Conclusion

The final whistle couldn’t have come early enough for Kerela Blasters who looked down towards the end. Agreed that ISL is a long competition, but they will need to find the best combination before things start getting worse. This was a must-win game for them and yet, even a draw would have looked good for their mentality. Lobera has to be the happiest of the coaches right now with his team winning again. Kibu has to start getting things in place for the Blasters and hope that the club Captain is doing his best and motivating players. Kerala has had it tough for a while now but all hope is not lost. Surely, their ever-loyal fan base will help them get out of this slump.

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