Renedy Singh’s side extended their stirring defensive showing as SC East Bengal fought back defending champions Mumbai City FC for a 0-0 stalemate. This result means that the Islanders are winless in 4 games. However, earning the 1 point did return them to the top of the rankings. East Bengal have lost 10 games so far this term and now their total tally rises to 14 games without a win.
Mumbai City controlled possession, engineered better chances and took more shots on goal. But the Islanders were unable to make that final pass as the Red & Gold Brigade put up another defensive display at the Tilak Maidan on Friday. The Kolkata side resorted mostly to counter-attacks, but Daniel Chima often found himself alone up front.
Refereeing errors were aplenty, counting also a few penalty appeals. Nonetheless, the display from SC East Bengal certainly eclipsed that of Mumbai City.
SC East Bengal: Player Ratings
Coach: Renedy Singh
Goalkeeper: A. Bhattacharya (7.5/10)
Defenders: A. S. Kiyam (7/10), J. Lourenco (N/A), A. Khan (7/10), H. Mondal (7.5/10)
Midfielders: S. Das (6.5/10), L. Hnamte (6/10), Wahengbam Angousana (6.5/10), T. Haokip (6/10), B. Jairu (5/10)
Forwards: D. Chukwu (6/10)
Substitutes: Md. Rafique (6/10), A. Mukherjee (7/10)
Mumbai City FC: Player Ratings
Coach: Des Buckingham
Goalkeeper: P. Lachenpa (6/10)
Defenders: V. Dakshinamurthy (7/10), R. Bheke (5.5/10), M. Fall (5/10), A. Ranawade (7.5/10)
Midfielders: A. Jahouh (8/10), L. Ralte (7/10)
Forwards: B. Singh (7/10), Cassinho (5/10), R. Fernandes (7.5/10), I. Angulo (6.5/10)
Substitutes: V. Rai (5/10), Y. Catatau (6.5/10)
Player of the Match
Dominant in midfield, Sourav Das bagged the Hero of the Match award. Das pulled the strings whilst sitting in the middle of the park, registering 36 touches, 25 passes and 3 tackles.
The midfielder was also successfully completed 3 of his 6 attempted long balls.
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