The win earned the Islanders a top-of-the-table finish and a spot in the AFC Champions League, thus becoming the second Indian club to do so after FC Goa in 2019-20.
Mumbai City FC 2-0 ATK Mohun Bagan: Team News
Sergio Lobera used (4-2-3-1) as their formation which worked well against Odisha FC and made three changes after the clash resting Dakshinamurthy, Goddard and M Singh and playing Bhumij, Desai and Heman,
Antonio Lopez opted to (4-3-3) in place of (4-4-2) which they used against Hyderabad and the match ended up in a draw. Resting Hernandez, M Singh and S Bose.
Mumbai City FC 2-0 ATK Mohun Bagan: Post-Match Analysis
The home side, Mumbai City FC had a nervous start. There was a short span of chaotic football in the 4th minute when R Krishna got a chance to score and The forward tested Amrinder from a tight angle but failed to score.
The Islanders responded strongly. They were denied a counter-attack in the 5th minute but the Mariners were caught off guard in the 7th minute when Fall scored the opening goal with a header. The visitors showed more intent but failed to beat the Islanders’ defense.
In the 39th minute Hernan Santana took a wonderful free-kick. The ball brushed the crossbar and came back into play. Ogbeche was the first one to react inside the box as he headed the ball past and scored the second goal for The Islanders.
The Mariners were clearly under pressure in the final five minutes of the first half. . Mumbai City’s mindset on the other hand didn’t change a bit. They started the second-half from where they left and kept the hunger going and even came close on a few occasions at the back of a good combination of plays and set pieces.
The Mariners too had a few moments of brilliance in the second half. Antonio López ran out of options and the frustration to find an opener continued even in the last stage of the play.
Mariners won more possession, played more successful passes, had the same number of shots on and off target, won more touches, and interceptions still came second in the most important game of the league stage.
The match ended in the favor of Mumbai City FC as they came victorious.
Bartholomew Ogbeche: The striker had a fantastic time on the pitch and gave a glance of his offensive awareness and quick decision making abilities.
”I’m feeling fantastic. Thanks to the coach for trusting me. All the players in Mumbai City FC trust each other and have absolute faith in each other’s match-winning abilities. – Ogbeche.
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