INDIAN FOOTBALL

Mumbai City FC 0-3 Bengaluru FC: Player Ratings, Player of the Match

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Bengaluru FC demolished reigning champions Mumbai City FC to cruise to a 2nd victory in 3 matches. The win is a statement from the Blues that are very much part of the race to the ISL playoffs. With just a single win in their previous 9, Bengaluru FC looked a different side coming into the game.

Danish Farooq (8′) struck early with a piledriving effort to put his team ahead. Following suit, defender Naorem Roshan Singh and forward Prince Ibara linked up for 2 more (23′, 45+5′) to make it 3-0. Both times Roshan played assister as Ibara was clinical to give Bengaluru FC a 3-0 advantage in the first 45 minutes.

The Islanders did have their fair share of opportunities after the break. However, a comeback seemed very unlikely.

Mumbai City FC: Player Ratings

Coach: Des Buckingham

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: P. Lachenpa (5.5/10)

Defenders: M. Rakip (6/10), M. Fall (5.5/10), R. Bheke (6/10), V. Dakshinamurthy (5.5/10)

Midfielders: L. Ralte (6.5/10), V. Rai (6/10)

Forwards: B. Inmam (6/10), Cassinho (6/10), B. Singh (5/10), Y. Catatau (6.5/10)

Substitutes: I. Angulo (6/10), R. Fernandes (5.5/10), A. Ranawade (6.5/10), G. Singh (6/10)

Bengaluru FC: Player Ratings

Coach: Marco Pezzaiuoli

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: G. Singh Sadhu (7.5/10)

Defenders: A. Kuruniyan (7.5/10), Alan (7.5/10), P. Chaudhari (6.5/10), N. R. Singh (9/10)

Midfielders: D. Farooq Bhat (8/10), B. Edgar (7.5/10), S. S. Wangjam (7.5/10)

Forwards: P. Ibara (9/10), C. Silva (8/10), U. Singh (7.5/10)

Substitutes: S. Chhetri (6.5/10), I. Basafa (6/10)

Mumbai City FC stay in 2nd on 17 points, having played an extra game while Bengaluru FC move up into 7th with 13 points from 11 games

Player of the Match

With a stellar showing tonight, Naorem Roshan convincingly took home the Hero of the Match award. Contributing both in defence and attack, he dinked in a looping ball after wrong-footing Bheke for Prince Ibara to head in his first of the game. Combining with the Congolese forward once more, the two recreated a similar scene as Ibara nodded in his second and Bengaluru’s third of the night.

Besides the 2 assists, he was all over the pitch, swinging in crosses with both feet. By far, Roshan was the most attacking player and created the highest number of opportunities (4) in the match.

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