Mumbai City FC get revenge with a 4-0 statement victory over Bengaluru FC: The Islanders are off to flying a start in the Hero Indian Super League as they swept past Bengaluru FC who suffered four consecutive losses scoring only two goals in the whole season so far. Two goals in both halves helped Mumbai City to pick up three more points to go within a point of Hyderabad at the top by playing one game extra. Jorge Pereira Diaz, Apuia, Bipin, and Chhangte were on the scoresheet as the 2019-20 double champions notched up 20 goals already this season.
Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC
The only change for or Mumbai from the last match was Vignesh who replaced Mandar. Meanwhile, BFC had a change in formation which from a 4-4-2 to a 4-2-3-1. Alan Costa replaced Aleksandar Jovanovic in defense while Skipper Sunil Chhetri dropping to the bench making a way for Danish Farooq.
Having pinched the ball from Alan Costa who was caught napping, Diaz opened the scoring, giving early lead to the Islanders in the 14th minute. Meanwhile, BFC had the chances of their own to equalise through Javi but Phurba made sure that the lead was intact. Another opportunity came for BFC, when a swinging attempt from Udanta was some how stopped by Phurba and incoming Danish put it wide.
The Islanders doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute when Greg Stewart’s low cross from the right went past Bipin Singh and found an unmarked Apuia. The midfielder had a plenty of time and room in the box as he calmly took a few touches before smashing it into the net.
In the 58th minute, Rahul Bheke’s long ball from defense caught the BFC backline off-guard. Diaz made a perfect run and went through the offside trap and found himself in a one-on-one situation with the keeper. The striker unselfishly squared the ball to Bipin, who tapped it into an empty net to make it three.
The hosts went on to secure in their fourth goal of the evening in the 74th minute. Diaz’s pass was deflected by Sandesh Jhingan and found its way into Chhangte’ who wrapped his boot around it and placed it perfectly into the bottom left corner of the goal to end all BFC hopes.
The Islanders will play NorthEast United FC in Guwahati next on November 25, Friday, while Bengaluru FC will travel to Fatorda to play FC Goa on November 26, Saturday.