Reigning Shield winners, Mumbai City comeback twice to share spoils with Odisha FC at Kalinga Stadium
Odisha FC drew 2-2 with Mumbai City at home in the ISL 2023-24 match on Thursday, September 28 at Kalinga Stadium. The Juggernauts were building the pressure in the first half and opened their account in the 45th minute with a goal from Jerry M. The visitors equalized in the 46th minute immediately after the break. Roy Krishna scored in the 74th minute to give the home team double, but just two minutes later, Jorge Pereyra scored for the visitors to level the game.
In the 8th minute of the game, an excellent ball over the top by Mourtada Fall found Jerry, whose cutback was a bit tough and was intercepted by a Mumbai City defender.
After an early chance for Odisha, the away side had a counter-attack opportunity, but Mourtada Fall saved the day for the home team in the 17th minute of the game,
In the dying moments of the first half, as the home team tried hard to gain the edge, Jerry M scored a simplest goal in ISL history. A cross from the right was intercepted by a Mumbai City defender who attempted to pass it back to the goalkeeper, but a poor effort from Nawaz led to a spill. With two Mumbai players in the right corner of the goal, Jerry M simply pushed the ball into the net in the 45th minute.
Early in the second half, the visitors equalized with a header from Islanders defender Rostyn Griffiths.
The 58th minute witnessed a beautiful save by Amrinder as he dove low to his left to deny Greg. In the 62nd minute, Coach Lobera made a change, bringing on Roy Krishna for Diego Mauricio.
In the 75th minute of the game, the Kalinga Warriors doubled their lead as Roy Krishna executed a composed penalty. The Fijian bamboozled the Mumbai defenders, before being fouled by Mumbai City Goalkeeper resulting in a penalty. Krishna scored from the spot giving the Juggernauts a substantial lead.
Just two minutes after the home team scored, Jorge Pereyra Diaz scored for the Islanders. Vikram Partap delivered a good ball, and Pereyra made no mistake, slotting it past Amrinder to restore parity.
The game ended in a draw, and Odisha FC will look to bounce back into form on October 7th at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium against FC Goa.