BAMBOLIM: Mumbai City FC struck twice within the first half to beat Odisha FC 2-0 and register their third win within the Indian Super League on the GMC Stadium on Sunday.
A penalty from Batholomew Ogbeche (30th minute) and a header from Rowllin Borges (45th) gave Sergio Lobera’s men their third win in 4 games and their first-win ever over Odisha within the league.
The win despatched them to the highest of the table. They’re level on points with ATK Mohun Bagan however are positioned above with a greater goal distinction.
For Odisha FC, this was their third loss in 4 games and solely point-less SC East Bengal lie under Stuart Baxter’s side.
Mumbai predictably began the game spraying round passes and having fun with many of the ball possession.
Nevertheless, it was Odisha who had the primary actual probability of the match, within the fourth minute, when Diego Mauricio’s freekick clipped the highest of the crossbar. However, that was about pretty much as good because it obtained for Odisha within the first half.
Mumbai’s first clear-cut alternative got here within the 18th minute when Ahmed Jahouh discovered C Goddard down the right. Goddard solely had keeper Kamaljit Singh to beat however his shot went over the bar.
Twelve minutes later although, Mumbai had their goal.
Vignesh Dakshina Murthy’s tried cross from the sting of the field struck Shubham Sarangi’s hand and the referee promptly pointed to the dreaded spot.
Ogbeche stepped up and fired a low shot to the left, which a diving Kamaljit couldn’t get his fingers to. It was the third penalty Odisha had conceded this season and the second mistake that Sarangi had dedicated, which had led to a goal.
4 minutes later, Mumbai thought they’d scored once more when Mourtada Fall headed in Jahouh’s freekick on the far-post. Nonetheless, the referee disallowed the aim, adjudging that there had been a foul on keeper Kamaljit.
The Odisha goalkeeper, who fell awkwardly, was substituted after a suspected concussion and reserve custodian Ravi Kumar got here on in his place.
Hugo Boumous missed an important probability to attain within the 43rd minute, firing wide from Bipin Singh’s pass. However, Mumbai had their second goal a few minutes later. Bipin, once more, fired in an important cross into the field which Borges headed previous Kumar.
Mumbai had ended the primary interval with 62 p.c of the possession and the second half noticed extra of the identical.
Odisha managed to create valuable little, save a few free-kicks and some corners. In the long run, it turned out to be a snug win for Mumbai.