Bengaluru vs Mumbai, In a one-sided battle at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru FC faced a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Mumbai City FC in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season. The match showcased Mumbai City’s dominance, leaving Bengaluru FC languishing in the ninth spot on the table with just seven points and a solitary win from nine outings. The defeat, marked by a historic home thrashing, prompted an emotional response from Bengaluru FC’s owner, Parth Jindal, who expressed discontent and hinted at impending changes.
Mumbai City’s Commanding Performance: El Khayati Shines Early On
The tone for Mumbai City’s commanding performance was set early in the game, with Abdenasser El Khayati opening the scoring in the 11th minute. The opener, a result of a well-executed play involving Rahul Bheke and Greg Stewart, saw El Khayati tapping in a squared ball from Stewart. The visitors continued their onslaught, doubling the lead on the half-hour mark when Akash Mishra capitalized on a defensive error by BFC’s Robin Yadav and volleyed home from just outside the penalty area.
BFC’s Struggles and Sole Opportunity: Hernandez’s Effort Denied
Bengaluru FC, facing an uphill battle, struggled to find their footing in the match. Their only real opportunity came in the 23rd minute when Javi Hernandez aimed a curled strike at the top corner. However, Mumbai City’s goalkeeper, Phurba Lachenpa, showcased his skills by tipping the ball over, thwarting BFC’s hopes of a comeback.
Penalties Compound BFC’s Woes: Mumbai City’s Ruthless Efficiency
The hosts’ woes were further compounded as they conceded two penalties in quick succession, both of which Mumbai City converted. The penalties, converted with clinical precision, extended Mumbai City’s lead to an insurmountable 4-0. Despite nearly half an hour remaining in the match. Mumbai City chose not to press further, sparing BFC from a more significant embarrassment.
Owner’s Outburst and a Need for Change: Bengaluru FC’s Dismay
Following the fourth goal, Bengaluru FC’s owner, Parth Jindal, expressed his frustration. On social media, signaling a need for changes within the team. Jindal’s passionate outburst reflected the collective dismay at the disappointing performance. Emphasizing the urgency for Bengaluru FC to reclaim its standing in the league.
In the aftermath of this resounding victory. Mumbai City FC solidified its position as a force to be reckoned with in the ISL. Leaving Bengaluru FC to grapple with not only the defeat. But also the pressing need for a turnaround in their fortunes.