Mumbai City vs Chennaiyin FC, In a commanding display at the Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai City FC secured a resounding 3-0 win against Chennaiyin FC as they headed into the season break and the New Year on a high note in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24. Lallianzuala Chhangte, facing his former club, showcased his goal-scoring prowess, redeeming a missed penalty to lead the Islanders to a comprehensive victory.
Front foot Start for the Islanders: Mumbai City vs Chennaiyin FC
Right from the kickoff, Mumbai City FC established their dominance in a challenging encounter. Despite missing Greg Stewart, their frontline created numerous chances, with Vikram Partap Singh notably lively on the left flank, testing Chennaiyin FC’s defense with potent shots. However, the visitors managed to withstand the initial onslaught.
Former Chennaiyin FC player Lallianzuala Chhangte had a golden opportunity to put Mumbai City ahead in the 36th minute with a penalty. Despite hitting the crossbar, Chhangte remained undeterred. His redemption came in the 52nd minute when he hammered in a goal from the right side of the box, reigniting the Mumbai City FC attack.
Islanders’ Second-Half Onslaught:
The second half witnessed Mumbai City FC intensifying their offensive efforts. Jorge Pereyra Diaz and Jayesh Rane came close to adding a second goal, with Diaz missing a shot into an open net in the 58th minute. The relentless pressure finally paid off as Vikram Partap Singh converted a penalty in the 80th minute, securing a definitive lead for the Islanders.
Gurkirat Singh’s Debut Goal:
Gurkirat Singh, playing the role of an ideal No. 9, earned his reward in the 90th minute. Lalengmawia Ralte’s slick pass set up a goal-scoring opportunity, and Singh slotted it in with confidence, marking his first-ever goal in the ISL.
Mumbai City’s Standings:
With this commanding victory, Mumbai City FC sits in third place in the league standings with 22 points from 11 matches. Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, is positioned sixth with 12 points from the same number of outings.
Mumbai City FC showcased their prowess and depth in a remarkable performance, setting a positive tone as they head into the season break. The Islanders will aim to carry this momentum into the upcoming fixtures, while Chennaiyin FC seeks improvement in the second half of the ISL 2023-24 season.