Mumbai City vs Mohun Bagan, In a feisty clash between Indian Super League (ISL) heavyweights, Mumbai City FC emerged victorious with a 2-1 win over Mohun Bagan Super Giant (MBSG) at the Mumbai Football Arena. The encounter, marked by seven sending-offs, showcased the resilience of the Islanders as they ended Mohun Bagan’s unbeaten streak in the league. With an equalizer by Greg Stewart in the 44th minute and the decisive goal by Bipin Singh in the 73rd minute, Mumbai City FC secured a crucial win. The clash lived up to its promise of being entertaining and end-to-end, setting the stage for an intense battle between two football powerhouses.
Numerical Advantage and Cummings’ Opener: Mumbai City vs Mohun Bagan
The match kicked off with an eventful start as Mumbai City FC’s fullback Akash Mishra received a red card in the 13th minute due to a challenge on Manvir Singh. Capitalizing on the numerical advantage, Mohun Bagan SG took the lead with a goal by Australian striker Jason Cummings in the 25th minute. The Mariners displayed attacking prowess, exploiting the situation to gain an early advantage.
Bipin’s Impactful Performance:
Mumbai City FC, undeterred by the early setback, found their rhythm with Bipin Singh operating in advanced positions on the left wing. Bipin’s impressive cross for Greg Stewart led to the equalizer, with Stewart nodding the ball past Vishal Kaith. Bipin Singh, known for his match-winning abilities, played a pivotal role in turning the tide for the Islanders, showcasing his versatility and skill.
Red Cards and Mumbai’s Dominance:
The second half witnessed a turn of events with Mohun Bagan SG facing setbacks. Asish Rai and Liston Colaco received red cards, reducing the visitors to nine men. Mumbai City FC capitalized on the advantage, and Bipin Singh’s exceptional shot from outside the boot. Deflecting off Anirudh Thapa, found the back of the net in the 73rd minute. The Islanders took control of the proceedings, dominating the field with greater freedom in the attacking third.
Late Drama and Multiple Sendings-Off:
Despite Mumbai City FC’s lead, late drama unfolded with a series of red cards. Greg Stewart received a second yellow card in the 88th minute. Vikram Pratap Singh and Mohun Bagan SG’s Hector Yuste were also shown red cards at the final whistle. The heated arguments after the match resulted in further sendings-off, adding to the intensity of the encounter.
Bipin Singh – The Key Performer:
Bipin Singh emerged as the key performer of the match, causing havoc for Mohun Bagan SG’s defense. His exceptional passing accuracy, goal, and assist showcased his all-round contribution. He completed 95% of his passes and made defensive clearances. Bipin Singh played a crucial role in securing the much-needed victory for Mumbai City FC.
Mumbai City FC will now travel to Kochi to face Kerala Blasters FC on December 24. Mohun Bagan Super Giant is set to host FC Goa on December 23. The victory for Mumbai City FC, under the guidance of coach Petr Kratky, marks a significant moment in the ISL. And both teams will look to build on the lessons learned from this intense encounter.
As the dust settles from the dramatic clash. Mumbai City FC celebrates a hard-fought triumph, while Mohun Bagan Super Giant reflects on the challenges faced. And looks ahead to the upcoming battles in the league.