Mumbai Metropolis at the moment are 5 factors clear on the prime of the standings over the second-placed Mariners proper on the midway stage of the league.
Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a 69th-minute stunner which was sufficient for the Islanders to get previous their rivals and prolonged their unbeaten run to 9 video games. His objective was the primary time that ATKMB conceded from open play this season.
Sergio Lobera made two modifications to Mumbai’s eleven with Cy Goddard coming in for the suspended Ahmed Jahouh whereas Ogbeche was a shock inclusion forward of Adam Le Fondre.
ATKMB coach Antonio Habas rang in three modifications with Manvir Singh beginning upfront. Glan Martins paired Javier Hernandez within the midfield with the latter making a comeback after final that includes in opposition to Odisha on December 3.
Mumbai Metropolis have been dominant within the first session by way of possession however regardless of some nervy moments within the recreation, ATKMB have been fortunate to stroll into the breather on degree phrases.
The opening half was all about Mumbai’s assault versus ATKMB’s defence. However regardless of failing to register a single shot on track, the Mariners defended resolutely to maintain the scoreline goalless.
Lobera’s aspect pressured an early scare on ATKMB’s defence with their common tempo and excessive urgent recreation, creating a chance within the eighth minute.
Hernan Santana initiated the transfer and located Mandar Rao Dessai. The total-back stored his composure and squared the ball to Hugo Boumous, however the Frenchman’s shot was straight at keeper Arindam Bhattacharja.
Mumbai Metropolis have been inches away from taking the lead when Ogbeche diverted the ball from a goalmouth scramble. Fortunately, Arindam was on the proper place on the proper second to forestall the ball from getting into the web with a goal-line save, leaving Lobera in disbelief.
ATKMB got here again strongly within the second half and created a few possibilities. Edu Garcia had an enormous half to play. First he crashed his free kick from outdoors the field on track however Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh dived full stretch to maintain it out of the objective.
Garcia then noticed his effort from open play hit the woodwork when he was set by way of by substitute Pranoy Halder, who changed Martins on the break.
Mumbai lastly managed to get previous Arindam within the 69th minute and it was Ogbeche who produced a superb end to offer his aspect a deserved lead after being assisted by Boumous.
The Frenchman traded a one-two with Santana and performed a back-heel cross to Ogbeche, who made his run and curled his effort into the top-right nook.
Mumbai’s Mourtada Fall stood tall late within the recreation with very important blocks to disclaim Sandesh Jhingan and David Williams from discovering the equaliser for ATKMB.
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