Jan 2: ISL season 20-21 starts the new year 2021with Mumbai City FC facing the Kerala Blaster FC. Right now before the match, Mumbai City FC is at second with 16 points from seven games and a win against Kerala will help it reclaim the top spot from ATKMB.
On other hand, Kerala Blasters, which has significantly improved in its last three games having scored five goals and average almost 12 shots per match. Also, coach Kibu Vicuna will look to break the club’s jinx against Lobera.
Till now, Mumbai City FC is enjoying a dream start to the Indian Super League (ISL) campaign ever since coach Sergio Lobera have taken up the command. However, the Spaniard felt the 12 days break affected the team’s momentum as it prepares to take on Kerala Blasters at GMC Stadium, Bambolim in the first match of 2021.
Playing XI of both teams:
Mumbai City FC XI: Amrinder Singh (C) (GK), Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Dessai, Bipin Singh, Rowllin Borges, Raynier Fernandes, Hugo Boumous, Hernan Santana, Ahmed Jahouh, Adam Le Fondre.
COACH: Sergio Lobera.
Kerala Blaster FC XI: Albino Gomes (GK), Costa Nhamoinesu, Jessel Carneiro (C), Nishu Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Jeakson Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Vicente Gomez, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Facundo Pereyra, Jordan Murray.
COACH: Kibu Vicuna.
Report and highlights of Mumbai City FC vs Kerala Blasters FC
Mumbai City FC scored 2-0 against Kerala Blasters FC at the GMC Stadium on Saturday. First-half goals from Adam Le Fondre (3′) and Hugo Boumous (11′) ensured full points for the Mumbai City FC who are now unbeaten in their last seven games. Both teams made a few of changes to their line-ups, Boumous and Mandar Rao Dessai returned to Sergio Lobera’s starting XI while for Kerala, Costa Nhamoinesu and Lalthathanga Khawlhring were named before Abdul Hakku and Rahul KP.
Mumbai punished Kerala for an early error which gifted them the primary goal within the third minute. Boumous latched on to a Vicente Gomez back-pass and therefore the Frenchman was brought down within the box by Nhamoinesu and won a penalty. Le Fondre scored his sixth goal of the ISL season 20-21, despite Albino Gomes getting a leg to the ball.
Mumbai doubled their lead within the 11th minute and this point , Boumous got his name on the scoresheet. Ahmed Jahouh sprayed an extended ball from his own half towards Boumous from a free-kick, and therefore the Frenchman made it look easy as he got past his marker and slotted past Albino.
Kerala took time to comeback into the game and had a few of tries at the rival goal forcing Amrinder Singh into action. Amrinder first denied Gomez with a diving save and later stopped Sahal Abdul Samad’s effort. Sahal should have passed the ball to Facundo Pereyra, who was during a better position to attain .
Kerala created chances and showed their desire to urge back within the game but the Mumbai defenders were an equal match to their opponents. Mumbai were guilty of squandering yet one more chance just before the break. Boumous cut the ball back to Le Fondre, but his chip sailed over the bar.
Kerala put up an improved performance within the last half . They created chances early and nearly pulled a goal back within the 55th minute but Jordan Murray’s effort was ruled offside.With 20 minutes on the clock, Mumbai had the prospect to further extend their lead once they were awarded yet one more penalty after Boumous was fouled within the box.
But this point , Albino read it right and his strong right arm denied Boumous. At the opposite end, Amrinder came up with an excellent save when he parried Gomez’s long-range shot which ignored the crossbar. The keeper did exceptionally well to assist his side maintain their fifth clean sheet of the season.