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Sunday’s Indian Super League action began with a crack, as sixth-ranked Hyderabad FC (undefeated) took on league leaders Mumbai City FC. Hyderabad had increased the pressure against East Bengal last time, but Mumbai ‘s winning streak cooled against all 10 men from Jamshedpur FC.
A brilliant clash was brewing, and this is what we did with it:
The match started a bit slow in terms of chances, but there was a good firework in the 38th minute as Bipin Singh muffled a cross ball from Ahmed Jahouh to Vignesh Dakshinamurthy in the box, and the left-back directed his volley into the upper corner. .
OBJECTIVE! HFC 0-1 MCFC
38 & # 39; An impressive move by Mumbai ends with a sublime volley shot by Vignesh!
– Sportstar (@sportstarweb) December 20, 2020
Hyderabad had a great chance to equalize in the 44th minute when Akash Mishra threw a precision ball for Mohammad Yasir, and Amrinder Singh was caught when he tried to palm it away but missed. With the goal at his mercy from the edge of the area, he somehow sent it out.
Adam le Fondre doubled Mumbai ‘s lead in the 59th minute when Rowllin Borges intercepted a pass down the left wing and rolled it across the area towards Adam le Fondre, who controlled the ball brilliantly before guiding it into the bottom corner.
Golden boot szn https://t.co/FueQS90OZK
– Jayy🧃 (@justpainwithjay) December 20, 2020
Adam le Fondre had a very good chance to double his score in the 78th minute when Cy Goddard slid it down the right. He tried to kick the goalkeeper, but only hit the side net.
Vikram Pratap Singh had a blowout in injury time after he exploded down the left flank, cut in and tried to pick the top corner, but missed wide.
However, that didn’t matter in the end as Mumbai City took home a convincing 2-0 victory.
Key talking point
Finish the race undefeated
Hyderabad had not been beaten this season as they held their own against the likes of ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC, but this was their biggest challenge.
They didn’t have as much possession as expected, but they did go head-to-head against the league leaders in the first half, resolutely defending and posing a regular threat on the other end. However, they ended up conceding a fantastic goal and then failed to seize the opportunity to draw before the break.
However, the home side failed to create anything substantial in the second half, and then conceded a rather sloppy goal that was due to some poor passing on defense. This really took the effervescence out of the tie, and even the incoming Liston Colaco couldn’t disturb the score.
Win or lose we are with you ……
Failure is the lesson of success
Learn from failure and win
HYDERABADI forever …#HFCMCFC #Soccer #HarKadamNayaDum #HydKeHainHum #HyderabadFC 🟡⚫️ pic.twitter.com/68z9jlX9PJ https://t.co/fbjHWci9Rv
– @ shashankmittu7_) December 20, 2020
With that, Hyderabad FC’s impressive undefeated start came to an end, but their performance was by no means discouraging.
Subrata Pal (5), Asish Rai (6), Odei Onaindia (6), Chinglensana Singh (5.5), Akash Mishra (6.5 *), Hitesh Sharma (5.5), João Victor (6), Nikhil Poojari (5), Mohammad Yasir (5), Halicharan Narzary (5), Aridane Santana (6)
Subs: Liston Colaco (5.5), Souvik Chakrabarti (5.5), Lalawmpuia (5), Rohit Danu (N / A)
CITY OF MUMBAI
Key talking point
No boumous, no problem
Without Hugo Boumous against Jamshedpur FC, Mumbai City really lacked creativity as they struggled to show off their strong position, and also didn’t take advantage of the few good opportunities they had.
The Frenchman initially returned to the lineup, but took a hit in the pregame warm-up and had to sit down as well. Cy Goddard was recruited to replace him at the last minute, but had to work in an unknown central role. Therefore, Mumbai also failed to create big openings in the first half of this match, but the only shot on goal they managed was sheer madness and gave them the advantage.
Things didn’t change much in the second half either, but the Islanders kept most of the ball and defended well every time they lost it. They added a second goal that allowed them to have a little more comfort in the match, and the fact that it did not allow their opponents to have a single shot on goal meant that they could navigate to victory.
Good game for Le Fondre ✔️
Jahouh artistic as always ✔️
Molded dada solid as always ✔️
Clean sheet ✔️
Impressive Bipin Performance ✔️
Vikram Pratap getting minutes ✔️
And a goal to remember 💙@MumbaiCityFC #mumbaicity
– Chirag. 💙 (@ ChiragCr24) December 20, 2020
Mumbai has proven that they can do it without Boumous too, so this site is sure to go a long way this season.
Amrinder Singh (6), Amey Ranawade (6), Mournful fall (8 *Hernán Santana (7), Vignesh Dakshinamurthy (7.5), Rowllin Borges (7.5), Ahmed Jahouh (8), Raynier Fernandes (6), Cy Goddard (6), Bipin Singh (7.5), Adam le Fondre (8)
Subs: Farukh Choudhary (5), Bartholomew Ogbeche (5), Mohammad Rakip (N / A), Tondonba Singh (N / A), Vikram Pratap Singh (N / A)
Adam le Fondre
How good is this man?
Adam le Fondre was on fire tonight, not exactly in terms of goals, but in terms of overall work pace and pressure. He was absolutely everywhere and did a lot of long sprints just to put pressure throughout the match, even in the later stages of the second half. He capped it all off with a brilliant shot after a deft touch to control the ball, bringing his season tally to five goals.
The English striker scored with his only shot on goal, giving 28 touches and also winning 3 ground duels.
Another game, another goal from Adam le Fondre.
What does this mean:
Hyderabad FC remains in sixth place, while Mumbai City is back three points clear at the top, partly thanks to Vignesh Dakshinamurthy’s first goal at ISL. Hyderabad FC’s longest undefeated streak comes to an end with this loss, while Mumbai has its best start in an ISL campaign.
Hyderabad will face the Kerala Blasters next Sunday, while Mumbai City’s next match will also be against the Blasters, but it is one day after the new year as they will not participate in matchday 8.
Statistics courtesy Sofascore.com