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After a couple of days off for the turn of the year, the Indian Super League was back in action. The runners-up from the city of Mumbai faced the Kerala Blasters, ranked ninth, in a very interesting match, and both teams had a chance to move up the table. Kibu Vicuña’s team finally looked fit after claiming their first win of the season last time, but this was their ultimate test.
A crucial battle was expected, and this is what we did with it:
In less than two minutes, Kerala Blasters began self-destruction when a poor pass from Vicente Gómez saw Hugo Boumous pounce on the error and try to get through the goal, but a slip by Costa Nhamoinesu prevented him from doing so without receiving the ball. Adam le Fondre stepped forward and sent his shot down the middle, which went through Albino Gomes’ legs.
Let’s go Le Frondre 🔵
– Kanish Godani (@ kanish2610) January 2, 2021
Mumbai City doubled their lead after another defensive slip from Kerala Blasters in the 11th minute, when a free kick from inside the Mumbai City penalty area by Ahmed Jahouh found Hugo Boumous running towards goal, and this time he was not fouled for I could place it beyond the goalie and in the bottom corner.
– Anoop Nair (@anoop_b) January 2, 2021
The Islanders could have made it 3-0 in the 17th minute when Hugo Boumous sent the ball out to Mandar Rao Dessai, who launched his shot over the crossbar.
Kerala Blasters’ first grand opening came just after half an hour when Sahal Abdul Samad dispossessed Mouinada Fall just outside the penalty area, slicing through two defenders and trying to beat Amrinder Singh from the center of the area, but the goalkeeper was the same. to your effort.
On the edge of the break, Bipin Singh moved behind the Kerala Blasters defense on the left and squared the ball to Hugo Boumous, who had a full zip code for him inside the penalty area, but opted to square the ball back to Adam. le Fondre, whose peeling effort cleared the crossbar. A minute later, Bipin and Boumous swapped positions and the Indian winger released, but also missed high.
– BFC_Ultras (@ sagar17291) January 2, 2021
Kerala Blasters finally put the ball in the net in the 56th minute when Jordan Murray launched a Costa Nhamoinesu header after a corner kick past Amrinder Singh, but was called offside.
15 minutes later, Mumbai City had another penalty when Sandeep Singh brought down Hugo Boumous in the area, but he clearly seemed to have taken the ball. However, the Frenchman might have thought he deserved it, as he received a simulation yellow card a few minutes before that when he beat Sandeep. However, the Blasters had the last laugh, as Albino Gomes saved Boumous’s penalty.
– BFC_Ultras (@ sagar17291) January 2, 2021
Kerala Blasters came very close to coming back from a goal in the 76th minute when Vicente Gomez let fly a half volley from the area, but Amrinder Singh hit the crossbar and put it back into play. A couple minutes later Jordan Murray slipped Sahal Abdul Samad behind the left defense, but his effort in a heads-up was stopped by the keeper again.
That preserved a clean sheet for the city of Mumbai, which went away with a 2-0 victory.
CITY OF MUMBAI
Key talking point
Another simple victory
Mumbai City had 12 days off before this match, so they were pretty fresh.
However, the Islanders may have been a bit rusty as well, but they weren’t tested at all in the opening stages as Kerala gave away two easy goals after a really horrible defense (more on that soon). After accepting the very late Christmas gifts, the Mumbai defense began to return some as well, as they were unusually loose playing from behind at times, but went unpunished.
Towards the end of the first half, Sergio Lobera’s men were playing with their opponents. They passed through the enemy defense several times but failed to take advantage of their opportunities and kept the match alive during the second half. Their defense was prone to a few lapses once again, but Amrinder Singh was simply outstanding, and his efforts ensured that the Islanders won with a clean sheet.
– Gaurang (@ Gaurang321) January 2, 2021
This was not the best display of the season in Mumbai City, but it was certainly a very easy victory, albeit with a few small bumps along the way.
Amrinder singh (8 *), Amey Ranawade (6), Mouinada Fall (5.5), Hernán Santana (5), Mandar Rao Dessai (6), Rowllin Borges (7.5), Ahmed Jahouh (8), Raynier Fernandes (5.5), Hugo Boumous (7.5) , Bipin Singh (6.5), Adam le Fondre (6.5)
Subs: Bartholomew Ogbeche (5), Vignesh Dakshinamurthy (5.5), Cy Goddard (5), Givson Singh (N / A), Vikram Pratap Singh (N / A)
After missing a couple of games due to injury, Hugo Boumous is finally back in business.
His deals started in two minutes tonight, when he pounced on a Kerala Blasters defensive error to earn a penalty for his team. Nine minutes later, he improved while running between center-backs and finished in style to open his account for the season. The Frenchman continued to look good in the second half when he won another penalty, but came out bitter because his effort was saved.
Hugo Boumous from Mumbai is incredibly good, absolutely dominating the match. #ISL
– Wear a fucking mask (@AStormOfSloths) January 2, 2021
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder received 42 touches, completed 81% of his passes, won 7/10 duels and 2 penalties, made 3 key passes, guided his two shots on goal and committed 5 fouls.
A solid display to mark his return.
Key talking point
Kibu Vicuña made some changes to his lineup, including selecting Costa Nhamoinesu over the impressive Abdul Nediyodath in the second half, but that clearly didn’t pay off.
The Tuskers essentially self-destructive early on, letting in two unnecessary goals in just over 10 minutes. The first came in after a loose pass from Vicente Gómez’s back and an inopportune attack from Costa Nhamoinesu, but it was the second that must have been even more frustrating. A relatively flat long ball from Ahmed Jahouh divided the entirety of the Kerala Blasters’ side when it hit Hugo Boumous between center-backs, and then no one could stop the Frenchman.
Kerala looked by far the best team in the first quarter if in the second period, but they just couldn’t take their chances once again. In addition, they were also unlucky with the referee’s decisions, as Mumbai received a couple of penalties while their appeals were closed. Lastly, Amrinder Singh made some absolutely spectacular saves to thwart the Blasters on the rare occasions that they did send their shots home.
It’s not our night, team. Congratulations to all the players who played with all their hearts. Hope we fix the individual bugs.
– thededpill (@thededpill) January 2, 2021
After that encouraging display last time, Kerala Blasters looked very poor in all respects once again tonight, and they clearly have a lot of work to do.
Albino Gomes (7), Nishu Kumar (6), Sandeep Singh (4), Costa Nhamoinesu (3.5), Jessel Carneiro (7), Jeakson Thaunaojam (6), Vicente Gómez (6), Lalthathanga Khawlhring (5), Facundo Pereyra (5.5), Sahal Abdul Samad (7 *), Jordan Murray (6.5)
Subs: Rahul KP (5), Seityasen Singh (N / A), Givson Singh (N / A)
Sahal Abdul Samad
Kibu Vicuña said that he and his coaching staff were working on Sahal Abdul Samad to try to make him even better, and their efforts seemed to pay off tonight.
The 23-year-old forward finished the game with 2/6 shots on target, 3/5 dribbles completed, 2 key passes and 7/13 wins in an encouraging but unsuccessful performance.
A step in the right direction, but there is still work to be done on its finish.
What does this mean:
Mumbai City FC are two points clear at the top of the table, while the Kerala Blasters remain in ninth place with the worst defensive record in the league. Ahmed Jahouh’s assist for the second covered 74.6m, the longest distance this season, while Albino Gomes faced his fourth and fifth penalties of the season, letting the first in and jumping on the fourth time.
Yet another salvage from Amrinder ..
The defense has been poor …
Spectacular save from the Captain!
– ninad chilap (@ninadchilap) January 2, 2021
What does this mean:
Mumbai City’s next mission will see them face Bengaluru FC in a big clash on Tuesday, while Kerala Blasters will take on Odisha FC two days later.
Statistics courtesy Sofascore.com