The Islanders are now 13 matches unbeaten in the campaign.
Mumbai City FC rounded off another incredible victory this season as they defeated Kerala Blasters FC 4-0 at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday. Former Kerala striker Jorge Pereyra Diaz bagged a brace whereas other forwards Greg Stewart and Bipin Singh netted once each to help the Islanders further extend their unbeaten run this season.
Without further ado, let us have a look at the player ratings from both teams in this encounter.
Phurba Lachenpa – 5
The custodian was largely untroubled throughout the game as he faced only three shots on a day when Mumbai were relentless and rather flawless up front.
Rahul Bheke – 6
With three tackles, five interceptions and an 88 per cent passing accuracy, Bheke kept the backline in check and helped the Islanders push ahead with purpose from the right flank.
Mehtab Singh – 5
Mehtab had a rather quieter evening per his standards – recording a tackle and three clearances, as Mumbai City maintained utter attacking domination throughout the match.
Rostyn Griffiths – 6.5
The centre-back delivered another solid outing at the heart of the backline. He tackled and made three clearances and completed 94 per cent of his passes.
Vignesh Dakshinamurthy – 6.5
The left-back made three clearances, six tackles and maintained a fine 89 per cent passing accuracy.
Ahmed Jahouh – 7
It was business as usual for the Moroccan midfielder, as he registered an assist in addition to making four tackles and dictated the game from the centre of the park.
Lalengmawia ‘Apuia’ Ralte – 6
Apuia played a fine hand partnering Jahouh, as he recorded four tackles, drew a couple of fouls and circulated the ball well (up front to the attackers) in order to steer Mumbai’s dominance in the game.
Lallianzuala Chhangte – 7
Chhangte assisted once, crossed twice and made several piercing runs from the right flank as Mumbai’s attacking quartet interlinked seamlessly throughout the evening.
Greg Stewart – 7.5
Stewart completed all of his 28 passes in addition to scoring a goal to double Mumbai’s lead in the 10th minute. He also tackled thrice to win the ball higher up the field.
Bipin Singh – 7.5
Bipin netted and assisted once as he combined well with his fellow forwards to carve open the Kerala Blasters backline and help Mumbai City snatch three points from this encounter.
Jorge Pereyra Diaz – 8
Diaz brought his ‘A’ game to the table against his former club, as he scored once early in the fourth minute and then struck again in the 22nd minute. He bagged an assist as well, to enable Mumbai carry out an utter annihilation of the visitors.
Alberto Noguera – 6
Noguera kept the energy levels upbeat in the midfield as he tackled six times and enabled Mumbai recover possession swiftly in the second half.
Mourtada Fall – 5
Fall came on and slotted seamlessly at the centre of the backline to get some crucial playing minutes under his belt.
Rowllin Borges – 5
Rowllin got some good playing time in favourable circumstances, as Mumbai had already stamped their authority over the game by the time of his introduction.
Vikram Pratap Singh – N.A.
Gurkirat Singh – N.A.
Prabhsukhan Gill – 4
It was a forgettable outing for the Kerala Blasters goalkeeper as Mumbai pretty conveniently put four past him, giving the goalkeeper little chance to salvage any pride for the visitors.
Harmanjot Khabra – 5
Khabra tackled five times and completed 76 per cent of his passes but was completely taken aback by Bipin’s sheer pace and trickery on the flank.
Hormipam Ruivah – 5
The centre-back tackled and intercepted twice each, but was unable to marshal the backline in a way that could help Kerala Blasters put a stop to Mumbai’s attacking endeavours.
Victor Mongil – 4
Mongil cut a hapless figure as the Mumbai forwards ran rings around the Blasters’ defensive line and left little to chance for Ivan Vukomanovic’s side.
Jessel Carneiro – 5
The full-back tackled five times but was unable to contain Chhangte and that cut back his ability to drive some attacking moves from the left flank.
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Jeakson Singh – 5
Jeakson tackled six times but Mumbai’s sheer ingenuity at the centre of the park proved too much to handle for the defensive midfielder.
Adrian Luna – 4
Luna drew six fouls but was inefficient on both defensive and attacking fronts as he failed to have any substantial impact in the proceedings.
Sahal Abdul Samad – 4.5
Sahal saw little of the ball as Kerala Blasters engaged in few proper attacking moves in an evening where nothing went right for the previous year’s runners-up.
Ivan Kaliuzhnyi – 5
Kaliuzhnyi created a goal-scoring chance, made five tackles but had inefficient impact in the game much like his other teammates.
Rahul KP – 4
Rahul often shifted out wide to force a goal. He crossed thrice but lacked proper service from the rest of his teammates.
Dimitrios Diamantakos – 4
The forward glanced a shot on target but did nothing of note for most part of the game.
Saurav Mandal – 5
Mandal brought some fresh energy into the game but did not instil any creativity that could help Kerala reduce the margin of their loss.
Bryce Miranda – 5
Miranda, quite like other of his teammates, made little notable contributions to the game.
Apostolos Giannou – 6
Giannou looked intent to pull Kerala back into the game – taking three shots in mere 22 minutes. Unfortunately, none of them resulted in a goal.