The Islanders were given a guard of honour before the match by the Red & Golds’ players and coach.
Mumbai City suffered their second straight loss heading into the playoffs of the ongoing season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2022-23) as East Bengal defeated the Islanders 1-0 at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday. Head coach Des Buckingham fielded a new-look side, giving playing time to quite a few young prospects from the setup.
However, a dominant strike by East Bengal forward Naorem Mahesh Singh in the 52nd minute ensured that Stephen Constantine walked away with a positive result from a venue where he has had quite a few memorable outings whilst at the helm of the Indian national team previously as well.
Here are the player ratings for both teams from this game:
Mumbai City FC (By Tarkesh Jha)
Phurba Lachenpa – 5.5
The goalkeeper made multiple solid saves but was left hapless against Naorem Mahesh Singh’s clinical strike in the 52nd minute.
Hardik Bhatt – 6
Hardik attempted six tackles, made three clearances and two blocks, and even crossed thrice, but should have positioned himself better in the move leading up to Mahesh’s goal.
Halen Nongtdu – 5
Halen maintained a 94 per cent passing accuracy but failed to make any notable defensive contribution and was culpable for the mess up that culminated in the East Bengal goal.
Mourtada Fall – 5.5
With two tackles and six clearances, the skipper put in all the requisite efforts to keep the East Bengal frontline at bay for the majority of the game.
Vignesh Dakshinamurthy – 6
The left-back demonstrated some incredible footwork in addition to attempting four tackles and making four interceptions to round off a convincing performance altogether.
Rowllin Borges – 5.5
Borges did a fine job shielding the backline. He made a couple of tackles and clearances each, but would have wanted to do better from the numerous set-pieces that he was in charge of during the course of the game.
Alberto Noguera – 6
Noguera was the enforcer, often drilling the ball forward with his incredible zeal and enthusiasm. He tackled twice and created three goal-scoring opportunities.
Ahmed Jahouh – 5.5
Jahouh made four tackles along with a couple of clearances and interceptions each, but could not attain a stronghold over the proceedings like he usually does.
Lallianzuala Chhangte – 5.5
Chhangte had a couple of clear-cut goal-scoring chances in the first-half and he took two shots on target as well. Like for the rest of the side, the finishing touch was missing from his end as well.
Bipin Singh – 6.5
Bipin was a constant thorn in the East Bengal backline particularly in the opening essay of the game. He took one shot on target and made three testing crosses – none of which could be converted into a goal by his other teammates.
Ayush Chikkhara – 5
It was a testing day on the field for the youngster as Chikkhara could not register a single shot on target and completed a total of seven passes in the 45 minutes that he spent on the field.
Gurkirat Singh – 5
Gurkirat didn’t have much quality service coming his way and neither did he really initiate any moves that could help Mumbai City secure the equaliser.
Asif Khan – 5
It was a good outing for the academy product but Asif couldn’t really make any assertive impact in the 17 odd minutes he got on the field.
Gyamur Nikum – N/A
PC Rohlupuia – N/A
Gursimirat Gill – N/A
East Bengal (By Sathvik Bharadwaj)
Kamaljit Singh – 8
Was tested with long rangers, punched well. Saved all the five shots attempted towards him.
Sarthak Golui – 7
Long throws were a threat. Cleared Borges’ effort off the post. Put in six crosses.
Lalchungnunga – 8.5
Good awareness and positioning from open-play and set-pieces. Cleared a goal-bound Chhangte shot off the line.
Charalambos Kyriakou – 8
Solid presence at the back with seven clearances. Put his body on the line with a late block. Held the defensive line well.
Jerry Lalrinzuala – 8
Was booked for a two-footed tackle on Chhangte. Enjoyed an engaging battle with the winger.
VP Suhair – 8
Occupied the spaces in behind Vignesh. Food service from out wide (right). Failed to score a genuine goal as Lachenpa’s double save came to Mumbai City’s rescure, although the second attempt from Suhair should have been stronger.
Alex Lima – 7
Alert to loose balls in midfield to intercept. Completed the most passes (59) with 82% accuracy.
Mobashir Rahman – 6.5
Lost out to Jahouh on many occasions, was choked for space. More involved with the link-up in the second half.
Naorem Mahesh Singh – 8
Was a livewire down the left with brisk sprints. Blasted in a fine finish to score the solitary East Bengal goal and almost added in a second.
Jake Jervis – 7.5
Blazed an early chance over the woodwork. Clever with his cut-backs and crosses.
Cleiton Silva – 7.5
Linked well with Jervis. Assisted Mahesh’s goal. Came off for Haokip.
Sumeet Passi – N/A
Semboi Haokip – N/A
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