The Islanders found themselves marooned on a miserable night in the Arab kingdom.
Mumbai City FC were obliterated and deconstructed in a hefty 6-0 loss against Al-Shabab in the AFC Champions League on Friday. The Islanders began the game surprisingly well and almost looked to equalize after Al-Shabab’s opener through Hattem Bahebri. Fawaz had other plans, as he made up for his centre-back’s mistake with a solid double save. Mourtada Fall’s howler led to Mumbai City ending the first half with a modest 2-0 scoreline.
Al-Shabab’s attackers ran riot in the next half, as Hattem Bahebri completed his hat-trick and Al-Jawaey and Carlos Junior got a goal apiece. The match ended in a disappointing defeat for Des Buckingham’s men, as they were unable to score from the few chances they had.
Let us take a look at Khel Now’s ratings for the Mumbai City FC players for this match:
Phurba Lachenpa – 6.0
Did his best and made three saves to keep Mumbai City from conceding more goals. But still had a very disappointing evening.
Rahul Bheke – 5.0
The experienced right-back had another timid outing, as the waves of fast and intense pressure from the Al-Shabab players led to his undoing.
Bahebri’s clever sombrero flick above him to score an outstanding volley was probably his lowest point. He earned a yellow card soon after his foul on Nawaf.
Mourtada Fall – 5.0
The captain put the ball in his own net in what seemed to be a howler. Carlos Junior’s shot was going wide, but the towering Senegalese centre-half sliced at the ball awkwardly to turn it in. Won all three of his ground duels and three of his five aerial battles on the night.
Mehtab Singh – 6.0
Made three clearances and one interception, but looked a bit shaky with his passing and while going in for second balls. Replaced by Mohamad Rakip in the 59th minute after making one key pass.
Mandar Rao Dessai – 5.5
Ripped to shreds by Hattem Bahebri who was simply on fire. Relatively uninvolved in the game, as he went off in the 71st minute for Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, after winning his only ground duel and completing 26 of his 34 attempted passes.
Lalengmawia Ralte – 7.0
Held the ball up masterfully, as he wriggled in and out of sticky situations with expertise far beyond his years. Also had Mumbai City’s cleanest chance on goal, after he himself robbed Ahmed Sharahili of the ball and Raynier’s deflected shot fell to him.
Had another chance near the ending stages, but blasted his header wide as he finished the game with a 91% passing accuracy.
Ahmed Jahouh – 6.0
The Moroccan maestro did not get on the ball as much as he normally does, with only 52 touches to his name. Though he had a 76% pass completion accuracy, he went off for Brad Inman in the 70th minute with zero key passes made.
Lallianzuala Chhangte- 6.5
Mumbai City’s most active attacker in the final third. He completed two of his six take-ons and one of his six crosses. Ended the game having made two key passes.
Raynier Fernandes – 6.0
The otherwise composed Indian midfielder didn’t create too many chances. He got 55 touches and an 88% passing accuracy, but had only one shot on target.
Bipin Singh – 6.0
The winger’s direct running was completely ineffective against the energetic Al-Shabab midfield and defence. His back passing only made things worse for Mumbai City, as he came off for Pranjal Bhumij in the 84th minute, with one failed take-on and one blocked shot.
Igor Angulo – 5.5
Not the return that the Spaniard would have hoped for, as he frequently got overcrowded and out-muscled. Went off for the introduction of Vikram Pratap Singh, with only 12 touches on the ball.
Vikram Pratap Singh – 6.5
Mumbai City’s brightest attacker, as he looked to get involved as much as possible and had one effort blocked by the goalkeeper.
Brad Inman- 6.0
19 minutes for the midfielder resulted in him getting only 12 touches and creating one genuine chance. Could not do much apart from that.
Vignesh Dakshinamurthy – 6.5
The left-back was seen darting forward on one run and that was about it for his contribution to the game. Made two interceptions, but couldn’t stop Al-Shabab from scoring.
Pranjal Bhumij- 6.5
The young forward’s first AFC Champions League rodeo saw him pick up a yellow card in a 10-minute appearance. Got one cross into the box, but couldn’t generate anything else.
Mohamad Rakip- 6.0
Played his first game after quite some time and got only 14 touches after his introduction.