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Ratings: Apuia unsung hero as Mumbai City FC lift ISL Trophy

Published at :May 4, 2024 at 10:09 PM
Modified at :May 4, 2024 at 10:09 PM
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Uttiyo Sarkar

The Islanders completed a comeback to win 3-1

Mumbai City FC clinched the 2023-24 Indian Super League (ISL) trophy with a gritty 3-1 win over Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on May 4. The Mariners took the lead through a crisp finish from Jason Cummings in the 44th minute, but the Islanders roared back in the second half.

Jorge Pereyra Diaz scored the equalizer in the 53rd minute before Petr Kratky’s perfect substitutions worked the charm. Bipin Singh scored from close range in the 81st minute, before the other substitute Jakub Vojtus finished the game off in the 97th minute. Here are the Player Ratings for the game.

Mohun Bagan SG (by Uttiyo Sarkar)

Vishal Kaith – 4.0

Kaith didn’t have much to save at all. Passed the ball around well, but then got outwitted by Diaz for his goal. Caught an onlooker for the second and third.

Anwar Ali – 5.0

Ali was troubled by the movement of Vikram Pratap but mostly kept the threat in his side neutralized. He was outmanoeuvred at times and failed to get close enough to Diaz for his goal.

Hector Yuste – 5.5

Yuste mostly maintained a sharp and compact defensive line, coming up with key defensive actions – including three clearances and two interceptions. Lost the mark of Diaz before his strike and made a poor misplaced pass for the second.

Subhasish Bose – 7.0

The Mohun Bagan captain was arguably the most reliable defender for his team– making five possession recoveries and winning 3/4 ground duels. Tried his best to block Bipin’s strike but saw it deflected into the goal.

Deepak Tangri – 6.0

Deepak stuck to his role ahead of his defensive line – making two clearances and two interceptions. But he was too rash at times and provided no attacking threat, getting him taken off.

Manvir Singh – 4.0

Manvir had a forgettable night at the Salt Lake Stadium. Couldn’t provide any attacking threat or create chances and struggled defensively, allowing Mumbai too much room and only winning 2/11 duels.

Joni Kauko – 5.0

Kauko didn’t seem at his energetic or aggressive best, not being able to create anything and lacking his special final passes. Won a few duels but then was caught in a bad position for the second goal.

Anirudh Thapa – 5.5

The experienced midfielder was bit too overzealous with his pressing, leading to mixed results. Won back the ball nicely at times but left his midfield open on other occasions. Got in some nice attacking areas, but his final product was awry.

Liston Colaco – 6.0

Liston worked really hard on the left, trying his best to keep Chhangte quiet – but only won 4/16 duels. Created a few half-chances, but lacked his ruthlessness in the final third or set up anything special.

Dimitri Petratos – 6.0

Petratos couldn’t really tap into his big-game player reputation and his threat was consolidated. He did influence Cummings goal with his powerful long-range shot, but couldn’t really create anything big apart from that.

Jason Cummings – 7.0

Cummings was a persistent thorn with his off-the-ball and timed his run perfectly for his goal. Brilliantly took the rebound and produced a slick chip for his strike. Didn’t really get much delivery apart from that.


Sahal Abdul Samad – 5.0

Sahal failed to replicate his heroics from the semi-final and couldn’t really get into any goal-scoring area. Failed to inspire any chances and looked rusty.

Kiyan Nassiri – N/R

Nassiri couldn’t really be a super-sub in this game either, failing to set up anything proficient for his side.

Mumbai City FC (Atawaris Warsi)

Phurba Lachenpa – 3/10

Lachenpa’s mistake proved costly as he inadvertently set up Mohun Bagan‘s goal, gifting the ball to Cummings for an easy rebound. His performance lacked confidence.

Mehtab Singh – 7/10

Mehtab Singh showcased a steady performance, matching Manvir Singh stride for stride and effectively neutralising his threat mostly in the game.

Tiri – 8.5/10

Tiri delivered an outstanding performance, dominating aerial duels, making crucial interceptions, and executing timely blocks. His strength and prowess were evident throughout the match.

Thaer Krouma – 8/10

Krouma showcased versatility by actively supporting the team’s attacks while maintaining a solid defensive presence. He effectively contained Liston Colaco for the majority of the game.

Rahul Bheke – 8/10

Rahul Bheke delivered a masterclass performance, shutting down the right flank and neutralising the threat posed by Colaco. His defensive prowess and leadership were instrumental in his team’s success in the ISL final.

Apuia – 8/10

Mumbai City FC’s midfield was under tight control thanks to Apuia’s adept performance. His timely and crucial tackles disrupted Mohun Bagan’s buildup as well.

Jayesh Rane – 8.5/10

Jayesh Rane displayed immense offensive prowess, creating numerous chances with his runs, overlaps, and underlaps. His ability to take shots on target added another dimension to Mumbai City FC‘s attacking threat.

Alberto Noguera – 9/10

The Spanish player orchestrated a beautiful assist for Jorge Pereyra Diaz, levelling the score for The Islanders. His standout performance was pivotal for Mumbai City FC, although unfortunately, he had to be substituted due to an injury.

Vikram Partap Singh – 6/10

Vikram struggled against Mohun Bagan’s defence, unable to make impactful contributions. Questionable decision-making compounded his challenges.

Jorge Pereyra Diaz – 8.5/10

Jorge Pereyra Diaz netted Mumbai City FC’s sole goal and played a pivotal role until an injury forced him off the field.

Lallianzuala Chhangte – 9/10

Chhangte showcased nimble footwork, incisive runs, and impeccable ball control, emerging as a pivotal figure in Mumbai City FC’s turnaround.


Bipin Singh – 8/10

Bipin Singh, the game-changer, entered as a substitute and shifted the momentum in favour of The Islanders, securing the crucial second goal and the advantage.

Jakub Vojtuš – 7.5/10

Jakub Vojtuš seamlessly stepped into Jorge Pereyra Diaz’s role, meeting Petr Kratky’s expectations and scoring his debut goal for the team, sealing the Islanders’ third goal.

Vinit Rai – 7/10

Vinit adeptly controlled the midfield tempo, stepping in for the injured Jayesh Rane with precision and composure.

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