It was a dull night for the visiting domestic players.
Mumbai City FC defeated Bengaluru FC by a margin of 2-0 that included a goal each in either half from Modou Sougou and Amine Chermiti respectively. Accordingly, the Mumbai City registered their second victory over Bengaluru this season and currently sit at the fifth position, just two points shy of the fourth spot.
Here are the player ratings from Mumbai City Vs Bengaluru FC:-
Mumbai City FC
Amrinder Singh- 6
Amrinder was hardly ever brought into action during the game as Bengaluru’s forward line failed to put up a notable offensive display. Singh was alert in arranging the defenders in a stringent line and creating further obstacles by leaving lesser space to exploit for the BFC players.
Pratik Chaudhari- 6
Pratik Chaudhari, more or less, had a stable game where he kept track of Manuel Onwu whilst the latter was flirting around Mumbai’s backline. His concrete partnership with Grgic in the heart of the backline continued as he delivered another subtle performance in what is turning out to be a breakthrough season for him in the ISL.
WATCH: Match Highlights – Mumbai City 2-0 Bengaluru FC
Subhasish Bose- 6.5
Subhasish was stellar in putting in the tackles, unafraid to unleash his stiffer version on the physical front to ensure that he let nothing in from the left flank. Bose also put in a good cross in the final quarter of the game but none of the forwards managed to get at the end of it.
Sarthak Golui- 6.5
Sarthak certainly provides much better solidity to the entire defensive unit whenever he plays through the right-back slot. That was evident tonight too as he mostly contained himself to ponder around his half of the ground and rarely made inroads to the opposition’s area to put in lateral deliveries into the box.
However, he also tended to get involved in a couple of nasty altercations during the course of the game.
Rowllin Borges- 7.5
Rowllin Borges put forward yet another reminder of how vital a cog he is in Jorge Costa’s Mumbai City as the defensive midfielder stood upright as a rock in front of the defenders, ready to put in challenges whole-heartedly whenever the need arose.
He was extremely crucial in both the goals that Mumbai scored considering how accurate and well-timed his long balls from near the halfway mark were.
Sourav Das- 6
Sourav Das was included in the XI to add further steel to Mumbai’s midfield and he did that extremely well to an extent. Das combined well with Borges at the centre of the park and even wandered to the wings whenever required in order to stop the opposition’s waves of attacks.
This new look double-pivot looked to work brilliantly for Mumbai in this game and might tempt Costa to execute this formation more often.
Raynier Fernandes- 4
Raynier was drafted into the field amid immense calls and demands from the large sections of the crowd present in the game. He moved around the midfield, stitched in some passes and did the job.
Bidyananda Singh and Bipin Singh barely spent a minute or two after being brought in as substitutes, possibly just to bide out time in the fag end of the match.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu- 3.5
Gurpreet was lacklustre and misjudged his attempt to charge ahead to Modou Sougou which resulted in Mumbai’s first goal of the match. The custodian seemingly looked a bit shaken but managed to make a good save off a shot from Mohammed Larbi. But Amine Chermiti’s goal in the second half left him in the middle of nowhere.
Rahul Bheke- 4.5
Rahul Bheke switched flanks for some time in the middle of the second half but overall he appeared to be a bit lost in terms of his positioning. He was taken for a cleaner a couple of times by Diego Carlos whose inward runs from the flank were quite direct and proved to be troublesome for Bengaluru.
Bheke created a goal-scoring chance through his cross in the second half but Sunil Chhetri was way off the mark to manage a tap in.
Nishu Kumar- 3
It was a rather listless outing for Nishu Kumar as the lad did nothing of note during his 54 minutes on the field. He managed to clear the ball four times but on a day when the entire team failed to carve an impact on the field, Nishu followed suit.
Harmanjot Singh Khabra- 3
Harmanjot put in seven tackles during the game and whilst that throws light on how well involved he was during the proceedings, his sole mistake of giving away the ball way too easily for Chermiti’s second goal proved to be extremely detrimental for his side’s any slight chance of scripting a comeback in this game.
Sunil Chhetri- 5
Sunil Chhetri must have walked off extremely disappointed at the half-time mark for the ruled out goal which could have possibly levelled their terms with the Islanders. It was arguably a very harsh decision by the referee.
However, it must be brought into the context that Chhetri too lacked a supply line from the midfield during this game and hence had to drop deeper on regular intervals to initiate attacking moves rather than capitalizing on them.
Ashique Kuruniyan- 5
Ashique still looked to have the intent to create some significant phase of offensive play but he was fouled thrice whilst on the quest to do so. He put in two crosses but did not have a shot on target throughout the course of the game.
Udanta Singh- 5.5
Udanta could be said to be one of the better BFC players as he was industrious on both halves of the field, putting in three tackles, a clearance, a successful tackle and even two shots but that couple resulted in vain eventually.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh- 4.5
Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s introduction into the field triggered a change in the formation as Rahul Bheke shifted to the left-back slot. It also resulted in Khabra’s mess-up from the right-back position that led to Chermiti’s goal.
Lyngdoh completed merely eight passes in the 37 minutes that he spent on the field. He made a single tackle, block and clearance each.