Mumbai City FC ISL 2019-202-4

51′ Larbi 6′ Xisco Hernandez
                                                                                   90+5′ Bipin 21′ Aridane
41′ Jerry
73′ Aridane

Match report: Odisha FC outclass Mumbai City to clinch first win of ISL campaign

Indian Players’ Ratings: Mumbai City Vs Odisha FC Ratings: Jerry shines in maiden win

Mumbai City FC Post-Match Press Conference: Jorge Costa: We handed the game over to Odisha

Odisha FC Post-Match Press Conference: Josep Gombau: Our objective is to perform well this season


Mumbai City FC have been completely outclassed and castled here by Odisha FC as Josep Gombau would approach his fourth game in a very positive mood now. The Spaniard was insistent upon his team playing a particular brand of football irrespective of the result and the result has shown today and how! Riding on a brace from Aridane, an early goal from Xisco and then a goal in the 41st minute by Jerry meant that the away team posed too much to handle for Mumbai. Raynier’s injury during the warm-up meant that the midfield lost a lot of steel and that was evident throughout the game. Jorge Costa has a lot of thinking to do after this game.


That’s it from our side.


90+5′ GOALLLLLL!!!

Bipin Singh takes it upon himself to take the mantle for Mumbai as he absolutely barges through that left-wing and sends in a powerful low cross that Odisha’s goalkeeper fumbles upon and that leads to a consolation goal for the home team.

90′ Diego Carlos gives a mouthful to Valpuia as the latter fails to stitch the attacking play well enough. Mumbai have looked to create some noteworthy moves from the left flank but their cross was way too far and hence the forwards were unable to capitalize upon it.

88′ Nothing much in the game left for Mumbai but Chermiti’s work-rate needs to be commended tonight. Despite the shoulders being down, he has literally run all across the frontline, dropped deep to connect with Raynier and his headed effort here went a bit wide but was also one of the few convincing moments for the home side in this match.

83′ Costa had brought Rafique and had tried to given the converted right-back an earful some minutes ago. Well, the result for that is to be seen here as Vignesh Dakshinamurthy has come in as a replacement for him and the sub has directly moved to the left flank whilst Mumbai’s number 31 takes over the right-back slot.

81′ Mumbai’s backline is nowhere to be seen as Romeo Fernandes literally runs past the midfield sans any blocks or disruptions from the opposition. Fernandes takes a shot that just goes a bit wide off the post but clearly defines the entire game for Mumbai tonight!

77′ Raynier connects well with Chermiti who has put in quite a shift tonight by constantly dropping deeper into the half. Chermiti then plays an inside pass to Diego who is unable to take the play forward and this move falls apart too soon as well.

76′ Bipin comes in as a substitute for Paulo Machado. Mumbai look to be going haywire in search of goals here and that has made them very light in the midfield. Let’s see how this change turns up to be. 


Jerry at his threatening best at the right wing puts in a peach of a cross and Aridane’s movement is equally vital as he comfortably heads the ball in and Gombau relishes this moment at the touchline. The home team is in complete tatters right now!

70′ Rome gets into action straightaway as he looks to create some play near the box but that passage is aptly broken by Raynier who then releases Diego Carlos on the right flank. Carlos’ cross creates some ruckus inside the box but Dorronsoro goes down with a possible injury and the play is again stopped for a bit.

68′ Gombau looks ahead for a substitution as Nandhakumar is on his way out from the field and Romeo Fernandes takes up his spot. Odisha have been quite smart with their play in the last few minutes by denying Mumbai any sort of productive entry into their box. 

65′ Raynier and Chwemiti link up well in the inside of the right flank but a ball is then sent in from the left for Kevyn who goes down inside the box after being pushed around. He raises his hand in disgust but the play is on for both the teams as the referee doesn’t bother acting upon Kevyn’s reaction.

63′ Substitute for Odisha FC as Xisco goes out and Martin Perez Gudes is sent in as his replacement. Odisha look to add more fresh legs and defend their lead it seems. 

60′ Odisha have been very patient in their build up play with Nandha being at centre of all the action. He receives the ball for the second time in the half-space near the left flank and he plays in a powerful pass into the box though the team is unable to use that opportunity adequately.

57′ Play has stopped for a while as Mumbai demand for another spot-kick. The referee overrules the call and hand them a corner through which Odisha try to break on the counter-attack only to be tactically fouled by Raynier at the centre of the park. Fernandes is booked for the same.

54′ Paulo sprayed the ball wide for Diego whose low cross found nobody inside the box as Dorronsoro dealt with it conveniently. Chermiti and Gombau had a misunderstanding but they hash it out with a hug at the touchline.

53′ Another spot-kick call denied by referee Rowan as Jorge Costa stands surprised at the touchline. Mumbai looking to peg Odisha back as of now.


The midfielder steps up and rockets the ball into the  bottom left-corner to help Mumbai reduce the deficit to two goals now.


Kevyn has been brought down by Dorronssoro inside the box. The refereee waited to see if the ball was going into the goal before giving his decision on the same.

46′ Kick Off

The second half has kicked off and Mumbai are already on the front foot. It is difficult for the home team but can they make the chances count?

Mumbai City FC have been dominated by the visiting side to the point that they look utterly helpless and it is all due to the big hole left in midfield by the Rowlin injury. Three goals is a comfortable margin but Mumbai City’s fighting spirit, that has been hailed so often, might come to the fore as they might at least be able to level the score if not win.

45′ The free-kick is good but Odisha are quick to move the ball away from any threatening position. Mumbai again look to build the play from the back but with the absence of Rowlin they lack a vital defensive figure in the midfield and hence look bleak in that aspect of the game.

44′ Larbi links up with Raynier as they try to create a neat attacking move near the box. The referee stops play and awards Mumbai a free-kick from a promising position.

41′ GOALLLL!!!

Nandha Kumar shoots but Amrinder palms it to the top post. Jerry pounces on the opportunity to score a near post goal and triples up Odisha’s lead in the match.

39′ Chermiti is fouled for his move on Vinit Rai as the central midfielder had looked to barge in through the backline!

37′ Kevyn switches from right to the left flank and tries to move ahead to the byline but he fails to do that appropriately as the ball moves behind and Mumbai look to build the play again.


36′ Amrinder receives a yellow card for remonstrating Aridane’s foul, who is also booked for a foul on Subhashish who is being stretchered off the field. The referee quite a flak from the West Coast Brigade.

34′ Odisha FC take a corner that is palmed behind by Amrinder as it goes in vain for Josep Gombau’s team.

31′ The players take a water break and hence play pauses a bit before both the teams resume play. Meanwhile, Mumbai go in for an excellent attacking move whilst Kevyn’s shot goes a bit above the post.

28′ Costa speaks to the referee as Rowan Arumughan misses a blatant handball in the attacking third.

26′ Odisha have been knocking the door and looking for another goal with incessant attacks to Mumbai’s defence. But, Vinit Rai needs to be a bit careful at the middle of the park as he is already booked and hence committing more fouls isn’t the way to stay on the field.

24′ Larbi takes a corner whilst Kevyn’s header almost reaches the goal. He again tries to put a diagonal ball into the box but Odisha’s defenders are concentrated enough to deal with it.

21′ GOALLLL!!!!!!

In an offensive move Odisha FC manage to break open Mumbai’s backline to create an opening for Aridane who masterly pounces upon the lateral ball and doubles up the away side’s lead.

18′ Larbi takes a free-kick and sends a dipping ball into the box that Dorronsorro deals with well to an extent. The linesman calls for offside eventually though.

18′ Rafique comes up with an excellent bit of skill and races ahead only to send the ball high up into the air to reach the crowd.

15′ Mumbai’s corner is safely dealt with by Odisha’s defensive line but they manage to string a passage of play through which Diego Carlos tries an attempt but it lacks the pace to trouble the custodian.

13′ Mumbai City look to move closer to the goal at the rugby pace but they are shunted out wide and hence are unable to produce anything notable out of it.

12′ Vinit Rai stops a counter-attack through a tactical foul at the centre and is shown a yellow card for the same.

10′ Aridane hits a shot that goes for a corner through which Rana tries to shot that is deflected for another corner. Odisha mounting waves of pressure on Mumbai’s defensive line.

9′ Raynier Fernandes comes up with a brilliant piece of ball control at the middle of the park but his teammates fail to capitalize on the same.

8′ Serge provides a great ball for Amine who puts it over the post and Mumbai narrowly miss an equalizer. The team is looking to play a counter-attacking system tonight.


Xisco Hernandez goes in for a solo effort and curls the ball aptly in through his left foot to leave Amrinder with no chance to thwart the shot!

5′ Jerry glided in through Mumbai’s defensive line and cut in to deliver a slick pass into the box but he had no forward to attain and pounce upon it.

3′ Odisha FC took a corner and attempted two overhead kicks but both of them were foiled by the brilliant Mumbai City FC backline.

2′ Odisha FC come close to notching the first goal of the match but Mohammed Rafique put in his foot at the right time to push the ball above the post.


7:29 PM: Mumbai City FC have won the toss and Odisha will be kicking off the game.

7:25 PM: The teams have entered the field and taken the field for the national anthem. Both teams look intent to win the game.

7:16 PM: Confirmed changes for both the teams before kick off:

Mumbai City FC: Kevyn Serge comes in for Rowlin Borges.

Odisha FC: Vinit Rai comes in for Bikramjit Singh.

7:12 PM: The Players have retreated to the dressing room as they get ready for kick off. The fans are slowly pouring in, looks like the West Coast Brigade will create a good atmosphere for the home team today.

7:06 PM: There appears to be an injury to Rowlin Borges in the Mumbai City FC’s starting XI. A change is expected very soon.

7:02 PM: The players from both the sides are out here training, warming up as the kickoff awaits us in around half an hour now.

6:55 PM: Mumbai City would be looking to play a semi-attacking 4-3-3; while Odisha FC will be relying on Xisco as their main forward deploying a 4-4-2.

6:50 PM: Mohamed Rafique has been sloted at right-back in place of the red-carded Souvik Chakroborty. The former Indian midfielder has played a versatile role in the right-hand side of the Mumbai City setup since his signing and today Costa has entrusted him with the role of right-back.


Mumbai City FC: Amrinder (GK), Pratik, Rafique, Chermiti, Machado, Raynier, Borges, Bose, Sarthak, Diego, Larbi

Substitutes: Serge, Pranjal, Vignesh, Ravi (GK), Surchandra, Bipin, Hmighthanmawia

Odisha FC: Diagne, Bikramjit, Tebar, Aridane, Hernandez, Sanchez (GK), Sarangi, Mawihmingthanga, Narayan, Nandhakumar, Rana

Substitutes: Sajid, Bora, Guedes, Daniel, Vinit, Romeo, Arshdeep (GK)





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Mumbai City FC Vs Odisha FC Kick-Off: 7:30 PM IST

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Jorge Costa says he will play for a win against Odisha FC

“In the beginning, personally, as a coach I said I have quality, I have 25 players and again I will say, I trust all of them. l have the quality to play and tomorrow they will all fight for the three points,” Costa said.

He then humbly highlighted his mistakes in the past year and laid out his agenda for the season ahead saying, “It is now easy to speak, but before the first game, I said that last year I made some mistakes. The reality of this league was not the reality that I knew. But, of course, after one year, I try to avoid the same mistakes that I did last season.”

“Last season we finished in the top four, this season we have to focus again to get in the top four.”

Josep Gombau feels it is going to be a very good game against Mumbai City FC

“I think tomorrow is going to be a very good game. They will start their campaign at home and we have to start to get results because the team is playing good,” he said.