The night was a quiet affair for the visiting domestic players.
Mumbai City managed to secure three points in a dull match against NorthEast United, where both sides failed to come up with a laudable performance. However, the Islanders’ resilience and the innate ability to somehow notch three points out of such closely-contested games deserves applause, as they continue to stay afloat in the qualification process for the playoffs.
Here are the Indian player ratings from Mumbai City Vs NorthEast United:
Mumbai City FC
Amrinder Singh- 6.0
Amrinder Singh marshalled the backline to perfection, grabbing hold of potentially troubling shots and loopy deliveries very well. He had a passing accuracy of 80%, but was also favoured by the fact that the opposition’s forwards hardly ever looked to put a notable challenge in front of the custodian.
Mohammed Rafique- 6.5
Mohammed Rafique improved his performance by several notches, considering how out of position he looked playing in the same slot against Odisha FC earlier in the season. This time around, he looked much more aware of the proceedings, putting in seven tackles and making an equal number of clearances. He kept his actions extremely tidy on the defensive front for his team.
Subhasish Bose- 5.0
Subhasish carried out his usual task quite well, before picking up an injury on the brink of half-time and was substituted for the same. Otherwise, he put in a couple of blocks and interceptions each. He also produced long deliveries for Amine Chermiti to chase on frequent occasions during the course of the first half.
Rowllin Borges- 8.0
Rowllin Borges guarded the defensive line like an absolute rock, compensating with further attention and playing in a slightly deeper role given the lack of first-choice defenders on the field for Jorge Costa’s team.
He tackled eight times, made five clearances, three interceptions and a couple of blocks to make for another incredible performance.
Sourav Das- 5.5
Sourav Das was much keener to move the ball forward, playing short passes with Borges to then spray it to the wings. However, when one looks at the statistics, Das completed merely four passes during his 46 minutes on the field.
The positions that he took on the field to restrict NorthEast’s offensive moves in the middle of the park seemed to be an integral part of Mumbai’s midfield performance.
Valpuia seamlessly slotted into the centre-half’s position in Pratik Chaudhari’s absence. He made eight clearances and a couple of interceptions and blocks each. But, overall his movement and the tendency to close down spaces, meant NorthEast were left with very limited area to exploit as they moved nearer to Mumbai’s penalty box.
However, he was very lucky to escape a handball appeal that could have led to a very clear spot-kick for NEUFC early on int the game.
Bidyananda Singh- 5.5
Bidyananda managed to keep proceedings fairly simple, as he refrained from trying any ambitious passes and just moved the ball around for the sake of it for the better part of his time on the pitch. He delivered a cross and put in a successful tackle too.
Bipin Singh- 6.0
Bipin Singh put in an inspiring performance, as he showed very little sign of roughness when called upon to play in the left-back position. He put in four tackles, a clearance and an interception each and did not commit any notable error during the cagey second half.
Raynier Fernandes- N/A
Did not have enough time to make an impact.
Subhasish Roy- 4.0
Subhasish had virtually nothing to do for major portions of the game, barring the odd corner. He was rarely tested by Mumbai’s forward line. However, his attempt to save Diego Carlos’ shot that led to the Islanders’ goal could have been better.
Reagan Singh- 4.5
Reagan Singh is generally someone who is quite active on the offensive front, but Carlos’ consistent runs from the left flank ensured that Singh’s movements were restricted to his own half. He did make an adequate number of clearances, but provided for very little attacking spark.
Towards the fag end of the game, an accumulation of two yellow cards meant that Reagan was sent off and will miss the next match for his team due to suspension.
Wayne Vaz- 5.0
Wayne Vaz kept a credible check on Amine Chermiti’s movement, whenever the Tunisian tried to drift wide to receive Subhasish Bose’s long deliveries from deep on the left wing. He, however, was culpable for Mumbai’s goal too, as a block could have prevented the Brazilian’s shot from going into the back of the net.
Provat Lakra- 4.5
Lakra put in a listless performance, as his sheer ineptness in the attacking aspect meant that there were really no lateral threats for Mumbai’s somewhat feeble defensive line to deal with.
The midfielder was one of the better players for NorthEast United, as he did challenge to spark some creative moves near the 18-yard box, with his crafty footwork and the ability to take on his adversaries at will. He created two goalscoring chances and also put in five tackles. But, a lack of support from his teammates meant that his individual performance resulted in nothing significant eventually.
Ninthoinganba Meetei- 6.0
Ninthoi switched flanks on certain occasions in the first half and in many phases of play, looked eager to be on the receiving end of passes to initiate potential goalscoring movement. However, he was at times conveniently shrugged off the ball by Mumbai’s defenders, particularly Subhasish Bose, whilst the left-back was on the field.
Nikhil Kadam- 4.5
Nikhil Kadam played only 11 minutes, but was making some runs from wider areas and also put in two tackles in a bid to win back possession in the final few minutes.
Redeem Tlang- 6.5
Tlang was constantly involved in proceedings, putting in rough challenges to claw his side back into the game.