Indian Player Ratings: Seityasen Singh and Nandha Kumar sink Mumbai ship in style
Written by: Shivam Tiwari
The Islanders shipped five goals in an embarrassing defeat.
Mumbai City saw their hopes of getting into the playoffs of the Indian Super League extinguished as they were humiliated 5-1 by high-flying Delhi Dynamos on Tuesday. Nandhakumar Sekar opened the scoring for the capital city before Everton Santos evened things between the two teams. It was then a flurry of goals from the hosts in the latter part of the second half as Matias Mirabaje, Manuel Arana, Kalu Uche and Lallianzuala Chhangte got their names on the scoresheet.
Khel Now takes a look at how the Indian players performed in the high-scoring encounter.
Pritam Kotal- 7.0
The Indian national team full-back had a strong defensively disciplined outing against the Islanders. Pritam played the complete 90 minutes of the game and didn't set a foot wrong making sure that none of the Mumbai wingers enjoyed any space down his flank. The right-back made four clearances and blocked four shots.
Mohammad Dhot- 7.5
The centre-back was a wall in front of the Delhi goal and didn't let any of Achille Emana's passes reach where they were ought to. Some key interceptions didn't let the Mumbai forwards work in tandem and hence set the tone for his team to make merry from the chances they got through counter-attacks. Dhot intercepted three key passes and made seven clearances.
Pratik Chowdhary- 6.0
Pratik's game wasn't bad if one sees the stats. But, on the pitch he was very poor while tackling at times. Pratik's biggest contribution to the game was the last-ditch clearance from the goal-line that ensured Delhi held their lead till the end of the first half. Pratik made eight clearances in his 70-odd minute stay on the pitch.
Seityasen Singh- 8.5
Seityasen Singh's two assists powered game - Match Highlights
Singh turned out to be the worst nightmare Mumbai could think of as he was brilliant throughout the 95 minutes of his stay on the pitch. Seityasen assisted Nandhakumaran for his side's opener before assisting another later in the second half. He created five chances and was the main threat to Mumbai along with Mirabaje.
Nandhakumar Sekar- 7.5
Nandhakumar scored his side's opener and thus opened the floodgates for the capital club making sure they avenge their loss in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Nandhakumar opened the scoring for his team
Apart from scoring the goal, which he created by providing a through-ball for Seityasen, Nandhakumar created two more chances before getting substituted in the 67th minute.
David Ngaihte- 6.0
In a game where there was so much to offer in the offensive department, Nghaite did little to trouble the Mumbai City defence and thus cut a sorry figure on the pitch. With his fellow Indian attacking players stepping up, Nghaite should have done better to help his team. He created only one chance before getting substituted in the 54th minute.
Arnab Das Sharma- 6.0
Arnab Das was brought on in the game in place of Kalu Uche into the playing XI, a move that paid off nicely for the team from Delhi. Arnab was rock-solid saving the only two shots he faced on target.
Leo Costa with a stinger that was kept out by Arnab!
Chhangte calmly rounded the keeper and finished with ease!
Except for scoring the final goal in the dying minutes of the game, Chhangte couldn't manage anything else to show from the 40-odd minutes he got on the pitch. That said, he worked tirelessly running up and down the pitch making sure his team gets through the game.
Amrinder Singh- 4.0
Chhangte took it first time and drew this fantastic save from Amrinder!
A disastrous outing for the former Bengaluru FC goalkeeper as he couldn't help his team from getting humbled in the all-important fixture. A day he wouldn't want to remember.
Raju Gaikwad- 5.5/10
Raju played as a centre-back in the Mumbai backline that kept on transitioning from three-man one to a four-man one and vice-versa. He wasn't seen much in the game when Mumbai attacked or defended. When a team concedes five, every defender is guilty of not doing his part and so is Raju.
Sanju Pradhan- 5.5
Sanju plays as a wing-back who spends a lot of time in the centre of the midfield. In the game against Delhi, he did spend his time in the centre of the park, but couldn't pull strings for the Islanders as the away team struggled to keep possession of the ball in the first half.
Sehnaj Singh- 6/10
It came as a big surprise to many that the red card shown to the Mumbai player was not to Sehnaj but to Sahil Tavora as Sehnaj is the one who usually does all the dirty work for his team. He committed two fouls and made three tackles.
Sahil Tavora- 5.5
The Mumbai wing-back almost scored a goal in the first half when Pratik, the other guy to be sent off in the game, cleared from the goal-line. In the 80th minute, Sahil fouled Manuel Arana in the box and got himself a red card.
Travora was denied by a determined Pratik just near the goal-line
Balwant Singh- 6.5
Balwant Singh worked hard throughout the 90 minutes, though in vain, as Mumbai went all-out to attack Delhi. He created the only goal scored by Mumbai when he shot on target, thus giving Everton a chance to score from the return ball. Balwant had four shots on target.
Davinder Singh- NA
Davinder didn't get enough time on the pitch to be rated.
Pranjal Bhumij- NA
Pranjal didn't get enough time on the pitch to be rated.
Published: Wed Feb 28, 2018 02:52 PM IST