The draw means both teams are yet to taste victory after their respective opening successes this season.
Mumbai City-Kerala Blasters was a crucial game for both teams. In the event, Thursday night’s game between Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters, despite being of high intensity, was brought to a very unimpressive end. Regular halts due to fouls and tackles, meant that there was hardly any passage of uninterrupted play in the final few minutes.
However, two goals within a span of two minutes in the final quarter of the game saw both sides share the spoils. It certainly wasn’t the result either side would have wanted and the frustration was visible towards the business end of the game.
Mumbai City FC
Amrinder Singh- 7.0
Although, Amrinder faced a slow game in his 50th club appearance, he didn’t slack off. However, he disappointed when he conceded the goal in the second half. In the earlier half, his reflexes were on point, as he was tested by a bicycle-kick from Raphael Messi Bouli, which was saved by the Islanders’ custodian.
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Amrinder mustered three saves and made one clearances that helped his team clinch one point from the match.
Rowllin Borges- 6.5
Judging by his standards, Rowlin under-performed on the night against Kerala Blasters, but put in a spirited display nonetheless. His presence in the middle of the park was pivotal for Mumbai, who often look incomplete without him.
Rowllin made 40 passes with 70% accuracy and came close to scoring once.
Sarthak Golui- 7.0
Sarthak got to play in his natural position and did not disappoint one bit. The youngster provided good cover on the overlap for Modou Sougou and was able to neutralize Seityasen Singh, Prasanth and Jessel Carneiro.
Golui also made five tackles, proving that he is a better option than Souvik Chakrabarti in the left-back position.
Subhasish Bose- 6.0
Bose has become a shadow of his past self and although, he delivered consistently as a defender, he failed to provide much moving forward. His form seems to have gone down, which is bad news for both his club and country, who have relied heavily on the defender’s prowess in recent years.
Pratik Chaudhari- 6.5
Pratik did well with his new partner, Mato Grgic, who played a leadership role, while Chaudhari was an able lieutenant. He was sharp in the role and did his job well. But, nothing exceptional came from his performance.
Raynier Fernandes- 6.5
Raynier struggled alone in the middle of the park for some time. However, he was sharp while playing the #10 role. Fernandes made sure the opposition were harried and did his job well. He was substituted in the second half to add width to the midfield.
Bipin Singh- 6.0
Bipin came in for Raynier and made an immediate impact in the wide areas. His presence ensured a higher volume of crosses, which helped the Islanders upfront.
TP Rehenesh- 6.0
Rehenesh could do little to avoid the only goal he conceded. But, ensured that the Kerala defence didn’t have much else to worry about, in spite of heavy pressure from the Mumbai attack.
The Kerala Blasters keeper’s alertness was tested often on Thursday evening and his forward sweeping style of play was questioned multiple times. However, Rehenesh was able to stand his ground and ensure a draw for his team. He made four saves.
Mohammad Rakip- 8.0
Rakip was deployed in the right-back position against Mumbai City on Thursday night. He was fantastic on the ball and won tackles that put his team in a comfortable position on the right-side of the pitch.
Raju Gaikwad- 6.0
An assured display, but not a great one from Raju. He looks like a player who has neither improved nor regressed since the days he played for Mumbai. He put in his share of work and maintained composure throughout the game.
Seityasen Singh- 5.0
He ran with energy, but that is all one can say about Singh’s game on the night. He was sharp, but was lacking in certain areas. Seityasen had an average night against Mumbai City, which did not help his side’s cause.
Jessel Carneiro- 7.0
Carneiro has come a long way since his debut and was a strong performer for Kerala Blasters against Mumbai City on Thursday night. He made good runs as well as blocks (3) and interceptions (3) and made eight crosses, which turned out to be integral to the Blasters’ attack.
Prasanth Karuthedathkuni- 5.5
Prasanth had one of those nights, with only two crosses to his name. He generally puts in a lot of hard work, however, could not produce a moment of brilliance which could have changed the course of the game.
Jeakson Singh- 5.5
The highly rated Indian midfielder had a slow game and although, he was given the Emerging Player award on the night, his performance wasn’t as impressive as that might suggest.
Sahal Abdul Samad- 5.5
Sahal only completed 10 passes against Mumbai, which is one of the reasons he was substituted so early. He hardly made any impressive runs and got lost in midfield way too often.
Samuel Lalmuanpuia- N/A
Made very little of an impression on the game after he came on. Could have done more.