Mumbai City FC struck twice within the first half to beat Odisha FC 2-0 and register their third win within the Indian Super League on the GMC Stadium right here on Sunday.
A penalty from Batholomew Ogbeche (thirtieth minute) and a header from Rowllin Borges (forty fifth) gave Sergio Lobera’s males their third win in 4 video games and their first-win ever over Odisha within the league.
The win despatched them to the top of the desk. They are stage on factors with ATK Mohun Bagan however are positioned above with a greater aim distinction.
For Odisha FC, this was their third loss in 4 video games and solely point-less SC East Bengal lie under Stuart Baxter’s facet.
Mumbai predictably began the sport spraying round passes and having fun with many of the ball possession.
But it was Odisha who had the primary actual probability of the match, within the fourth minute, when Diego Mauricio’s freekick clipped the top of the crossbar. But that was about pretty much as good because it obtained for Odisha within the first half.
Mumbai’s first clear-cut alternative got here within the 18th minute when Ahmed Jahouh discovered C Goddard down the appropriate. Goddard solely had keeper Kamaljit Singh to beat however his shot went over the bar.
Twelve minutes later although, Mumbai had their aim.
Vignesh Dakshina Murthy’s tried cross from the sting of the field struck Shubham Sarangi’s hand and the referee promptly pointed to the dreaded spot.
Ogbeche stepped up and fired a low shot to the left, which a diving Kamaljit couldn’t get his fingers to. It was the third penalty Odisha had conceded this season and the second mistake that Sarangi had dedicated, which had led to a aim.
Four minutes later, Mumbai thought that they had scored once more when Mourtada Fall headed in Jahouh’s freekick on the far-post. However, the referee disallowed the aim, adjudging that there had been a foul on keeper Kamaljit.
The Odisha goalkeeper, who fell awkwardly, was substituted after a suspected concussion and reserve custodian Ravi Kumar got here on in his place.
Hugo Boumous missed an ideal probability to rating within the forty third minute, firing huge from Bipin Singh’s go. But Mumbai had their second aim a few minutes later. Bipin, once more, fired in an ideal cross into the field which Borges headed past Kumar.
Mumbai had ended the primary interval with 62 p.c of the possession and the second half noticed extra of the identical.
Odisha managed to create valuable little, save a few free-kicks and some corners. In the top, it turned out to be a cushty win for Mumbai.