Sunday, June 4, 2023

Mumbai City return to winning ways against Kerala Blasters

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Mumbai City bounce back to winning ways as goals from Adam le Fondre and Bipin Singh saw them come out on top against Kerala Blasters.

The Islanders started the match on the front foot and registered two goals within the opening 10 minutes as Rayneir Fernandes’s shot flew over the crossbar and Hugo Boumous’s effort was saved by Albino.

Mumbai City FC’s top scorer Adam le Fondre had the chance to open the scoring in the 11th minute but his finish at the end of if was out of character cause normally finds the back of the net from there.

Kerala Blasters did not hesitate either as Bakary Kone was the first player from the home side who created a chance but his header went up in the 13th minute. Adam le Fondre had another chance to make up for his poor finishing earlier in the game but yet again his execution was disappointing.

Kerala Blasters on the other end created a few chances as Rahul KP could have broken the deadlock but only if his shot had more power. Jordan Murray’s effort was tipped behind by Amrinder for a corner.

The resulting corner saw Sahal Abdul Samad deliver a great ball in the box and standing at the end of it was Vicente Gomez who made no mistake and got his side in front. Kerala Blasters were now on driving seat as they pushed for a second goal but Amrinder came at rescue on every occasion and Southerners took their lead into the break after a few chances for the both the sides.

Just a few moments into the second half and Cy Goddard’s shot took a deflection and Bipin Singh was at the end of it who made no mistake and slotting in home. Kerala Blasters missed another chance to take the lead in 50th when Jordan Murray’s shot was wel handled by Amrinder.

Gomez was looking for his second of the match but a matter of inches stood out between him and his second goal as his shot went off target. Rahul KP’s header was saved by Amrinder and he was called into action again from the resulting corner and he stood tall.

A soft penalty was given away to the islanders when Costa Nhamoinesu brought down Adam le Fondre and the resulting spot kick saw Mumbai City FC dominate the scoreline that read 1-2.

Kerala Blasters kept on pushing themselves for a late equaliser but it never came and handed them a second consecutive defeat.

Hero of the Match – Amrinder Singh

The Indian shot stopper was undoubtedly the most deserving player to receive the Hero of the match awards due to his heroics at the back. He made 9 saves, 2 clearances and six punch outs.

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