Mumbai City FC put on a disciplined display to end Bengaluru FC´s 11-match unbeaten record in Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19. A solitary goal by Paulo Machado in the first-half proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Mumbai Football Arena on the night.
The result also helped the Islanders dislodge Bengaluru from the summit of the Hero ISL table and claim the spot for themselves. Both teams have 27 points, but Mumbai occupy the top position by virtue of goals scored. The Blues, however, have a match in hand.
The match began with a high tempo, with both teams trying to take control of the match early on. While Bengaluru tried to construct intricate moves with quick short passes in the midfield, Mumbai´ s plan of attack involved a more direct route with Paulo Machado trying to play in Modou Sougou or Arnold Issoko behind the Blues´ backline with long passes every opportunity he got.
The first big chance of the match fell the away team´ s way just after the 15-minute mark. Rahul Bheke found Xisco Hernandez´ s late run inside the box with a lovely cross. The Spaniard scuffed his volleyed effort onto the ground but the shot was still heading towards the goal. Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh managed to tip the ball over the crossbar to deal with the danger.
Full-time: Mumbai City 1-0 Bengaluru FC
90: Substitution Rafael Bastos OFF Th. Bipin Singh IN
83: Substitution Harmanjot Singh Khabra OFF Edmund Lalrindika IN
73: Substitution Udanta Kumam Singh OFF Boithang Haokip IN
71: Substitution Raynier Fernandes OFF Mohammed Rafique IN
66: Substitution Pape Amodou Sougou Claudio Matías OFF Mirabaje Correa IN
64: Substitution Francisco Hernández Marcos OFF Chencho Gyeltshen IN