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ISL 2021-22 LIVE Mumbai City FC vs SC East Bengal: Match goalless at the start of the second-half


Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of this evening’s Bengaluru FC vs Odisha FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa.

46′ Shot- Great start to the second half for SC East Bengal. Naorem cuts in to his left and shoots at goal. The shot however, lacked ;power.

Second-half underway!

It was a meek first-half performance by defending champion Mumbai City in the first half. SC East Bengal showed no signs of being the bottom-placed team as it created quite a few chances only to be let down by the lack of finishing.

SC East Bengal claimed a penalty when Mourtada Fall brought down Semboi Haokip in the 26th minute, but the referee waved the protests away.

Stay tuned! Live second-half action coming up!

Half-time (Mumbai City FC 0-0 SC East Bengal)

45+1′ Angulo tries to muscle his way past Prce but the centre-back stands strong and wins a foul for his team.

Two added minutes!

44′ Shot- Fran Sota shoots from distance but cannot keep it on target.

43′ Angulo tries to create a favourable angle to get his shot away from outside the box but he is ultimately crowded out and loses possession.

41′ Naorem cuts in and shoots with his favourite left-foot. It takes a deflection off Fall and goes out for a corner.

39′ Hnamte plays a delightful ball to Naorem, who had taken a run inside the box. However, Naorem’s first touch lets him down as he takes the ball wide and it ultimately goes out for a goalkick.

37′ It is a wasted opportunity by Chhangte as his shot from the freekick is nowhere the target. It is a goalkick to SCEB.

36′ The referee blows his whistle for offside, so it would not have mattered even if Inman scored from his shot.

35′ Inman’s shot takes a wicked deflection and could have gone anywhere. Thankfully, it goes wide as SCEB breathes a sigh of relief.

34′ Mumbai has not been able to play its possession-based game. SC East Bengal has been energetic with its play. Only the quality inside the final third is lacking.

Match resumes!

Drinks break!

26′ Penalty shout- Haokip goes down inside the box as Mahesh plays a brilliant through ball. But Haokip could not get his shot away as Fall snatches the ball from him. The SCEB players want a penalty but the referee waves away the protests.

24′ Stat- Mumbai City FC is the only team against which, SC East Bengal has not scored a goal in the ISL.

22′ Mourtada Fall gets a header away from Rahul Bheke’s long throw, but Sankar Roy is there to gather the ball.

19′ Cassio delivers a good ball inside the SCEB box from a Mumbai freekick, but Prce stands strong and clears the ball with a strong header.

14′ Chhangte swings in a good cross from the left but Sankar is alert enough to anticipate the flight of the ball and collect it before it could reach Angulo.

12′ Cassio floats a searching ball inside the SCEB box but SCEB keeper Sankar Roy collects it without fuss.

8′ Save- Hnamte makes space for himself and gets a header away. It is not the best of headers but it forces a save from Nawaz.

8′ It is Naorem with a shot again but this time, it takes a deflection and goes out out for a corner.

7′ A good start by SCEB. It is efficient pressing by the Red and Gold Brigade as the Mumbai players are not getting enough time on the ball.

3′ Save- Good build-up play by SCEB. Mahesh shoots at goal but it is straight at the keeper. Nawaz makes the save.

1′ Early freekick for SCEB as Chhangte brings down Naorem.

1′ Kick-off!

7:30 pm: And we are underway!

7:15 pm: What are the coaches saying?

Des Buckingham on the upcoming match: “Going into this one, we know there are four games left, but then again, it’s important that East Bengal, regardless of where they are on the table right now, have a different way of working with a new coach. They will be a tough team, but we must only focus on this game, and we know how important it is for us in the club to set us up for the last three games.”

Mario Rivera on his team’s approach: “If we play for a draw, we can stop them, but we will try to win. If you want to win, you have to take some risks and it’s more difficult for a draw. I think SCEB always has to play for a win. We have to respect the history of the team. We will take risks and if we have a little luck we can do it.”

6:50 pm: STAT!

Bipin Singh’s milestone: Bipin needs to score just two goals to equal Modou Sougou’s record of most goals for Mumbai City FC. The Senegalese striker holds the all-time record for the Islanders, with 12 goals.

6:35 pm: Starting lineups are out!

Mumbai City FC: Nawaz(GK); Fall(C), Bheke, Vignesh, Mehtab; Apuia, Inman, Chhangte, Cassio; Bipin, Angulo.

Subs: Phurba(GK); Amey, Hmingthanmawia, Mandar; Raynier, Vinit; Vikram, Gurkirat, Mauricio.

Coach: Des Buckingham.

SC East Bengal: Sankar(GK); Raju, Joyner, Franjo; Jairu, Sota, Sourav, Hnamte, Rafique(C); Naorem, Perosevic.

Subs: Suvam(GK); Adil; Sidoel, Jackichand; Luwang, Songpu; Haokip, Paswan.

Coach: Mario Rivera. 

6:18 pm: Highlights of when both teams met earlier in the season!


 

6:00 pm: Our predicted XI for today’s match!

Mumbai City FC Predicted XI: Mohamad Nawaz (GK), Rahul Bheke, Mehtab Singh, Mourtada Fall (C), Mandar Dessai, Cassio Gabriel, Ahmed Jahouh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Igor Angulo, Lalengmawia.

SC East Bengal Predicted XI: Sankar Roy (GK), Joyner Lourenco, Hira Mondal, Huidrom Singh, Franjo Prce, Mohammad Rafique (C), Lalrinliana Hnamte, Fran Sota, Amarjit Kiyam, Rahul Paswan, Antonio Perosevic.

5:47 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD

In the three head-to-head matches played between these two teams, Mumbai City FC have won twice and the other match ended in a goalless draw.

MATCH PREVIEW

Defending champion Mumbai City FC will be seeking to revive its play-off aspirations when it meets bottom-placed SC East Bengal in an ISL-8 fixture at Fatorda on Tuesday.

Having lost the previous outing against Jamshedpur FC, a win will be high on the agenda for Mumbai City as it meets a side that is low on confidence at the moment.

Mumbai City is placed fifth in the points table with 25 points from 16, and a win will see it entering the play-off zone, nudging out Kerala Blasters, which currently occupies the fourth spot (on 27 points).

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The champion’s performance has been inconsistent, which was evident in the way it remained winless in seven matches before recovering with successive wins following the 13th round.

The loss against Jamshedpur in the 16th round came as a big dampener for the side. With four more matches to go, Mumbai City coach Des Buckingham hoped his side regains the winning form and returns to the title contest.

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“We are clear what we want as a group and until that’s not possible we want to approach this game in an upbeat manner which will set us up for the final three games in the best position at the end of the season,” Buckingham said.

SC East Bengal, on 10 points from 17 matches, has dropped out of the title race long back and will be playing for pride. The red-and-gold brigade has won just one game so far but could have had more success if it had not dropped points from winning positions in the seven draws it has to its name.

“The ISL is a very competitive league, where there’s not much of a difference between the teams in the top half and bottom half. Any team can beat any team on their day,” East Bengal coach Mario Rivera said.

Where can you watch the match?

The Mumbai City FC vs SC East Bengal  match will start at 7:30pm and will be telecast live on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be live streamed in the OTT Platform, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.



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