Football ISL: Mumbai overpower spirited East Bengal 1-0
Another exemplary performance by Amrinder Singh sealed a clean sheet and hard fought win for Mumbai City FC over East Bengal in the Indian Super League at Vasco da Gama, Goa on January 22, 2021.ISL

Football ISL: Mumbai overpower spirited East Bengal 1-0

Vasco da Gama, January 22, 2021

Mumbai City overcame a tough challenge from East Bengal to sneak in a 1-0 win in the Hero Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here on Friday.

With this win, the Islanders stretched their incredible unbeaten run to 11 games now.

It was a match of contrasting halves. Mumbai spurned a number of chances in the first 45 minutes but managed to take the lead through Mourtada Fall (27').

A rejuvenated EB pulled out all stops in their search for an equaliser in the second half, but frustratingly could not manage one.

Mumbai had a chance as early as the third minute when Adam Le Fondre found himself in a position to shoot after receiving the ball from Cy Goddard but his attempt was wide of the post. They should have taken the lead in the 14th minute when Goddard again turned supplier to Hugo Boumous courtesy of some sloppy keeping by Debjit Majumder. But the Frenchman blazed his shot over the bar.

EB were beginning to fashion chances of their own — Jacques Maghoma had an attempt go just wide — but their enthusiasm was dampened when Mumbai finally broke through in the 27th minute. Goddard, again, put in a good delivery into the box which was well defended by EB.

However, Boumous once again put the ball into the box and this time, he was able to find an unmarked Fall, who made no mistake.

Mumbai found another chance to score as the first half drew to a close. A cross found Le Fondre unmarked inside the box. The Englishman had a free header but was unable to get it on target.

Fall had the chance to get his second soon after the restart but failed to make the most of it. A chip from Ahmed Jahouh saw him with a clear shot on goal, but his attempt was straight into Majumder's hands.

EB coach Robbie Fowler threw in Bright Enobakhare around the hour-mark and his presence immediately invigorated their attack. EB went close to getting the equaliser in the 64th minute when Daniel Fox headed inches wide from a corner.

Fowler's team piled on the pressure in the final quarter of the game and there were times when Mumbai struggled to get the ball out of their own half.

EB froze possession creating chances every minute but Mumbai keeper Amrinder Singh stood firm, ably assisted by a backline.

Perhaps, the best chance for the Kolkata side came with just minutes left on the clock when substitute Aaron Joshua Holloway floated in a beautiful cross to find Harmanpreet Singh at the far post. The forward was unmarked and should have netted but his header went narrowly over. EB pushed till the final minute, but the equaliser was never to come.

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