ISL: Santana stars in the victory of Odisha 4-2
MUMBAI: Mumbai City FC coach Jorge Costa He was worried that the injuries of key players meant he had to line up with a totally Indian lineup. His nightmare came true after nine minutes of Mumbai's first home game of the Indian Super League season against Odisha FC at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Thursday.
The first game was as easy as it could be. After receiving the ball on the left flank, Odisha's dangerous striker, Xisco Hernández, ran down the right flank. Although Mumbai Pratik Chaudhary and Subhashish Bose's defenders were marking him, they were too slow. Hernandez, intervened and unleashed a powerful left-hander to open the scoring. It was an essay of what would come as Odisha, riding in a Aridane Santana Brace hit Mumbai 4-2 to give the hosts their first loss of the season.
Odisha had lost his first two games, but they showed no nerves in the field. Although Mumbai started better, Odisha soon dictated terms from the center of the field.
After Hernandez's first game, Santana doubled the lead thanks to excellent work on the right flank by tiny Jerry Mawhmingthanga. After receiving a direct pass from defender Shubham Sarangi, Jerry used his rhythm to beat Bose de Mumbai at ease, before squaring for Santana, who was waiting in the middle. The great strikers do not need second chances and the 6-foot-3-inch Spaniard made no mistake, beating the goalkeeper Amrinder Singh .
Mumbai had a great opportunity to recover one in the 32nd minute when Kevyn Angoue found himself open in the box after a delicious pass. Paulo Machado . Angoue had all the time in the world, but Gabon's midfielder dodged his shot to the dismay of local fans.
After that, Mumbai was everywhere. They couldn't chain even five passes together. However, visitors kept pressing, trying to jump on every mistake.
They put the result beyond doubt in the 41st minute with Jerry on the scoreboard after Amrinder tried to avoid a shot by Nandhakumar Sekar.
Mumbai started with promise in the second half and managed to roll back a goal in the 51st minute when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Kevyn. Mohamed Larbi He stepped forward to shoot and hit him in the middle, hitting the diving goalie.
If Mumbai had a hint of hope, Santana crushed her with a burning header in the 73rd minute, finding a Jerry cross stitch. The hosts got a consolation goal in the 90th minute when Bipin Singh He tried to cross from the left flank.
Odisha's goalkeeper, Francisco Dorronsoro, who did a stellar job until then, made a mess in the collection, groping to see that the ball ended at the bottom of his net.