INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Bengaluru FC hold Mumbai FC at Home match 1-1.
07.04.2015 : BENGALURU FC -- 1-1
MFC : Rahul Bhike 67'
BEN : Ralte, Rino, Osano, Jonson, Keegan, Shankar, Lyndoh, Walkar, Rooney, Sunil, Udanta.
MFC : Ghosh, Pereira, Wali, Coutinho, Dias, Rane, Bheke, Josimaar, Kuttymani, Ashutosh, Rafi.
MFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai FC, were a completely rejuvenated side when they took on fancied Bengaluru FC in a 15th round I-League match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru on Tuesday evening. The Mumbai outfit who had suffered a demoralising 6-0 defeat to Shillong Lajong in the previous round last week, showed that they are made of stronger stuff as they produced a resilient display to play out a creditable 1-1 draw.
The Khalid Jamil coached club certainly seemed to have pulled up their socks and got their act together as they defended resolutely against the home side. Having kept the rival attackers in check, Mumbai against the run of play snatched the lead through Rahul Bheke's header in the 67th minute and almost returned back with the full three points in the bag. However, they were unlucky to concede a late goal when Bengaluru's substitute striker Robin Singh scored in the 88th minute which forced the Mumbai team to share the spoils and two points.
Coach Jamil who had accepted responsibility for the earlier defeat, did well to motivate his boys and bring the best out of them. Also faced with many injury worries, Jamil was forced to tweak his starting line-up and included five new faces for this match. Goalkeeper Nidhinlal A.C., made way for Sanjib Ghosh while Dane Pereira, who wore the captain's armband, John Coutinho, Allan Dias and Jayesh Rane started in the playing 11.
The Mumbai players perfectly executed the plans of their coach as they played with plenty of grit and gumption to soak in the early pressure as Bengaluru attack spearheaded by skipper Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Sean Rooney along with the midfielders Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Rino Anto tried to break down the Mumbai defence which, however, stood rock solid.
Mumbai snatched the lead from a well-executed set-piece in the 67th minute. Following a corner kick, midfielder John Coutinho with a brilliant swerving shot sent the ball into the Bengaluru penalty area and teammate Rahul Bheke showed great timing as he reached the end of the flighted ball and firmly headed home past the rival defenders and goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte, nicknamed Mawia, to bring cheer to the Mumbai camp.
With time ticking away and Mumbai heading for a win, Robin Singh dashed Mumbai's hopes slotting home from close the equaliser. Following Joshua Walker's flag-kick John Johnson directed the ball towards Robin who coolly tapped in much to the dismay of the visitors.
However, almost immediately Bengaluru's saviour Robin was red carded for elbowing defender Chika Wali in front of the referee. Mumbai continued to stay in seventh position with 13points from 12 outings (3 wins, 4 draws) while champions Bengaluru from 13 games are on 22 points and remain in second position behind leaders Mohun Bagan by two points.
FT : Bengaluru FC hold Mumbai FC 1-1.
90': RED CARD to BFC scorer Robin singh.
88': 1-1 : Robin singh equalized the score line.
78': CHANGE : SALGAOCAR : Colaco in and Bikash Jairu out.
75': SCORE LINE BENGALURU FC 0-1 MUMBAI FC
73': CHANGE: BFC : Robin Singh for Udanta and Haokip for Lyndoh.
67': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Mumbai FC scored goal through Rahul Bhike off a corner. Coutinho's corner and Rahul's header beat Ralte.
53': Chance missed by Rooney.
50': No score.
47': YELLOW CARD to Rooney of Bengaluru.
46': Starts of 2nd Half.
HT : 0-0
40': SCORE LINE is 0-0.
32': Free kick for Bengaluru, Rooney's Free kick cleared.
20': Rooney's header from Rino's cross missed the target of Bengaluru.
15': Bengaluru got 3 free kicks back to back but no impact.
10': SCORE LINE is 0-0.
1': Match starts.
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC renew hostilities with Mumbai FC when the two teams clash at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday. Three draws in as many meetings will also throw another chance for either teams to break the hoodoo as Bengaluru look to keep the pressure on leaders Mohun Bagan who they trail by three points. "Every game we are playing at the minute, we are trying to win. This will be no different. Mohun Bagan haven't lost yet but as I've said, we can't really rely on other teams beating them. We have to rely on ourselves. We have 8 games left and if we win them all I'm sure we will be there or thereabouts," said Ashley Westwood on the eve of the game.
Mumbai FC are coming on the back of a heavy 6-0 loss to Shillong Lajong in Mumbai but Westwood chose to tread with caution. "We haven't seen the game but 6-0 is a damaging score line. It may just have been a blip. They've been consistent in the I-League so far. They work for set pieces, have a long throw and are fairly direct so we're not really looking at their last result. Instead, we'll see what they are bringing in and will figure what we are in for," he said.
Bengaluru were involved in a crazy game themselves last week when a see-saw encounter at home with Royal Wahingdoh ended 3-3 and Westwood feels Tuesday's game will be another open encounter. "Mumbai FC are hard to beat and hard to break down. They are in a position where they need to win and a draw won't do them any good. So, hopefully they will go for the win and it will be an open game.". However, his opposite number in Khalid Jamil suggested his team would be happy to take back a point. "I always tell the team that we have to win every game but tomorrow's game is different. Even if we take one point from it, that is enough. The important thing is to forget last week's result and treat this as a fresh start. Once the game begins and the confidence builds, we will see where it takes us," said Jamil.
The same fixture at Mumbai's Cooperage Stadium ended 1-1 when Eugeneson Lyngdoh's brilliant strike was evened out by Josimar's header. While all three games Bengaluru and Mumbai have been involved in have ended in draws, the action has been anything but dull. If the battles on field have been intriguing, the action on the touchline and in the stands have never been short of animation. Despite a hectic fixture list that will see the Blues play their third game in a week, Westwood has no injury concerns which is a testament to the fitness regimen the boys have been put through all season. Meanwhile, Mumbai FC winger Jayesh Rane has recovered from an injury to make the squad. The game kicks off at 7 pm.
07.04.2015 : BENGALURU FC -- 1-1-- MUMBAI FC (FT)