Mumbai: Bombay City F.C. picked up a 2-0 win over Odisha FC in a hotly contested case Indian Super League here Saturday.
An own goal from Shubam Sarangi and a strike from Bipin Singh in the 94th minute were enough to secure the three points for the Islanders.
In a lackluster first half, neither team posed a threat in the opposition penalty area. Both defenses were alert to mop up stray balls, but it was the players’ inability to find the assist as well as a failure to apply the finishing touch that kept the game scoreless halfway through.
On the left flank, Bipin Singh worried the Odisha FC defense early in the game. In the sixth minute, Bipin’s low cross went across the face of goal as neither Mumbai City attacker could exploit it.
Sahil Panwar swung a threatening ball towards the far post from a corner in the 14th minute before being cleared by Phurba Lachenpa.
The first shot on target came seven minutes from halftime when Nandhakumar Sekar cut from the left flank and fired a tame effort towards goal. He was comfortably picked up by the caretaker.
In the 44th minute, Diego Mauricio came to life as he sprinted past two Mumbai City players before being fired upon. The Brazilian’s effort was off target.
Five minutes into the second half, the deadlock was broken as the Islanders took the lead with an own goal.
Lallianzuala Chhangte was found on the right flank by Ahmed Jahouh. Chhangte fired a shot on target after a quick exchange with Greg Stewart. Amrinder Singh saved the effort with his foot but the ball hit defender Shubham Sarangi and rolled into the goal.
As the hour mark approached, Mauricio found space in the Islander’s penalty area to take a shot. The fierce strike was saved by Lachenpa. In the 72nd minute, Mauricio descended into the area, under pressure from Stewart. Calls for a penalty were in vain as the referee only awarded a goal kick.
In the 82nd minute, Amrinder denied Stewart with an exceptional save. The Scottish striker received the ball from the left flank and fired a low shot on goal. Amrinder’s quick reflexes were enough to keep the ball out.
In the final action of the match, Mumbai City FC probed towards a scattered Odisha defence. Stewart passed the ball selflessly to Bipin who smashed the ball past Amrinder to score his 15th league goal for the club with the game’s final kick.

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