KOCHI: Bombay City F.C. continued their unbeaten streak with a 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters in a Indian Super League (SIL) game at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday.
First half goals Mehtab Singh and Jorge Diaz were enough to secure all three points for the Islanders. The Kerala Blasters have lost their third game in a row after winning the ISL opener earlier this month.
The hosts have made two changes to the side which lost in Bhubaneswar last week. Ruivah Hormipam has been replaced by Victor Mongil. Up front, Ivan Kaliuzhnyi fell to the bench as Rahul Kannoly Praveen took his place in the starting lineup.
Mumbai City made just one change to their line-up – Diaz returned to the starting XI as Alberto Noguera fell to the bench.
The Islanders took the lead after 21 minutes. The hosts failed to clear a corner as the ball bounced off a few Blasters players before coming to Mehtab Singh who crushed it into the back of the net.
Ten minutes later, poor defending by Marko Leskovic allowed Diaz to go one-on-one with the keeper. The Argentine kept his composure before scoring against his former club as the visitors doubled their advantage.
The goal came a minute after Mongil denied Lallianzuala Chhangte with a brilliant last-minute tackle.
The Mumbai City defense thwarted quite a few attempts by the Blasters. Sahal Abdul Samad’s strike from a tight angle was comfortably saved by Phurba Lachenpa before Rahul KP’s tame volley went wide in the 33rd minute.
Three minutes later, a powerful deflected free kick from Adrian Luna was parried to safety by Lachenpa.
The Kerala Blasters did better in the second half. The hosts managed to push the Islanders inside their own half as the Mumbai City defense faced a barrage of attacks from Blasters.
Dimitrios Diamantakos’ low shot was cleared away by the keeper before Jeakson Singh’s header from the resulting corner was inches wide in the 57th minute.
As the game progressed towards the final quarter, Luna’s effort from inside the box hit the post before landing at the feet of Jessel Carneiro. The full-back adjusted his foot and played the ball through the goal to Rahul KP, who headed it wide.
The Blasters pushed Mumbai City into their own half but failed to apply the finishing touch in the 18-yard box.
The win moved Mumbai City into second place in the points standings with two wins and two draws after four games in the ISL. They are a point behind leaders Odisha FC, and their next match will be at home to ATK Mohun Bagan FC on November 6.
The woes are piling up for the Blasters as they remain ninth with just one win in four games. They will make the long trip to Guwahati to face NorthEast United FC on November 5.

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