ISL 2020-21 Odisha FC vs Mumbai City FC HIGHLIGHTS: Mumbai City FC crush Odisha FC 6-1 on Wednesday in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 Match No.105 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa. With the win, Mumbai City FC take the battle for the ISL shield (top spot in the table in league table) to the final day when they play table-toppers ATK Mohun Bagan. It was Mumbai City FC’s biggest win of the season and it matched their 6-1 win over Kerala Blasters is ISL 2018-19. Mumbai City FC matches ISL’s biggest away win – FC Goa’s 5-0 win over Jamshedpur FC last year. Bipin Singh became the fourth Indian in the history of the ISL to score a hat-trick.
Story of the Match: Bipin Singh scores the first hat-trick of the season with Mumbai’s sixth goal. Arshdeep denies Ahmed Jahouh from the spot after Vikram Pratap Singh won the penalty. Bipin Singh scored his second and Mumbai’s fifth. Cy Goddard with a stunning finish to score his first goal in the ISL. Ogbeche heads in another Jahouh free kick for Mumbai’s third. Bipin Singh scores after Ogbeche’s shot deflected into his path. Bartholomew Ogbeche heads in Ahmed Jahouh’s free kick to equalise for Mumbai. Diego Mauricio converts the penalty won by Jerry Mawihmingthanga to give Odisha the lead. For Odisha FC, Bodo gets a start and 19-year-old Isak is on the bench once more while Onwu and Mauricio are starting together. For Mumbai City FC, Le Fondre and Ogbeche start together while Rowllin and Santana are on the bench today.
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Odisha FC and Mumbai City FC last played each other on December 6 with the Islanders registering an easy 2-0 win. Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a penalty in the 30th minute and then Rowllin Borges found the back of the net in the 45th minute to put MCFC 2-0 up. The match ended with the same scoreline with Mumbai being clinical scoring two off the three shots on target. In the entirety of the match, Odisha could get only a single shot on target.
Mumbai’s previous game saw them crash to a defeat to Jamshedpur FC and coach Sergio Lobera knows that unless the team improves, their title hopes over. “We need to improve our performance because we want to win this game,” he said. “Playing like we did in the last game, it is impossible to win the game. The focus is on ourselves and we need to improve at both ends. We conceded a lot of chances and also goals. We did not have chances to score and we need to improve there. We played the worst game of our season and hopefully this is the past now. The most important thing is our present and our future. It was a bad day in the office and sometimes this happens. The important thing is to not repeat this,” Lobera added.
Steven Dias takes charge of Odisha FC after interim manager Gerald Peyton left the club for personal reasons. The former India international revealed his plan to focus on the younger players, ahead of the clash. “We have really good young players,” he said. “I still think that we have a very balanced team. But, we have been so unfortunate. Starting off the season, Thoiba (Singh) and Saurabh (Meher) played in the central midfield but after one or two games even coach Stuart (Baxter) didn’t get much chance to put Indian players. But, they are very talented, I have seen them in the training sessions. In the future, they are going to be very good players but we didn’t get much chance to play some of the young players. I am trying my best to give a few young players chance if they can. I personally feel, in one match, you can change your career. I always tell the young players – prepare yourself and when you get the chance, prove yourself,” Dias added.