ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, SC East Bengal vs Mumbai City FC: Mourtada Fall's Goal Help Mumbai Beat SCEB 1-0

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, SC East Bengal vs Mumbai City FC: Mumbai City FC survive SC East Bengal scare, beat the read-and-gold brigade by a solitary goal and regain 5-point lead over second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan.

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21:36 (IST)

League-leaders Mumbai City FC registered their ninth win of the season as they scrape past a valiant SC East Bengal courtesy Mourtada Fall's first-half goal. With this win, they regain their 5-point gap over second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan. After 12 games, MCFC have 29 points while ATKMB have 24.  ​

21:25 (IST)

FULL-TIME

SCEB 0-1 MCFC

Mumbai City FC survive SC East Bengal scare, beat the read-and-gold brigade by a solitary goal and regain 5-point lead over second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan

21:21 (IST)

90+2| Bright floats a searching ball into the box, Holloway rises but is just inches away from making the crucial contact.

21:17 (IST)

Harman Should Have Scored

87' | Holloway floats in a ball towards the far post, Harman is there and he gets his head to the ball but the header is wide from close range. He should have scored there

21:16 (IST)

85' | Scott Neville now tries his luck from the edge of the box but it is saved by Amrinder.

21:14 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

MCFC Double Change

84' \ Bipin Singh, Hugo Boumous OUT; Vikram Partap Singh , Raynier Fernandes IN

21:12 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

SCEB Change

83' | Daniel Fox out, Aaron Joshua Holloway in

21:09 (IST)

79' | Narayan Das almost scored a wondewr goal there. A through ball was played in on the left flank, Narayan Das took it and ran forward then tried to whip in a cross. At first it looked like it was going out but it curled in a bit and had Amrinder worried.

21:05 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

75' | Mumbai City FC left-back Mandar Rao Dessai is the latest player to get booked.

21:04 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

73' | Mumbai City FC talisman Hugo Boumous is booked for persistent infringements

21:02 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

MCFC Change

71' | Adam Le Fondre OUT, Bartholomew Ogbeche IN

21:01 (IST)

68' | Mourtada Fall and Bright Enobakhare go for a 50/50 ball. Fall puyts in a slide and wins the ball cleanly. The MCFC player though catches Bright in the follow up. The SCEB forward is down on the turf in pain.

20:56 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

SCEB Change

64' | Matti Steinmann OUT, Bright Enobakhare IN

20:55 (IST)

INCHES AWAY

64' | The subsequent corner is taken by Pilkington. He puts ina decent ball and Daniel Fox gets his head to it. His header is just wide as it goes past across the goal. It kissed the bar on the way out.

20:53 (IST)

63' | Rowlin Borges fouls Maghoma, SCEB win a free-kick. Narayan Das floats in a ball but Mourtada Fall heads it away for a corner.

20:51 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

MCFC Forced Change

62' | Vignesh Dakshinamurthy OUT, Mandar Rao Dessai OUT

20:50 (IST)

SCEB Chance

60' | Daniel Fox plays a through ball and it somehow manages to reach Pilkington, he receives the ball and moves inside the box, moves right and tries to hit it with power but Mourtada Fall denies him space as Amrinder dives in to make a save.

20:47 (IST)

MCFC Chance

57' | MCFC gets a corner kick. Boumous takes the responsibility and floats in a ball, however, it was cleared before it could cross the near post. The ball then fell for Jahouh, he puts in a cross from outside his boot. The ball fell for Mourtada Fall, he shoots first time but it is straight to Debjit.

20:42 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

SC East Bengal Change

53' | Milan Singh OUT, Wahengbam Luwang IN

20:40 (IST)

50' | Milan Singh looks in some discomfort there and he needs some medical attention. Milan rammed into Mourtada Fall a while ago while trying to shoot from distance.

20:36 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

Double Change for SC East Bengal

46' | Ankit Mukherjee, Surchandra Singh OUT; Rana Gharami, Mohammed Rafique

20:34 (IST)

SECOND-HALF

46' | Action resumes at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. Can SC East Bengal find that goal which keeps their unbeaten run going or will they go down to the league leaders?

20:20 (IST)

HALF-TIME

SCEB 0-1 MCFC

League-leaders Mumbai City FC find themselves ahead at the break thanks to Mourtada Fall's headed goal on the 27th minute of the match. They could have scored more but were wasteful with their chances.

20:17 (IST)

MCFC Chance

45+1" | Bipin Singh does well to get past the challenge and then he puts in a searching ball into the box, Adam Le fondre  gets his head to it but it is too weak, Debjit catches it.

20:11 (IST)

SCEB Chance

38' | Steinmann launches a vicious shot from outside the box with his right and Mourtada Fall sticks his head to it and concedes a corner. HAd he not done that it could have troubled Amrinder. The subsequent corner was easily dealt with by MCFC.

20:07 (IST)

SCEB Chance

35' | Jahouh concedes a free-kick few yards away from the box. Narayan Das steps up and floats in a ball towards the middle of the box, Pilkington gets his head to it but it is straight to Amrinder and he had no problem catching the weak header.

19:59 (IST)

GOAL

Mumbai Take the Lead

28' | Mourtada Fall heads Mumbai City FC ahead. He was unmarked in the box and he made the most of it.

19:57 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

24' | Mumbai City FC's Ahmed Jahouh is the second player to be booked tonight. He brought down Scott Neville.

19:55 (IST)

21' | Ankit Mukherjee gets the ball and looks to go past Bipin Singh however the MCFC has a nibble at SCEB full back and brings him down.

19:50 (IST)

SCEB Chance

17' | Jaques Maghoma from the left, makes some space and shoots from the edge of the box, however, his effort goes wide of the far post.

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, SC East Bengal vs Mumbai City FC: Mourtada Fall's Goal Help Mumbai Beat SCEB 1-0

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, SC East Bengal vs Mumbai City FC: League-leaders Mumbai City FC registered their ninth win of the season as they scrape past a valiant SC East Bengal courtesy Mourtada Fall's first-half goal. With this win, they regain their 5-point gap over second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan. After 12 games, MCFC have 29 points while ATKMB have 24.

The Islanders have to thanks their defensive wall Mourtada Fall and SCEB's bad luck in front of goal for their win. For the first time this season, any team beat league leaders in terms of ball possession throughout the game. The first half was evenly contested more or less, SC East Bengal dominated the second half. They looked like a different beast than the team which conceded three goals in their previous encounter. They created chances, they kept the MCFC defence on their toes and could have scored at least two goals, however, they were not clinical enough throughout the match.

This result means MCFC's unbeaten streak stretches to 11 games while SCEB's unbeaten streak ends.

SC East have started the second-half in a bright way, they are creating more chances and surprisingly are seeing more of the ball. It's not that MCFC have taken a backseat in the match, they too are creating chances and came very close to increase their lead. SC East Bengal, however, came the closest to score in the second-half so far. Earlier, it wer table-toppers Mumbai City FC has broken the deadlock on the 27th minute of the match courtesy Mourtada Fall. From a corner a ball was floated in by Cy Goddard, it was head cleared by SC East Bengal defenders but not cleanly as the ball fell for Hugo Boumous. He marked Fall inside the box unmarked and dinked in a pass. Fall made no mistake from there as he headed home past a helpless Debjit Majumder. Mumbai could have scored more, at least one more goal but Adam Le Fondre failed to hit the target from a close range. SC East Bengal, on the other hand, have failed to create chances, they did create quite a few half-chances though.

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SCEB have turned around their fortunes in remarkable fashion after losing four of the first five games they played in their maiden season and are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run.

Currently placed at the 10th position with 12 points, a couple of wins will keep SCEB's playoff hopes alive. However, that's easier said than done, considering they next face league leaders Mumbai City FC, who will present a much tougher challenge than the ones SCEB encountered in the last match.

"Mumbai are a good side and they have been doing really well," said SCEB assistant coach Renedy Singh.

"But I feel we have to consider our own style, how we've played in the last seven matches. I think the boys have worked really hard. It is a process that we have to continue. We will work on our own side while giving respect to them."

While the arrival of Bright Enobakhare has given them a trump card in attack, SCEB still have defensive issues. No team has conceded as many goals as them in the second half (13) and only one has conceded more in the last fifteen minutes of the match (5). SC East Bengal boss Robbie Fowler will, however, be buoyed by the form that his keeper Debjit Majumder has been displaying.

In Mumbai, they face a team well-equipped to take advantage of these flaws. If SCEB is prone to conceding in the second half, Sergio Lobera's side specializes in scoring in the first.

No team has netted more in the first half than the ten that Mumbai have managed. They are also now unbeaten in ten games.

Three more and Mumbai will set a league record for the longest unbeaten streak in ISL history, overtaking FC Goa's 12-game run.

"The most important thing is to win a trophy. Obviously, it is a consequence to do a lot of things well. If during the way, we have very good numbers, lots of goals, lots of clean sheets and possession of the ball, you have more possibility of winning the trophy," said Lobera.

"But if I need to refuse these records in order to win a trophy, then I will prefer to win a trophy because that is the best record of all." Lobera is not underestimating the challenge he faces on Friday.

"I think it would be a big mistake if we played tomorrow's game keeping in mind the past match against them," he said. "They are a completely different team and they have improved a lot in performance levels."

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