Chennaiyin FC keep the scorers untroubled as Mumbai City beat them at home.

Football November 3, 2018
Mumbai City make it over the line while the defending champions hit rock bottom of the leaderboard. Credits: Star Sports

Chennaiyin FC keep the scorers untroubled as Mumbai City beat them at home.

Wooden Spooners Chennaiyin continued their miserable form in the Indian Super League as they were beaten at home by Mumbai City FC.  Senegalese striker Moudou Sougou’s solitary goal was enough for Jorge Costa’s men to bag all three points from an important away fixture. The reigning champions have rock bottom of the league table with 5 losses from six games and things are not looking nice for the Marina Machans.

First Half

John Gregory’s men were chasing the game right from the opening whistle as they were desperately in search of three points from this fixture. Although they started brightly they failed to create any noteworthy chances in that period. It is always a sense of added baggage when your team is not doing well and you hungry for three points, the pressure in the Chennaiyin dugout was clearly evident.

Mumbai City also failed to threaten the Chennaiyin FC defence in the initial exchanges.  The away team had their first chance of the match when Rafael Bastos’ through ball directed Sougou right on the path of the goal. His first shot was saved by Karanjit Singh on goal but the Chennai custodian could not keep out the shot on rebound.

Gregory’s men who were already down with confidence had to rise up and look for an equalizer, though both Raphael Augusto and Carlos Salom failed to make any impact in the final third.  The Mumbai defence looked like a well-oiled machine and had answers to each and every question asked by the Chennaiyin forward line.

Second Half

Mumbai could have added to the misery when Arnold Issoko broke forward before squaring a pass for Sougou whose first touch let him down.  It was a golden opportunity for Costa’s men to take an insurance goal.

The Islanders imposed more attack on the shabby Chennaiyin defence. However, coach Gregory tried to respond by sending in Gregory Nelson who did make some attacking moves and looked like disturbing the Mumbai defense.

It was around the hour mark when Chennaiyin fan favorite Augusto did well by reaching the byline and find Salom.  The Palestine international saw his shot get deflected off a defender and came crashing back of the post. But Thoi Singh rifled on the rebound against Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh, as the home crowd went wild.

Nelson did create some chances and foxed some defenders before he found Germanpreet near the box, but the midfielder’s shot from distance was blocked as another chance for Chennaiyin went begging.

It was clear that both Gregory and the players tried to make a comeback in the match and tried to find an equalizer but lack of cutting edge in the final third made them suffer again as the Islanders went will all three points.

What’s next for Chennaiyin FC?

Chennaiyin FC, in search of their first win, will travel to Pune to face the Stallions on 6th November.