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ISL: Mumbai City continues their unbeaten run with a 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters | Football news


KOCHI: Mumbai City FC continued their unbeaten streak with a 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters in one Indian Championship (ISL) match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday.
Goals in the first half from Mehtab Singh and Jorge Diaz enough to secure three points for the Island. Kerala Blasters have lost their third game in a row after winning their ISL opener earlier this month.
The hosts made two changes to the team that lost in Bhubaneswar last week. Ruivah Hormipam was replaced by Victor Mongil. Up front, Ivan Kaliuzhnyi came on from the bench as Rahul Kannoly Praveen took his place in the starting line-up.
Mumbai City made just one change to their squad – Diaz returned to the starting 11 line-up with Alberto Noguera on the bench.
The Islanders took the lead after 21 minutes. The home side were unable to take a corner as the ball bounced off several Blasters players before reaching Mehtab Singh, who smashed it into the net.
Ten minutes later, Marko Leskovic’s poor save allowed Diaz to face the keeper. The Argentinian kept his cool before scoring against his former team as the visitors doubled their advantage.
The goal came a minute after Mongil denied Lallianzuala Chhangte with a superb final tackle.
The defense of Mumbai City has blocked many of the Blasters’ efforts. Sahal Abdul Samad’s shot from a tight angle was easily saved by Phurba Lachenpa before Rahul KP volleyed in the 33rd minute.
Three minutes later, a mighty free kick from Adrian Luna was successfully saved by Lachenpa.
Kerala Blasters did better in the second half. The home side tried to push the Islanders into their own half as the Mumbai City defense faced a barrage of Blasters attacks.
Dimitrios Diamantakos’ low shot was saved by the keeper before Jeakson Singh headed in from a corner in the 57th minute.
As the game entered the final half, Luna’s effort from inside the box hit the post before hitting Jessel Carneiro’s feet. The full-back adjusted his foot and sent the ball past Rahul KP, whose header missed the post.
The Blasters pushed Mumbai City into their own half but failed to make the final touchdown for 18 yards.
The win moved Mumbai City to second on the scoreboard with two wins and two draws from four games at ISL. They are one point behind leaders Odisha FC, and the next match will be at home against ATK Mohun Bagan FC on November 6.
Calamity is piling up for the Blasters as they sit 9th with just one win in four games. They will have a long trip to Guwahati to face NorthEast United FC on November 5.

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