Indian Super League – Odisha FC vs Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City FC have the opportunity to reduce the gap with league leaders ATK Mohun Bagan to just three points. Can the Islanders bounce back with a win over bottom-placed Odisha FC? Follow our LIVE COVERAGE of the Indian Super League clash below.

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Updated - 25 February 2021 11:46 am

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Despite the flattering scoreline, it was Odisha who took the lead through Diego Mauricio after Ahmed Jahouh conceded an early penalty. Bartholomew Ogbeche quickly pulled one back before Bipin Singh pushed Mumbai City ahead. Two goals within the space of a minute by Ogbeche and Cy Goddard at the stroke of half time provided Mumbai a three-goal cushion. Bipin then scored after the interval before completing his hat-trick late in the game. Jahouh also had a penalty saved before Bipin became the first player to take the match ball home this term.

Mumbai City have returned to winning ways in style. Sergio Lobera and company will now play a virtual final on Sunday against leaders ATK Mohun Bagan for the league winners' shield and AFC Champions League qualification. Since goal difference will not decide who occupies the final standings in the ISL, Mumbai City could replace ATK Mohun Bagan at the top if they win the next game after having won the previous meeting. For the record, the teams are tied on goal difference (+15) at the moment as well. 

PEEEEP! PEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEP! FULL TIME: ODISHA FC 1-6 MUMBAI CITY FC

[90+1'] NOT THE BEST OF SIGNS! - Mumbai City midfielder Rowllin Borges has walked straight out of the field of play after seemingly hurting his hamstring. Worrying signs for Sergio Lobera with the crucial game against ATK Mohun Bagan on Sunday. The Islanders have used up all their substitutes and will play the last few minutes of stoppage time with 10 men now.

SUBSTITUTION FOR ODISHA: Jerry Mawihmingthanga OFF, Isak Vanlalruatfela ON

[90'] FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON by the fourth official at the GMC Stadium.

It was really heartening to watch Bipin get his hat-trick there. In all fairness, the winger should have been handed the chance to take the missed penalty instead of Ahmed Jahouh. Despite being ignored for the spot-kick, Bipin eventually gets what he deserves more than anyone. 

[87'] GOOOOAAAAAL, HAT-TRICK FOR BIPIN! - Justice has been served in Bambolim for Bipin Singh, who was denied the opportunity to take the penalty earlier. The Mumbai City winger pounces on a rebound after a shot by Rowllin Borges to tuck the ball away into the back of the net for his third goal of the night. Bipin is the first player to score a hat-trick this season, Mumbai have made it 6-1 in their favour.

YOU SHALL NOT PASS, DENIED! - Ahmed Jahouh steps up to take the penalty despite Bipin Singh being on a hat-trick. To make matters worse, the Mumbai City midfielder has failed to beat Odisha shot-stopper Arshdeep Singh, who guesses the right way and gets a strong behind the ball to push it away.

[83'] PENALTY TO MUMBAI CITY! - Kamalpreet Singh has bundled Mumbai City striker Vikram Pratap Singh from behind and the referee blows the whistle for the penalty straightaway

[79'] CHANGE FOR MUMBAI CITY: Bartholomew Ogbeche OFF, Vikram Pratap Singh ON

[76'] DRINKS BREAK: Odisha FC 1-5 Mumbai City FC; The Islanders are in cruise control, dominating possession without a fuss. Surely, no way back for Odisha now after the goal from Bipin Singh shortly after the interval. Just about 14 minutes plus added time remaining at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.

SUBSTITUTION FOR ODISHA: Paul Ramfangzauva OFF, Brad Inman ON

[67'] OFFSIDE! - Mumbai City clear the corner-kick away initially, but Odisha are determined to come again. The ball is whipped in early towards Diego Mauricio, who has flashed a free header wide of the target. Eventually, the flag is raised by the linesman on the far side, it wouldn't have counted for Odisha even if Mauricio had found the back of the net.

[66'] CORNER TO ODISHA! - Diego Mauricio has attempted to go for goal from outside the box, but the shot from the Brazilian takes a deflection and goes behind for a corner.

[61'] HEADER FLASHED WIDE! - Mandar Rao Dessai whips in an excellent cross for Bipin Singh, but the Mumbai City winger is unable to get the hat-trick after he flashes the header wide of the target. Odisha can breathe again now.

[58'] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! - The referee has brandished a booking to Odisha full-back Rakesh Pradhan, who denied a clear counter-attacking opportunity for Mumbai City by pulling back Cy Goddard.

[53'] TRIPLE CHANGE FOR MUMBAI CITY: Adam Le Fondre, Mourtada Fall and Amey Ranawade OFF, Rowllin Borges, Hernan Santana and Mandar Rao Dessai ON

This could become really embarrassing for Odisha if they lose motivation for the remainder of the game. Obviously, it is really difficult when you are rock-bottom with nothing to play for and trailing by four goals. 

[47'] GOOOAAAAL, POOR FROM ARSHDEEP! - A scuffed clearance from Jacob Tratt has presented the ball back to Mumbai City. Bartholomew Ogbeche then squares the ball across for Bipin Singh from the edge of the area. The Mumbai City winger opens up space with his touch before firing his shot towards the far corner. Odisha custodian Arshdeep has allowed the ball to sneak in under him there, poor goalkeeping. Mumbai City have five now!

SUBSTITUTION FOR ODISHA: Baoringdao Bodo OFF, Laishram Singh ON

[46'] PEEEEEP! WE'RE BACK LIVE! - Odisha FC get us underway in the second half, the Kalinga Warriors are playing from right to left in their black home kit and hoping to prevent Mumbai City from inflicting further damage.

Live action from the second half coming your way on the other side, stay tuned!

It seems like a tall order for Odisha now. Mumbai City will look to pile on further pressure and maybe nick a couple more goals. Bartholomew Ogbeche must be raring to become the first player to score a hat-trick this season. Odisha will have to focus on damage limitation from here.

Despite the early setback of conceding through a penalty from Diego Mauricio, Mumbai City have responded in sublime fashion. Bartholomew Ogbeche found the equaliser with his header from a free-kick by Ahmed Jahouh. After constant pressure, Bipin Singh finally found the goal to put Mumbai City ahead before two quick goals before the stroke of half-time from Ogbeche and Cy Goddard has probably put the game to bed.

PEEEEP! PEEEEEEP! HALF TIME: ODISHA FC 1-4 MUMBAI CITY FC

[45'] TWO MINUTES ADDED ON by the fourth official at the GMC Stadium.

[44'] GOOOOOOOOAAL, SMASHING FINISH! - Cy Goddard has produced a stunning finish to make it four for Mumbai City. The winger cuts back into the area from the right flank and unleashes a left-footed strike. Odisha shot-stopper Arshdeep Singh can do nothing about it and the ball has crashed into the top-corner. Mumbai City in cruise control and piling on the damage.

[43'] GOOOOOOOAAAL, THE BART-MAN! - Ahmed Jahouh has whipped the resulting free-kick into the danger area. The delivery is perfect for Ogbeche, who has planted his header past Arshdeep once again. The big man from Nigeria has bagged his brace. Mumbai City are putting on a show.

[42'] YELLOW CARD! - Odisha winger Jerry Mawihmingthanga is booked by the referee for a foul on Vignesh Dakshinamurthy.

[38'] GOOOOAAAAAL, TURNAROUND! - Mumbai City have overturned the early deficit at the Bambolim. Cy Goddard whipped in a cross towards Bartholomew Ogbeche, who witnessed his shot being blocked. However, the loose ball falls kindly for Bipin Singh and the Mumbai City winger buries the ball past Arshdeep Singh with ease. Talk about being at the right place at the right moment. It was a neat finish from Bipin though, Mumbai City are back in the driving seat. Odisha implode at the back, yet again. 1-2

[34'] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! - Vignesh Dakshinamurthy has received a booking for a foul on Odisha winger Jerry Mawihmingthanga. The Mumbai City full-back will now miss the next game due to suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.

[31'] DRINKS BREAK: Odisha FC 1-1 Mumbai City FC; Sergio Lobera's Mumbai City have responded well to going a goal down early. Diego Mauricio made no mistake from the spot for Odisha, but Bartholomew Ogbeche has restored parity with his header after getting on the end of a free-kick.

SUBSTITUTION FOR ODISHA: Steven Taylor OFF, Mohd Sajid Dhot ON

[29'] OH NO, NOT WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED! - It looks like Steven Taylor will be unable to continue for Odisha. The Englishman will be gutted, it was his 400th career appearance at club level and he has to now surrender the captain's armband and walk off in disappointment. 

[27'] CORNER TO MUMBAI CITY! - Cy Goddard whips in an early cross from the right flank, but Odisha captain Steven Taylor is there to meet it inside the penalty box and puts it behind for a corner with a firm header. Unfortunately for Mumbai City, the resulting set-piece comes to nothing.

[22'] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! - Odisha captain Steven Taylor has received a booking from the referee for a foul on Bipin Singh. Mumbai City have forced a corner from the resulting free-kick, but the following delivery is too deep and causes no problems for Odisha.

[20'] CAN'T GET ON THE END OF IT! - Cy Goddard slips it in behind for Adam Le Fondre on the right. The Mumbai City forward darts into the Odisha penalty area before squaring the ball across towards the far post. Although Bipin Singh made a lung-bursting run to try and get on the end of it, the winger has missed the ball by inches. So close for Mumbai City yet again. Odisha living dangerously as we speak.

[17'] HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN? - Mumbai City come again through the right flank and Adam Le Fondre aims to find Bartholomew Ogbeche with a low cross. Odisha captain Steven Taylor has stretched his foot to try and intercept, but the ball takes a deflection off him and Arshdeep parries it away. Ogbeche pounces on the loose ball and gets his shot away, but it is blocked. Then Le Fondre makes an attempt, but Odisha eventually deal with it hastily in a goal-mouth scramble. It is all happening at the Bambolim in these early exchanges.

[14'] GOOOOOAAAL, BACK IN IT! - Ahmed Jahouh makes up for his mistake at the other end for Mumbai City by launching an inviting free-kick into the danger area of the Odisha penalty box. Bartholomew Ogbeche peels away from his marker before stooping low to expertly guide his header past Arshdeep Singh. Mumbai City have restored parity, back to square one in Bambolim.

Still plenty of time for Mumbai City to claw their way back and overturn this early deficit. However, as things stand, ATK Mohun Bagan are set to be awarded the league winners' shield and secure AFC Champions League qualification in the process.

[9'] GOOOOOAAAAL! - Amrinder Singh guessed it right and went low quickly, but the Mumbai City shot-stopper is unable to get enough of his hand to push the ball away. Diego Mauricio is fortunate, but will take it however it comes. Odisha have surprisingly taken the lead, problems continue to mount for Mumbai City and Sergio Lobera.

[8'] PENALTY TO ODISHA! - Diego Mauricio plays a delicate ball into space for Jerry Mawihmingthanga. The Odisha winger latches on and darts inside the penalty area, but he is brought down by Ahmed Jahouh. Clear penalty and Odisha have a wonderful chance to take the lead.

[1'] PEEEEEP! WE'RE UNDERWAY! - Mumbai City FC kick-off proceedings in the first half, the Islanders are playing from right to left in their sky blue home kit.

Both sets of players disperse after the national anthem and pose for the quick customary team photo. Captains Steven Taylor and Amrinder Singh will now meet at the coin toss.

Now Odisha FC follow their counterparts onto the lush green grass at the GMC Stadium. The Kalinga Warriors are donning their black home kit with a touch of purple. 

Mumbai City FC are the first team out of the tunnel in Bambolim. The Islanders are in their sky blue home kit for the clash.

TICK TOCK! - The time is ticking down at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, where KICK-OFF is scheduled to happen in 30 minutes. All eyes will be on Mumbai City, who will look to bounce back with a statement. Do Odisha have a trick up their sleeve though? We'll wait and watch how the game unfolds. 

ROWLLIN ON THE BENCH! - Mumbai City have opted to rest Rowllin Borges with one eye on the next game against ATK Mohun Bagan. Hernan Santana and Mandar Rao Dessai are the other key first team players to accompany Rowllin on the bench as part of the rotation. Jackichand Singh and Vikram Pratap Singh are also present among the others.

OGBECHE STARTS WITH LE FONDRE! - Segio Lobera has decided to field both his strikers together for the clash. In addition to Bartholomew Ogbeche, the likes of Mehtab Singh and Vignesh Dakshinamurthy are also handed opportunities in the line-up. Raynier Fernandes is expected to drop into a deeper midfield role alongside Ahmed Jahouh.

Mumbai City FC XI: Amrinder Singh (GK); Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Mehtab Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Raynier Fernandes, Ahmed Jahouh, Cy Goddard, Bipin Singh, Adam Le Fondre, Bartholomew Ogbeche

Subs: Phurba Lachenpa (GK); Tondonba Singh, Mandar Rao Dessai, Valpuia, Hernan Santana, Rowllin Borges, Pranjal Bhumij, Jackichand Singh, Vikram Pratap Singh

OPTIONS! - Odisha have named the likes of Brad Inman, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Isak Vanlalruatfela, and Mohd Sajid Dhot among others as substitutes on the bench.

BODO STARTS! - Baoringdao Bodo is making his first start of the season for Odisha. In addition to the winger, Kamalpreet Singh also gets the nod in the line-up. Jacob Tratt returns at the heart of defence, while both Vinit Rai and Paul Ramfangzauva are restored in midfield. Cole Alexander is suspended for the clash.

Odisha FC XI: Arshdeep Singh (GK); Kamalpreet Singh, Jacob Tratt, Steven Taylor, Rakesh Pradhan, Baoringdao Bodo, Vinit Rai, Paul Ramfangzauva, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Diego Mauricio, Manuel Onwu

Subs: Ravi Kumar (GK); Mohd Sajid Dhot, Saurabh Meher, George D'Souza, Lalhrezuala, Brad Inman, Isak Vanlalruatfela, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Laishram Singh

The TEAM NEWS will arrive shortly. We shall delve into the finer details as and when we receive confirmation from both camps on their respective line-ups.

During their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Jamshedpur in the last outing, Mumbai City looked uncharacteristically timid. There are question marks over whether they are falling apart at a crucial juncture. Sergio Lobera will be keen to brush aside all the murmurs around the Islanders' form with a win. Obviously, if they fail to win, ATK Mohun Bagan will be guaranteed the league winners' shield and qualification to the AFC Champions League. 

Odisha were completely outplayed in their last outing. The 3-1 defeat to FC Goa was followed up by the news of coach Gerald Peyton leaving for Japan due to family reasons. Assistant coach Steven Dias will manage things at the touchline for the remaining two games and is handed the onerous task of trying to stop Mumbai City. The Kalinga Warriors suffered a 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture.

WELCOME ONE, WELCOME ALL! - We are back with another game in the Indian Super League. Bottom-placed Odisha FC will look to prevent Mumbai City FC from returning to winning ways. Even though Odisha have nothing but pride to play for, Mumbai will be keen to quash any sort of complacency. The Islanders are coming off the back of consecutive defeats, but they can bridge the gap with leaders ATK Mohun Bagan to three points, if they win against Odisha. ALL TO PLAY FOR THEN!

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