Mumbai City held 1-1 by Kerala Blasters

Mumbai City held 1-1 by Kerala Blasters
Players of Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters fight for the ball during their ISL match.
Mumbai, Dec 5 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/5/2019 12:19:49 PM IST

Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters FC played out a 1-1 draw at the Mumbai City Arena in the reverse fixture of the first Indian Super League game of the season.

Messi Bouli (75’) opened the scoring but Amine Chermiti (77’) equalised almost immediately to ensure the visitors were taking away just one point.

The visitors kept possessions in the opening 15 mins. The scorelines, however, remained unchanged. That nearly changed as Messi attempted an outrageous overhead kick from the edge of the box. Amrinder Singh, however, was equal to the task and acrobatically clawed away the shot.

Devoid of attacking prowess up until the 35the minute, Larbi nearly put the all into the Blasters’ net after T. P. Rehenesh ended up misjudging the flight of a well floated Sougou ball. The Tunisian however, was caught off guard and looped the header over the bar.

The hosts then spurned the best chance of the match until then, when Sougou clear on goal after brilliant build-up play, displayed the rustiness of a player just inching his way back to full fitness. The Portuguese striker could only place a take shot into Rehenesh’s grateful arms as he bowed his head into his.

Mumbai and Kerala began the second half initially in a cagey 10 minutes that saw Jorge Costa replace Raynier Fernandes with Bipin Singh.

Mumbai had two Gilt edged chances. First came off a Larbi buzzcut from about 20 yards to goal, which just looped over the Rehenesh’s goal. The second came off a counter attack sprung by the team in blue from midfield, which saw Moudou sent clear again. 

Blasters’ took the lead through an intricate, one-touch football on the edge of the box between Jeakson and Cindoncha.  The former drifted unchallenged in the box and finally lashed a take shot at Amrinder. The rebound was well floated in from the left that saw Messi capitalize on tame defending and pat home the opening goal.

It was however in the immediate passage of play that Mumbai City hit back with a goal of their own.

Sarthak Golui floated in a brilliant cross which Moudou did well to connect with. His headed effort actually set Amine Chermiti up right in front of the opposition net unattended. Despite seeing his initial tame shot saved by the Kerala custodian, the Tunisian got a second bit of the cherry to prod home Mumbai City’s equalizer.

Three minutes of added time petered out into nothingness as Mumbai City and Kerala Blasters’ ended the match deadlocked as they’d begun.

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