Mumbai FC 0-0 Bengaluru FC: Djelaludin Helps Mumbai Salvage Draw From Clutches Of Defeat
It was a completely different Mumbai FC side that held it's own and managed to get goalless draw against defending champions Bengaluru FC at the Cooperage stadium in Mumbai, on Saturday.
Bengaluru huffed and puffed throughout the match, but failed to produce the final finish that leaves them eight points behind league leaders East Bengal in the I-League.
Sunil Chhetri had the best chance of the game, after Udanta Singh put his captain through on goal deep inside the Mumbai area.
Chhetri took a good touch before coolly putting it past Mumbai goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani.
However, Mumbai’s Afghan centreback Djelaludin Sharityar came up with a brilliant goalline clearance that left the India captain completely dumbfounded.
The home side controlled the game in the first half, as they kept frustrating Bengaluru. Thoi Singh looked lively on the right wing, but lacked awareness in the final third; most of his crosses were too long and too high for any of the Mumbai forwards to attack.
Alex Silva, who had a field day in the last game against Mohun Bagan, seemed mediocre by comparison. Kashyap later confirmed that he was carrying a knock during the game.
The drab first half gave way to a second half where Bengaluru seized the control of the game back from their hosts.
Clearly, Albert Roca's half time pep talk did the trick.
However, the defending champions continued to be wasteful in the final third as the match finished 0-0.