Mumbai FC 0-0 Mohun Bagan : Bagan Drop Points Again
Mumbai: Mumbai FC managed to keep themselves one step ahead of the drop zone, as they played out a goalless draw against title challengers Mohun Bagan on Wednesday.
Mumbai, who have now gone on a seven-match winless run, have managed to climb one point ahead of the drop zone, with his draw.
Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan will feel as though they have lost out on an opportunity to steal a march on all four of their fellow title challengers, as East Bengal drew 1-1 against Shillong Lajong, and Bengaluru FC drew at Aizawl FC by the same scoreline.
The Mariners stay on the second spot in the I-League table, three points behind their arch rivals, who have played one extra game.
In the first half, the vociferous Mumbai FC crowd was sent into delirium, as Thoi Singh’s shot from the edge of the area caught a deflection and deceived Debjit Majumder to trickle into the goal. However, the tumultuous celebrations by the home fans and the players were brought to an end by referee Tejas Visvarao Nagvenkar, who ruled it offside.
While Mumbai seemingly controlled proceedings in the first half with forward Alex Willian Silva calling the shots. Debjit was on top form for the Mariners, as he bailed the defence out on a number of occasions. He made up for his lack of height with his anticipation, as he commanded the aerial balls, grabbing and punching whenever the respective situation required him to.
While Mumbai looked in control while keeping the ball on the ground, the presence of Darryl Duffy made Mohun Bagan a real threat in the air.
Mohun Bagan manager Sanjoy Sen switched from the usual 4-4-2 to a more attacking 4-3-3 in the second half, bringing on Balwant Singh and Jeje Lalpekhlua. This gave the Mariners a little sting on the counter attack, as Katsumi Yusa pulled the strings from the middle of the park, while Pronay Haldar played the role of the destroyer. The 23-year-old midfielder hassled Mumbai’s dangerous forward Alex Silva.
However, both the coaches seemed happy with the one point in the end when the intensity of the game decreased considerably.
For Mumbai, it was a matter of stopping the rot, as they look to get themselves out of troubled waters, while for their illustrious visitors, it was a matter of consolidating their position towards the top of the table; Mohun Bagan are unbeaten so far in the league, winning five and drawing three matches.
Man Of The Match : Kattimani.
FeverPitch's Man Of The Match : Debjit Majumdar.