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Hume’s strike sinks Mumbai City

Making the team tick: Iain Hume has become coach David James’ go-to man in the striking zone.

Making the team tick: Iain Hume has become coach David James’ go-to man in the striking zone.  

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Iain Hume’s anticipation and sharp reaction resulted in a surprise goal off a free-kick for Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday.

Mumbai City FC responded with a series of attacks after the Canadian’s 23rd-minute strike, but a resolute defence backed by confident goalkeeping carried the day for the visitors.

Hume’s canny act proved to be only difference between the sides. While the central defenders were getting into position and goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was arranging the ‘wall’, Courage Pekuson tapped the ball forward for Hume to strike.

The solitary goal win in a free-flowing game, with fouls at both ends, moved KBFC to sixth in the 10-team league after 10 matches. MCFC retained fifth position despite the defeat, its second at home.

The KBFC fans kept chanting Hume’s name throughout the match. He attempted a cheeky long-range strike after seeing rival custodian Amrinder away from charge, the crowd roared but the ball flew wide.

Late in the second half, the crowd favourite took a direct free-kick, managing to squeeze through the wall but the ’keeper was up to the task.

The home team strove hard to win balls in the midfield. Emana provided a fine ball for Balwant Singh, whose attempt was cleared by Sandesh Jhingan.

For a long stretch thereafter, the visitors backline did a lot of tackling and first-time blocks. MCFC attempted to split the defence, close down space whenever the ball reached the box. Blasters skipper Jhingesh led from the front.

The results: Kerala Blasters FC 1 (Iain Hume 23) bt Mumbai City FC 0; Delhi Dynamos 2 (Chhangte 72, Fernandez 90-pen) bt Bengaluru FC 0).

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