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ISL 2019 | Mumbai City takes full points against Kerala Blasters

Hero! Amine Chermiti, right, celebrates with teammates after netting the match-winner.

Hero! Amine Chermiti, right, celebrates with teammates after netting the match-winner.  

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Amine Chermiti’s late strike sinks Kerala Blasters

Mumbai City FC’s new big buy Amine Chermiti scored a late goal as the team defeated Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the Hero Indian Super League here on Thursday.

The goal came off a pass from the right from Souvik Chakrabarti and Tunisian Chermiti, who had been in an African Champions League-winning team earlier, came up with a superb finish in the 82nd minute that silenced the Nehru Stadium.

With Modou Sougou, who had hammered three goals in a 30-minute spell when Mumbai had hosted the Blasters late last year, and Chermiti, the visitor appeared to have many big guns in its ranks.

Superior

The visitor was clearly superior in the opening half.

The Mumbai boys were fast, they moved ahead with a series of short, fidgety passes that kept their rivals guessing and put the home defence under pressure. And midfielder Diego Oliveira came up with a steady stream of crosses from the right.

One such cross in the 35th minute looked dangerous but central defender Gianni Zuiverloon headed it away.

The Mumbai centre backs also kept the Blasters’ striker Bartholomew Ogbeche well covered.

Penalty appeal

Early in the match, Chermiti was nudged by Zuiverloon inside the box but his appeal for a penalty was turned down.

Blasters huffed and puffed initially but appeared to settle down after the half hour mark. They enjoyed a couple of chances too, towards the end of the first half. One of them, a Jairo header off a freekick, was pushed out of danger by goalkeeper Amrinder Singh and another was sent wide by Moustapha Gning.

And shortly after the hour mark, the home side’s Jessel Allan Carneiro’s blistering shot, off a corner, almost kissed the bar as it went over.

Later, Ogbeche came close to finding the equaliser in the dying minutes but his effort, after a nice turnaround, was stopped smartly by Amrinder who was a picture of confidence all through.

The result: Kerala Blasters 0 lost to Mumbai City FC 1 (Amine Chermiti 82).

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