ISL | Borges’ goal breaks BFC hearts

The finisher: Rowllin Borges (left) nets the match-winner for Mumbai FC.

The finisher: Rowllin Borges (left) nets the match-winner for Mumbai FC.  


Reverse ends Bengaluru’s 13-match unbeaten run at home

Mumbai City FC ended Bengaluru FC’s 13-match unbeaten home run, stretching back to the 2017-18 final against Chennaiyin FC, with a gallant 3-2 win at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday.

The winner came in stoppage time when Rowllin Borges turned in the ball from point-blank range after defender Subhasish Bose had headed a corner goalwards.

A minute or two before that, the away side had nearly seen all hopes of a win evaporate as Sunil Chhetri converted from the penalty spot following Sarthak Goloui’s handball.

But Jorge Costa’s men secured a much-needed first win in seven matches to ensure that they wouldn’t be left ruing a missed first-half penalty by Mohamed Larbi and an own goal by Mato Grgic.

Clear plan

Mumbai had come with a clear plan: to allow BFC have the ball and hit on the counter. Borges and fellow midfielder Paulo Machado were at the heart of the strategy. The pace upfront was provided by Modou Sougou.

On 12 minutes, Borges initiated one such move that resulted in a corner which eventually led to the opener. Larbi swung in a superb cross from the left flank which Subhashish, formerly of BFC, met unmarked at the far post and headed in off Gurpreet Sandhu’s face. Left-back Nishu Kumar had such a torrid time that he was duly replaced at half-time.

BFC’s only chance came when Erik Paartalu sent a fine chip into the path of Udanta Singh, but Subhashish did well to cover. If not for Gurpreet, the home side would have been staring down the barrel at half-time.

Gurpreet’s save

Juanan was adjudged to have pushed forward Amine Chermiti inside the area but Gurpreet saved the resultant penalty by throwing himself to his right to parry away a fierce Larbi shot.

BFC equalised in the 58th minute after the ball went in off Mumbai defender Grgic’s shoulder. But on 77 minutes, substitutes Diego Carlos and Raynier Fernandes thought they had secured Mumbai the win, with the former heading in a cross from the left wing.

The evening almost turned soar with Chhetri’s goal before Borges ensured a joyous ending.

The result: Bengaluru FC 2 (Grgic-og 58, Chhetri 89) lost to Mumbai City FC 3 (Subhasish 12, Diego 77, Borges 90).

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