Mumbai City FC inch closer to winning the League Championship of ISL 2023-24

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Mumbai City FC, the defending Premier champions of the Indian Super League (ISL), secured a crucial 2-1 victory over Odisha FC. This win not only sent Odisha FC and FC Goa out of the title contention but also brought Mumbai City FC one step closer to winning the league championship. Their last league against Mohun Bagun Super Giants will be the decider to crown the champions.

Mumbai City FC’s dominance in the league championship of ISL

The match, held at the Mumbai Football Arena, was a thrilling encounter with all three goals scored in the second half. Lallianzuala Chhangte, the star player of the match, scored twice and set up one goal, leading Mumbai City FC to victory.

The game began with Odisha FC pressing high, inviting Mumbai City FC to attack the space behind their defence. Despite an open-ended first half, Mumbai City FC managed to break the deadlock with Chhangte’s powerful finish that bounced off the crossbar into the goal.

Odisha FC’s equalizer came in the 61st minute through some top-drawer hold-up play by Mauricio. He received a long ball in midfield, skipped past a couple of defenders, and created a path towards the goal. He found Victor Rodriguez and continued his run to pick up the midfielder’s backward flick that split open the defence. Mauricio capped off the move that he started by slotting it past the goalkeeper.

However, the game tilted heavily towards the visitors after this equalizer. Ahmed Jahouh’s freekick in the 68th minute was saved by Amrinder Singh, but his pass fell into the path of Bipin who was behind the wall and put Mumbai City FC into the lead again with a first-time shot.

The closing blows on Odisha FC were applied by Chhangte and Alberto Noguera. First, the midfielder who had come on to replace Greg Stewart slid in a through ball behind Odisha FC’s very high defence to find Chhangte in the 79th minute. Goalkeeper Amrinder rushed out of his box to try and intercept it, but couldn’t get his challenge right. The ball bobbed up for Chhangte beside him and the winger passed it into an empty goal from outside the box.

With this win, Mumbai City FC equalled the longest winning streak in ISL history.

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