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Mumbai City FC 0-2 ATK: 3 Reasons why the visitors won the encounter | ISL 2019-20

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Modified 04 Jan 2020, 21:52 IST
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#2 Mumbai left to rue their missed opportunities

Sougou (L) had a bad day at the office
Sougou (L) had a bad day at the office

Over the past fortnight, Mumbai City FC have been clinical in front of goal and that has enabled them to string together three consecutive victories, despite being under the cosh for large swathes against Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC. However, rather unfortunately, that trait failed to come to the fore on Saturday, meaning that they passed up whatever chances they created for themselves.

Early in the first half, Diego Carlos saw his shot saved by Arindam Bhattacharja whereas Mohamed Larbi also spurned a wonderful opportunity when he lashed his strike wide from inside the box.

A few minutes later, Modou Sougou missed the Islanders’ best opportunity of the period when he tamely found the keeper’s midriff when accorded space near the penalty spot.

The hosts’ propensity to misfire continued in the second half too as they failed to find the requisite conviction in the final third, meaning that they wasted several promising positions.

Mumbai’s bad day at the office was embodied by Serge Kevyn’s shocking miss in the final ten minutes when he contrived to head wide from inside the six-yard box.

And, though ATK put their bodies on the line to prevent the Islanders from making the net ripple, the home side certainly didn’t cover themselves in any glory on the offensive front.

Before the game, Mumbai were in high spirits, especially after potential watershed moments against Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC. Yet, after such a result on Saturday, they might have to go back to the drawing board, again. 

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Published 04 Jan 2020, 21:52 IST
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