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MUM vs BEN Match Result - ISL 2018-19
Mumbai City
1 - 0
FT
Bengaluru
Paulo Machado 29'
Bengaluru FC's unbeaten run ends at 11 and that's mainly due to a fantastic performance by Mumbai City FC.
Paulo Machado scores in the first half and the Islanders hold on for the rest of the time to climb to the top of the table!
Sunil Chhetri's 50th ISL ends in disappointment but both teams are still the favourites to make the ISL playoffs. Also, Bengaluru FC have a game in hand.
That's it from me, Aravind Suchindran. Log onto Sportskeeda for our full coverage of the ISL.
Hope you all had a great Sunday with the Australian Open final, Kolkata Derby and then this top of the table ISL clash. Goodnight.
90+5' Dimas Delgado's take flows over. It's curled in and at the target but inches over the bar.
And that's it!
90+4' One last attack for Bengaluru and Juanan has moved up from the defence. There are long balls flying all around and Machado gives away a free-kick at the edge of the box.
This would be the last kick of the game mostly.
90+2' Dimas Delgado trying to lead the BFC attack in the last few seconds but most of the Mumbai players are in their own half and have got this sorted.
Four minutes added.
90' Change for Mumbai City.
OFF - Rafael Bastos
ON - Bipin Singh
87' No passage.
Mumbai City are holding up, giving no space for Bengaluru FC to push up.
And then suddenly, they break with Arnold surging through, tricking his way past Juanan.
But the attacker takes a bad touch and Gurpreet swoops in to the rescue.
84' Substitution - Bengaluru FC
OFF - Harmanjot Khabra
ON - Edmund Lalrindika
82' Bengaluru FC are being let down by their poor crosses and connections. And that could mean Cuadrat will make a final change to get that equaliser. We will have young Edmund Lalrindika, promoted from the 'B' team on for the last 6 minutes.
80' And now we go into Cuadrat time. Bengaluru FC have the knack for finding goals in the last few minutes of the game. We saw it happen with Udanta Singh against Delhi Dynamos and Rahul Bheke against FC Pune City. Chencho is in the mix and even he got an important equaliser against NorthEast United in Guwahati.
Can Bengaluru fight back?
77' The tempo seems to have come down with Bengaluru struggling to push forward for their equaliser.
We approach the last 15 minutes of the game and Mumbai City still look comfortable with that lead. Can they hold on and end Bengaluru FC's 11-game unbeaten run?
73' Substitution - Bengaluru FC, their second change
OFF - Udanta Singh
ON - Boithang Haokip
71' Substitution - Mumbai City FC
OFF - Raynier Fernandes
ON - Mohammed Rafique
68' What a step-over!
Rafael Bastos shows a bit of skill at the edge of the box to skip past Harmanjot Khabra. He zooms into the touchline and squares it back but the BFC defence gets it away.
66' Substitution - Mumbai City FC
OFF - Modou Sougou
ON - Matias Mirabaje
65' There's sudden burst of activity in the Mumbai City bench and that's because Sougou has picked up what seems to be a hamstring pull.

64' Substitution - Bengaluru FC
OFF - Xisco
ON - Chencho Gyeltshen
61' SAVED!
And the one time Sougou is not flagged off, he messes up the opportunity.
Sougou is all by himself and goes one-on-one with the goalkeeper after being played by Machado.
He hits the ball straight at Gurpreet who emphatically blocks it.
60' OFF!
Arnold wreaks havoc at the right again, tries to trick his marker into committing. He drifts the ball into the near post for Sougou, but the forward is flagged offside. His seventh of the night.
56' CLOSE!
Arnold finds acres of space on the right, takes his time and drops a cross into the centre. Nobody gets a touch and it falls to Bastos at the far side.
Sougou demands the ball be played to him but Bastos unleashes a shot, which takes a deflection off Erik Paartalu and moves out for a corner.
55' ONTO THE POST!
Rafael Bastos powers in from the edge of the box, sways his way past a couple of defenders before looking at the challenge and poking it into the goal. 
The shot hits the side-netting and he receives a knock off that sliding tackle by Juanan. That's not a foul anyway.
53' SHOT!
Sunil Chhetri hasn't really had a proper go at the goal. This time he gets a chance after a scramble outside the box.
But he goes with it on the volley and shoots mildly right at Amrinder.
49' CHANCE!
Subhasish Bose heads the ball up the field for Sougou, who bursts past the Bengaluru FC defenders onto the left with a touch of pace.
The forward picks out the bottom-right corner but the shot has little power and is collected by Gurpreet.
46' Change of sides but will it lead to change in fortunes for Bengaluru FC?
Their unbeaten run is facing its toughest test yet.
And here comes Mumbai's Arnold to try and make things worse.
What's meant to be a cross has gone over the bar and will be a shot off target.
Mumbai have scored the most goals from counters.
Machado's goal was their 9th of the season from a counter-attack and that tells you really how Mumbai have taken this game by the scruff of its neck.
HT.
Mumbai City go into the break with a one-goal cushion, a tacky finish by Paulo Machado after a quick break following a Bengaluru FC corner.
Bengaluru FC would be ruing the chances they missed with Juanan Gonzalez having a free header towards the end of the first-half and just unable to put it through.
Rahul Bheke and Xisco had half chances for BFC but it's Mumbai who have the edge right now.
An exciting second half coming up, stay tuned!
Two minutes added.
45' Free-kick - Mumbai City and that's come in a dangerous spot - to the right side of the box.
Arnold Issoko plays for the foul and Juanan Gonzalez slides in, earning himself a yellow.
Yellow - Juanan Gonzalez (Bengaluru FC)
44' The third Mumbai City player goes into the referee's book. This time, it is a genuine offense as Bastos falls over Xisco from behind.
Yellow - Rafael Bastos (Mumbai City FC)
41' Gurpreet releases the ball too early after picking up a free-kick by Machado.
Mumbai City's Anwar Ali punts it back and Sougou is flagged offside for the fourth time.
39' Frustration growing for Bengaluru FC.
Dimas connects well with Chhetri outside the box but the skipper has a poke at goal, which is way off the mark.
36' Bengaluru FC are unable to make anything off that free-kick.
In the mean time, Jorge Costa has more to complain about the referee's ridiculous decisions against his team here.
31' Souvik Chakrabarti with a two-footed challenge at the edge of the box on Sunil Chhetri, a foul which should have earned him a red.
But it's a yellow shown to Sougou for dissent instead.
Yellow - Modou Sougou (Mumbai City FC)
31' Two yellows in a span for 2 minutes and both of them against Mumbai City FC.
Bose for a foul on Dimas Delgado.
Yellow - Subhasish Bose (Mumbai City FC)
29' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!
Mumbai break on the counter after Bengaluru FC's fourth corner is whipped away by Arnold. Rafael Bastos leads the charge and picks out the run by captain Machado with a wonderful through-ball. 
Machado gushes in, BFC defence thinks he's going to pass but he picks his spot and fires a low-lying shot beyond Gurpreet.
Superb finish but what about that celebration afterwards, eh?
26' Two questionable calls in just one minute.
Sunil Chhetri with a shove in the Mumbai City box to rush to a corner and then Erik Paartalu pulls Sougou's jersey in his own half.
No foul for the first one, which infuriates Costa, while the referee Tejas Nagvenkar awards BFC a foul for the latter!
24' Dimas Delgado does well to win the ball from Machado and shows his ire on Raynier for the follow-up challenge. But Xisco is anyway brought down at the half-line and BFC are awarded a free-kick.
21' Second offside call against Sougou. Should we start a counter for the number of times he's caught offside in this game?
19' OVER THE BAR!
Udanta Singh does well to curl it towards the far post from the edge of the box. An acrobatic effort by Rahul Bheke, who is at the left post, goes over the frame.
16' TIPPED OVER!
Amrinder called into the action this time with Udanta finding Rahul Bheke wide and the left-back setting up Xisco for a shot.
The ball is behind Xisco but he adjusts his position to get a shot in. It bounces wildly before Amrinder pushes it over the bar for a corner.
15' SAVE!
A quick throw in from the right allows Arnold Issoko to move up quickly and drop it into the centre of the box, Sougou meant to be the target. BFC goalkeeper Gurpreet rushes in front of Sougou to collect it before there's any harm done.
12' Ouch!
Raynier stays on the ground and seems to be in pain after clipping his own leg.
Play stops for a minute before the Mumbai City midfielder gets back up.
10' Mumbai City controlling the play now, shifting the flanks continuously with Machado, Bastos and Sougou combining well. But they can't proceed further because the BFC defenders are at their faces and are shutting out the space quickly.
6' Paulo Machado too takes a free-kick - from the wrong spot if I may add - and plays it out wide to Sougou, but the forward cannot get to it on time.
5' Udanta wins a free-kick after being clipped by Subhasish Bose. But Xisco is in a hurry to take that and fires it way over the bar.
4' A couple of half-chances here and there with Erik Paartalu getting a shot, which is way off target, and Harmanjot Khabra unable to provide a cross from the right.
1' KICK OFF!
And Modou Sougou is already caught offside.
Some things never change.
But wait, he seems to be on here.
Tejas Nagvenkar is the match referee for this game and we've already seen him err a few times in the past... what's in store for us tonight?
We're few minutes away from kick-off before which we'll have the Indian National Anthem played out for you.
It's going to be an emotional match for Sunil Chhetri - his 50th ISL game and the first since being conferred the Padma Shri.
Shri Padma Shri Chhetri Bhai as Gurpreet would say!
Raring to go.
Mumbai City FC coach Jorge Costa said the break helped him and his players relax before some of their crunch ties in the Indian Super League. 
“I am used to having the break and I like it. It was nice to spend some time thinking about our games. It was good for the players to get some rest physically and mentally. I know we were on a good run but I think the players and I took some rest and spent time with our families,” Costa said before the game.
Focus - Playoff spot.
Bengaluru FC are unbeaten in the league but coach Carles Cuadrat is more concerned about making the ISL playoffs first.
“It’s nice to have this unbeaten run going, but the key aim is to book a place in the play-off stages as soon as we can. Whether the long break will affect our momentum or not, only time will tell. But we have been working hard and hope to keep the run going for as long as we can,” Cuadrat said before the game.
Key player: Modou Sougou
The Senegalese has nine goals already this season for Mumbai City, surpassing Sunil Chhetri's tally of 7 goals from 2015.
Chhetri, for BFC now, has 5 goals this season.
Bengaluru FC go with more or less the expected XI with Miku, Nishu Kumar and Semboi Haokip all injured. Mumbai have Sanjay Balmuchu on the bench, which means Anwar Ali is starting as a defender instead of the injured Joyner Laurenco. 
Line-ups:

Mumbai City FC XI: Amrinder Singh, Sauvik Chakraborti, Lucian Goian, Anwar Ali, Subhasish Bose, Milan Singh, Paulo Machado, Raynier Fernandes, Rafael Bastos, Arnold Issoko, Modou Sougou

Substitutes: Ravi Kumar (GK), Sanjay Balmuchu, Bipin Singh, Matias Mirabaje, Mohammed Rafique, Sanju Pradhan, Sehnaj Singh

Bengaluru FC XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Albert Serran, Juanan Gonzalez, Rahul Bheke, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Kean Lewis, Sunil Chhetri

Substitutes: Soram Poirei (GK), Gursimrat Singh, Sairuat Kima, Ajay Chhetri, Boithang Haokip, Chencho Gyeltshen, Edmund Lalrindika
Hello and Welcome to Sportskeeda's Live coverage of the Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC match.. This is Aravind Suchindran and up next for you, we've the line-ups.
In the reverse fixture in Bengaluru, BFC needed a late strike by Rahul Bheke to snatch a draw from the game. In fact, the Blues have scored 6 of their goals in the last 15 minutes.
Sunil Chhetri will play his 50th ISL game tonight, if he makes an appearance. In 49 appearances, the India skipper has 26 goals and 5 assists.
Battle of the best goalkeepers?
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu of Bengaluru FC is the India No 1 but Amrinder Singh has kept the most clean sheets this season - 5. Also, Amrinder has made the most saves in the ISL - 34. Gurpreet has 28.
Mumbai City, since that 5-0 defeat to FC Goa back in October, have not lost a game. They are unbeaten in eight matches. BFC similarly are unbeaten in this entire season and they have played 11 games.
Offside king?
Sougou, though the second highest goalscorer this season with 9 strikes, has been caught offside 33 times.
Mumbai have completed a league-best 44 of 117 crosses this season. Bengaluru FC have conceded 3 out of their 8 goals from crosses. Even last time around, it was Arnold Issoko's cross which gave Mumbai the lead. The Blues have to be wary of the threat from the wings on Sunday.
Key battle: Albert Serran vs Modou Sougou -
Sougou tucked in the cross by Arnold Issoko to score for Mumbai City at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. He was let off the hook last time around but Serran carries with him tremendous amount of experience from the Segunda Division in Spain and the Cypriot First Division. He would be gunning to stop Sougou at any cost tonight.
Mumbai City FC v Bengaluru FC Predicted XIs

Mumbai City FC: 
Amrinder Singh, Souvik Chakraborty, Lucian Goian, Sanjay Balmuchu, Subhasish Bose, Sehnaj Singh, Paulo Machado, Raynier Fernandes, Rafael Bastos, Arnold Issoko, Modou Sougou

Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Albert Serran, Juanan Gonzalez, Rahul Bheke, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Kean Lewis, Sunil Chhetri
Mumbai City FC v Bengaluru FC Preview

Stay tuned to Indian football this Sunday, if you don't want to miss the two most exciting matches of this season. When East Bengal completes its derby against Mohun Bagan in I-League, Mumbai City will host Bengaluru FC in a clash between the top two teams of the ISL. The Mumbai Football Arena will witness the game that could witness a change in the ISL toppers after a really long time.

One of the best league comebacks in ISL has been Mumbai City's run this season. After a doubtful start to the season showing lack of coordination, Jorge Costa & Co have done well to remain unbeaten in their 8 previous outings. The foreign players have been very crucial in Mumbai's outstanding run. On the ISL table, Mumbai City are 2nd, with 24 points from 12 games. A win against Bengaluru FC, by a margin of 3 goals or more, will take them to the top of the table.

Bengaluru FC hasn't forgotten who they were last season. They have remained unshaken throughout the year, having their last defeat in an Indian league at last year's final. The new coach Carles Cuadrat has successfully established his ways, without hindering the results. The right mix of foreign and domestic players have shone for The Blues, when needed.This has secured them a rather safe position, at the top of the table with 27 points. BFC also has the advantage of having played only 11 games (1 less than Mumbai City).
Bipin Singh
Rafael Bastos
90'
83'
E. Lalrindika
H. Khabra
73'
B. Haokip
U. Singh
M. Rafique
R. Fernandes
71'
M. Mirabaje
M. Sougou
66'
64'
C. Gyeltshen
Xisco Hernández
45'
Juanan
Rafael Bastos
44'
M. Sougou
31'
S. Bose
30'
Paulo Machado
assist: Rafael Bastos
29'
Bengaluru (4-2-3-1)
Carles Cuadrat (Manager)
1
A. Singh
15
S. Bose
5
A. Ali
18
L. Goian
23
S. Chakraborty
55
Paulo Machado
6
M. Singh
11
R. Fernandes
16
Rafael Bastos
28
M. Sougou
7
A. Issoko
1
G. Singh
2
R. Bheke
5
Juanan
3
Albert Serrán
10
H. Khabra
14
Dimas
6
E. Paartalu
8
K. Lewis
19
Xisco Hernández
21
U. Singh
11
S. Chhetri
Bengaluru (4-2-3-1)
Carles Cuadrat (Manager)
Mumbai City Subs
2
S. Balmuchu
21
R. Kumar
10
M. Mirabaje
12
S. Pradhan
8
M. Rafique
29
Bipin Singh
26
S. Singh
Bengaluru Subs
35
A. Chhetri
33
G. Gill
27
C. Gyeltshen
17
B. Haokip
4
S. Kima
37
E. Lalrindika
23
S. Anganba
36% POSSESSION 64%
8 SHOTS 15
4 SHOTS ON GOAL 2
15 FOULS 10
3 CORNERS 6
10 OFFSIDES 1
3 YELLOW CARDS 1
0 RED CARDS 0
2 SAVES 3
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Bengaluru FC 15 9 4 2 9 31
2 FC Goa 15 8 4 3 15 28
3 NorthEast United FC 16 7 6 3 4 27
4 Mumbai City FC 16 8 3 5 4 27
5 Jamshedpur FC 16 5 8 3 4 23
6 ATK 16 5 6 5 -3 21
7 FC Pune City 15 5 3 7 -5 18
8 Kerala Blasters FC 16 2 8 6 -7 14
9 Delhi Dynamos FC 15 2 6 7 -6 12
10 Chennaiyin FC 16 2 2 12 -15 8
MATCH DETAILS
Tournament ISL 2018-19 - Week 13
Stadium Mumbai Football Arena
Match time Sun, 27 Jan 2019, 07:30 PM
Updated: Jan 27, 2019 21:26 PM | Published: Jan 26, 2019 13:51 PM
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