Mumbai City FC beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in the Indian Super League 2022-23 match at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday.
Chennaiyin FC’s Petar Sliskovic struck the opening goal of the match in the 34th minute before Lallianzuala Chhangte (38th) and Greg Stewart (57th) scored for Mumbai City FC.
“We showed a really good performance. We can be proud of the way we faced Mumbai City. I still can’t believe that we lost the match. It was an evenly balanced match in the second half,” Chennaiyin FC head coach Thomas Brdaric said after the match.
“There were small things which decided the match today. Anything can happen in a game. We could have gone home with three points had everything gone well.”
Chennaiyin FC were awarded four corners in the first quarter for their continuous attack in the opposition half, putting pressure on Mumbai City FC’s defence line straightaway. It was Chennaiyin FC’s in-form striker Sliskovic, who broke the deadlock when he brilliantly converted Julius Duker’s pass inside the box. It was the Croatian star’s sixth goal of the season and first non-headed strike.
Mumbai City FC took four minutes to level the scores in the 38th minute when Chhangte struck the opening goal for the hosts to take them 1-1 into the break.
Stewart put the Islanders in the lead for the first time in the night when he netted their second goal in the 57th minute.
Six minutes later, Anirudh Thapa, who replaced Sourav Das, had almost produced an equaliser for the visitors but his strike missed the target by a whisker.
This was Mumbai City FC’s second win of the season against Chennaiyin FC after the 6-2 win away in Chennai.
Chennaiyin FC will now take on Jamshedpur FC in an away game on January 7 while Mumbai City will be up against Odisha FC on January 2 in their next match.