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    The Kerala Blasters slipped to fifth place in the Mumbai City Top 4 after beating East Bengal

    Mumbai City won another match in the league, intensifying their fight for the top 4 in the ISL. Mumbai City beat East Bengal 1-0 today. After a goalless first half, Mumbai City scored in the 51st minute of the second half. Bipin Singh scored the winning goal.

    Mumbai City goalkeeper Navas put on a stellar performance today with 5 saves. With this victory, Mumbai City came in fourth with 28 points. The Kerala Blasters finished fifth. The Kerala Blasters played one match less than Mumbai City.

    Defending champions Mumbai City FC went back into contention for a semi-final spot with a narrow 1-0 win over SC East Bengal in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda. A solitary goal by Bipin Singh (51′) was the difference, whose individual brilliance helped Des Buckingham’s men climb up to fourth place with 28 points.

    SC East Bengal made a spirited start after Mohammad Nawaz had to make an early save from Mahesh Naorem’s powerful drive. A few minutes before the half-hour mark, Thongkhosiem Haokip found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but a poor first touch denied him a scoring opportunity. His calls for a penalty fell on deaf ears following a faint touch from Mourtada Fall tripping him inside the box.

    Despite dominating more of the ball possession, the Islanders could only muster up two shots on target in the first half. The lack of clear scoring chances kept their attackers frustrated as SCEB defended resiliently and played on the counter. It was an intriguing first half but a lack of quality in the final third meant both sides went into the halftime break on equal terms.

    Mahesh began the second half in a similar fashion to the first, by forcing Nawaz into a save in the goal. Then, Igor Angulo miscued a tap-in from 10-yards away on the other end which shocked everyone on the pitch. The deadlock, however, was finally broken by a precise and powerful finish by Bipin Singh from outside the box. His left-footed strike beat the goalkeeper on his near post. A moment of magic was witnessed on the stroke of the 80th minute when Nawaz made a point-blank save from Raju Gaikwad’s overhead attempt.

    Connecting with the rebound, Fran Sota volleyed his shot above the crossbar to his frustration. The fourth official added four minutes for stoppages and MCFC saw them out with a collective defensive effort to collect the three points. Mumbai City FC take the field against FC Goa in their next outing at the Athletic Stadium on Saturday while SC East Bengal face NorthEast United in a battle of the bottom-dwellers at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Monday.

    Mumbai City FC

    The Islanders have won two, lost once and shared the spoils in the remaining of their last five matches this season. The 2-3 loss against Jamshedpur FC in the previous match was a bitter pill to swallow for the Des Buckingham-led side and would be eager to bounce back from that.

    SC East Bengal

    The Red and Gold Brigade have lost four and drawn once in their last five matches this season. Despite giving a tough fight, SC East Bengal narrowly lost to Kerala Blasters FC in their previous game. The Kolkata-based side would be eager to bag a couple of wins and end the campaign on a high.

    The result: Mumbai City FC 1 (Bipin Singh 51) bt SC East Bengal 0.

    Wednesday’s match: Hyderabad FC v Kerala Blasters, 7.30 p.m.

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