The headline clash of Matchday 10 of the Indian Super In the league, fifth-placed FC Bengaluru met second-placed Mumbai City. Carles Cuadrat's team had lost their last two games and were eager to jump back, but the islanders had been unbeaten since matchday one and had only lost points once in that run, so they weren't weak.
A fight of epic proportions It started, and here's what we made of it:
Bengaluru FC had a presentable chance within two minutes when Cleiton Silva Deshorn Brown made a small mistake Ahmed Jahouh slipped through on the right-hand side and the Jamaican striker prevailed against him.
Mumbai City took the lead in the 9th minute, however, when Hernán Santana headed the ball over from a corner and Mourtada Fall brought home from close range.
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Less than a minute later, Bipin Singh hit the ball to a free Adam le Fondre in the box after advancing from Hugo Boumous on the left, but the striker deflected his shot into a corner.
Mumbai City doubled their lead in the 15th minute when Mandar Rao Dessai delivered a precise cross for Bipin Singh, who cushioned them with his first volley home.
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– Vinay Mehta (@ imvinay05) January 5, 2021
Bengaluru FC's next notable chance came in the 41st minute when Cleiton Silva fired a free kick from the edge of the box and cleared the wall, but his shot was pushed away by Amrinder Singh.
There was a big turn in history in the 77th minute, when Mourtada tackled Cleiton Silva case neatly in the penalty area, but the referee missed a penalty. Sunil Chhetri stepped forward to take it and smashed it home.
– Ajay Ravi Menon (@AjayRaviMenon) January 5, 2021
Mumbai nearly recovered its two-goal cushion in the 82nd minute when Bartholomew Ogbeche headed Ahmed Jahouh's free-kick that came back off the post. The Nigerian striker received his fair rewards two minutes later while leading a corner right at Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, but the goalkeeper fiddled with the ball as it hit the ground and it rolled in.
Gurpreet is such a saint. Not only does he help raise money for the development of women's sport in India, but he also helps correct the mistakes in a soccer game. Such a gentleman! #BFCMCFC
– For the sake of football (@football_sake) January 5, 2021
Things didn't go smoothly for the islanders, however, as Ahmed Jahouh saw a second yellow card in the 86th minute for a rather stupid challenge that had to end the game with a man fewer.
However, that was not important to the outcome of this game as Mumbai City scored a 3-1 victory.
Main discussion point
FC Bengaluru has not looked like this since Ashique Kuruniyan suffered this unfortunate facial injury.
Tonight they were without the suspended Erik Paartalu, so Carles Cuadrat put Kristian Opseth and Deshorn Brown together for the first time this season instead of replacing one with the other as usual. However, the system he opted for – a 4-2-3-1 – only had room for one man up front so Brown had to play on the right flank and that didn't work that well.
After looking bright at the start of the game, they took another free kick (for the third time this season) to undo their good work and soon left another back after a terrible defense. After that, they looked pretty clueless as they weren't pushing or sitting down, so they should have been lucky to only be two during recess. They also had a lifeline for a penalty in the second half, but the home team wasted that too with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's mistake.
– fcbsagarrrr • (@sagarssshinde) January 5, 2021 ]
This was another disappointing defeat for Bengaluru FC and if things continue like this Carles Cuadrat is sure to get into trouble.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (3), Harmanjot Khabra (5), Pratik Chaudhari (5), Juanan (5.5), Rahul Bheke (5), Suresh Wangjam (5), Dimas Delgado (5.5), Deshorn Brown (4.5), Cleiton Silva (6), Sunil Chhetri ( 6 * ), Kristian Opseth (5)
Subs: Udanta Singh (5), Ajith Kumar (5.5), Fran González (5), Semboi Haokip (N / A)
Main discussion point
Almost perfect preparation
Mumbai City knew before the game that winning here would mean they would get into a big fight in a three-game winning streak against ATK Mohun Bagan. That is exactly what they wanted to do.
Although the islanders did not start well and were locked up in the first few minutes, they recovered strongly and scored two goals for the second time within 15 minutes in the last two games. They played some of the best possession soccer games we've seen all season after, and their lead looked as intact as it could have been at halftime.
There was another parallel to the game of the Kerala Blasters, as the intensity of the islanders decreased in the second half and they did not look as silky as in the first period. Their defense was solid, however, and aside from a (wrong) penalty decision, Amrinder Singh didn't have too much to do in the game as he watched his team go on to another routine win, especially after that well-deserved third goal.  Back where we belong!
– Ninad Achrekar (@AchrekarNinad) January 5, 2021
Mumbai City have won another bundle of three points from this game, which was certainly the perfect way to prepare for next week's big game. The only problem is that Ahmed Jahouh saw red so he will be banned from this match.
Amrinder Singh (6.5), Amey Ranawade (6), Mourtada Fall ( 8.5 * ), Hernán Santana ( 7), Mandar Rao Dessai (8), Rowllin Borges (7), Ahmed Jahouh (4), Raynier Fernandes (6), Hugo Boumous (6.5), Bipin Singh (7.5), Adam le Fondre (5, 5)
Subs: Bartholomäus Ogbeche (7.5), Vignesh Dakshinamurthy (5), Cy Goddard (5), Vikram Pratap Singh (5), Mehtab Singh (N / A)
Mandar Rao Dessai
After Mandar Rao Dessai had started the season well, he missed a month after an unfortunate personal loss and the subsequent mandatory quarantine.
He was back in big business this evening as he was absolutely master of the process on the left. Deshorn Brown was in his pocket most of the time, and when he wasn't the Jamaican striker tried (and failed) to pursue his marauding runs up the flank. The full-back also received a deserved first assist of the season for Mumbai's second goal with a perfectly lashed cross.
The 28-year-old Indian national player finished the game with 50 strokes, a pass accuracy of 90%, 3 crosses, 2 key passes and an assist.
 On the left a brilliant all-round display.
What this means:
Bengaluru FC remains in 5th place, while Mumbai City returns to the top of the table thanks to the first goals of the season from Mourtada Fall and Bipin Singh and the second from Bartholomew Ogbeche. The Blues lost three games in a row for the first time in ISL history, despite Sunil Chhetri's second penalty of the campaign. Ahmed Jahouh saw red for the second time this year, which was also the eighth sending off of ISL 7, but Sergio Lobera still managed to beat Carles Cuadrat for the first time.
FC Bengaluru will face SC East Bengal next Saturday, while Mumbai City will have a big fight at the top against ATK Mohun on Monday Bagan prepared.
Statistics courtesy of Sofascore.com