Odisha FC outplayed Mumbai City FC 4-2 to pick up their first win in Indian Super League (ISL) Season 6 at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.
In Mumbai, the visitors, who lost their first two matches of the season, impressed with their aggressive approach in the first half and were three goals ahead of Mumbai City.
Xisco Hernandez (6′) drew the first blood for the side, and was later accompanied by Aridane Santana (21′, 72′) and Jerry Mawihmingthanga (40′) to seal the win for Odisha.
Mohamed Larbi’s (51′) penalty and a late fortuitous hit by Bipin Singh (90+4′) turned out to be nothing more than consolation for Mumbai who registered their maiden loss of the season.
Odisha FC took an early lead when Xisco Hernandez got past Pratik Chaudhari before curling a left-footed curler past Amrinder Singh in goal. It is to note that it was the first goal that the Islanders conceded this season.
The visitors soon doubled their lead midway into the first half. Shubham Sarangi released Jerry down the right flank whose low cross to the edge of the box was turned in by Santana with an excellent first-time effort.
The hosts’ defence was punished with another blow just before the break. Nandhakumar Sekar cut in from the left and sent a curling effort at the goal which hit the bar. But Jerry, who received the rebound, dispatched it into the net to stun the home crowd.
Mumbai’s pursuit for a way back into the game was helped when Kevyn chased a lob into the box and collided with an onrushing Francisco Dorronsoro, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Mohamed Larbi calmly slotted home from 12 yards to open a window of hope for his team.
The game slowed down considerably after the hour-mark and Mumbai struggled to sustain the intensity with which they started the second half. Odisha waited for their moment and soon added the fourth goal.