Talismanic India captain Sunil Chhetri was in chic type as he struck a brace to assist Bengaluru FC beat Mumbai City FC 4-2 in an eventful Indian Super League match right here on Monday.
Chhetri scored within the 57th and ninetieth minutes of his two hundredth recreation for the membership whereas Cleiton Silva additionally bagged a double (1st, twenty second).
Adam Le Fondre (fiftieth, 72nd) scored the 2 objectives for Mumbai City FC, who’ve already certified for the play-offs.
Mumbai City remained on second spot with 34 factors from 17 matches whereas Bengaluru FC jumped to sixth with 22 factors from 18 matches.
Mumbai City had 23 photographs within the match, essentially the most they’ve had in all the season, however they simply could not get the consequence they have been searching for. Instead, it was a rejuvenated Bengaluru FC facet that walked away with three factors.
It took simply 25 seconds for BFC to take the lead with Silva scoring the quickest purpose of the season and second-fastest within the historical past of the league.
After getting the ball in midfield, Chhetri launched Udanta Singh on the wing. Udanta sprinted down the flank and sprayed a go throughout the face of the purpose to Silva, who made no mistake.
Mumbai City had higher possession and extra photographs on track, however general, BFC have been sharper in transition and terrific on the counter.
As Mumbai City appeared to wrest management, the Blues have been placing up one among their best performances of the season and have been rewarded with their second purpose within the twenty second minute from a set-piece.
Xisco Hernandez despatched in a pleasant ball on the far submit and Silva timed his run to move it into the again of the web. Amrinder Singh, who moments earlier had denied Erik Paartalu with a tremendous save, could not do a lot.
Sergio Lobera’s facet had two good possibilities to get again into the sport, one by way of Le Fondre and one other by way of Raynier Fernandes however each weren’t transformed. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu then made an enormous save to disclaim Mourtada Fall.
The Islanders got here again stronger within the second half and managed to cut back the deficit. Cy Goddard made a run on the precise and threaded a well-time cross contained in the field. Le Fondre received in entrance of Harmanjot Khabra and caressed the ball previous Gurpreet.
But BFC restored their two-goal lead inside seven minutes by way of Chhetri. Gurpreet’s purpose kick discovered Chhetri upfront who had Hernan Santana on him. However, Santana took a tumble, setting Chhetri free with simply Amrinder between him and the purpose and the skipper made no mistake.
There was one other twist as, with 20 minutes left, Le Fondre scored his second, guiding a Goddard freekick previous Gurpreet.
Mumbai City stored knocking in quest of the equaliser and almost scored by way of Le Fondre, however Gurpreet produced a tremendous save.
At the opposite finish, BFC scored their fourth to seal full factors. Edmund Lalrindika set Chhetri by way of and he coolly scored previous Amrinder for his second of the sport.