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  Odisha FC crush Mumbai CFC to post 1st win in ISL
BHUBANESWAR,31 Oct 2019 (Team Orisports)

Odisha FC bounced back from two consecutive defeats in style as they hammered Mumbai City FC 4-2 to pick up their first win of the 6th Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai today. The visitors impressed with their aggressive approach in the first half and were three goals up at the end of it.

Xisco Hernandez (6`) opened the scoring before goals from Aridane Santana (21`, 73`) and Jerry Mawihmingthanga (41`) sealed the win. Penalty convertion by Mohamed Larbis (51`) and a late fortuitous hit from Bipin Singh (90+4’) turned out to be nothing more than a consolation for Mumbai who looked lacklustre.


Odisha got off to a terrific start by scoring six minutes into the match. Santana played the ball towards Xisco who dribbled into the box, dropped his shoulder to beat Pratik Chaudhari and curled a simple finish into the net.

Odisha FC were then denied by the crossbar as they chased a second goal. A deflected effort from the edge of the box by Santana ricocheted wide off the woodwork. But the visitors soon doubled their lead midway through the 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.

Mumbai were not without chances at the other end but lacked composure inside the box. Amine Chermiti failed to hit the target from a Serge Kevyn cross and another cross for Kevyn by Diego Carlos went wide.

The defence of the home team 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. The rebound fell to Jerry who took a touch and dispatched it into the net to stun the home crowd.

The pursuit of Mumbai 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.

After a neat exchange of passes outside the box, Jerry swung a delightful cross into the box from the right which was headed home by Santana who completed a brace and doused the hopes of the home crowd for a comeback. Just as the game wound down in injury time, a hopeful drilled effort from the left flank by Bipin crept past Dorronsoro at his near post.

Odisha FC players bagged three individual prizes today with Odia defender Shubham Sarangi, Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Nandhakumar Sekar being adjudged as Player of the Match, Hero of the Match and Emerging Player of the Match respectively.
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TOP: Odisha FC players celebrate after scoring a goal against Mumbai City FC in Mumbai on 31 October, 2019.
RIGHT: Odisha FC striker Xisco Hernandez celebrates after scoring a goal against Mumbai City FC on 31 October, 2019.


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