Hyderabad FC 0-2 Mumbai Metropolis: Report, Rankings & Response as The Islanders Finish Hyderabad’s Unbeaten Run


The Indian Super League’s action on Sunday started off with a bang as sixth-placed Hyderabad FC (who were unbeaten) faced leaders Mumbai City FC. Hyderabad had raised the heat against East Bengal last time, but Mumbai’s winning streak against the 10 men from Jamshedpur FC turned cold.

A brilliant clash was brewing, and here’s what we made of it:


The game started a little slow in terms of chances, but there was some fireworks in the 38th minute when Bipin Singh Ahmed Jahouh’s crossfield ball cushioned Vignesh Dakshinamurthy in the box and the left-back volleyed his volley straight into the top corner.


38 ‘A stunning pass from Mumbai ends with a volley from Vignesh.

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Hyderabad had a great chance of equalizing in the 44th minute when Akash Mishra delivered an accurate ball for Mohammad Yasir, and Amrinder Singh was caught trying to push it away but missed. Somehow, with the aim that was at his fingertips from the edge of the box, he sent it far.

Adam le Fondre doubled Mumbai’s advantage on 59 minutes when Rowllin Borges intercepted a pass on the left flank and rolled it across the box to Adam le Fondre, who controlled the ball brilliantly before leading it into the bottom corner.

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Adam le Fondre had a very good chance of doubling his record in the 78th minute when Cy Goddard slipped through him on the right. He tried to hit the goalkeeper but only hit the side net.

Vikram Pratap Singh had a pop in stoppage time after blowing up the left flank, cutting inward and trying to poke the top corner, but only missed wide.

That didn’t matter in the end, however, as Mumbai City scored a convincing 2-0 win.


Main talking point

The unbeaten run ends

Hyderabad had not been beaten this season as they held their own against ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC but this was their biggest challenge.

They didn’t have too much possession as expected, but they faced the leaders in the first half, defended firmly and were a regular threat at the other end. Still, they took a fantastic hit and didn’t take the chance later, before break to achieve the balance.

The home team failed to make anything substantial in the second half, however, and they conceded a rather sloppy goal due to some bad passers-by. This took away the equalizer for them, and even the incoming Liston Colaco couldn’t disrupt the goal line.

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That ended Hyderabad FC’s impressive undefeated start, but their performance was in no way daunting.

Player ratings

Subrata Pal (5), Asish Rai (6), Odei Onaindia (6), Chinglensana Singh (5.5), Akash Mishra (6.5 *), Hitesh Sharma (5.5), João Victor (6), Nikhil Poojari (5), Mohammad Yasir (5), Halicharan Narzary (5), Aridane Santana (6)

Subs: Liston Colaco (5.5), Souvik Chakrabarti (5.5), Lalawmpuia (5), Rohit Danu (N / A)


Main talking point

No boumous, no problem

Without Hugo Boumous against Jamshedpur FC, Mumbai City really lacked creativity as they struggled to carry their determined deficit and they didn’t take the few good chances they had.

The Frenchman initially returned to the line-up, but knocked on the warm-up before the game and had to sit it out too. Cy Goddard was drafted to replace him at the last minute, but he had to work in an unfamiliar central role. As a result, Mumbai couldn’t get any major openings in the first half of this game either, but the only shot on goal they managed was an absolute blast and gave them the lead.

Things didn’t change much in the second half either, but the Islanders kept most of the ball and defended well when they lost it. They added a second goal which allowed them to have a bit more comfort in the game and the fact that their opponents didn’t get a single shot on goal meant they could go to victory.

Good game for Le Fondre ✔️
Jahouh artistic as always ✔️
Mourtada dada as always ✔️
Clean sheet ✔️
Impressive performance from Bipin ✔️
Vikram Pratap gets minutes ✔️
And a destination to remember 💙 @ MumbaiCityFC #mumbaicity

– Chirag. 💙 (@ ChiragCr24) December 20, 2020

Mumbai have proven they can do it without Boumous so this team will certainly come a long way this season.

Player ratings

Amrinder Singh (6), Amey Ranawade (6), Mourtada autumn (8th *), Hernán Santana (7), Vignesh Dakshinamurthy (7.5), Rowllin Borges (7.5), Ahmed Jahouh (8), Raynier Fernandes (6), Cy Goddard (6), Bipin Singh (7.5), Adam le Fondre (8)

Subs: Farukh Choudhary (5), Bartholomäus Ogbeche (5), Mohammad Rakip (N / A), Tondonba Singh (N / A), Vikram Pratap Singh (N / A)

Adam the Melt

How good is this man?

Adam le Fondre was on fire tonight, not exactly in terms of scoring, but in terms of the general pace of work and the crowd. He was absolutely everywhere, doing a lot of long sprints just to press during the game – even in the final stages of the second half. He topped it all off with a brilliant finish after a nifty touch to control the ball, bringing his season record to five goals.

The English striker scored 28 goals with his only shot on goal and also won 3 ground duels.

Another game, another goal for Adam le Fondre.

What this means:

Hyderabad FC remain in sixth place, while Mumbai City are again three points clear thanks to Vignesh Dakshinamurthy’s first goal at ISL. Hyderabad FC’s longest undefeated run ends with this defeat, while Mumbai has the best start to an ISL campaign yet.

Hyderabad will face Kerala Blasters next Sunday while Mumbai City’s next game will also be against the Blasters, but it’s a day after the New Year as they won’t be playing on Matchday 8.

Statistics courtesy of Sofascore.com

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