Bartholomew Ogbeche’s spectacular arrival saw Mumbai City FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan by a lone Indian Super League goal in Fatorda. The victory saw MCFC (25 points) climb to a five-point lead over second-placed Bagan.
MCFC attacked early on and made it a one-way traffic in the first quarter as Bagan’s defense took a lot of punches. Mumbai came close to taking the lead in the 11th minute following a streak of sudden passes over Bagan’s surface between Hugo Boumous, Cy Goddard and Amey Ranawade.
But Bagan Citadel somehow survived when goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya managed to fire Goddard’s last shot.
MCFC’s dominance was evident with over 150 successful passes versus 20 handled by Bagan in the opening 15 minutes. The Bagan defense led by Spanish center-back Tiri managed to hold off the famous Mumbai attack. The Islanders showed good form and good coordination in the midfield where Boumous had full control.
The change of end saw Bagan take control of some of the action, but it was Mumbai who profited most of the possession. Edu Garcia could have put Bagan in the lead in the 58th minute, but his attempt went vertically.
Mumbai sealed the issue 11 minutes later when Boumous installed the unmarked Ogbeche inside Bagan’s box with a thin back heel. The Nigerian center-forward made no mistake in completing his attempt in the far corner in front of Bhattacharya.
The result: ATK Mohun Bagan 0 lost to Mumbai City FC 1 (Bartholomew Ogbeche 69).
Tuesday’s game: NEUFC vs Bengaluru FC, 7:30 p.m.