Mumbai City FC experienced their second consecutive loss in the AFC Champions League as they were defeated 3-0 by Uzbek side PFC Navbahor. The match showcased a tale of two halves, with Mumbai City dominating the first 45 minutes but failing to capitalize on their dominance. In contrast, PFC Navbahor demonstrated their quality in the second half, scoring three goals to secure a comprehensive victory.
Mumbai City FC made slight changes to their lineup compared to their previous ISL game against Odisha FC. The team included Phurba in goal, with Tiri and Rostyn Griffiths in central defense. Akash Mishra played as a left-back, while Mehtab Singh assumed a different role as a right-back. Apuia Ralte partnered with Greg Stewart and Yoëll van Nieff in the midfield. The attacking trio featured Lallianzuala Chhangte, Vikram Partap Singh, and Jorge Pereyra Díaz.
Mumbai City FC began the game by dominating possession, particularly in the first half. They sought to press high up the pitch with their front four players, aiming to force errors from Navbahor.
Despite their dominance, the Islanders struggled to convert their chances into goals. They created several opportunities, with Vikram Partap Singh and Pereyra Díaz being involved in some promising plays. However, they were unable to break the deadlock.
Navbahor, on the other hand, found their rhythm after the 15th minute and created their chances as well. Their first significant opportunity came in the 18th minute when they constructed a well-executed attack on their right wing.
Despite Mumbai City FC’s continuous onslaught, they couldn’t find the back of the net. They had a chance from a direct free-kick by Yoëll van Nieff in the 25th minute, but the shot narrowly missed the target.
In the second half, Navbahor took the lead in the 52nd minute through a well-placed shot by Jamshid Iskanderov. The Uzbek side continued to dominate and doubled their lead in the 58th minute, extending their lead to 2-0.
Despite making substitutions to inject fresh energy into their attack, Mumbai City FC struggled to regain control of the game. Navbahor added another goal in the 87th minute, sealing a 3-0 victory.
This result marked Mumbai City FC’s second consecutive loss in the AFC Champions League group stage. They will look to regroup and bounce back in their next match in the Indian Super League (ISL) against Kerala Blasters.
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