ISL-SEASON 5-MATCH-59-MUMBAI CITY FC VS KERALA BLASTERS FC
Match 59 of Indian Super League 5, held on Dec 16 ,saw the Mumbai City FC play against Kerala Blasters FC.
Modou Sougou’s four goals empowered Mumbai City to a 6-1 win over Kerala Blasters at Mumbai Football Arena. Sougou also became the first player in ISL to score four goals in a single game. Kerala Blasters had 53% possession than Mumbai’s 47%.
Sougou’s hat-trick gave Mumbai a 3-1 lead at the break
Kerala Blasters FC won the toss and chose their side. Both the teams made a tame start to the game by playing the ball in the midfield rather than testing the goalkeepers. In the 12th minute, the hosts took the lead as Machado drilled a low cross to onrushing Sougou inside the box and the latter calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. A couple of minutes later Mumbai doubled their lead after Dheeraj clearance found Fernandes and the latter passed the ball to Sougou at the edge of the box. Sougou without doing any mistake calmly slotted the ball into the right corner to give his side a 2-0 lead. In the 19th minute, Machado chipped in a ball over Kerala’s backline, which found Issoko in the box, but the latter’s shot went wide of the post. In the 27th minute, Kerala pulled one goal back as Samad’s brilliant play in the box helped Doungel to get the ball at the edge of the box and the latter placed the ball into the bottom left corner past the keeper. A couple of minutes later Sougou completed his hat-trick after a Subhasish accurate cross from the left found Sougou and the latter headed it towards the far corner past the diving keeper. In the injury time, Kerala was reduced to 10 men on the field after Zakeer’s second yellow card in the game after he brought down Bastos inside the box. Finally, Mumbai entered the break with a 2-goal cushion.
Mumbai ended the year with a bang
As the second half started in the 59th minute Sougou had a chance to score his fourth goal after Pesic tried to clear the ball but the intervention of Lalruatthara made Sougou to meet that ball and the latter fired it towards the goal, but it ended up hitting the side netting. In the 70th minute, Mumbai took a 4-1, lead through Bastos stunning strike as he pounced on to the loose ball before smashing it towards the bottom left corner. In the last minute of the regulation time, Mumbai scored their fifth goal through super sub-Mirabaje as the former got the ball from Issoko before blasting his shot into the top right corner. In the injury time, Sougou scored his fourth goal of the night making him the first person to score four goals in a single game at ISL. Finally, Mumbai ended their year with a bang and made their chances of qualifying for the playoffs strong.
FINAL MATCH SCORE
ISL on Social Media
Here are some of the popular social media posts on the clash between Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters FC.
Mumbai City FC tweet after the game
An early Christmas present from the boys courtesy a record breaking performance from @papesougou and goals from @rafaelbastos162 and Matias Mirabaje! 😍 #MUMKER #ApunKaTeam 🔵 pic.twitter.com/eA4Sz8MkMA
— Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) December 16, 2018
ISL tweet after the match
The #MUMKER Hero of the Match, @papesougou was sensational tonight and completely dismantled the @KeralaBlasters defence by slotting 4⃣ goals past them and making a new #HeroISL record in the process.#LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/gdwsO5kUtu
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 16, 2018
Kerala Blasters FC tweet after the game
— Kerala Blasters FC (@KeralaBlasters) December 16, 2018