Just 11 minutes made all the difference. Mumbai City FC toyed with Kerala Blasters FC in the first half and staved off a strong fightback in the next to finish with a 2-0 victory in the 2020-21 Indian Super League at Bambolim’s GMC Stadium on Saturday.
Mumbai striker Adam le Fondre scored off a penalty in the third minute and midfielder Hugo Boumous added one more eight minutes later as the Blasters paid the price for poor defending. The victory carried Mumbai to the top of the 11-team table with 19 points, while Blasters stayed ninth with six.
MCFC was a class apart. Despite having a 12-day break, Sergio Lobera’s men looked like they had lost none of their touch. They moved up with quick, crisp passes and the Blasters’ defence was frequently in trouble.
One such desperate move saw KBFC concede a penalty…