First-half targets from Mehtab Singh and Jorge Diaz have been sufficient to safe all three factors for the Islanders. Kerala Blasters misplaced their third consecutive sport after profitable the ISL opener earlier this month.
The hosts made two adjustments to the aspect that misplaced in Bhubaneswar final week. Ruivah Hormipam was changed by Victor Mongil. Up entrance, Ivan Kaliuzhnyi dropped to the bench as Rahul Kannoly Praveen took his place within the beginning line-up.
Mumbai Metropolis made only one change to their line-up — Diaz returned to the beginning eleven as Alberto Noguera dropped to the bench.
The Islanders took the lead after 21 minutes. The hosts did not clear a nook because the ball bounced off a few Blasters’ gamers earlier than coming to Mehtab Singh who smashed it into the again of the online.
Ten minutes later, poor defending from Marko Leskovic allowed Diaz to go one-on-one with the keeper. The Argentine stored his composure earlier than scoring in opposition to his former membership because the guests doubled their benefit.
The aim got here a minute after Mongil had denied Lallianzuala Chhangte with a superb last-ditch sort out.
The Mumbai Metropolis defence thwarted fairly a couple of makes an attempt by the Blasters. Sahal Abdul Samad’s strike from a good angle was saved comfortably by Phurba Lachenpa earlier than Rahul KP’s tame volley went large within the thirty third minute.
Three minutes later, a robust swerving free-kick effort from Adrian Luna was parried to security by Lachenpa.
Kerala Blasters did higher within the second half. The hosts managed to push the Islanders inside their very own half because the Mumbai Metropolis defence confronted a barrage of Blasters assaults.
Dimitrios Diamantakos’ low shot was palmed away by the keeper earlier than Jeakson Singh’s header from the ensuing nook was inches large within the 57th minute.
As the sport inched in the direction of the ultimate quarter, Luna’s effort from contained in the field hit the submit earlier than touchdown on the ft of Jessel Carneiro. The complete-back adjusted his footing and performed the ball throughout aim to Rahul KP, who headed it large.
The Blasters pushed Mumbai Metropolis into their very own half however failed to use the ultimate contact within the 18-yard field.
The win took Mumbai Metropolis to second place on the factors desk with two wins and two attracts after 4 video games within the ISL. They’re one level behind leaders Odisha FC, and their subsequent match shall be at residence in opposition to ATK Mohun Bagan FC on November 6.
The woes are piling up for the Blasters as they keep ninth with only one win in 4 video games. They’ll make the lengthy journey to Guwahati to face NorthEast United FC on November 5.