Mumbai City beat Mohammedan Sporting 1-0, enter Durand Cup final | Football News

KOLKATA: A last minute goal from Bipin Singh helped Mumbai City CF pip Muslim sports 1-0 and move on Durand Cup Final when they first appeared here on Wednesday.
It was a story of missed chances by both teams and just as the first semi-final was heading into extra time, Mumbai scored the all-important goal in the 90th minute.
The Black Panthers were last year’s runners-up and also lifted the trophy twice in 1940 and 2013, while former Indian Super League champions Mumbai made their Durand Cup debut this year.
It was a superb display of coordination from the start by the Indian duo of Lallianzuala Chhangte and Bipin Singh after Scotland striker Greg Stewart initiated the move from midfield.
Chhangte was clear on goal but opted to deliver a measured left-footed cross from the right to a surging Bipin who only had to tap in to bring home the winner for the Des Buckingham side.
Both teams were at their best and wasted at least half a dozen chances.
From the Islanders’ perspective, Mandar Rao Desai and Gurkirat Singh lacked coordination from the start and missed a few easy chances.
Playing in front of a strong home crowd of around 15,000, Mohammedan also had his fair share of opportunities, but Marcus Joseph and Nuriddin Davronov never posed a threat.
The Black and White Brigade rocked the Islanders in the opening 15 minutes of the game, winning as many as three corners and players like Prtiam Singh and Shaikh Faiaz changed flanks for dangerous moves.
During that span, all the Islanders managed was a free kick that was wasted by Stewart.
The match leveled at the half-hour mark with Mumbai slowly regaining control.
They forced three corners in around five minutes and from the first Mourtada Fall had the first real chance to score but Ndiaye came through in the heart of the Muslim defence.
The best chance of the first half came to Gurkirat when Bipin entered from the left and sent in a cross, but the burly Islanders striker missed the close contact.
Mohammedan started the second half with equal vigor and just five minutes into the restart the ball fell nicely for Abhash Thapa after a nice team move involving Marcus and Faiaz but he failed to test the guardian Lachenpa with a horribly poorly timed connection.

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