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ISL Update: Mumbai City FC reign in double glory as they lift their maiden ISL trophy

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Bipin Singh’s late goal sealed the win for Mumbai City FC to claim their maiden title ever in the history of Hero Indian Super League (ISL).

Bipin Singh scored the winner in the final for Mumbai City FC to help them lift a maiden ISL Title | Image Source: Twitter.com

In what was a fitting finale to an incredible campaign, Mumbai City FC were crowned the Hero ISL 2020-21 season champions as they beat a dogged ATK Mohun Bagan in the final by 2-1 scoreline at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao on Saturday.

Lobera’s men made it two trophies in the same season becoming the first-ever side to clinch the league shield and the championship title. Bipin Singh scored a 90th-minute winner after a Tiri own goal (29′) had dragged Mumbai level. Bagan had earlier taken the lead through David Williams (18′).

Having snuck in front and the championship in sight, both sides continued to keep up the pressure. A brilliant strike from the Aussie, David Williams gave a diligent lead to the Mariners in the 20th minute of the game. A brilliant sneak cut from Roy finds David Williams in the right position, and it was Williams who just made it 1-0 for the Kolkata-based franchise.

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With pressure mounting on the Islanders, they continued with their attack and a long ball from Jahouh gave a lifeline, as the Mariners’ defender Tiri headed the ball into his own nets in an attempt to clear the long ball while running backward, which beat Arindam and went past him.

The daunting end minutes of the first half saw Mumbai City’s defender Amey Ranawade injuring in a collision and was taken to the hospital immediately.

With anxiety and pressure sieging the two sides, Mumbai probably had the best chance of the game in the 60th minute of the play, but Le Fondre’s attempt was just nullified by the Kolkata’s shot-stopper Arindam.

At the very dying minutes, after producing some fine saves, Arindam made a huge mistake by howling the long ball from the Mumbai zone, as the goalkeeper rushed out and chested the ball away, giving substitute Bartholomew Ogbeche the chance to win the ball. It seemed like a blessing in disguise for Ogbeche as he chased it down, found the ball’s way to Bipin who made no mistake from close range to just make it 2-1 for his side. In an enticing way, Bipin Singh capped off a brilliant breakthrough in the ISL by scoring the title-winning goal for Mumbai City FC.

Whistles down, the 2020-21 Hero ISL season after desperate minutes and craving moments, saw the sky flashing blue as Mumbai City FC became the first-ever ISL side to win the league shield and the trophy in the same season.

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