CK Vineeth was on song in the first encounter of the season as Bengaluru FC went ahead and cemented their place atop the I-League table with a 3-0 win over Mumbai FC. John Johnson, the Blues’ defender had earlier stated that there was usually a lot of emotion when it came to playing Mumbai. However, the dominating performance put up at the Sree Kanteeraa Stadium to shut out the visitors.
Roca rings in the changes
With matches coming thick and fast, the Bengaluru coach Albert Roca rung in the changes for the midweek clash. This was perhaps evidence of the massive squad depth the Blues boast of. Nishu Kumar came in for Sena Ralte while Cameron Watson once again made his way back into the side. However, the biggest change came with Daniel Lalhimpuia being replaced by CK Vineeth.
Vineeth nets in the final few seconds
The initial few minutes of the first half saw both sides go through the motions. Mumbai were feeding off scraps while the hosts were dominating in possession. Thoi Singh had a decent time playing on the left while Roca’s men were seemingly making light work of their opponents.
The deadlock was however broken when the powerhouse of CK Vineeth ensured that the Blues went in front towards the close of the first half. The quintessential smash and grab completely knocked the stuffing out of the Mumbaikars to say the least.
Bengaluru play a high press, Mumbai fail to
One of the features of Albert Roca and his tactics is clearly the whole passing game. With Cameron Watson pulling the strings from midfield, it was quite clear that the Mumbaikars well and truly had to ensure that there would not be an override. The high press also ensured that the Blues went on to score the goals the needed to complete the win.
Vineeth seals the win
CK Vineeth went ahead and smashed the ball into the back of the net twice in the second half as the blues went ahead and took a 3-0 lead as well as the important clean sheet and the three points. Now, they face East Bengal in the fourth round of matches to be played at the Barasat Stadium next.