Mumbai City FC created history at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Monday after they become the first-ever Indian club to win a match in the AFC Champions League. Though lagging behind initially, they made a superb comeback and defeated the Iraqi Air Force Club 2-1 in a group B tie. Following this result, the Indian club shifted to second place in the group standings alongside the leader’s AI Shabab.
Mumbai City FC Creates History by Winning an AFC Champions League Match as the First Indian Team
Hammadi Ahmed who appeared off the bench, opened the scoring on the 59th team to help his team, the three times league champions take the lead. However, Diego Mauricio’s penalty in the 70th minute converted from the spot and Rahul Bheke’s header in the 75th minute were spectacularly enough to grab the deal.
According to many, Mumbai City FC’s fate could remain the same just like the previous game in that they lost 3-0. Air Force Clubs were well groomed with their homework and cantered well, which forces their opponents to start committing errors within the introductory ten minutes of the game.
Though it took some time, Mumbai City FC eventually settled down in the game. They even had a chance to take the lead at the half-hour mark but missed it. Even the opponents had a couple of chances but poor finishing pulled them back every time.
Things took a turn in the second half after Brad Inman replaced Singh and Hammadi Ahmad and Ahmad Lafta came in.
Though, in the end, it was the Mumbai City FC who could hold onto their nerves and keep up with their lead. Air Force gave a staunch try till the last and in the 85th minute, Ahmad was closer but ultimately in vain. The Islanders will next face Al-Jazira on Thursday, while Air Force Club to take on Al-Shabab on the same day.