Odisha FC drew 2-2 with Mumbai City FC at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. The game saw newly appointed Odisha coach Sergio Lobera take on his former club for the first time since his return to Indian football.
The first chance of the match came in the 42nd minute when Mumbai City won a free-kick on the edge of the box. Greg Stewart stepped up and struck it really well, but his strike went wide over the crossbar.
The home side scored on the stroke of half-time when Issac Vanlalruatfela played a cross field pass which was not dealt with by Mumbai goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz. The ball fell to Jerry Mauihmingthanga, who slotted the ball into an open goal.
Mumbai played a high press after the break and earned a corner courtesy of the 47th minute. Stewart again took charge of the set-piece and delivered a curling cross that Rostin Griffiths headed home to bring Mumbai back on level terms.
In the 75th minute, the home side took the lead again when Roy Krishna was fouled inside the box. The Fijian striker made no mistake to put his side ahead from the spot. Mumbai City dug deep to equalize and were rewarded in the 88th minute.
Vikram Pratap Singh played a delightful pass for Jorge Pereira Diaz and tapped the Argentine into the net to save his side from the jaws of defeat.
Odisha FC will next face FC Goa at the Fatorda Stadium on October 7, and Mumbai City FC will host Kerala Blasters FC on October 8.