Didn't deserve to lose: SC East Bengal head coach Mario Rivera after Mumbai City FC loss

SC East Bengal suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mumbai City FC at the PJN Stadium in Margao, Goa on Tuesday. SCEB head coach Mario Rivera though believed that his side was unlucky to come away without a single point from the game.

Bipin Singh scored the only goal of the game early in the second half to seal the victory for the Islanders.

Match Report: Bipin Singh fires Mumbai City FC to a crucial victory over SC East Bengal

This result keeps the Kolkata-based team at the bottom of the Hero ISL table while MCFC goes up the table to 4th.

Head Coach Mario Rivera addressed the media after the game.

Here are some excerpts from his press conference:

Do you think the match was closer than what the final score suggests?

When you lose only by one goal, it's very difficult for the result to be more closer. But for me, yes, because we didn't deserve to lose the match. We had many opportunities to score. I think one or two penalties. It's very often.

What happened with Antonio Perosevic in the warmup?

Antonio woke up with a little fever during the day, he was a little better and he wanted to play. He traveled with the team but when we reached the stadium he was much worse and he said that he cannot play so we changed.

Is there a reason why Darren Sidoel was not a part of the starting 11?

Yes, because in the last 11 days he only trained for two days. He was also with a fever and he was only fit for 30 minutes and he played only that time.

You had many chances today. Can you take that as a positive going into the final matches?

Yes, of course, we have to keep doing the good things. Today, we did many good things and will try for the next matches. I think that the players are demonstrating that they can win against everyone and we will come back again to try again.

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