Mumbai City FC midfielder Rowllin Borges put in a Man of the Match performance in the middle of the park as his side defeated Churchill Brothers 2-1 in their Hero Super Cup opener at the Payyanad Stadium in Manjeri, Kerala on Tuesday. 

The majestic midfielder accompanied Apuia Ralte and Vinit Rai in the central midfield, helping the team secure all three points after going a goal down early in the first half. Playing as a deep-lying playmaker, Borges was exceptional and dictated the game for the Islanders. His incredible progressive passes and set-pieces allowed others around him to play to their best. 

Borges evaluated the team’s performance and hailed the fighting spirit of the team as he spoke to the media in an interview after the game.

It was a difficult game. I think the important thing was we kept fighting as a team and we knew if we keep fighting, we will get something and everyone fought till the end. Eventually, we got the penalty, we scored and got the three points,” Borges said in a post-match interview.

The 30-year-old midfielder was all praise for the opponent and admits Churchill Brothers put in a tough shift against them.

“They (Churchill Brothers) were fighting but I think one small mistake cost them their match. It was a tough team to beat,” he said.

Mumbai City FC are currently second in Group D after Chennaiyin FC beat NorthEast United FC 4-2 later on Tuesday. Borges spoke about how important it is to have a win in the opening game of a tournament.  It is always important to get a good start in any tournament. We got the start and now we have to keep pushing each other,” Borges opined.

The Islanders will take on NorthEast United FC in their next Group D game on Saturday. The midfielder believes they need to keep pushing each other and churn out the best possible result from the remaining two games. 

“As you can see we are an all-Indian squad, so we keep pushing each other so we can get the result and qualify for the semis,” he concluded.