It was a dominant display from the defending champions as Mumbai City FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan 5-1 in a repeat of last season's final in the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.
Vikram Pratap Singh (4', 25'), Igor Angulo (38'), Mourtada Fall (47'), Bipin Singh (52') scored for the title-holders. David Williams (60') came off the bench to score a consolation.
Antonio Lopez Habas retained his trust in the same set of players that won bragging rights in the Kolkata derby over the weekend. Mumbai City, who were subjected to a 3-1 loss by Hyderabad FC on the same day, made two alterations. Mandar Rao Dessai started at left back as Vikram assumed Raynier's place on the right wing.
Young Vikram took less than four minutes to repay the faith Des Buckingham put in him. The pacy forward was in the right position at the right time when a square pass from Bipin Singh went through a defender's leg and Vikram shot first time into the net, nutmegging goalkeeper Amrinder Singh.
The wave of attacks remained relentless. The ATKMB defence had no answers when another bit of build-up play from the left saw Bipin's delivery tapped home by Vikram on the second time of asking as he slid in, almost colliding with Amrinder.
Bagan's sorry state of affairs w highlighted by having zero shots on target in the first half. City were not done as Mandar's cross was knocked down by Fall inside the box and the dangerous marksman Angulo had no trouble guiding the ball into the net, putting his side three to the good before the break.
With Deepak Tangri sent off right after the resumption, City made it 4-0 with Fall heading in a freekick from Jahouh.
While it looked nowhere close to last season's final, two goalscorers from both sides in last year's showpiece, Bipin Singh and David Williams made their way into the scoresheet before the hour mark.