Mumbai City FC recorded their first win in the fifth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday. Mumbai beat FC Pune City 2-0 in the first Maharashtra Derby match of the season played at their home Mumbai Football Arena. After this victory, Mumbai has got four points in three matches with one defeat, one win and one draw and it has come in sixth position.
The way Pune started, she did not think she would lose. Pune attacked in the first minute and warned the host team. Lalchunamawai Fanai broke Mumbai’s forward line and handed the ball to his captain Emiliano Alfaro from the left end. Alfaro took a header on the ball that went out of the post.
Mumbai was also pushing. In the sixth minute of the match, Mumbai captain Paulo Machado aimed at the goal post which failed. It was only nine minutes after the match that the first booking of the match was made. The referee showed a yellow card to Ashike Kurien of Pune due to bad behavior.
Pune may have made a quick start, but the hosts gradually showed momentum in their game and put Pune under pressure by scoring the first goal of the match. Modoyu Saugou scored in the 25th minute to give Mumbai a 1-0 lead. This goal was in a way a combination of Mumbai’s good and Pune’s bad luck. Rafael Bastos wanted to put the ball into the net from the left end which came back on the collision with the bar and Saugou easily put it into the net to put Mumbai ahead by one goal.
Three minutes later, Mumbai had a chance to double their lead, but this time Pune goalkeeper Vishal Keith came in the middle of a shot by Arnold Issoko. Before Pune could get out of the pressure, Mumbai pushed it further back. Mumbai got a penalty in the 45th minute which was converted by Bastos to give Mumbai a 2-0 lead. Mumbai got the penalty after Fanai dropped Saugou, which Bastos made no mistake in capitalizing on.
With a two-goal lead in the second half, Mumbai tried to keep the ball with them. She was not very aggressive and was happy with the defensive game. Meanwhile, Pune made a change in their team. In the 59th minute, the coach dismissed Nikhil Pujari and fielded Gurtej Singh. A minute earlier, Mumbai captain Machado missed the third goal for his team.
Mumbai also sent Mohammad Rafique to the field by dismissing Saugou who scored in the 66th minute. Earlier, Alfaro had tried to open Pune’s account but once again his shot went over the goal post. Mumbai got another penalty in injury time. It seemed that Mumbai would win 3-0 but Pune goalkeeper Vishal Keith stopped Lucia Goian’s kick and did not allow Mumbai to score the third goal.