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FC Pune City defeat Mumbai City FC 2-0

FC Pune City rode on Dudu Omagbemi’s double strike to record a convincing 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC, the result virtually knocking the visitors out of a semifinal reckoning while keeping alive the home side’s chances in the Indian Super League on Wednesday.

Dudu rose to the occasion with two second half goals (66th and 80th minutes) to send Franco Colomba’s men soaring up to the fourth spot in the ISL table.

The match could have gone the other way had Tiago Ribeiro converted a penalty in the 51st minute for the visitors. The only downside for the victors was the expulsion of their head coach for entering the pitch in celebration of his side’s goals.

It was a frantic start to a very entertaining first period. The home side was off the blocks almost immediately with the Nigerian striker testing Subrata Paul from distance. The India No 1 keeper was up to the task however and thwarted a wave of Pune attacks. Pune really should have taken the lead through Dudu again but Paul stood firm once more.

Park Kwang-Il, playing on the left side of the midfield, was a livewire throughout but even he was guilty of missing a good chance. Kostas Katsouranis and Jermaine Pennant also fluffed their lines. Manuel Friedrich and Abhishek Yadav came closest to opening the scoring for the away side. Both however, missed their headers from Ribeiro’s corners.

In the second session, Pune looked like the only team who showed up. Mumbai made a half-time change bringing in Subhash Singh for Sushil Kumar Singh. But that did not make a difference to the home side as they continued to push forward.

Against the run of play however, Mumbai were awarded a penalty when Pritam Kotal stuck his hand out to control a cross in his area. Ribeiro stepped up and hit it to the right of Arindam Bhattacharya who got down well to make the stop and become the first keeper to save a penalty in the tournament.

A few minutes later, Krisztian Vadocz had the ball in the Mumbai net but it was chalked off for a handball. The home side finally got the reward for their persistence in the 66th minute when Dudu, who was lying injured on the pitch moments before, collected a cross from the left on his chest and volleyed it past an impressive Paul.

Pune got a second in the 80th minute when Park put a low cross into the box. A poor clearance saw the ball fall for Katsouranis who snatched at a shot. Dudu was however on hand to backheel it past Paul.

Peter Reid has a lot of thinking to do ahead of his cellar side’s next clash against Atletico de Kolkata at home on December 7 while Pune will feel more comfortable at home meeting Delhi Dynamos FC a day before.

Chennaiyin FC thrash Mumbai City FC 3-0

Chennaiyin FC produced a clinical performance and pumped in goals in the second half to thrash Mumbai City FC 3-0 to consolidate their position at the top of the table in Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday.

After much prodding and probing, Bruno Pelissari gave his side the lead in the 71st minute when he slotted the ball home.

Pelissari made the stride after a blunder from Mumbai midfielder Jan Stohanzl, who gave away the ball from the edge of the box before Chennai’s Balwant Singh failed to get a touch.

The Marco Materazzi-coached side extended the lead 10 minutes later when Dhanachandra Singh’s shot found the back of the net after capitalising on a error from Mumbai custodian Subrata Paul.

The Abhishek Bachchan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni co-owned side took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 89th minute when Cristian Hidalgo, who came in for Pelissari in the 73rd minute, smashed a brilliant freekick past to the right of a flying Paul in the Mumbai goal.

The table-toppers missed out on getting a penalty when Mikael Silvestre’s shot hit Manuel Friedrich’s hand in the 56th minute.

Chennai which had drubbed Mumbai 5-1 when the two sides had met earlier, consolidate their position at the top with 19 points from 10 games, while with 12 points Mumbai is placed sixth in the eight-team league.

The hosts were without the services of the French import Nicolas Anelka and drafted Portuguese midfielder Tiago Ribeiro in his place, while skipper Syed Rahim Nabi came in place of forward Subash Singham in the starting eleven.

Chennaiyin, on the other hand, made three changes to their line-up from the previous game. The league’s highest goal scorer Elano Blumer, Colombian striker John Mendoza and Gourmangi Singh were replaced by Bruno Pelissari, Mikael Silvestre and Balwant Singh.

Mumbai came close to breaking the deadlock in the fifth minute when Czech midfielder Jan Stohanzl arrived late to collect the cross from Tiago but his shot went wide.

The home side squandered a double opportunity in the 26th minute. Lalrindika Ralte stole the ball from Bernard Mendy and passed it to Brazilian striker Andre Moritz, whose shot was denied by custodian Gennaro Bracigliano. The ball then went to Tiago after former Manchester United defender Silvestre deflected it but his shot went wide.

The visitors targeted Moritz, who was on the receiving end of many tackles, and the tournament’s first hat-trick scorer had to leave the field on the 31st minute with a hamstring injury.

This however, gave the opportunity to marquee player Frederik Ljungberg to ply his trade after missing a few games due to a hamstring injury.

The former Arsenal star last featured in the 0-2 loss at home against NorthEast United FC on October 24, got a rousing welcome from the packed stadium.

In a fast-paced opening half, Mumbai dominated the start of play but couldn’t capitalise on the chances.

The Chennai side couldn’t get past the Mumbai’s defence and were unable to break the shackles in the first half, despite enjoying a lions’ share of possession.

Pelissari’s feeble attempt from a distance in the 34th minute was easily blocked by Mumbai goalkeeper Subrata Paul.

The Indian custodian was tested in the first couple of minutes in the second half by Pelissari but the Brazilian couldn’t manage to find his name on the score sheet then.

Mumbai frittered away a chance when skipper Nabi missed a golden opportunity to give his side a lead in the 53rd minute.

The hosts, who had featured in three successive goalless draws prior to this match, had a chance to go up when Denson Devadas fouled Stohanzl in the 65th minute but Tiago’s freekick failed to trouble the visiting team keeper.

Mumbai, Goa play out goalless draw in ISL

Mumbai City FC and FC Goa played out an action-packed goalless draw in the Hero Indian Super League clash after both the teams failed to score on many occasions at the D Y Patil Stadium on Monday.

The two teams had also been locked in a goalless stalemate in the first-leg encounter in Goa on November 9.

The drawn game kept Mumbai in fifth spot in the table with 12 points while the visitors too remained in seventh spot with 9 points, two better than bottom-placed Delhi Dynamos.

Incidentally this was also Mumbai’s third successive goalless draw in the league.

In a fast-paced opening half, Mumbai dominated play through the major portion of the first half with French ace Anelka spelling constant danger up front after some lovely work in midfield by two other foreigners in the team – Brazilian Andre Moritz and Czech Jan Stohanzl.

But they lacked sufficient support from the likes of Subash Singh, who wasted a few gilt-edged chances, and Lalrindika Ralte.

Goa came into the picture late in the second half after an initial foray. The latter half saw both teams having an almost equal share of exchanges.

The opening salvo was fired in the fourth minute by the visiting team when Mandar Dessai shot over the crosspiece from the left after using Brazilian midfield mate Andre Santos to run into the penalty box.

But thereafter the Goa team’s players were left chasing their rivals. In the sixth minute Anelka volleyed the ball over on the run after outrunning his marker and compatriot Gregory Arnolin.

Six minutes later the home team got its first corner award which went waste as Czech defender Pavel Cmovs left footed on the turn wide of the post.

A dangerous run from their own half by Stohanzl after outsprinting three rival players also went fruitless in the 18th minute as his minus pass from the byline found no takers.

Soon afterwards Subash Singh blasted wide a shot after being fed superbly by Moritz.

Goa’s Gabriel Fernandes tried a shot from outside the penalty area which almost beat Subrata Paul under the Mumbai bar before the India goaltender, who has kept a clean record in the last four games, dived to his right at the last minute and tipped the ball wide of the post.

Four minutes from half time came the best chance of the session. Ralte was let free by his rival marker off a superb, defense-splitting through pass by Moritz, but the Indian player’s left-footed shot did not carry enough punch or angle to beat rival custodian Jan Seda who dived and blocked the ball with his body.

Just before this Goa had two shots at the goal through Frenchman Younness Bengelloun, scorer of a brace of goals against Delhi Dynamos before this game, and Australian Tolgay Ozbey, which tested Subrata Paul.

Mumbai brought in fit-again Moritz for Tiago Ribeiro in their starting eleven while Goa replaced Peter Carvalho with Gabriel Fernandes.

After the change of ends, skipper Roberto Pires started asserting himself and the Goa attack gathered pace. Off one such move Pires passed to an unmarked Ozbey on the right of the box. But before he could connect Mumbai defender Peter Costa foiled him.

Then Mumbai started to hold sway for a while. Anelka’s weighty, floated pass from the right flank was headed over the bar by Moritz.

Soon after, Mumbai replaced the disappointing Subash with Nadong Bhutia while their rivals brought in Afghan Haroon Fakhruddin for Frenchman Pires. Later Goa substituted Gabriel Fernandes with Romeo Fernandes.

The game started to get rough with Mumbai’s Pavel and Goa’s Gregory being booked by referee M B Santosh Kumar for deliberate fouls

With seven minutes left in the game, the impressive Moritz – scorer of a hat-trick on his debut game at this venue against Pune – almost broke the deadlock with a pile-driver of a left-footed try which shook the cross bar and rebounded into play.

At the other end it was the turn of Goa’s Ozbey to strike the woodwork as his left-footed shot from just outside the box hit the right post and came back into play.

Later Paul had to dive and prevent a close-range shot from substitute Romeo Fernandes.

Kerala Blasters fail to unlock stingy Mumbai defence in 0-0 draw

It was another case of crucial points dropped at home as Kerala Blasters played out a frustrating 0-0 draw against Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The hosts dominated the match but just like in previous games, couldn’t get their finishing right. The Mumbai defense put up another impressive performance and Subrata Paul was again at his best — the team has now kept four cleansheets in a row.

Mumbai City made two changes to the starting eleven from the last match as midfielder Lalrindika Ralte replaced Nadong Bhutia while Tiago Ribeiro came in for the injured Andre Moritz.

At the other end, Kerala Blasters made a host of changes with Colin Falvey, Milagres Gonsalves, Raphael Romey, Godwin Franco and CS Sabeeth replacing Nirmal Chettri, Ishfaq Ahmad, Andrew Barisic, Iain Hume and Avinabo in the starting eleven. Iain Hume started on the bench but even his introduction for the final third couldn’t unlock Mumbai’s resilient back four.

It was the hosts that got off to a good start as they created a chance as early as the fourth minute when Penn Orji delivered a delicious cross to Cedric Hengbart which the defender headed over the crossbar. A minute later, Sabeeth released Milagres into the box from the left but Pavel Cmovs put in a brilliant last ditch tackle to deny the forward.

Kerala were quite a force when they poured forward — and they came close to scoring again in the seventh minute when Milagres headed a knock-down from Sabeeth from which Mumbai keeper Subrata Paul made a point blank save. Orji smashed the rebound but it took a deflection for a corner.

Mumbai started finding a foothold as the game settled down amidst unexpected rains. Kerala were playing a high backline with the full backs bustling forward into attack, but Mumbai couldn’t exploit the spaces out wide with Sandesh Jinghan a constant thorn in their forays forward.

Unable to build their way towards goal, Mumbai were reduced to threaten only from the distance but didn’t trouble Kerala until the dying minutes when Tiago Ribeiro’s volley came off the post.

The Kerala defense had done well to keep Anelka quiet for the first thirty minutes and the Frenchman’s first real contribution came in the 34th minute when he ran past three defenders and unleashed a shot from outside the box but some good defending by the centre backs saw the shot deflected for a corner.

Both the teams started the second half in positive fashion, three minutes after the restart, Orji seared forward and threaded through the ball to Pearson who made a great run inside the box but again, it was that man Cmovs who made the interception to deflect it away.

Moments later, a delicious ball over the top sent Anelka clear but David James charged out of his box to clear it away.

Kerala came close to scoring ten minutes into the second half, after a string of headers inside the box, the ball fell to Orji who put too much power into the shot to blast it over.

Both the teams made their first change as Sushil Singh replaced Lalrindika Ralte for Mumbai while Penn Oriji was substituted for Iain Hume who got a splendid reception from the home crowd.

The Blasters were whipping in some delightful crosses but as seen earlier, Subrata Paul’s anticipation was up to the mark and crucially, he was able to thwart those attacks. A moment of madness could have cost Kerala when Milagres deflected an inviting cross from Sabeeth inside the box with his hand but it went unnoticed with the referee.

The game came to life when Mumbai came the closest to scoring in the 76th minute when Tiago’s volley from a poor clearance hit the post and then Friedrich’s header off a corner went straight to James.

Kerala Blasters then upped the ante in search of an equaliser and in the final seconds of the game, Raphael Romey’s weak header was saved by Subrata.

Kerala Blasters clearly looked disappointed with the result as they trudged off the field in disappointment. Earlier, just before the kick-off, Kerala Blasters co-owner and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar felicitated the CISF personell.

Kerala Blasters wary of Anelka threat

It was a moment of magic from Nicolas Anelka that saw Kerala Blasters going down against Mumbai City FC at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai last week.

As the two teams cross swords yet again at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium on Wednesday night, Blasters will be eyeing revenge on their home turf but will also be wary of the danger Anelka possess in Mumbai City FC’s attack.

In their away game in Mumbai, Blasters conceded a free-kick just outside their box in the added minutes of first half. Anelka, who stepped up to take the kick, made his first goal in ISL a memorable one with a brilliant free-kick that sailed into the net with Blasters’ goalkeeper Sandip Nandy helplessly watching under the bar.

After serving a three-game ban, Anelka made his ISL debut in the game against Chennaiyin FC and looked out of sorts. But the goal against Blasters seems to have done wonders to French striker’s confidence as he scored in their next game too against Delhi Dynamos and looked quite a threat in their last game against FC Goa which ended in a goalless draw.

Anelka has not only made up for the absence of Freddie Ljungberg but his form has also resulted in Mumbai moving up to fourth spot in points table after a stuttering start. But Mumbai suffered a setback on match eve as their midfielder Andre Moritz was ruled out of Wednesday’s game due to a pulled hamstring.

Blasters are two places below Mumbai in the points table and they have only themselves to blame for the position they find themselves in ISL. They have raided the rival goal area at will in their campaign but finishing has let them down.

Nicolas Anelka Fires Again as FC Mumbai City Beat Delhi Dynamos

Nicolas Anelka scored his second goal of the tournament to help Mumbai City FC beat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in a keenly-contested match of the Hero Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The win helped the hosts zoom up to third spot on the table with nine points from six games while the visitors, who have six points in the kitty, slipped to the sixth position.

Mumbai City FC made a nervous start as the Delhi side kept possession for major periods of the first half.

Syed Rahim Nabi, for the second time in the tournament, picked up an injury early on and was forced off with Peter Costa coming on to replace him. Nabi’s injury pegged back the Mumbai side as the visitors moved the ball around well with Delhi’s Steven Dias causing a few problems for the hosts from the right with his runs and crosses.

Mads Junker was, however, unable to get on the end of any of them as Mumbai custodian Subrata Paul came bravely off his line a few times to thwart any danger. As the half progressed, Mumbai slowly began to get into the groove.

Jan Stohanzl collected the ball in midfield, ran towards the goal and unleashed a thunderous effort that sailed over the bar.

Mumbai City FC look to make most of home advantage

Mumbai City FC have been having a see-saw ride in the inaugural Indian Super League so far. They lose one game by a big margin before bouncing back in the next. With two wins and three loses, Mumbai are sixth in the table.

It is imperative for them to cash in on the home advantage when they face Delhi Dynamos at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. If they manage to pull off a win, they can leapfrog fifth-placed Dynamos through a superior goal difference.

Mumbai have the momentum after carving out a 1-0 victory over Kerala Blasters in their previous outing while Delhi will be looking to bounce back after surrendering their unbeaten streak away to FC Goa.

MUMBAI CITY FC

Mumbai City Football Club is an Indian Super League football franchise in Mumbai, Maharashtra which began play in October 2014 during the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. The team is owned and operated by Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and by Mumbai-based chartered accountant Bimal Parekh. The training of this team took place at the football turf of Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School and Jr. College, Vashi. The training during the ISL takes place at Cooperage Ground, Colaba….. More

Chennaiyin FC, Mumbai City FC hope to bounce back from defeats

Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC both come into the 15th game of the Hero Indian Super League on the back of losses. The home side suffered their first loss in three games in New Delhi while Mumbai succumbed to their second defeat, at home against NorthEast United FC. Mumbai’s loss was the more unexpected as they had put five goals past state rivals Pune City FC in their backyard a week earlier.

Tomorrow’s encounter thus affords both teams the chance to bounce back. Mumbai are good going forward while the Chennai defence is one of the strongest in the league. The visitors are likely to be reinforced by the presence of Nicolas Anelka and the return of Syed Rahim Nabi from injury. It will thus be an interesting battle between the Mumbai attack and the Chennai defence.

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