Chennaiyin FC are not completely out of the competition yet considering how close the league is but a win here would have done a lot to boost their confidence along with their position on the league table. But they have been beaten by a Mumbai side that seems to have clicked at the right time,
Mumbai didn’t have a particularly good start to the season but they have picked themselves up well and seem to be the team to beat at the moment. Rarely has any ISL side shown the confidence and the co-ordination in all departments of the field that they have in this game and the last. They will hope that they can keep this up and follow nup a first ever semi final spot with a first ever victory.
Mumbai City FC can achieve qualification to the semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League if they can put it across Chennaiyin FC in a Hero Indian Super League clash at Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai, on Wednesday.
Fresh from a 5-0 demolition of Kerala Blasters in the previous game, Mumbai City FC are sitting pretty at the top with 19 points from 12 matches and three points should be good enough for a top-four finish. Mumbai City have already bettered their points tally from the previous editions of ISL – 16 each in 2014 and 2015 – and managed a win more (5) than what they did in the previous two seasons (four each) but it is qualification that would eventually matter.
“We are on the way. We know that to achieve the first goal is to get to the play-offs. It’s good to have these points with two games to be played but we have to get more. 19 points are not enough. We must have (more) good performances,” said Mumbai City coach Alexandre Guimaraes.
Diego Forlan became the first marquee to score a hat-trick in the ISL and also continued with Mumbai’s record of having a hat-trick scorer in each of the edition. In the first year it was Andre Moritz and last year it was Sunil Chhetri but Guimaraes is under no illusion about the battle ahead.
“We will have to play better (against Chennaiyin FC) than the last game to try and win to be in a very good position. We saw the game Chennaiyin played against ATK and they are still on course. They are very tough. They are champions and champions always like to fight till the end,” said the Mumbai City coach.
Chennaiyin FC have looked far from champion material this season and are placed sixth with 14 points from 11 matches. The defending champions, however, have shown glimpses of the form that gave them the title last season and coach Marco Materazzi will be hoping his team finds the magic touch towards the closing stages.
“May be we need a little bit of luck. We are still confident of making the play-offs. Except against Delhi (Dynamos), in every other game we have shown good attitude and spirit,” said Materazzi.
Chennaiyin FC have won just a match away from home this season but can count on history to provide the final surge required to push them through to the playoffs. Much will depend on the goal-scoring prowess of Italian striker Davide Succi, especially with Dudu Omagbemi out of form and Jeje Lalpekhlua injured.
“Football is not science or maths. All we can do is collect as many points as possible. What matters is getting to the playoffs and once you are there, the whole thing starts all over again,” said Materazzi.
Sunil Chettri has started the game for Mumbai City who are playing from right to left in their blue home colours. It is quite an interesting fixture as Mumbai City FC are looking to seal a semi-final spot and maybe go on and have a go at the title itslef which is what Chennaiyin is defending this season. The away side will have a point or two prove their credentials as defending champions.
10′ gone Mumbai City 0-0 Chennaiyin FC
Mumbai City are showing the co-ordination that they showed in their 5-0 route of Kerala Blasters. A ball was beautifully threaded through to Sunil Chettri who had just strayed off side.
15′ gone Mumbai 0-0 Chennaiyin
Mumbai City fc are knocking on the doors with Diego Forlan and Sunil Chettri getting shots in. The first was deflected by the keeper while the second went just wide. Chennaiyin FC aren’t able to get any meaningfull possession of the ball at the moment.
Defederico with a brilliant run from the left as he dribbled past two players to just touch it Chettri. Chettri did return but Defederico was stopped and couldn’t get to the ball. Mumbai have looked dangerous in attack so far.
26′ gone, Mumbai City FC 0-0 Chennaiyin FC
Mumbai has been arguably the better team in these first 25 minutes. They have looked patient and taken their time in attacks, although they haven’t benn able to break the Chennaiyin defence yet. A little collision between Jayesh Rane and Cafu has resulted in both the players being down and there is a stoppage in the game at the moment.
GOAL!! Mumbai City FC 1-0 Chennaiyin FC (Defederico 31′)
Mumbai have been threatening ever since the start of the match and there had to be a break and there was. Sunil Chettri ran into the box from the left and made a pass ion front of the face of the goal and finds Defederico. Goalkeeper was blind sighted and the Argentine scored the goal.
Chennaiyin FC are trying to hit Mumbai right after they have scored which is the time when teams get vulnerable. Mumbai, seemed to be ready for the possibility when they called back almost everyone to defend a John Arne Riise free kick. Reese curled it in and Mumbai keeper Amarinder did a good job to keep an eye on it and collect the ball. Chennaiyin are responding well.
40′ gone, Mumbai City 1-0 Chennaiyin
Mumbai City still look dangerous whenever they attack and the chief reason has been Sunil Chettri, Vadocz and Defederico. Chettri did well to stay onside when the ball was lofted from Mumbai’s half and hence gave Mumbai a chance at another goal. Chettri got it to Cafu whose shot hit a defendor and came back out.
44′ gone Diego Forlan with a free kick, the ball just got a nick from the top of the ball and Karanjeet dived to his left to make the save.
HALF TIME!! Mumbai City FC 1-0 Chennaiyin FC
Mumbai seem to be picking up where they left off against Kerala, albeit with lesser goals. They have looked sharp in attack and very calm in defence. Chennaiyin have a lot to do as Mumbai don’t seem to have settle to defend this one goal and are instead pushing for more whenever they get the chance. It remains to be seen whether Mumbai will pull away or Chennaiyin can get themselves back in in the second half.
50′ gone Chennaiyin FC have started the half well with some good attacking play and putting Mumbai City’s defence under some pressure. Davide Succi was looking isolated in the first half and that doesn’t look so in this half.
57′ gone Diego Forlan made a brilliant run off the ball and got to it with a lot of space. By the time he controlled it, though, the defendors closed him down but Forlan spotted Chettrin completely free down the right and made a lofted pass to him. It was completely off target and went way behind Chettri. Forlan puts his hands in his face in disgust.
GOAL!! Mumbai City FC 2-0 Chennaiyin FC (Krisztian Vadocz 59′)
Mumbai’s superiority clearly showing and Vadocz deserved a goal for his efforts. Krisztian Vadocz whipped in a volleyed shot from just outside the box and the ball lasered into the top left corner. Mumbai look very much in the semi finals now.
70′ gone Mumbai City FC 2-0 Chennaiyin FC
It seems there is no turning back for Chennaiyin now. Mumbai now have a two goal cushion and can afford to sit back and defend deep. They have hence, not allowed Chennai to find any rythm in the game and it doesn’t Chennaiyin will be capable of coming back into the game now
79′ gone, Sunil Chettri broke away from Mendy and had almost a free run at goal. The shot went wide and Mendy took him down in a very risky manner. Chettri got back up and moments later, threatened the goal once again and the shot went wide a second time.
84′ gone Mumbai City 2-0 Chennaiyin FC
Davide Succi took a shot from just outside the box and the shot goes wide. Sunil Chettri, who still seems to be uncomfortable from that challenge from Menddy, is taken off the field.
89′ gone Mumbai City 2-0 Chennaiyn FC
Diego Forlan had jsut the goalkeeper to beat but he shows his selflessness by deciding to passing it to Cunha. But somehow the goalkeeper got there in time and stopped the shot.
Full Time!! Mumbai City 2-0 Chennayin FC
Referee blows the whistle and Mumbai City can spend the ten-day break that they have got after this match with relief as they are through to the semi finals. But their performance here has shown that they have the squad to actually go ahead and lay there eyes on the trophy itself.
Sunil Chettri’s return seems to have made a world of a difference to the side and his sharpness and precision is giving the rest of the Mumbai forward line enough freedom to keep the pressure on the defence. Alexandre Guimaraes will be hoping that the knock that he received from Bernard Mendy hasn’t resulted in anything serious.