Late goal gives FC Pune City 1-0 win over Mumbai City

Mumbai City FC dominated the entire game in their own backyard against state rivals FC Pune City but lost to a 89th minute goal by Eugeneson

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 10, 2016 9:04 pm
Mumbai City FC remain second after the loss to Pune City. (Source: ISL)

The 35th match of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 was to decide who gets the early bragging rights in the state of Maharashtra. Mumbai City went into the contest as the better of the two sides against FC Pune City and dominated the contest for almost the entire game but disappointingly couldn’t come out of it with all three points or even a single point. An 89th minute goal by Eugeneson Lyngdoh after a mistake by Albino Gomes gave Pune the win.

Despite the combination of Sunil Chhetri and Diego Forlan up ahead for Mumbai, they couldn’t go past a resolute Pune defence which, with the 1-0 win, picked up its first clean sheet of the season.

The loss for Mumbai means they continue to stay second in the table behind Delhi Dynamos while Pune move up to fourth from seventh in the table.

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FULL TIME! First clean sheet for FC Pune City this season and it brings them some much needed three points to take them into the top-4 and the qualifying places for the semi-finals. Along with the matter of bragging rights in the Maharashtra derby against Mumbai

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Four minutes added on by the referee

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GOAL!!!EUGENESON LYNGDOH latches on to give FC Pune City the lead! Albino Gomes with an absolute HOWLER! Tries to catch a cross but spills it as he goes down and it falls to Eugeneson who pushes the ball into an open net. Against the run of play and what a big win this could be for Pune!

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CROSSBAR! Diego Forlan with the free kick and it goes around the wall and is pushed on to the crossbar by Edel Beter. And with 15 minutes to go, it stays 0-0

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70 minutes: Sunil Chhetri and Diego Forlan running the FC Pune City defense down but the visitors staying strong to keep the scoreline at 0-0. This has been rather dull to be fair

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Second half underway in Pune where it is 0-0. Both teams have now made one change each

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It’s been all defending and all negative play – so to speak – in this game so far. Mumbai City showing more attacking intent but being curtailed by the defensive work of the visiting Pune. At half time it is 0-0.

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30 minutes: First corner of the match goes to Pune but nothing comes off it. And as we reach the half hour mark, there’s little happening to bother either goalkeepers

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15 minutes gone in Mumbai and the home side look the better of the two with plenty of noise being made at the Mumbai Football Arena. At the same time there has been an injury and an early substitution. Leo Costa has been subbed off early to be replaced by Thiago Cunha

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Mumbai City FC lineup

Albino Gomes(GK), Aiborlang Khongjee, Gerson Vieira, Lucian Goian, Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Krisztián Vadócz, Léo Costa, Sehnaj Singh, Matías Defederico, Diego Forlán(C), Sunil Chhetri

FC Pune City lineup
Apoula Edima Edel Bete(GK), Rahul Shankar Bheke, Augustine Melwyn Fernandes, Eduardo Ferreira, Gouramangi Singh Moirangthem, Narayan Das, Lenny Rodrigues, Mohamed Sissoko(C), Jonatan Lucca, Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez, Dramane Traore

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Mumbai City FC take on FC Pune City in Maharashtra Derby

Bolstered by the arrival of India captain Sunil Chhetri and three other national team players, Mumbai City FC would look to consolidate their position at the top when they take on FC Pune City in an Indian Super League football match.
Besides Chhetri, his Bengaluru FC team-mates Udanta Singh, Amrinder Singh and Lalchhuanmawia Fanai have joined the Mumbai squad after playing in the final of the AFC Cup against Air Force Club of Iraq in Doha last week.
Mumbai are leading the table with 15 points from nine matches but head coach Alexandre Guimaraes said his team still has work to do before reaching their first target of making it to knock-out stage.
“We cannot fall into this trap that we are almost there. We have a good chance and we have to keep going,” said Guimaraes.
Asked specifically if any of the four Bengaluru FC players will be handed a starting role tomorrow at Mumbai Football Arena, Guimaraes was non-committal, only mentioning that they were “hungry to be in the squad and be part of this Mumbai City season”.
“We are glad to have them with us. That makes the group much bigger and gives me resources and possibilities with which players to start. At the end of the tournament, this is like a blessing for us,” said the Costa Rican coach.
Guimaraes could be tempted to hand Chhetri a place in the starting eleven for his team after striking rich form in the AFC Cup. Chhetri was also the leading goal scorer for Mumbai City last season.
“You never know what is going to happen in a derby. We are prepared to play the right game and try to win. The other team has changed a little bit, their approach, and know they cannot lose. That is the attraction that we have,” said the Mumbai coach.
Mumbai won their opening battle against Pune City in Pune but the visitors will now feel confident after scripting a good win against former champions Atletico de Kolkata.
Pune City are lying seventh with nine points and will jump to the top four with full points.
“After the last match, this group is good. The players are ready. After the match against ATK, the group is fantastic. Mumbai had defeated us in Pune. We will try to beat them tomorrow. We know it’s difficult but we will try,” said Pune head coach Antonio Habas.
Pune have not lost an away match this season although their past suggests that they are yet to score a goal at Mumbai. It will be of concern for Habas that Pune have not managed a single clean sheet this season and their run of 12 matches without a clean sheet is the longest in ISL history.