INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE - 2014 (MATCH 29: REPORT)

ISL 2014: Kerala Blasters hold Mumbai city FC goalless at home.

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12.11.2014 : KERALA BLASTERS --- 0-0 --- MUMBAI CITY FC ( FT)
MCF : 1-Paul, 17-Deepak, 5-Friedrich, 27-Cmovs, 16-Costa, 4-Tiago, 2-Letzelter, 6-Stohanzl, l2-Lalrindika, 12-Subhash, 39-Anelka
KER : 70-James, 15- Sandesh Jhingan, 32-Falvey, 2-Hengbart, 29-Saumik, 21-Godwin Franco, 22-Romey, 25-Pearson, 12-Sabeeth, 18-Penn Orji, 88-Milagres.

Hero of the Match: C.S. Sabeeth (KERALA)
Swift moment of the match: C.S. Sabeeth (KERALA)
Fittest player of the match: Tiago Ribeiro (MUMBAI)
Emerging player of the match: Lalrindika Ralte (MUMBAI)

FULL TIME Score remains goalless between Kerala and Mumbai after the end of the match
90'+3':Pearson's free kick, a header but a brilliant save of Subrata
90'+3':Forward pass to Anelka but he is in OFFSIDE position
90'+3':Sandesh cleared the ball from corner
90'+2':Attack through Nadong, corner to Mumbai
90':3 minutes added time
88':Counter attack of Kerala, good defending by Deepak Mondal
87':Tiago's pass to Anelka, but he was in OFFSIDE position
85':Kerala's corner, Hume's shot, went over the bar
82':Good move through Tiago, but no one to follow his minus, finally Falvey cleared the ball
81':Isfaq's from left flank, cleared in defence
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Mumbai City FC hold Kerala Blasters goalless

12.11.2014: MCFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC came up with yet another solid display to hold Kerala Blasters FC to a 0-0 goalless draw in the inaugural Hero Indian Super League game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.

Plagued by injuries to its key players - Andre Moritz, Syed Rahim Nabi and marquee Freddie Ljungberg - Mumbai City FC went into the match with a chance to go on top of the league table for the first time in the tournament but needed to summon all their defensive resolves to keep the hosts at bay in a fast-paced encounter. The hero of the match for Mumbai was undoubtedly goalkeeper Subrata Pal, who stood tall in moments of pressure to maintain his fourth clean sheet in a row, his fifth in the tournament.

Kerala Blasters were definitely first to find their rhythm and it was the acrobatic Subrata Pal who kept them at bay in the seventh minute itself when he parried a Milagres Gonsalves header from six yards off a Sabeeth cross.

Subrata was pressed into action a couple of times more as Kerala Blasters use long balls inside the box in search of an opener but the custodian and Mumbai City FC defence always stood tall. The custodianís out stretched hands kept Mumbai City FC alive again in the 65th minute when he left his line on time to parry a cross from Sabeeth with Milagres lurking in the six yard box.

Going forward, Mumbai City FC were hampered with the absence of their key playmaker Andre Moritz, who had limped out before half-time in their last game against FC Goa. In his absence, Frenchman Nicolas Anelka played in a bit more withdrawn position and the visitors could have had the last laugh but for the woodwork that denied them a goal in the 77th minute when Tiago Ribeiroís first time shot off Anelkaís cross came off the right hand post.

The draw means that Mumbai City FC remains in fourth position with 11 points from eight encounters while Kerala Blasters are sixth with nine points. Manager Peter Reid admitted that it was a tough match and they missed Moritz, skipper Nabi and marquee signing Freddie Ljungberg. "It was good game and both teams wanted to win. We started slowly but then we made some good moves. But we need to concentrate on attack more now."

Goalkeeper Subrata Pal was satisfied with the team's performance and said the defence was looking rock solid now. "We now have four consecutive clean slates and five overall and that is very good for us going forward."

80':Players Change in Mumbai: Nadong Bhutia in place of injure Subhas Singh
78':Subhas looks injure, treatment is going on
77':Players Change in Kerala: Isfaq Ahmed in place of C S Sabeeth
77':Another fine save of James after Stohanzl's header went him
76':Tiago's shot, hits the post, defence cleared the ball in rebound. Corner to Mumbai
75':Attack through Subhas, fine tackle by Falvey to clear the ball
74':Hume's shot from corner, went wide
73':Milagres's cross, Cmovs cleared the ball. Corner to Kerala
72':Sabeeth's header to find Milagres, went wide
70':Score remains still goalless
68':Kerala's move but a wasted cross of Sandesh from right flank, went wide
67':Stohanzl's cross, Anelka's header, went wide
66':Brilliant shot, but James is in alert to save it
65':Sandesh Jhingan committed a foul, free kick to Mumbai
64':Sabeeth's cross from left flank, Subrata fisted it wide. Milagres also handed the ball
63':Good move of Mumbai, but a brilliant defending by Falvey to deny the shot
62':Players Change in Kerala: Hume in place of Penn
61':Anelka's low cross, cleared in defence
59':Forward pass to Saumik, but he is in OFFSIDE position
57':Godwin's cross, cleared in defence
55':Tiago's shot, blocked
54':Players Change in Mumbai: Sushil Singh in place of Lalrindika Ralte
53':Chance to Penn, his shot over the bar
51':Long pass to find Sabeeth, defence clears the ball
50':Deepak's forward pass, directly in James's hand
49':Brilliant long run of Penn and his forward through to find Pearson cleared in defence
48':Pearson's long forward pass, Saumik clears the ball
47':Anelka's shot, well over the bar
46':Second Half resumes
HALF TIME Score remains goalless after the end of first half
45':2 minutes of added time
44':all cleared from corner, Mumbai's counter attack but Godwin cleared the ball brilliantly
43':Brilliant two chance to Kerala, Sandesh's cross, Sabeeth chest trap the all and a pass to Falvey, his shot blocked and goes to Penn, Penn's centre cleared by Peter Costa. Corner to Kerala
42':Still scoreline remains goalless
40':Peter looks injure, treatment is going on
37':Godwin's cross from right flank, Subrata save the ball
36':Forward pass to find Saumik in left flank, goes wide
35':Lalrindika tries a long ranger from corner, ball goes wide
34':Anelka;s shot, blocked and another corner
33':Mumbai's corner, a poor cross after ball cleared initially, cleared finally
32':Counter attack of Mumbai, corner to Mumbai
31':Back to bacck two move of Kerala, both times shot get blocks.
29':Brilliant forward pass to find Godwin, but a good clerance in Mumbai defence
26':Stohanzl tries a long ranger, goes wide
25':Nearly a chance to Kerala after Subrata miss the ball, finally defence clears the ball
25':Shot blocks and a corner to kerala
24':Peter commits foul against Godwin, free kick to Kerala
24':Score line remains goalless
22':Another move of Kerala but this time Saumik commits foul against Letzelter
20':Tackle against Subrata, chance wastes
18':Bad tackle to Saumik, free kick to Kerala
17':Chance to Kerala from free kick, ball goes wide
10': 0-0 is the score line.
5': SCORE LINE - MUMBAI 0-0 KERALA
4': Anelka of Mumbai fouled Romey of Kerala.
3': Soumik Dey of Kerala fouled Deepak in left.
1': Kerala Blasters kicked off the match.

MATCH PREVIEW : Mumbai City FC aims for a double over Kerala Blasters

11.11.2014: MCFC Press Release : Mumbai City FC would look to complete their first double in the inaugural edition of Hero Indian Super League when they take on Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Wednesday evening.

The team, co-owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor and Chartered Accountant Bimal Parekh, are currently in fourth spot with 10 points at the half-way stage of the tournament and would look to consolidate their position hereafter to ensure a berth in the semi-finals.

Coach Peter Reid has successfully managed to address the teamís problems in the defence that had plague the team in the initial matches with Mumbai City FC managing three consecutive clean slates since their 5-1 loss against Chennaiyin FC.

The turnaround began with the game against Kerala Blasters at home with Reid doing away with his high pressing to provide more stability at the back and it would be interesting to see what changes his opposite number David James makes to find a way through the Mumbai City FC defence.

Speaking on the eve of the match, Reid said, "Kerala Blasters are a strong team and it is going to be a very interesting game. I would like to have all my top players playing the remaining games but it would also be a good opportunity for the others to perform in their absence."

Reid was obviously referring to the injury induced absence of his skipper Syed Rahim Nabi and marquee signing Freddie Ljungberg, both of whom are vital cogs in the team's wheel.

The other area of concern for the team has been their inability to convert moves into goals and it would be interesting to see whether Reid makes any changes to his starting XI to find more goals.