19.10.2018 : MUMBAI CITY FC 2-0 FC PUNE CITY (FT)

Man of the Match - Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY FC
Club Award : Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player : Modou Sougou : MUMBAI CITY FC
Winning pass of the match : Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY FC
Emerging player - Nikhil Poojari : PUNE CITY.

MUMBAI CITY FC  <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> FC PUNE CITY

MCFC : Amrinder, Souvik, Lucian, Subhashis, Shouvik Ghosh, Sehnaj, Raynier, Issoko, Bastos, Sougou, Machado.
FCPC : Vishal, Sarthak, Mills, Diaz, Fanai, Adil, Villa, Carlos, Kuruniyan, Nikhil, Alfaro.

Mumbai bag bragging rights in Maha derby

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC registered their first win of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) and it came at the expense of their Maharashtra rivals, FC Pune City, at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday. A maiden goal in Mumbai colours for Modou Sougou (25’) and a spot-kick from Rafael Bastos (45’) sealed the Islanders’ 2-0 win, their first at home in four attempts in the Maharashtra Derby.

After a fairly uneventful start, Mumbai drew first blood through Sougou. The Senegalese forward made no error with an emphatic finish from close range after Paulo Machado’s cross had rebounded off the crossbar. At the other end, Emiliano Alfaro was starting to look threatening for Pune and the Uruguayan vociferously appealed for a penalty after going down under Subhashish Bose’s challenge, to no avail.

However, a spot-kick would be awarded at the other end eventually in the dying minutes of the first session. A scrappy phase of play found Mumbai’s attackers with a numerical advantage over Pune’s defenders. Bastos attempted to set Sougou through on goal but the Senegalese was brought down by a challenge from behind from Chhuantea Fanai. The referee had no hesitation in blowing his whistle for a penalty. Bastos stepped up for the penalty and made no mistake from the spot, sending Vishal Kaith the wrong way.

Pune came out with some much-needed urgency after the break. However, it were the hosts who should have extended their lead around the hour mark when Machado surged forward on a mesmerising run. The Portuguese’s attempt after cutting in from the left flew inches wide off the target.

Miguel Angel Portugal threw on Marcelinho as he sought to get his side back into the game and the Brazilian almost made an instant impact with a snapshot from the edge of the area where Amrinder Singh was alert enough. Alfaro almost reduced the deficit in the 65th minute with a sharp turn and shot in the 65th minute following a cross from Golui. But his effort agonisingly scraped the crossbar before going out of play.

Jorge Costa shored up the hosts’ defence as they looked to protect their two-goal lead with Pune’s attackers being thwarted repeatedly despite coming forward in numbers. There would be another spot-kick awarded in added time, once again to the hosts. A quick breakaway saw Arnold Sissoko skip past the Pune defence before he was hacked down in the box by Gurtej Singh. Lucian Goian stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was saved well by Kaith who guessed the right way.

03.10.2018 : DELHI DYNAMOS 1-1 PUNE CITY FC (FT)
DEL : Rana Ghorami(44')
MAN of the Match : Rana Gharami - Delhi Dynamos.
Limitless Player : Ashique Kuruniyan - Pune City.
Winning pass of the match : Emiliano Alfaro - Pune City.
Emerging player : Ashique Kuruniyan - Pune City
DD : Doronsoro, Pritam, Rana Gharami, Zuiverloon, Narayan , Bikramjit, Tibar, Mehelic, Chhangthe, Kuluderovic, Sekar.
PCFC : Kaith, Tamang, Mills, Diaz, Fanai, Vila, Stankovic, Khan, Ashique Kuruniyan, Vanlalimpuia, Alfaro.

DELHI DYNAMOS <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> PUNE CITY FC

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Miguel Angel Portugal’s Pune City managed to earn a hard fought 1-1 draw at death against home side Delhi Dynamos in their Hero Indian Super League opener at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Delhi. Delhi seemed set for all three points after a wonderous long-range strike from Rana Gharami (44’) but for second-half substitute Diego Carlos who equalised with two minutes left on the clock. Rana Gharami became the first Indian footballer to score the goal in ISL 2018-19 season.

Coach Josep Gombau had Delhi Dynamos line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Andrija Kaluderovic leading the lines. Former Pune City midfielder Marcos Tebar started in midfield with Bikramjit Singh while Nandhakumar and Lallianzuala Chhangte provided the width. Pune City playing a 4-3-3 formation started brightly, with Ashique Kuruniyan finding a lot of space down the left flank. An early cross from the youngster almost found Emiliano Alfaro inside the box.

Just after quarter of an hour, Delhi started to assert themselves and fashioned several key chances. With a minute to go for the half-time whistle, Delhi Dynamos got a deserved lead through an outrageous strike from Rana Gharami. The defender got on the ball from about 40 yards out and hit a thunderous strike that flew into the top corner, much to everyone’s wonder. The second half got off to a slow start as both teams failed to create chances of note. Emiliano Alfaro cut a lone figure up front for Pune City while Delhi Dynamos pressed well but could not trouble the Stallions’ defence.

The Dynamos continued to exploit the wings and should have doubled their lead in the 67th minute. Nandhakumar went on a brilliant run down the right wings and squared the ball for Kaluderovic who met it with a weak left-foot that saw the effort trickle well wide. Portugal threw on Diego Carlos as he searched for an equaliser while Gombau sent on Romeo Fernandes for Nandhakumar. It was the latter who would fashion a chance as he galloped down the right wing and almost found Kaluderovic inside the box, but for an alert Mills.

The Stallions did get a chance though as a hopeful cross from the left fell to Jonathan Vila on the edge of the area. The Spaniard’s fierce volley drew a fantastic reaction save from Francisco Dorronsoro. With Pune turning desperate for a goal, Delhi had two good chances to score a second. First, Ganni Zuiverloon failed to direct a volley at the backpost from Das’ freekick on target. Then a smart inter-play between Kaluderovic and Chhangte set the latter through on goal but he shot straight at Vishal Kaith.

With two minutes left in the tie, Pune City equalised after brilliant link-up play between Alfaro and Carlos. The Brazilian played in Alfaro inside the box. The Uruguayan passed it back on to Carlos’ path who shifted on to his left and sent an arrowing finish to the far corner. Though Delhi pressed hard to regain their lead, Portugal’s men held on to clinch a point from a tightly-contested clash.