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ISL -2018-19 (MUMBAI CITY FC NEWS BELOW)
19.10.2018 : MUMBAI CITY FC 2-0 FC PUNE CITY (FT)
MCFC : MOUGOU SOUGOU (25'), RAPHEL BASTOS - PEN (44').

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.
REFEREE: M.B.SANTOSH KUMAR


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.

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05.10.2018 : KERALA BLASTERS FC 1-1 MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)
KRB : HOLICHARAN NARJARY (23'
MCFC : PRANJAL BHUMIJ (90+3')

Man of the Match - Sandesh Jhingan - Kerala Blasters FC
Club Award : Kerala Blasters FC & Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player : Pranjal Bhumij - Mumbai City FC
Winning pass of the match : Seiminlen Doungel - Kerala Blasters FC
Emerging player - Dheeraj Singh (GK- KBFC)

KERALA BLASTERS FC <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC

Last-gasp Bhumij rescues a point for Mumbai City
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Kerala Blasters were held to a 1-1 draw at home in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) by Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium in Kochi on Friday. Halicharan Narzary’s 24th minute strike looked to have put the Blasters on course for all three points but Pranjal Bhumij came up with a long-range stunner in stoppage time to rescue a point for the Islanders.

Having beaten ATK away from home in their opening match, David James named an unchanged XI for the clash with Matej Poplatnik and Slavisa Stojanovic continuing to lead the line up top. Jorge Costa, on the other hand, made as many as four changes to the side which lost to Jamshedpur FC with Raynier Fernandes, Sehnaj Singh, Arnold Issoko and Shouvik Ghosh being drafted into the playing XI.

Kerala Blasters began well with an excellent low cross by Seiminlen Doungel from the left-flank in the third minute found Halicharan Narzary’s run into the box from the right but Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh placed himself well to deny the Kerala winger.

The hosts continued to threaten the Mumbai goal with their two wingers looking particularly lively and they got a deserved lead in the 24th minute. A brilliant back-heeled pass by Krcmarevic released Doungel into the box and the right-winger cut the ball back to an unmarked Narzary. The left-winger took a touch to set himself up before slamming a fierce left-footed shot which beat Amrinder at his near post.

The visitors were camped in their own-half for much of the first-half with Poplatnik causing them all sorts of problems with his movement. With their attack isolated, Costa’s men failed to create any clear-cut chances as the Blasters took a one-goal lead into the interval. James’ men maintained their supremacy at the start of the second period with Doungel blasting one wide over the bar after being set up by Lalruatthara.

The Islanders grew into the game slowly with Issoko particularly enterprising on the right flank. But an off-colour Rafael Bastos did not help their cause as moves broke down in the final third. Issoko found himself in some space in the box towards the hour-mark after being released by Raynier Fernandes but the Congolese’s shot failed to trouble Dheeraj Singh in goal.

Costa hooked Paulo Machado to bring on Matias Mirabaje in a bid to find a creative spark as Kerala looked to Keziron Kizito and Courage Pekuson to shore up things. Mirabaje did add some impetus to Mumbai’s attacks after coming on but clear openings continued to evade the visitors. It was the hosts who continued to look the more effective side with Keziron looking particularly threatening on the break.

Stojanovic should have doubled the Blasters’ lead in the dying minutes after finding acres of space in the Mumbai box following a cross from Pekuson. However, the Serbian forward failed to get a clear connection to the ball after taking a wild swing. At the other end, Dheeraj Singh’s failure to deflect a high ball meant Moudou Sougou had the goal at his mercy. But his shot on the turn went wide.

Kerala’s wastefulness came back to bite them in added time with 19-year-old Mumbai substitute Pranjal Bhumij scoring an early contender for the goal of the season with a sensational strike from distance that gave a fully outstretched Dheeraj no chance and rescued a point for Mumbai City.

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WINNING START OF JAMSHEDPUR FC..
02.10.2018 : MUMBAI CITY FC 0-2 JAMSHEDPUR FC (FT)
JFC : Mario Arques 28', Pablo Morgado 90+5'.
MAN of the Match : Jerry Mawhmingthanga - Jamshedpur FC
Club Award : Jamshedpur FC - Jamshedpur FC
Limitless Player : Lucian Goian - Mumbai City FC
Winning pass of the match : Carlos Calvo
Emerging player : Jerry Mawhmingthanga - Jamshedpur FC
MUMBAI CITY FC <b><font color=red> 0-2 </b></font> JAMSHEDPUR FC

MCFC : Amrinder, Souvik, Lucian Goian, Marko Klisura, Subhasish, Sanju, Paulo Machado, Md. Rafique, Bipin Singh, Rafael Bastos, Modou Sougou.
JFC : Subhasish, Bikash Jairu, Jose Luis, Raju Gaikwad, Yumnam Raju, Mario Arques, Emerson Gomes, Carlos Calvo, Sergio Cidoncha, Jerry Mawhmingthanga, Sumeet Passi.

ISL PRESS RELEASE: Jamshedpur FC lived up to their early pre-season promise with a methodical 2-0 victory over Mumbai City FC in their Hero Indian Super League opener at the Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday. In a fiercely-contested affair, Mario Arques’ 28th-minute header and Pablo Morgado's second in the fifth minute of added time proved to be the difference.

It were the visitors who started the match in a much more confident manner and a move involving Jerry Mawihmingthanga almost paid off in the 10th minute. The Jamshedpur winger played a one-two with Memo before crossing the ball across the box. Sergio Cidoncha’s attempted bicycle kick failed to come off before Carlos Calvo’s shot was deflected out for a corner. The resulting set-piece saw Calvo find himself in a great position to score once again but the Spaniard blasted his effort over the bar. Mumbai were finding it difficult to make any real forays into the Jamshedpur box and the visitors deservedly took the lead in the 28th minute through a Mario Arques’ header.

The Spanish midfielder’s attempted shot from 25 yards out initially found its way to Calvo on the left-flank. Calvo crossed the ball back across the face of goal and Arques, who had made a brilliant run, cushioned in a perfect header from a tight angle. Cesar Ferrando’s men almost doubled their lead immediately after the restart through a Calvo corner. An unmarked Tiri rose well to meet the excellently taken corner but his header was cleared off the line by Lucian Goian.

Mumbai should have levelled matters minutes later following a midfield scramble which ultimately saw Sanju Pradhan thread a brilliant through ball between Jamshedpur’s two central defenders to release Rafael Bastos on goal. With just goalkeeper Subhasish Roy to beat, the Brazilian somehow failed to get a proper connection on the ball and the meek attempt was easily dealt with by the Jamshedpur custodian.

Subhasish though, was required to be at his very best around the hour mark after Goian’s punted ball forward was flicked on to the path of Modou Sougou. The Senegalese striker’s perfect header seemed destined to nestle into goal before Subhasish pulled off an excellent dive to tip the ball over for a corner.
Mumbai thought they had got their equalizer in the 77th minute after Rafique’s header from a cross from the left-flank beat Subhasish. Much to the dismay of the home fans and the coach, the goal was ruled out for offside. Another ‘goal’ in the 85th minute was again flagged for offside.

There was a goal, finally, but at the other end. In added time when Mumbai pressed more men forward, a quick break saw Sergio Cidoncha release debutant Pablo Morgado Blanco down the right flank and the substitute sealed all three points for his side with a thumping finish which beat Amrinder Singh from a tight angle.

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