ISL 2014: Mumbai City FC jumps to third spot with 1-0 win over Delhi Dynamos

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05.11.2014 : MUMBAI CITY FC------- 1-0 ----- DELHI DYNAMOS (FT.)
MCFC : Nicholas Anelka 60'
MCF : 1-Paul, 17-Deepak, 27-Cmovs, 5-Friedrich, 19-Nabi, 12-Subhash, 2-Letzelter, 6-Stohanz, l2-Dika, 21-Moritz, 39-Anelka
DDM : 1-Hout, 13-Elias, 5-Anwar, 4-Raymaekers, 26-Shouvik, 23-Steven, 15-Herrero, 20-Souvik, 28-Tulunga, 16-Santos, 9-Junker..... REF PRANJAL BANERJEE... UPDATE : Jaydip Dasgupta

Hero of the Match: Nicolas Anelka (MUMBAI)
Emerging Player of the Match: Subrata Pal (MUMBAI)
Fitness Player of the Match: Jan Stohanzl (MUMBAI)
Swift Moment of the Match: Subash Singh (MUMBAI)

MCFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC survived some anxiety in the closing stages to grind out a 1-0 victory over Delhi Dynamos FC to jump to third position in the inaugural edition of the Hero Indian Super League on Wednesday. French striker Nicolas Anelka scored the winning goal for the second time in two matches for the hosts who now have nine points from six outings.

The winning goal came a minute before the hour mark when Anelka tapped in a cross from Subhash Singh, who accelerated from the right flank after selling a dummy to one Delhi Dynamos defender and delivering a pin-point cross for the Frenchman. The lone goal proved enough in the final analysis but the team could have been left ruing their forward lines inability to kill the game despite four or five clear opportunities on the counter with the visitors pressing hard for an equaliser.

Those near misses almost came to haunt them when Delhi Dynamos skipper Alessandro Del Piero's header missed the goal post by a few centimetres and the Italian hung his head in disbelief in the 90th minute of the match that came alive only in the second half. In contrast, the first half was a battle between the two midfields with none of the teams willing to commit more men forward and happy to retain possession. The hosts were even more cautious about maintaining their shape and that meant that the only attempts at goal from Delhi Dynamos were long rangers that were either off the mark or easy for custodian Subrata Pal to connect.

Mumbai went into the match with the same starting XI that had grinded out a 1-0 victory over Kerala Blasters but were forced to make a change when skipper Syed Rahim Nabi got injured in the very first minute and had to be subsequently replaced by Peter Costa. The earlier set back meant that the hosts needed some time to settle into a rhythm and till then the visitors enjoyed a bulk of possession but with nothing much to show for.

Mumbai City FC were happy playing the waiting game and it was only after the half an hour mark that the likes of Andre Moritz and Nicolas Anelka began weaving their magic. The best chance to score for Mumbai City FC came through one such inter-linking play from the duo when Moritz nutmeg in the middle of the park and then played the ball to Anelka. But the unmarked Subhash Singh could only volley the Frenchman's pin point cross into the ground and over the crossbar.

But the hosts showed a lot more purpose in the second half and their efforts were rewarded when Anelka found the net to send the DY Patil stadium in raptures. After the goal, Mumbai City FC were willing to sit back and wait for counter attack opportunities, which came a plenty once Delhi Dynamos began to press higher. But on most occasions the final ball to the striker turned out to be below-par.

This left the hosts facing intense scrutiny in the last 10 minutes but some good fortune and an excellent performance from Pal under the bar, who kept Del Piero and company out with some unbelievable reflexes, saved the day. Mumbai City FC coach Peter Reid credited the victory to a team effort and said it was important to continue the moment now. "It was a very good win for us and Anelka and Pal were superb today. Pal made a couple of good saves, especially of Del Piero to help us win three points."

Pal was happy with his performance and said it was the disciplined effort of the defence that made all the difference.

FT : Mumbai City FC win the home match against Delhi Dynamos 1-0.
90+3': Souvik Ghosh of Delhi was fouled by Nadong.
90': Nadong Bhutia's shot missed the target.
81': PLAYER CHANGE - DELHI : Skoubo in and Dos Santos out.
75': Del piero's shot went for Goal kick for Mumbai.
65': : 52nd goal in ISL.
63': PLAYER CHANGE -DELHI Francis in and Tulunga out.
61': PLAYER CHANGE -DELHI Del Piero in and Junker out.
59': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Anelka scored for Mumbai City off Subhash singh brilliant pass. It's his 2nd goal in the Tournament for MCFC.
58': PLAYER CHANGE- MUMBAI CITY : Dika out and Nadong Bhutia in.
56': YELLOW CARD TO Bruno Herreo of Delhi.
53': YELLOW CARD - Moritz of Mumbai.
51': Again attack of Mumbai. Peter Costa's long ranger effort went out.
49': Attack of Mumbai - Moritz's right sided cross went to Van Hout.
46': 2nd half match starts now.
HT : No score. 0-0.
44': Delhi attacked - Herrero's shot went for Goal kick of Mumbai.
39': Attackt of Mumbai- Subhash singh's shot went for Delhi Goal kick.
36': FOUL - Dika of Mumbai fouled Dos Santos.
34': Attack of Delhi - Cross of Dias from right but Junkar's header out.
30': Still the scoreline is 0-0.
28': Shouvik shot went wide.
25': Attack of Mumbai City - Dika's shot stopped by Van Hout.
20': Foul - Souvik fouled Anelka of Mumbai City.
18': Delhi dominating. 58% ball possession.
17': Mumbai Attacked, Jan Stohanzl . 16': FOUL-Souvik of Delhi, foul to Cmovs.
Foul - Anelka fouled by Souvik.
10': PLAYER CHANGE - MUMBAI CITY FC : Nabi out and Peter Costa in.
9': Foul - Moritz of Mumbai City fouled by Shouvik.
3': First corner to Mumbai City,but cross of Moritz cleared from Delhi box.
1': Mumbai City FC kicked off the match.
0m: As per points table Delhi Dynamos FC ranked on the 4th position and the Mumbai City FC ranked on 5th position.
0m':Delhi Dynamos FC played 5 matches and earned 6 points so far while Mumbai City FC also have got 6 points from 5 matches.

MATCH PREVIEW MCFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC look for consistency and another win against Delhi Dynamos

Mumbai City FC will look for consistency and a steady performance from the team when they take on Delhi Dynamos FC in the sixth round of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League game at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The team, owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor and Chartered Accountant Bimal Parekh, have been playing some attractive football but haven't been able to convert their supremacy on the ball into victories.

The hosts have six points to show from their five outings so far and the 1-0 victory they managed to grind out against Kerala Blasters on Sunday would have given them confidence that they can combine flair with resilience and still entertain the crowd.

The biggest area of concern for coach Peter Reid was the recovery of the players having played their last match only three days ago and barring any fitness concerns, Reid in all probability would like to field the same starting XI that maintained shape and focus through-out the 90 minutes against Kerala Blasters.

While the defence led by Czech Pavel Cmovs stuck to their guns under pressure, Frenchman Nicolas Anelka showed that he was finding his rhythm in the company of Brazilian born Andre Moritz as the duo created many scoring chances and had the team converted even half the opportunities the score-line could have been hopelessly one-sided for the hosts.

With the legendary Alessandro Del Piero leading the Delhi Dynamos attack, Reid and the team would be well aware that nothing short of a collective display of discipline would be needed to stop the Italian as a top-four spot beckons.

Speaking to reporters on the eve of the match, Mumbai City FC Captain Syed Rahim Nabi said, "We need to be consistent against Delhi Dynamos. We will have to defend as a unit especially since they have a player like (Alessandro) Del Piero in their line up."

The experienced Deepak Mondal, played right-back said, "The coach made some changes in the last game in defence and they worked wonderfully well. Adapting to changes in such a short time isn't that easy but we need to follow instructions and do our best to win tomorrow."

Mumbai City FC, who have six points so far, are currently in the fifth spot in the overall standings and a win over the Dynamos would take them into the top half of the standings for the first time in the tournament.