ISL 2014: MUMBAI CITY FC BEat kerala blasters.

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MCF 1-Subrata, 17-Deepak, 27-Cmovs, 5-Feidrick, 19-Nabi, 20-Lalte, 6-Stohanzl, 2-Latzelter, 21-Mortz, 39-Anelka, 12-Subash
KRB 24-Sandip, 5-Nirmal, 32-Falvey, 2-Hengbort, 15-Sandesh, 10-Hume, 11-Isfaq, 21-Pearson, 9-Gusmao, 18-Penn, 12-Sabeth

. MATCH REPORT - : Mumbai City FC returned to winning ways with a solid performance that saw the hosts get the better of Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in their fifth game of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League here on Sunday. French striker Nicolas Anelka converted a free kick in the 44th minute as a well-organised Mumbai City FC shut out their opponents to take their points tally to six and jump to fifth position ahead of their Sunday night opponents.

After the debacle in their last encounter, Mumbai City FC needed to start stronger against Kerala Blasters FC to regain their confidence and the team did just that by keeping possession in the initial stages of the match.The hosts made two changes to their starting line-up with Pavel Cmovs coming back after suspension for Raju Gaikwad and Peter Costa making way for the experienced Deepak Mondal.

The back four kept things under control as the visitors tried to establish their physical presence on the match. Upfront, Mumbai City FC players concentrated on the small pass routine to hold on to the ball and though they had a few hiccups the ploy worked wonderfully well.

It was through such a passing routine that the hosts got their first attempt at a goal when Andre Moritz release Nicolas Anelka with a through ball and the Frenchman dribbled past a defender but could not find enough strength in his shot to beat goalkeeper Sandip Nandy.

Moritz tested the Kerala Blasters defence immediately after but with no success.As the teams began to step up and increase the pace of the match, both teams enjoyed passages of supremacy but had nothing more than a couple of corners to show for their efforts.

And just when it looked like the half would end goalless, Anelka showed his magic to put the hosts ahead. Ishfaq Ahmed had conceded a soft free kick after bringing down Czech midfielder Jan Stohanzl just outside their own penalty area and the striker beat Nandy with an exquisite free-kick to send the D.Y. Patil Stadium into jubilation.

The hosts began the second half from where they left off before the break and could have extended their lead in the first five minutes of the restart as Moritz and Stohanzl came close to scoring. Despite the two near misses, Mumbai City FC continued to dominate the proceedings and Anelka showed his class when he pulled three defenders towards the right flank before releasing the ball for Subhash Singh, who shot over the crossbar with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Moritz and Anelka continued to pressurise the Kerala Blasters' defence but the team showed enough maturity to slow down the pace in the last quarter of the game to maintain a tight shape and ensure that there were no late comeback opportunities for the visitors.

Coach Peter Reid gave credit to the team for sticking to the plan and said, "It was a tactical performance that I am delighted with. We stuck to our game plan and put together a solid professional performance. We defended as a unit. Although I feel we should have scored a couple of more goals in the game overall, itís been splendid. "My priority at the back was to keep it tight, which I think we did pretty well," he added.

The Englishman, who picked out Anelka for special praise, said his priority after the game to ensure that the team recovered well for the next game. "Going into the next game, my priority for the boys is the recovery. There will be a pool session tomorrow. We need to ensure that they recover well, are re-hydrated, get the right nutrition," he added.

HERO OF THE MATCH: Nicholas Alenka
90': 4 mins added time
87': Rohit replaced by Subash
85': Sandip saved once again, saved a shot from Alenka from close distance
83': What a save by sandip, saved a push from Alenka from a close distance, the defected ball kicked wide by Moritz
82': YELLOW CARD to Nirmal for tripping Moritz from behind
81': YELLOW CARD to Latzelter for rough play
75': What a miss by Subash.... unable to place the ball in the open goal following a superb pass from Anelka
74': Kerala Blasters are desperate to restore parity, but unable to convert
72': Moritz header from Deepak's center went wide
70': Kerala Blasters are in the counter attacks , but unable to beat the solid Mumbai City FC defense
65': Susanth replaced by Isfaq
60'; Mumbai City FC leading by a goal
58': Nadong Bhutia replaced by Dika
55': Mumbai City Fc are attacking leading by Dika and Anelka, are in search for the second goal
51': Barisic replaced by Penn
47': Anelka's shot saved by Sandip
46': Second Half started
45+1: Mumbai City Fc are leading by a goal at HALF TIME, Nicholas Alenka is the scorer
45': 1 min added time
43': A right footed free kick from 20 yards culred inside beating Sandip
43': Isfaq fouled Mortz just outside the 18 yards, free kick awarded for Mumbai City Fc
42': Hume's long ranger missed by a whisker
40': Deepak cleared a center from Penn from the right
35': Alenka dribbled past a host of Mumbai City FC defenders ,but ultimately cleared by Kerala defense
32': Pearson shot defected for a corner
30': Anelka now controlling the midfield, as Mumbai City FC have earned four corners in quick succession
25': Kerala Blastes are in attack, Perdo failed to place the ball in goal as Subrata failed to collect a corner of Nirmal
21': Fedrick's head of a corner fisted by Sandip, Mumbai City Fc are gaining position now
18': Mortz shot straight to Sandip following a counter attack
15': Mumbai City Fc are yet to settle down, as Kerala Blasters are playing in the middle third
10': The match is still goalless, as Kerala Blasters are slightly ahead
5" : It's a midfeild battle so far, both the teams are trying to gain position
0' : Match started
Mumbai City Fc are playing in 4-4-2 formation, while Kerala Blasters are in 4-3-2-1 formation An important match is coming up between Kerala Blasters and Mumbai City FC

MATCH PREVIEW : Mumbai City FC confident of bouncing back against Kerala Blasters

31.10.2014: MCFC PRESS RELEASE :: Mumbai City FC will look to bounce back from the recent reversals in the inaugural Hero Indian Super League when they take on Kerala Blasters in their fifth league encounter at the DY Patil stadium here on Sunday. The team, owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor and Chartered Accountant BimalParekh, are seeking their second victory in the league after losing their last two encounters against Northeast United and Chennaiyin FC and there could have been no better venue than their home ground.

The newly laid surface is conducive to the free-flowing brand of football that coach Peter Reid has been propagating so far with the defence maintaining a high-line in all their previous four matches. The team proved that they are the one to beat when in full flow during their 5-0 mauling of FC Pune City on this very ground and the players are also looking for an encore when they face Kerala Blasters, who will be playing their fifth away game on the trot.

Mumbai City FC Coach Reid on Saturday, said "It was just poor defending (against Chennaiyin FC) and we need to improve. Pavel's (Cmovs) is back from suspension and I believe that will make us more solid in the middle. "(Nicolas) Anekla has got a game under his belt and Andre (Moritz) is now 100 per cent after a bout of illness. So I hope that we will be a lot stronger tomorrow," he added.

Reid and his staff would also be happy with the return of skipper Syed Rahim Nabi to the line-up and availability of French international Nicolas Anelka, both of whom played the full 90 minutes in their last encounter in Chennai. The score-line, notwithstanding, both Anelka and Nabi showed glimpses of their class and could run riots over the Kerala Blastersí defence if the team gets into a rhythm soon.

The one area of concern for Mumbai City FC through-out the early stages of the tournament has been the inability of the defence to track back when the opposition responds on the counter and it would be interesting to see what changes coach Reid makes to the starting XI to tackle the same against a side that would be high on confidence after winning their first league encounter a couple of dayís ago against FC Pune City

The Kerala Blasters were quick when on the attack against FC Pune City and the likes of Manuel Friedrich and Raju Gaikwad would have to ensure that custodian Subrata Pal isn't exposed to one-on-one situations against the opposition strikers. Reid hinted as much when he insisted that Pal was an exceptional goalkeeper and it was the job of the team to defend well in front of him so that they do not concede 'cheap goals.'