02.03.2019 (ISL) : FC PUNE CITY 2-1 MUMBAI CITY FC (FT.)
FCFC : Adil Khan 18', Iain Hume 84'.
MCFC : Arnold Issoko 90'(P)

FC PUNE CITY <b><font color=red> 2-1 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)

Man of the Match - Iain Hume : PUNE CITY
Club Award - FC Pune City.
Limitless Player - Adil Khan. PUNE ciTY
Winning pass of the match - Robin Singh : PUNE CITY
Emerging player - Mohammed Yasir : PUNE CITY

MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Sanjay Balmuchu, Anwar Ali, Arnold Issoko, Lucian Goian, Raynier Fernandes, Mohammed Rafique, Paulo Machado, Pranjal Bhumij, Rafael Bastos, Alen Deory.

FCPC : Kamaljit Singh, Gurtej Singh, Matt Mills, Sarthak Golui, Mohammed Yasir, Rohit Kumar, Marko Stankovic, Adil Khan, Iain Hume, Nikhil Poojary, Robin Singh.

22.02.2019 : ATK 1-3 MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)
MFC : MOUDOU SOUGOU (26', 38', 59')

ATK  <b><font color=red> 1-3 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)

ATK : Arindam, Pritam, Bikey, Arnab, Lallawmawma, Vieira, Lyngdoh, Garcia, Balwant, Jayesh , Uche.
MCFC : Amrinder, Sauvik, Lucian, Anwar, Subhasish, Sehnaj, Machado, Mirabaje, Issoko, Bhumij, Sougou.

ATK  <b><font color=red> 1-3 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)

Man of the Match : Modou Sougou - MUMBAI CUTY
Emerging player : Pranjal Bhumij - MUMBAI CITY
Club Award : Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player : Arnold Issoko - MUMBI CITY
Winning pass of the match : Paulo Machado - MUMBAI CITY

ISL PRESS RELEASE : S A Moudou Sougou hat-trick was enough for Mumbai City FC to drub ATK 3-1 and confirm a spot in the Hero Indian Super League playoffs at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium here on Friday. After three matches without a goal, Modou Sougou (26’, 39’, 60’) returned to the scoresheet with an excellent performance. Andre Bikey headed in a consolation in the 67th minute, but the hosts could not find a way back into the game and are now out of the reckoning.

The win takes Mumbai to the third spot on the table with 30 points while ATK remain sixth. A midfield battle ensued in the first half as both teams looked to keep possession of the ball. ATK started the half well but Mumbai soon stamped their authority, showing efficiency in the attacking third. Pranjal Bhumij skipped past his marker on the left flank and crossed into the centre for Sougou in the 21st minute. The Senegalese’s first touch took Arnab Mondal out of the equation, but Andre Bikey tackled the ball off his feet before the striker could find the net from close-range.

However, Sougou managed to get the better of the ATK defence in the 26th minute. Paulo Machado won the ball in Mumbai’s half and initiated a counter-attack from the right. Bhumij received the ball forward and lobbed it behind the ATK defenders to find Sougou’s run into the box and the striker placed the ball into the net past Arindam Bhattacharya.

Mumbai hit ATK with an incisive counter-attack yet again. Edu Garcia gave the ball away outside the Mumbai box and Souvik Chakrabarty released Issoko down the right flank in the 39th minute. The winger found Sougou in the center of the box with a delightful cross and the forward made no mistake from close-range to double Mumbai’s lead.

ATK went close just before the break. Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh was forced to pull off a finger-tip save to parry away Kalu Uche’s shot from inside the box.Uche had another chance but failed to beat Amrinder from close-range and allowed the defence to clear. At the hour-mark, Paulo Machado released Sougou in behind the ATK defence and the Senegalese striker scored his 12th goal of the season with an emphatic finish to put the ball beyond the reach of Arindam.

ATK pushed players forward in search of a way back into the game. Pritam Kotal delivered a good cross into the centre of the box and Bikey’s powerful header found the net in the 67th minute. With no end product to show for their efforts, the hosts succumbed to a defeat at the hand of an efficient Mumbai who converted their chances.

NEU : Pawan, Leudo, Gallego, Ogbeche, Reagan, Borges, Gurwinder, Grgic, Keegan, Triadis, Khawlhring.
MCFC : Amrinder, Klisura, Anwar, Milan, Issoko, Fernandes, Bastos, Vignesh, Sauvik, Sougou, Machado.

NORTH EAST UNITED  <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC
Man of the Match : Rowllin Borges - NORTH EAST
Club Award : NorthEast United FC
Limitless Player : Bartholomew Ogbeche - NORTH EAST
Winning pass of the match : Reagan Singh - NORTH EAST
Emerging player : Raynier Fernandes - mumbai city

JFC : MEMO (80')
JAMSHEDPUR FC (<b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font>) MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)
JFC : Subrata, Robin, Pratik, Tiri, Dhanachandra, Memo, Arques; Farukh, Cidoncha, Bikash, Morgado.
MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Souvik, Lucian, Klisura, Vignesh, Raynier, Milan, Machado, Bipin, Sougou, Bastos.

Man of the Match-Memo : JAMSHEDPUR FC
Club Award-Jamshedpur FC
Limitless Player-Tiri : JAMSHEDPUR FC
Winning pass of the match-Sergio Cidoncha: JAMSHEDPUR FC
Emerging player-Farukh Choudhary : JAMSHEDPUR FC

01.02.2019: MUMBAI CITY FC ( 0-2 ) FC GOA (FT)
FCG : Edu Bedia 28', Ferran Corominas 79' (p)
MUMBAI CITY FC (<b><font color=red> 0-2 </b></font>) FC GOA (FT)
MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Anwar Ali, Arnold Issoko, Subhasish Bose, Lucian Goian, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Matias Mirabaje, Milan Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Machado, Rafael Bastos.

FCG : Mohammad Nawaz, Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes, Mandar Rao Dessai, Jackichand Singh, Edu Bedia, Lenny Rodrigues, Ferran Corominas.

Man of the Match : Ferran Corominas - FC GOA
Club Award : FC Goa -
Limitless Player : Edu Bedia - FC GOA
Winning pass of the match : Hugo Boumous - FC GOA
Emerging player : Mohammad Nawaz - GK-FC GOA

27.01.19 : MUMBAI CITY FC ( 1-0 ) BENGALURU FC (FT)
MCFC : Paulo Machado 29'
BFC : Gurpreet, Rahul, Albert Serran, Juanan, Khabra, Delgado, Xisco, Paartalu, Udanta , Sunil Chhetri.
MCFC : Amrinder, Anwar Ali, Issoko, Subhasish, Goian, Sauvik, Machado, Sougou, Raynier , Milan, Bastos.
MUMBAI CITY FC (<b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font>) BENGALURU FC
Man of the Match Paulo - MUMBAI CITY
Club Award Mumbai City
Limitless Player of the Match Arnold - MUMBAI CITY.
Winning Pass of the Match Rafael - MUMBAI CITY
Emerging Player of the Match Raynier Fernandes - MUMBAI CITY

KERALA : Seiminlen Doungel 27'
MCFC : Modou Sougou 12', 15', 30', 90', Rafael Bastos 70', Matias Mirabaje 89'
MUMBAI CITY FC <b><font color=red> 6-1 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS (FT)
Man of the Match - Modou Sougou : MUMBAI CITY
Club Award - Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Rafael Bastos : MUMBAI CITY
Winning pass of the match - Paulo Machado : MUMBAI CITY
Emerging player - Raynier Fernandes : MUMBAI CITY

KBFC : Dheeraj Singh, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Lalruatthara, Seiminlen Doungel, Sahal Abdul Samad, Halicharan Narzary, Zakeer Mundampara, Courage Pekuson, Slavisa Stojanovic. .
MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Arnold Issoko, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Lucian Goian, Subhasish Bose, Joyner Lourenco, Milan Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Rafael Bastos.


BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC
Man of the Match - Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY
Club Award - Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Modou Sougou : MUMBAI CITY
Winning pass of the match - Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY
Emerging player - Subhasish Bose - MUMBAI CITY

BFC : Gurpreet, Rahul, Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Khabra, Paartalu, Udanta, Delgado, Chencho, Sunil.
MCFC : Amrinder, Souvik, Lucian, Lourenco, Subhasish, Raynier, Machado, Sehnaj, Issoko, Sougou, Bastos.


MCFC : Raynier Fernandes 27', Modou Sougou 55'

MUMBAI CITY FC <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN FC
MAN of the Match - Modou Sougou - MUMBAI CITY
Club Award - Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Amrinder Singh - MUMBAI CITY FC
Winning pass of the match - Rafael Bastos - MUMBAI CITY
Emerging player - Raynier Fernandes - MUMBAI CITY FC

MCFC :Sanjiban Ghosh, Tondonba Singh, Eli Sabia, Inigo Calderon, Laldinliana Renthlei, Mailson Alves, Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raphael Augusto, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Carlos Salom.

CFC :Amrinder Singh, Arnold Issoko, Joyner Lourenco, Subhasish Bose, Lucian Goian, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Raynier Fernandes, Sehnaj Singh, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Rafael Bastos.

REFEREE : MB Santhosh Kumar

DD : Lallianzuala Chhangte 3', Gianni Zuiverloon 64'
MCFC : Rafael Bastos 49'(P), Marti Crespi 61'(OG), Raynier Fernandes 69', Paulo Machado 80'

DELHI DYNAMOS <b><font color=red> 2-4 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC
Man of the Match - Paulo Machado : MUMBAI CITY
Club Award - Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Raynier Fernandes - MUMBAI CITY
Winning pass of the match - Arnold Issoko - MUMBAI CITY
Emerging player - Lallianzuala Chhangte - DELHI DYNAMOS

DDFC : Albino Gomes, Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das, Marti Crespi, Gianni Zuiverloon, Nandhakumar Sekar, Adria Carmona, Rene Mihelic, Marcos Tebar, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bikramjit Singh.

MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Arnold Issoko, Joyner Lourenco, Subhasish Bose, Lucian Goian, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Milan Singh, Sehnaj Singh, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Rafael Bastos.

REFEREE : Raktim Saha

24.11.2018 : MUMBAI CITY FC 0-0 ATK (FT)
Man of the Match : Subhasish Bose - MUMBAI CITY FC
Club Award : ATK , Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player : Ricky Lallawmawma - ATK
Winning pass of the match : Gerson Vieira - ATK
Emerging player : Komal Thatal - ATK

MUMBAI CITY FC <b><font color=red> 0-0 </b></font> ATK
MCFC: Amrinder, Lourenco, Lucian, Anwar, Subhasish, Milan, Machado, Sehnaj,Issoko, Sougou, Bastos.
ATK: Arindam, Lallawmawma, Johnson, Bikey, Ankit, Pronay, Gerson, Komal ,Lanzarote, Santos, Balwant.
ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Mumbai City FC and ATK played out a goalless stalemate in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Saturday.
MUMBAI CITY FC <b><font color=red> 0-0 </b></font> ATK
In what turned out to be a lukewarm battle, neither team fashioned enough chances to deserve all three points and played out only the second goalless draw this season. The point gained sees Mumbai City and ATK remain at their respective positions in fourth and sixth respectively.
The first chance of the match fell for the visitors when Everton Santos got behind the Mumbai defence and pulled it back for Komal Thatal inside the box. However, the youngster miscued his shot altogether with only Amrinder Singh to beat in goal.

The home side saw a lot of the ball but struggled to create any openings. For ATK, Santos looked threatening each time he was on the ball. However, Mumbai did well defensively to thwart ATK from making inroads. For ATK, Ricky Lallawmawma ensured that the dangerous Arnold Issoko was kept under check as the Congolese hardly had any impact in the first half. It was a half where both teams were ineffective in the final third as neither goalkeeper was tested.

Mumbai City did come out with intent at the start of the second half and forced a couple of chances. In the 49th minute, Rafael Bastos found Paulo Machado after getting on the end of a cross from Issoko. But Machado’s effort was blocked away. Bastos then shot over from a promising position before Machado miscued his effort following a quick counter-attack.

The pace of the game slowed down as the half wore on as clear-cut chances came at a premium. In the 78th minute, Amrinder Singh was forced into action to keep out Manuel Lanzarote’s on-target free-kick. Subhasish Bose then called Arindam Bhattacharya into action with a belter from distance that the ATK goalkeeper had to parry over the bar.

Lanzarote was then left frustrated three minutes later after his appeals for a penalty after being taken down inside the box by Sehnaj Singh fell on deaf ears. But that was about it as far as chances went as the teams settled for a point.


Man of the Match : Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY FC Club Award : Mumbai City FC Limitless Player : Rafael Bastos : MUMBAI CITY FC Winning pass of the match : Paulo Machado : MUMBAI CITY FC Emerging player : Redeem Tlang : NORTH EAST UNITED.

NORTH EAST UNITED FC <b><font color=red> 0-1 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)

NEUFC : Pawan, Reagan, Grgic, Leudo, Robert, Rowllin, Lalthathanga, Tlang, Gallego, Mascia, Ogbeche.
MCFC : Amrinder, Souvik, Goian, Lourenco, Subhasish, Sehnaj, Machado, Milan, Issoko, Sougou, Bastos.

MCFC : Modou Sougou 20'

Man of the Match - Paulo Machado : MUMBAI CITY FC
Club Award - Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY FC
Winning pass of the match - Rafael Bastos : MUMBAI CITY FC
Emerging player - Anirudh Thapa : CHENNAIYN FC

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

CFC : Karanjit Singh, Eli Sabia, Inigo Calderon, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Andrea Orlandi, Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raphael Augusto, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Francisco Fernandes, Carlos Salom.
MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Arnold Issoko, Joyner Lourenco, Subhasish Bose, Lucian Goian, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Sehnaj Singh, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Milan Singh, Rafael Bastos.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Chennaiyin FC’s nightmarish start to their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) title-defence continued as Mumbai City FC inflicted a 1-0 defeat at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Saturday.

Modou Sougou’s third ISL goal of the season (20’) was enough for the Islanders as Chennaiyin slumped to their fifth defeat in six games. Mumbai City, meanwhile, have moved up to the fifth spot with 10 points from six games.

The home team, chasing a much-needed result, started the game brightly. But they could not fashion any noteworthy opportunity in the initial exchanges. Mumbai City also looked out-of-ideas whenever they ventured forth until the 20th minute as the home team’s troubles at the back continued.

Good work from a persistent Rafael Bastos was rewarded when he slid in Sougou through on goal. The striker scuffed his initial shot which was parried back to him by goalkeeper Karanjit Singh in Chennaiyin goal. The Senegalese reacted well and turned the loose ball home.

There was renewed vigour from the home team as they searched for an equaliser. However, the likes of Raphael Augusto and Carlos Salom just could not make an impact in the final third. Mumbai City also looked comfortable dealing with whatever Chennaiyin threw at them as the home team failed to register even a single shot on target in the first half.

Jorge Costa’s side should have scored the insurance goal early in the second half when Arnold Issoko broke forward before squaring a pass for Sougou whose first touch let him down. John Gregory responded by sending on Gregory Nelson who infused some much-needed energy into their attacks. Around the hour mark, Augusto did well to reach the byline and find Salom with a cut-back. His shot deflected off a defender and came crashing back of the post. But Thoi Singh slammed the rebound against Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh, much to the disbelief of the home crowd.

Nelson, showing some guile, outfoxed a couple of Mumbai defenders before setting Germanpreet Singh up inside the penalty box but the midfielder’s shot was blocked as another chance went begging for Chennaiyin FC. Despite concerted effort to score an equaliser, the home team’s lack of cutting edge up front ensured Mumbai City would go home with all three points while Chennaiyin are left seeking their first win.

MCFC : Modou Sougou 30', Arnold Issoko 77'

MUMBAI CITY FC  <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> DELHI DYNAMOS (FT)

Man of the Match : Arnold Issoko (MUMBAI)
Limitless Player : Modou Sougou.(MUMBAI)
Winning pass of the match : Rafael Bastos (MUMBAI)
Emerging player : Ravi Kumar(GK: MUMBAI)

MCFC : Ravi Kumar, Arnold Issoko, Joyner Lourenco, Subhasish Bose, Lucian Goian, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Sehnaj Singh, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Milan Singh, Rafael Bastos.

DDFC : Francisco Dorronsoro, Gianni Zuiverloon, Rana Gharami, Marti Crespi, Narayan Das, Pritam Kotal, Romeo Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Rene Mihelic, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Andrija Kaludjerovic.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC blanked a profligate Delhi Dynamos FC 2-0 in a Hero Indian Super League 2018 encounter at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Saturday. Jorge Costa’s side had goals in either half from Moudou Sougou (30’) and Arnold Issoko (77’) to thank as they bounced back from their 5-0 drubbing at Goa in style. The three points took the Islanders to the fifth spot on the table while Delhi remain at the eighth position.

It were Delhi Dynamos who began the match brightly, fashioning a couple of good opportunities in the first 15 minutes. Romeo Fernandes blazed a volley over after a Lallianzuala Chhangte cross was deflected towards him before Andrija Kaludjerovic forced a save from Mumbai City custodian Ravi Kumar.

It seemed Gombau’s men would break the deadlock but it were the hosts who took the lead around the hour mark from a long cross-field ball from Rafael Bastos. The industrious Arnold Issoko got at the end of the ball, before sending in a low cross for Sougou. The striker held off Rana Gharami and turned the ball home. The Islanders, with their tails up, started to impose themselves and should have doubled the lead when Sougou saw a shot palmed away by goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro.

Mumbai, who ended the first-half well, started strong after the break as well and were awarded a penalty within five minutes. The impressive Issoko was adjudged to have been brought down by Gharami inside the box by the referee. However, Bastos sent the spot-kick wide of the target, despite the goalkeeper diving the wrong way.

Desperate for an equaliser, Delhi Dynamos were left to rue their poor finishing as Kaludjerovic wasted two good chances in just a minute. First, he shot wide after Chhangte picked him out with a good cross before seeing a shot from a tight angle bounce back off the crossbar. A few minutes later, Chhangte saw a shot tipped over the bar by Ravi Kumar as frustration mounted for the visitors.

They were made to pay for those misses in the 77th minute by a swift counter-attack from Mumbai City. Bastos sent Issoko clear through on goal and all he had to do was evade a charging Dorronsoro and roll the ball in to make it 2-0. Mumbai City saw off Dynamos’ concerted efforts to engineer an unlikely comeback with relative ease, leaving Delhi to search for their first win of the season.

24.10.2018 : FC GOA 5-0 MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)
Man of the Match : Edu Bedia - FC GOA
Club Award : FC Goa.
Limitless Player : Hugo Boumous - FC GOA
Winning pass of the match :Seriton Fernandes - FC GOA
Emerging player : Chinglensana Singh - FC GOA

FC GOA <b><font color=red> 5-0 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)

FCG : Nawaz, Seriton, Chinglensana, Mourtada, Mandar, Lenny, Jahouh, Bedia, Boumous, Jackichand, Corominas.
MCFC: Amrinder, Souvik, Goian, Subhasish, Shouvik Ghosh; Milan, Machado, Sehnaj, Issoko, Sougou, Bastos.

ISL MEDIA RELEASE: FC Goa surged to the top of the Hero Indian Super League table after a comprehensive 5-0 win over Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Wednesday.

Star striker Ferran Corominas converted an early penalty (6’) to hand the hosts the lead before second-half strikes from Jackichand Singh (55’), Edu Bedia (61’) made it 3-0. A late brace from Miguel Palanca (84’, 90’) condemned Mumbai City to a heavy defeat.

The game got off to an end-to-end start and Mumbai should have taken the lead when Arnold Issoko scuffed his effort from a corner. From the ensuing counter, Souvik Chakrabarti brought down Coro with a horrendous challenge which left the referee no option but to point to the spot. The former Espanyol striker pulled off a Panenka which bewildered Amrinder Singh and handed Goa the lead.

The visitors had several opportunities to score the equalizer as they won several free headers inside the Goa box but just could not test Nawaz. Goa threatened themselves but Amrinder came to Mumbai’s rescue on occasions. The floodgates opened in the second session when Seriton Fernandes’ cross into the box was turned into the net by Jackichand who got ahead of Souvik Chakrabarti to make it 2-0.

The Gaurs then added one more to the tally through Bedia’s stunning outside of the foot shot which sailed into the back of the net. Goa were in cruise control by this time. Miguel Palanca, who came on in the 82nd minute, hammered the final nails in Mumbai City’s coffin with a well-taken brace. First, Palanca took Manvir Singh’s cross in his stride and lifted a finish over substitute goalkeeper Ravi Kumar before sending a left-footed finish past the goalkeeper in the 90th minute after bringing Ahmed Jahouh’s cross from the right wing.

The victory would be proof for Sergio Lobera that his tiki taka ways were producing results. Goa have now scored 10 goals in their first three matches and will next face FC Pune City in the next home game on Sunday. The win sees Goa climb above Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United on goal difference at the top of the table while Mumbai drop to the seventh spot.

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.


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.

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.