ISL 2017, FC Pune City vs Mumbai City FC, Highlights: As It Happened
News18.com | November 29, 2017, 10:45 PM IST
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FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC will resume their rivalry in the Indian Super League (ISL) when they lock horns in a much-awaited Maharashtra derby. Both teams lost their opening games, with Mumbai going down 0-2 to Bengaluru FC and Pune suffering a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Delhi Dynamos. The Maharashtra clubs hit back with victories, with Pune especially impressive in their 4-1 demolition of ATK in Kolkata. Pune coach Ranko Popovic said he was disappointed that his team couldn't win their first game at home but at the same time, he was incredibly pleased with their showing against the defending champions.
"It was a very crucial and important step for us to get our first three points and we will try to do the same at home. But it was especially important because this club doesn't have a great record at winning away games," the Serbian said. The 50-year-old had stated before the tournament that he will ask his players to play entertaining football and while that was not the case in their opener, they surely produced some brilliant moments against ATK. "Even in the pre-season, apart from the first match, we had goals in every other game. It was more a case of concentration than anything else. And we will try to do the same: score lots of goals, but in football you can never say what will happen," he said.
Mumbai City's Alexandre Guimares will have to be cautious of the attacking threats of Pune City, especially Emiliano Alfaro and Marcelinho, who have both got two strikes each already. The Costa Rican acknowledged Pune's attacking prowess and hinted that his players will be careful on match day. "The goals that they've scored came from very precise attacks. And when a team can do that, you have to make sure you don't make mistakes because then they will punish you," he said. But at the same time, Guimares added that his players were coming into the game with "different confidence.
"Winning at home is always great and it is understandable that it gives the players a different confidence because they got the result they fought for," he said. Guimares has been a master at organising his team in a tight formation but admitted that like most other managers, he is also trying to find "the right mix" in his team going forward into the season. Mumbai will not be able to take comfort in another home game since they travel to Kerala Blasters next while Pune can hope to capture the imagination of their fans with back-to-back matches at Balewadi. Points from these two games will only consolidate their position in the top four as they already sit pretty in second position.
Full-time: That's the final whistle folks as Pune have stolen the match in extra time. Alfaro's brace helps Pune register a comeback win over their Maharashtra rivals Mumbai.
Nov 29, 2017 9:54 pm (IST)
GOAL: Alfaro has done it again as this time he score in the extra time to give Pune the lead. The ball somehow evaded the Mumbai defenders and Diego got it on the right. He then square the ball to Alfaro who was clear on goal and slotted home the easiest of goals. Pune has comeback from 0-1 to lead 2-1.
Nov 29, 2017 9:51 pm (IST)
Four minutes have been added in extra time. Marcelinho was clear on goal but he opted to slide the ball to Lewis on the left but hit the pass a bit strongly and it goes for a goal kick. What a chance that was for the hosts.
Nov 29, 2017 9:50 pm (IST)
Woodwork: Balwant almost got his second goal of the day but his shot from distance rattles the post in the 88th minutes. Balwant cannot believe his luck as the ball is cleared away after hitting the post.
Nov 29, 2017 9:48 pm (IST)
With only minutes to go in the second half, both sets of players are working their socks of in trying to get the winner. So far, both teams have defended well since the equaliser.
Nov 29, 2017 9:43 pm (IST)
Chance: Luka almost scored the winner for Pune as he hits a fierce drive from the edge of the box but keeper Amrinder makes a tidy save to keep the score at 1-1 with seven minutes to go.
Nov 29, 2017 9:41 pm (IST)
With 10 minutes to go, one would say that there is atleast one goal more in this match. The last few minutes have seen both sets of players fired up as they go for the winner.
Nov 29, 2017 9:38 pm (IST)
Tackles are now starting to fly in as both teams are now going for the winner. Balwant gets the ball inside the D and he tried to hit it towards goal but the ball hits a denfender and goes for a corner.
Nov 29, 2017 9:35 pm (IST)
Goal: Alfaro converts from the penalty spot in the 74th minute to equalise for the hosts. Pune owner Arjun Kapoor is out of his seat celebrating the goal while Mumbai owner Ranbir has sank down in his seat.
Nov 29, 2017 9:34 pm (IST)
Issac has been a real star for the hosts in this match as he is kept the mid-field going like a metronome. Marcelinho with a long range effort and it goes wide as well.
Nov 29, 2017 9:25 pm (IST)
Substitution for Mumbai as Wadoo comes on Sanju in the 65th minute. Last year, Wadoo played for Pune and it is a chance for him score an equaliser against his former club.
Nov 29, 2017 9:22 pm (IST)
Pune's Rohit hits a shot from distance and the ball goes way wide of the target. This has been the story of the match so far for the hosts. They haven't troubled the Mumbai keeper much.
Nov 29, 2017 9:19 pm (IST)
15 minutes gone in the second half and chances have been few and far after the break. While Mumbai are content with defending at the moment, Pune are trying their best to up the ante at the moment.
Nov 29, 2017 9:16 pm (IST)
Mumbai defenders are 'parking the bus' at the moment to keeper Pune at bay as the hosts pile on the pressure. The visitors have done well to keep the score at 1-0 and with 56 minutes gone, they have been comfortable so far.
Nov 29, 2017 9:11 pm (IST)
Apart from a slight flicker of brilliance here and there, Pune's hotshot duo Marcelinho and Alfaro have been rendered not as effective as they usually are, by the Mumbai defenders. And that is the main reason by they haven't got on the scoresheet.
Nov 29, 2017 9:08 pm (IST)
The second half begins with Pune on the front foot. The hosts will have to continue to pile on the pressure of the visitors to have any chance of scoring and leveling the match.
Nov 29, 2017 8:51 pm (IST)
Half-time: Balwant's 15th minute strike separates the two team and what a goal it was. Pune will need to up the ante in the second half to equalise in the game.
Nov 29, 2017 8:47 pm (IST)
Since that goal from Balwant in the 15th minute, Mumbai have gone into their shell a bit and they might have to play for it just before the break as Pune get a free kick from just outside the D, which it seems to be in Marcelinho's range. However, the shot is easily saved by the Mumbai keeper.
Nov 29, 2017 8:41 pm (IST)
Mumbai are now trying to hog the possession as Pune were dominating the proceedings. The visitors need to keep hold of the ball more if they want to keep their slender lead intact.
Nov 29, 2017 8:39 pm (IST)
Injury: Mumbai are currently down to 10-men as physios are attending to the goal-scorer Balwant. There seems to be something wrong with his ankle.
Nov 29, 2017 8:35 pm (IST)
Chance: Pune is now dominating the proceedings but they are failing to score the equalizer. This time, in the 33rd minute, Diego hits a low cross into the six yard box from the right flank but none of the Pune starts could guide the ball inside.
Nov 29, 2017 8:29 pm (IST)
Chance: Marcelinho had the perfect chance to level the match in the 26th minute as he was inside the D courtesy of a brilliant through ball. But Marcelinho'sleft foot shot was blocked perfectly by Mumbai defender Goian to keep their slender lead intact.
Nov 29, 2017 8:24 pm (IST)
Chance: The ball fell kindly for Diego inside the D and he hit the ball on the turn towards the goal. Mumbai keeper Amrinder made a good diving save towards his right to keep his team's lead intact.
Nov 29, 2017 8:22 pm (IST)
The likes of Marcelinho and Alfaro will have to stand up and be counted as far as Pune is concerned. With 20 minutes gone, they haven't done justice to their huge reputations as Pune is struggling in the match.
Nov 29, 2017 8:18 pm (IST)
GOAL: What a stunner from Balwant as he gives Mumbai the lead in the 15th minute of the match. Balwant ran inside from the left wing and unleashed an unstoppable shot towards the far post of the keeper. The ball went inside the bottom corner with fierce pace. Mumbai lead 1-0.
Nov 29, 2017 8:14 pm (IST)
Chance: Gerson Viera gets the ball fortunately into his pads inside the D and he tries to curl the ball towards the far post. However, the Pune keeper Kamaljit makes a good diving save.
Nov 29, 2017 8:12 pm (IST)
Skipper Marcelinho lobs the ball from way outside the D and it almost lands on the head of Alfaro. The Uruguyan lauds the effort from Marcelinho, saying it was a good ball but it was caught easily by the keeper.
Nov 29, 2017 8:11 pm (IST)
Finally some good play from Pune as Alfaro wins them the first corner of the match. However, they couldn't do much with it as Mumbai keeper catches the ball easily. 10 mins gone and the score is locked at 0-0.
Nov 29, 2017 8:08 pm (IST)
Five minutes gone in the first half, and Pune hasn't even started so far. Mumbai have been dominating the possession so far but none of the two teams have created a goal-scoring chance so far.