ISL: Mumbai City FC beat FC Pune City to earn bragging rights in Maharashtra derby

first_imgMumbai City FC got their first win in this year’s Indian Super League (ISL) and they did it in style by putting away their local opponents FC Pune City in the Maharashtra derby.Modou Sougou’s 25th minute strike and a penalty from Rafael Bastos in the 45th minute was enough to seal Mumbai’s 2-0 win over Pune at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday.Mumabi drew first blood after an uneventful start to the game when Senegal’s Sougou clinically finished a close range effort from aulo Machado’s cross, which 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 [email protected] picked up their first win of the season, courtesy two first-half goals by Modou Sougou and Rafael Bastos.More videos: #ISLRecap #LetsFootball #MUMPUN #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 19, 2018Pune 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.advertisementMiguel 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.Arnold Issoko put in a resilient performance throughout 90 minutes and even won a penalty for his team in the second half. He is the Hero of the Match!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 19, 2018There 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.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more