That’s the final whistle! Mumbai beat Pune 1-0
Pune had their chances, promised with counter-attacks but lacked the finishing touch. It wasn’t a gripping contest and the only moment in the game when Defederico scored the first, and only, goal of the match. With the win, Mumbai open their ISL 2016 account
Pune 0 – 1 Mumbai
Back to that Ralte handball… the ball hit the defenders arm as he was falling down. It could have been gone either way, and luckily for the away team, it was adjudged in Ralte’s favour
45′ I thought Gustavo Oberman had a decent first half, but maybe Habas thinks that Ndoye’s pace will create issues…. and it almost does here! Ndoye runs at the Mumbai defence, but a loose touch sees it run out of play
SUBSTITUTION – Oberman OFF, Ndoye ON.
Peep! We’re off!!
Here’s that piece of magic from Defederico down the touchline. Superb close control!
Peep! Peep! HALFTIME!
No added time, strangely. Maybe the ref was tired, eh?
A tight first 45 ends 0-0. Pune had the better of the chances, but Vadocz will be kicking himself for not getting his shot away on time!
45′ Forlan takes the corner, but there is some pushing and shoving in the box and the ref blows a flow. In the same breath he also blows for halftime!
44′ OH MUMBAI!!!! Forlan plays a brilliant little ball across the face of the goal. Vadocz runs on to it, but he tries to take a touch to set himself up. That’s a luxury he can’t really afford, and Gouramangi Singh dives in brilliantly to block the Hungarian’s effort.
43′ Forlan has a poor couple of touches – first a loose first touch lets Pune have the ball back, then a hand-ball ends another Mumbai attack.
42′ Ralte with a teasing cross, and Mumbai can clear only as far as Defederico. The Argentine embarks on another mazy run across the width of the pitch, but is ushered away from the danger zone by Lenny and Arias
40′ …. and oh!! Tato almost runs around Khongjee but ends up shouldering him in the back. Mumbai have the ball again, but are turned back by a wall of Orange and Violet
39′ Mumbai win a freekick and attempt to slow things down. Anwar Ali takes his time to take the freekick, but the delivery is rubbish. Pune have the ball….
That really was some pass from Izumi
38′ OH WOW!! CHANCE FOR OBERMAN!!! An incredible no-look pass from Izumi release Oberman down the middle. The former River plate striker runs in one-on-one with the keeper, but he can NOTfind the finish! Netto did well to save, it has to be said.
37′ Arias freekick isn’t very good. It’s cleared easily by the Mumbai defence!
36′ YELLOW for Sehnaj Singh. The Mumbai player whacked Tato on the face to earn himself that!
35′ WHAT A RUN… Defederico wriggles his way away from Bheke, and then skips past Arias but is finally crowded out inside the box.
34′ YELLOW for Bheke. He runs straight through the back of Defedirico. It was an attempt on the part of the Indian rightback to stop Mumbai countering… and well, that worked
32′ Lenny Rodrigues makes a strong interception, and Pune set about trying to establish a passing rhythm. It wins them a corner in the end. Arias stands over it…
31′ Mumbai have very clearly set themselves up NOT to concede a goal, they are crowding the midfield in a way which would make their citizens proud – Mumbai Locals have nothing on this midfield!
30′ Goian with the header, but the Romanian can’t keep it down. Goal kick, again, for Pune
29′ Arias with a horrendous backpass that goes straight out of play! Corner for Mumbai
28′ Mumbai showing more attacking intent now, but it’s just a succession of goal kicks for Pune
26′ Ralte looks the most promising Mumbai attacker, and he shows a deft touch to work some space in the middle. He tries a one-two with Forlan, but the Uruguayan is being tightly marked and can’t get himself free
25′ OH CHANCE FOR MUMBAI!!!! Ralte with a teasing cross from the left, and Vadocz launches himself at it. Can’t reach it though
24′ Pune attempt to establish their passing rhythm again, and they are tiki-taka ing their way around the park, till M’rangthem gets fed up and hoicks it forward. Izumi, at the end of that ball, messes it up by fouling Khongjee
23′ Mumbai win a freekick, and its swing in dangerously by Defedirico, but Pune clear with a minimum of fuss
21′ That has woken up Halder, and the veteran Bengali lets fly with a powerful shot. But it’s straight at Bete in the Pune goal
20′ OUCH! Halder runs straight into Bruno Arias – the Brazilian cannily stood his ground there – and ends up on the ground holding his chest. That ends another promising spell of Pune possession – they really are pinging the ball around well
19′ Pune with some more sustained pressure in the Mumbai half, but the men in white are crowding midfield and Pune can’t find their way through.
17′ Lucca with a sliding tackle on Leo Costa, and the Mumbai man goes down in a heap. Costa should have seen that coming. Lucca started that slide from Lonavla
15′ A brilliant ball from Izumi releases Oberman on the right wing, but his run is cut short abruptly when Anwar Ali nips in. The resulting corner comes to nothing, but Pune are finding their feet here and are playing some swift-passing, football
14′ Arias lines up a freekick from JUUUUST outside the penalty box. The kick in itself is rubbish, but Lucca’s follow up shot is much better and Netto saves
13′ YELLOW for Costa as he jumps with his arms covering his face. Lucca’s kick hits the arm and the ref blows for a foul
12′ FOUL by Goian on Tata. Pune have a freekick from dangerous looking position
11′ Khongjee lumps it aimlessly forward, and Pune have the ball back, but they are equally careless with the ball and Mumbai have the ball back. They try to string a few passes together but Lenny Rodrigues steps in and breaks the play up well
9′ Pune with a CHANCE! Izumi can only get a feeble header to a nice little ball from Tato. Narayan Das had prompted the attack with a brilliant ball into the box to find the La Masia graduate
7′ Deferdico’s corner comes to nothing.. but Mumbai are on the ascendancy here. Forlan is dropping deep in search of the ball
6′ Goian clears another Pune long ball with a mighty header, and Mumbai break forward. Ralte puts in a brilliant ball to Deferdico whose run into the box is cut out
5′ Pune win a corner, but nothing comes off it. A foul by Lenny Rodrigues hands the ball back to Mumbai
4′ Pranoy Halder does what Pranoy Halder does. A crunching tackle on Oberman, lets the Pune man know that Halder is in no mood to be bossed
4′ Narayan Das does well to cut off a Mumbai attack, but his ball is cut off and a promising Pune counter is nipped in the bud
3′ Antonio Habas is watching the game from the stands – it does affect a team when their coach isn’t on the sidelines coaxing them doesn’t it? He won’t be too pleased with what he’s seeing on the pitch – it’s all a bit too scrappy
2′ OFFSIDE!! Nice little ball from Oberman to his strike partner Tato, but the Spaniard doesn’t time his run well, and is caught offside
1′ Pune foray forward. A crunching tackle wins them the ball, but Rahul Bheke’s ball in from the right bounces out harmlessly
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