Mumbai City FC had a successful start to their 2016 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) home campaign on Friday, beating NorthEast United FC 1-0 at the Mumbai Football Arena.
The tightly contested match saw Mumbai hugging the ball, but NorthEast mainly had the better of the chances. By halftime neither side had managed to find the back of the net and Mumbai’s concentration started to waiver.
The opener and only goal of the match eventually came from Mumbai in the 54th minute, after NorthEast defender Reagan Singh fouled Pronay Halder in the penalty box. Marquee player Diego Forlan Corazo took the free kick and scored the winning goal.
Mumbai knocked NorthEast off the top of the table, with their second win of the campaign and a game in hand.
FC Pune City got their first win in 2 matches of their ISL journey, after they defeated FC Goa 2-1 away at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Saturday. This was the Goan side’s second consecutive defeat of the ISL.
It was the hosts that took the lead in the 25th minute courtesy of an Arata Izumi tap-in finish, but Goa quickly equalised after Rafael Coelho took advantage of Pune’s rare defensive lapse and slotted home from close range.
The winning goal was scored in the dying moments of the game and came from a counter attack, stunning the majority of the 19003 strong crowd. Momar N’Doye slammed the ball into the top corner for the visitors.
Sunday’s match between Kerala Blasters and Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium ended in a goalless draw.
It was a match that saw the Blasters get their first shot on target in 270 minutes of football and take away one point after losing their previous two games.
This leaves the Blasters a point above FC Goa in 7th place, whilst the Dynamos have moved up a spot into 3rd position.