Both Mumbai City and Delhi Dynamos already had their place booked in the semifinals of the Hero Indian Super League 2016, but on Saturday, they played out a goalless draw in their last league stage match at the Mumbai Football Arena.
It has been Mumbai best season yet as they finish this stage at the top of the League table with 23 points from 14 games under Costa Rican head coach Alexandre Guimaraes, who speaking after the match told reporters of his delight at his side’s growing confidence.
“Well, I think today we accomplished one of our goals. As we were playing the league we realised that not only do we have a good chance to qualify but we can also get the first spot and that is very important because it shows that we have been very stable during the season and our style of play allows us to be there.
I am very proud of the players, my staff as they have done a fantastic job, as it is not easy to achieve this and we knew from day one that we have got to do very well and we played fantastic football and scored fantastic goals and we kept eight clean sheets, so I am very proud of the players,” Guimaraes said.
On Sunday Kerala Blasters had a 1-0 victory over NorthEast United in front of a packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
Blasters’ striker CK Vineeth scored the all important goal in the 66th minute to become the highest Indian scorer in the process with five strikes to his name.
NorthEast started the the third edition of this tournament on a high, but then their performance dipped, whilst the Blasters started flat only to see a turnaround once Vineeth returned to the squad.
The result sees Blasters finish the league stage of the ISL in 2nd spot with Dynamos in 3rd and Atletico de Kolkata in 4th.