FC Pune City had their second successive Indian Super League win, after their 1-0 victory over Mumbai City in the Maharashtra derby at Mumbai Football Arena last Thursday.
The game looked as if it was going to end in a goalless draw, until Eugeneson Lyngdoh came off the bench to score in the dying moments of the game, after capitalising on a goalkeeping lapse.
Both sides had their players return after playing for Bengaluru in the AFC Cup final, but Mumbai only chose to start captain Sunil Chhetri in their starting XI, with the other three as well as Pune’s Eugeneson benched.
Mumbai dominated for the most part but Pune head coach Antonio Habas was delighted with the result which put them in fourth spot with 12 points from 9 matches. Speaking at a post match press conference he said: “I am happy for my players as they fought and both the matches (against Atlético de Kolkata and Mumbai) were very similar.
“In Pune, Mumbai beat us by a small margin and [today was a] similar game as we beat Mumbai here and I am very happy with the spirit of the team and how they played today,”
On Friday Nehru Stadium erupted with joy, after FC Goa came from behind to take all 3 points with their 2-1 victory over NorthEast United.
Head coach Zico was facing a nightmare before the match with Gregory Arnolin and Richarlyson already suspended, only to be told hours before kick-off that Luciano Sabrosa and Rafael Dumas had also received a two game ban, making Goa’s chances in the ISL look miserable.
After dominating the first half, NorthEast Utd went ahead in the 49th minute through Seityasen Singh however, Goa equalised 12 minutes later after Romeo Fernandes squared the ball for Robin Singh to get his first ISL goal for Goa.
With 20 minutes to go, it looked like the game would end with a draw until Fernandes struck the winning goal in injury time, to break their winless streak at home and notch up their third victory.