Pune City stunned RIVALS Mumbai City in the MAHA DERBY of the season

Nitish Bhan  |  ISL-5  |  3 Weeks Ago

In a dead rubber for both the sides, FC Pune City stunned a high-soaring Mumbai just before their playoff which can create a major dent in their confidence, going forward.


The absence of Moudou Sougou was accentuated as the striking force of Mumbai failed to convert the easiest of opportunities despite running rings around a mediocre Pune. Souvik Chakraborti’s void is still going to be a major concern for Jorge Costa as Mumbai’s defensive midfield hasn’t really been promising without the likes of this Bengal sensation.


Adil Khan gave the hosts an unexpected lead against the wind of play in the 18th minute with Robin Singh claiming yet another assist. The move emanated with a fine square pass from Hume making its way to a scouring Robin Singh, who in turn dinked the ball over the Mumbai defence and Adil Khan connected the ball in an acrobatic volley and ushered it into the back of the net past a stranded Amrinder Singh.

Despite intense belligerence from the visitors, Kamaljit Singh took a strong stand under the woodwork to deny Mumbai a comeback. Arnold Issoko’s right-footer blazed over the woodwork with only the custodian to beat.


Against the best efforts from Mumbai, the game did not produce any more goals until the 84th minute when Iain Hume penned an incredible record lashing a meaty piledriver into the net, latching on to a ball from Mohammed Yasir. Hume became the only foreigner to score in all the editions of Indian Super League.


With barely any time left on the clock, Mills and Sarthak Golui combined to crash Goian inside the box, which instantly led to the referee pointing to the dreaded spot.


Issoko, who had been wasteful up to that point when given the chances to make an impact, scored from the spot. The game eventually ended 2-1, with Brown’s team being the victors on the night.


FC Pune City eventually finished strongly with a win and have now 22 points (currently 6th), while Mumbai finished 3rd with 30 points.


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