Mumbai City FC beat Delhi Dynamos 4-2 in a nail-biting encounter
Luck eluded Delhi yet again as the team went down 2-4 to Mumbai in their last home match of the year. Delhi failed capitalise on their early lead, and an unfortune penalty and an own goal elongated the thirst for the team’s first win of this season.
Playing the reverse encounter, Rene Mihelic started up front, as JosepGombau fielded a starting XI similar to the one he fielded against Bengaluru FC. Andrija Kaluderovic was the only change who had start from the bench.
The home team made a strong start to the match creating a break through right in the 3rd minute, courtesy, former Dynamos’ player Souvik Chakrabarti’s own goal. It was Tebar, Carmona and Chhangte, who crafted the goal and Chakrabarti executed it for the hosts.
It was a half of muscle tussle as Mumbai tried physically overpowering Delhi, but the craft of Delhi players neutralised the visitors attempts. This resulted in a lot of flares in the field, right from the start of the match.
The first half was devoid of any other significant action with both teams struggling to create something concrete in the final third. The half ended with the home team walking back with their slime lead.
The second half started on a dramatic note for Delhi with Pritam Kotal conceding a penalty for the team. Mumbai’s Rafael Bastos did no mistake and slotted the equaliser into the top right corner of Albino’s goal in the 48th minute.
Things became further difficult for Delhi when a defensive attempt of Marti Crespi went horribly wrong and he ended up heading the ball onto his own net in the 61st minute. Delhi bounced back into the game in the 64th minute with Gianni Zuiverloon heading a powerful ball into the Mumbai net.
But the horror for Albino was not over yet, with Mumbai getting their lead back in the 69th minute; and this time around it was Raynier Fernandes slotting his first Indian Super League goal. The visitors lead was further strengthened in the 80th minute, with Paulo Machado slotting the ball beyond Albino’s reach.
Towards the dying moments of the match, Gombau fielded all his attacking options, substituting Bikramjit, Pritam Kotal and Marti Crespi and brining in Andrija Kaluderovic, Daniel Lalhlimpuia and Rana Gharami. But it was Mumbai custodian Amdrinder’s cool headedness which kept the Delhi attacks at bay.
Andrija almost got onto the score sheet in the dying moments, but Subhasis Bose’s goal-line header robbed Delhi of the chance.
The last match of 2018 at the JLN Stadium ended in favour of the visitors, Mumbai City FC with them going home with a 2-4 victory.