The big news coming out from the Mumbai Chennai clash was that Nicolas Anelka was starting for the Mumbai team after serving the 3 match ban, he was partnered in attack with hat-trick hero Andre Moritz. Chennaiyin FC was boosted by the fact that Marco Materazzi started in central defense and was not on the bench coaching the team from the sideline.
The last time Anelka faced Materazzi, Anelka was playing for Chelsea and Materazzi for Inter Milan and it was the Italian who got the better of the Frenchman with Chennaiyin FC thrashing Mumbai City FC 5-1.
Chennai off to a blistering start
Chennaiyin FC won a penalty kick in the 5th minute when Manuel Friedrich kicked a Mendoza and after some delay in receiving treatment for the foul, Elano stepped up to take the penalty. Elano made no mistake and scored his 4th goal in 4 games to go on top of the scoring charts. Mumbai should have leveled the score when Friedrich had a free header from a corner in the 11th minute but the German failed to make amends for the penalty he gave away. It was Subhash who had the next best chance for Mumbai but he was blacked off well by Silvestre.
Hapless Mumbai can’t deal with Chennai’s pace
The impressive Mendoza almost made it 2 for Chennai when he ran clear of the Mumbai defense but his shot was brilliantly saved by Subrata Pal. Jeje did make it 2 for Chennaiyin when a beautiful ball from Elano set him free and he made no mistake to beat Pal in the 27th minute. Pal and Shilton Paul each made good saves to keep the score at 2-0 to Chennaiyin FC. Chennai did make it 3 when Elano took a free kick and Subrata Pal could not hold onto the ball, Mendoza raced in and got a well-deserved goal, Chennai were up by 3 with only 40 minutes played. Mumbai could not deal with the passing of Chennai, Mendoza was played in again with a ball over the Mumbai back four and he duly scored the 4th goal in the 44th minute.
Second half same story
Chennai started the second half with a 4 goal lead and Mumbai brought on Tiago for Didika in hope to reduce the damage. It was a pretty similar story in the second half with Mumbai attacking and Chennai countering everything that Mumbai threw at them. Chennai were so comfortable that Materazzi took himself off for Djordjic.
Mumbai did come close from a corner to reduce the deficit but a header at the near post just flashed wide of the goal. Elano notched up the 5th goal from a free kick in the 69th minute when Mendoza was brought down. He whipped in a brilliant free kick from the left side of the pitch to make it 5 goals in the Indian Super League for the Brazilian. Mendoza was substituted to a round of applause in the 73rd minute for Cristian.
Mumbai did get a consolation goal in the 86th minute from a corner. Syed Rahim Nabi headed the ball in from the far post and the goalkeeper for Chennai could not keep it out. That is as good as it got for Mumbai, at least they left with their record of the biggest ISL win intact.