The first derby of the Indian Super League took place with Mumbai City FC hosting FC Pune City . Both teams were looking to open their goal scoring account with Mumbai looking to bounce back from the 1st day loss to Atletico de Kolkata. Pune were looking to build on the point they earned after holding the Delhi Dynamos to a draw.
Mumbai record their first win
After being beaten by Kolkata 3-0 it was time for Mumbai to get to winning ways. They absolutely hammered Pune winning the game 5-0 even though they were without Nicolas Anelka and Freddie Ljungberg featuring in the lineup.
The match started off like a derby should with tackles flying in from all directions. A player each from Pune and Mumbai were booked within the first 4 minutes. Mumbai opened their account with a delightful goal in the 12th minute, Mumbai broke into a counter attack with Moritz, the Brazilian, cutting in and shooting brilliantly past the Pune goalkeeper. David Trezeguet almost equalized for Pune when an overhead kick by the Frenchman came off the crossbar.
One became two for Mumbai in the 27th minute when a Mumbai corner was not defended well and Moritz got a free header to beat the goalkeeper. The Pune defense was in sixes and sevens, the impressive Subhash got his name onto the score sheet when he collected a through ball and slotted calmly past the goalkeeper to make it 3 for Mumbai. Subhash was again gifted another chance and should have made it 4 but he shot wide. Mumbai went into the break 3-0 up; Pune did not know what hit them.
Second half, same story
The second half started with Pune making a double change as Park and Gurung coming on to help the team attack. Tempers flared up when Stohanzl used his elbow to foul Pune’s Ravanan and a melee broke out between the players, the referee booked Stohanzl for the foul. Pune made their third and final substitution in the 62nd minute when Wadoo was replaced by Omar and Mumbai fans were happy to see Freddie Ljungberg coming on for Stohanzl.
It was Mumbai making the running with Andre Moritz capitalizing on some poor defending and toe poked the ball in to beat Belardi in the 70th minute. Moritz completed his hat trick, the first of the ISL and Mumbai were dominating and Pune just wanted the night to end and fast. Mumbai still had time to score a 5th goal. Some brilliant work down the right flank gave Letzelder a large target to hit and he obliged by completing the route in the 85th minute.
The Mumbai supporters can hold their head up high after the game, the best showing by any outfit in the league. Pune face a long and hard struggle in the league now.