Lazy defending, superb goals, scruffy clearances, ridiculous refereeing - this match had it all. Mumbai will be kicking themselves for letting Delhi back in but they will rightfully point out that two of the Delhi goals were as a result of some shoddy refereeing.
To Delhi's immense credit, they came out fighting, and arguably the draw was just reward for their adventure. Mumbai's goals were brilliant, though, and with Sonny Norde on the pitch and Matias Defederico on form Mumbai's attack is slick and dangerous-looking
Both Guimaraes and Zambrotta will take their share of positives from the match, but the negatives will concern them to no end
Let’s see how the players did
Anganba Poirei (GK) – 5/10
The keeper - who came in place of Toni Doblas so that Nisse and Addy could be accommodated - didn’t have a great game. He looked nervous under pressure, and many of his clearances were nervously hacked out of the playing field. None of the three goals were his fault, though.
Souvik Chakraborty – 4/10
The right back had an absolute nightmare. He was turned inside out by Sonny Norde and not given a moment’s peace. Couldn’t contribute much offensively either
Ibrahime Niasse – 4/10
The centre-back had a debut to forget. He struggled to handle the pace, dynamism, and the swift interchangeability of the Mumbai front three. He was found wanting in terms of positional ability and will need to improve rapidly to keep his place in the starting XI.
Konsham Singh – 5/10
The defender was a touch better than his partner, but he too struggled to adapt to the concept of an attack that did not have a focal point. Was guilty, along with the rest of his defence, of ball watching for two goals when he allowed Vadocz and Norde to run into the box without a care in the world.
David Addy (Off 91’) – 6/10
The left back forced Leo Costa to cut inside time and again and didn’t give Mumbai much joy on their right flank. Kept Khongjee pegged back and bombed forward regularly. The Ghanian was the best of the Delhi defenders.
Milan Singh – 7/10
The Indian midfielder was decent throughout as he constantly looked forward for passing the ball. It’s this willingness, and ability to look forward that marks him out as a talent. Played a couple of good balls
Florent Malouda – 6/10
It was another underwhelming performance from the marquee signing. At times he looked like he was rolling back the years, and he did put in some teasing crosses but he couldn’t really affect the game in the way he would have wanted.
Memo (off 66’) – 5/10
The defensive midfielder was operating in incognito mode in the first half as Mumbai’s midfield and fluid forward line completely overhwelmed him in the middle of the pitch. He was substituted off after the hour mark – partly as he was sacrificed for a more attacking option, but also because he had no influence on proceedings
Marcelinho – 7/10
The Brazilian did a lot of the initial things correctly – timed his runs well, beat his fullback often – but couldn’t really come up with the goods that mattered on most occasions. He was still heavily involved in everything good that Mumbai did. His assist to Badji and that nerve-free penalty means that he’ll have left the pitch a reasonably happy man
Kean Lewis (Off 46’) – 3/10
The only reason we know Kean Lewis played the match is because he name appears on the team sheet.
Richard Gadze – 7/10
Ever willing and hard working, the striker never gave up the ghost. He chased and harried and chased some more, and even though there was no quality at the end of it all, made chances for Delhi with his direct, pacy, running – like when he won the penalty he won for the home team. His goal was a just reward for all the work he put in.
Rupert Nongrum (On 46’) – 5/10
Replaced the desperately poor Kean Lewis and played the entirety of the second half. Was slightly better in terms of overall involvement on the pitch, but couldn’t really do much.
Badara Badji (on 66’) – 6/10
Came on to put pressure on the Mumbai defence, and did so admirably well. Had a well taken goal that came from that un-defendable combination of pace and power that Badji brings to the table.
Lalchawnkima (On 91’) – NA
Came on to soak in a bit of the atmosphere