ISL 2016: Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Pune City - Player Ratings
Mumbai City's luck ran out against rivals FC Pune City, as the visitors grabbed all three points thanks to an 89th minute winner from Eugeneson Lyngdoh, who featured for the first time this season for the Stallions.
Pune arrived with the aim to avoid defeat against Mumbai but a last 10-minute attacking surge resulted in a blunder from Mumbai's keeper Gomes who should have done better in handling the ball.
The game was played at a slow pace as both sides crowded the midfield with the first half producing nothing worth mentioning. A second victory on the trot propels Habas' men to the fourth spot in the table as Mumbai City will still be in the second spot behind toppers, Delhi Dynamos.
Let us look at the player ratings from the Maharashtra Derby:
Mumbai City FC
Albino Gomes: 5/10
Gomes was a mere spectator for almost 80 minutes of the match as Pune City hardly got forward to create a chance that would trouble the custodian. He could not step up when he was most needed as Gomes made a complete mess of a routine cross from Narayan Das.
Sena Ralte: 5/10
The full-back was not at his marauding best, lost possession on a number of occasions and faltered defensively too as he gave a lot of space to his opposite number in Das.
Gerson Viera: 6/10
Viera had a decent night as he handled the physical strength of Pune's duo of Zurdo and Traore. He made some important clearances and was crucial in negating any Pune's strength until the goal.
Lucian Goian: 6/10
The Romanian was Mumbai's best defender as he played to his strengths and was solid throughout. He also had a good chance on the other side of the field as he is a crucial player in Mumbai's set pieces.
Aiborlang Khongjee: 5/10
Khongjee played in a back four and showed his usefulness as a utility player for the Blues. He was given a tough time by Rahul Bheke on the wing and he should have closed him down a number of times in the match.
Sehnaj Singh: 5/10
Singh could not get hold of the game as the Indian was sloppy in possession. He took some wild shots which were totally unnecessary and his performance might be a worry going ahead for manager, Alexander Guimaraes.
Kristian Vadocz: 5/10
A surprisingly off day for the midfield general of Mumbai as he too could not dictate the tempo and was stopped going forward by his counterparts. Vadocz has been an important part in Mumbai's good run this campaign as the Blues suffered from him being off the pace tonight.
Leo Costa: 4/10
The derby ended prematurely for Costa as he suffered an injury which resulted in his departure with just seven minutes on the clock.
Matias Defederico: 6/10
Defederico asked many questions to Pune's defence but failed to impress in the final third. He was crowded by the opposition on a number of occasions and had to drop deep to receive the ball.
Sunil Chhetri: 6/10
Playing his first game of this season, Chhetri showed immense work rate and was impressive with his passing. A bright partnership between him and Forlan showed it's few glimpses as it will be immense for Mumbai going forward in the season.
Diego Forlan: 6/10
Another decent game for Mumbai's captain as he was present everywhere for the hosts. He did everything well except finishing a great chance as a better shot was expected from the Uruguayan to beat Edel.
Thiago Cunha: 6/10
He was brought on to replace the injured Costa and did justice to his substitution. Mumbai's forwards were given a free role as Cunha was smart in his runs but was not presented with a clear-cut chance.
He replaced Cunha in the final 10 minutes and created the most clear cut chance in the game but was squandered by Forlan. Cafu showed glimpses of his talent but should not have brought on earlier.
F. Cardozo: N/A
The defender was brought in stoppage time to increase the numbers in Pune's box from crosses as his height and strength could have helped the hosts.