ISL Player Ratings: FC Pune City 3-1 Mumbai City FC

Man of the Match Tuncay Sanli scored a brilliant brace (Photo courtesy: ISL)

FC Pune City won the first Maharashtra derby in ISL 2015 3-1 comfortably against a depleted Mumbai City FC team.

David Platt’s boys were instrumental throughout the game, sticking on to their strategy whereas Mumbai lacked creatively especially in the attacking zone.

Young Israil Gurung was the star for Pune with two assists for Tuncay Sanli and a goal for himself. Frédéric Piquionne scored one for the Mumbai side in the first half although it was not enough for them to get any point from the match.

Here are the player ratings from the match:

FC Pune City

Simonsen- 7/10

Brilliant display from the experienced English keeper. Made a number of good saves, especially Asutosh Mehta’s volley from a corner in the second half. He sure looks a good buy by the Pune franchise team.

Gourmangi Singh- 6.5/10

He was rock solid in the central defense of FC Pune City today. He played well, winning headers, 50-50 balls and covered Piquionne efficiently throughout the game.

Diego Daniel Collotto- 7.5/10

A standout performance from the experienced defender who has played more than 100 La Liga games in his career in Spain. The way he marked the dangerous Sony Norde in the second half was exceptional.

Nick Shorey- 7/10

Although starting in the defensive midfield position, he gradually shifted to his preferred left-back position in the second half. He was subdued in the first quarter of the match playing in the midfield. Defensively he was brilliant, and it was because of him that Mumbai City FC hardly could utilize the left side of the field in the second half.

Gurjinder Kumar- 4.5/10

The only poor performer in today’s game, Gurjinder made a number of mistakes. He was not able to handle Mumbai’s attacks from the left in the first half. He even received a needless yellow card in the dying minutes of the match for a reckless challenge.

Didier Zokora- 6.5/10

The experienced Ivory Coast midfielder was defensively strong throughout the second half. For the maximum period of the match, he played as the fifth defender although he kept covering the defensive midfielder position also.

James Bailey- 5/10

Bailey was not up to the mark and had to be substituted right after the halftime break. He was not able to hold on to the Central midfield area and kept losing his position. He might require more time to gel with the conditions.

Manish Maithani- 5.5/10

Starting as a central midfielder he tried moving forward through the wings in order to help Israil Gurung. He was not as instrumental as Gurung and made a lot of mistakes. He was beaten repeatedly by Sony Norde effortlessly throughout the first half.

Lenny Rodriguez- 7/10

Lenny was excellent for most of the match barring a few minutes right before the halftime. He played through the wing moving up and coming back to support both the defense and the attack of the team.

Israil Gurung- 8.5/10

The standout performer in today’s game, he should have been given the man of the match award. Playing from the right wing he was exceptional, playing inch perfect crosses which were converted easily by Tuncay. His sudden bursts of speed and long crosses from the right bombarded the Mumbai defense. He even scored a brilliant goal in the second half.

Tuncay Sanli- 7.5/10

Other than two opportunist headers, he played his heart out, playing in almost every position for his team today. His endless runs on and off the ball inspired the young lads in the team to fight. The experienced Turkish legend was a leader on the field. He was substituted in the 61st minute by marquee striker Adrian Mutu.


Y. Ruiz- 6/10

Ruiz had to substitute Bailey who was extremely poor, in the halfway point of the match. Ruiz held the ball and distributed short passes for the wingers and the strikers. He was an effective change as he brought in more creativity for the Pune team in the second half.

Adrian Mutu- 5.5/10

The marquee striker was average. He tried his best to associate himself with every single attacking move of the team. He was involved in the third goal of the team; however, he missed a sitter from close range in the last minutes of the match.

Sushant Mathew- N/A

He hardly got a chance to participate in any moves as he was introduced for a few minutes right at the end of the game.

Mumbai City FC

Albino Gomes- 5.5/10

The young keeper had to fill in the place of star custodian Subrata Pal today. He was average, making a few decent saves. He was partly responsible for the first goal, failing to communicate well with his defenders. Otherwise, he played confidently throughout the game.

Keegan Pereira- 4/10

The poorest performer of the match, Keegan was hardly noticed in the game. Although being one of the brilliant performers of last year’s I-League, he couldn’t do justice to himself today. Israil used this to his advantage, exploiting the side of the defense covered by him.

Pavel Cmovs- 6.5/10

Pavel was the only good performer in the Mumbai’s defense today. He started the game strongly striking a well-worked partnership with fellow centre-back Bertin. We also saw him moving up from the deep defense to support the attack in the second half.

Frantz Bertin- 5.5/10

He was average, playing in the center of the defense for the Mumbai City team. He tried his best to cover the gaps in the defense. His fitness is a concern since he hardly moved up in the second half.

Ashutosh Mehta- 5.5/10

Mehta was very inconsistent and he played in patches. If the match can be divided into four quarters then Mehta was very good in the second and fourth quarter. He provided a brilliant cross which was converted by Piquionne right before halftime. But he was also very bad in the first and the third phases. He should have covered Tuncay better during the second half in order to stop him from scoring.

Pratesh Shirodhkar – 5.5/10

The Sporting Club de Goa midfielder tried his best to cover the central midfield position although he wasn’t very influential in the match. He won some hard fought tackles in the middle of the park in the first half. Coming forward to attack he lost possession a number of times.

Andre Moritz- 5/10

Last year’s best player for the Mumbai franchise was nowhere near his form last year. He was hardly able to control the game from the midfield. A number of half chances should have been converted into a goal by a player of his calibre. He was substituted in the 63rd minute.

Gabriel Fernandes- 6.5/10

The Goan midfielder was one of the best performers for the Mumbai City FC team today, especially in the first half. He dribbled past defenders bursting through the wings. He was not ideally supported by the other midfielders of the Mumbai team. Placing him at a more out and out position could have benefited the team.

Aguilera- 5/10

Aguilera was very poor. He hardly won the ball from the FC Pune players. Although positioned on the wings he kept shifting inside which left open spaces in the right wing for Pune players to exploit. He had to be substituted in the 75th minute of the game.

Sony Norde- 6/10

Being technically very strong he was excellent in the first half hitting the post once and creating a number of chances for his fellow team mates. Nevertheless, when Colotto covered him in the second half, he hardly was able to move. He exploits open spaces with a sudden burst of speed coupled with crisp step-overs. Open spaces were unavailable for him in the second half which limited his impact on the match.

Frédéric Piquionne- 7/10

Starting slowly, he gradually picked up pace after the first 15 minutes of the game. The ex-West Ham United player scored a brilliant goal in the first half timing his run to perfection. He also provided a defence-splitting through ball to Nicholas Anelka in the 72nd minute of the match which should have been converted by the Frenchman. A little more creativity and effort could have helped him score more goals today.


Benachour- 6.5/10

Last year’s consistent performer, he played well today after coming on in the second half. He created a few quality chances for the strikers. After he came on the field, Mumbai was able to get a little bit of the control in the midfield region.

Nicholas Anelka- 5/10

Unfit marquee player-cum-manager of Mumbai city FC had a disappointing outing in the middle of the park. He failed to score from an amazing through ball in the second half. He needs to get back to match fitness if his team has to bounce back from today’s loss.

Subhash Singh- 5/10

In the 10 minutes he was on the field, all he could manage was a corner and two touches of the ball which were not very clean. He could have done better with a ball he received on the wings which he helplessly shot onto a defender for a corner.

Edited by Staff Editor


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