Well, that was one of those matches you would describe as "an intriguing chess match". The game was won by Guimarães' decision to make Mumbai press higher up the pitch. It's what forced Pune off the tempo that had seen them get on top in the first half.
Habas will be furious with his side for missing the umpteen number of chances that came their way. Guimarães, though, will be pleased with the three points
A touch of class from Forlan and a superb finish from the best player on the pitch - Matías Defederico - settled things.
It was a pleasure covering the match with you guys, this is Anirudh Menon signing out.
Thanks for reading.
93' Vadocz's volley flies straight at Bete, but the keeper does well to save
92' CHANCE FOR JACKICHAND!! The Pune defence goes to sleep, and Jacki slips into the box like a thief in the shadows, but he couldn't find the finish
91' Bete launches it forward, but Vadocz does really well to come out with the ball
4 minutes added on
88' SUBSTITUTION - Costa OFF, Jackichand ON
The freekick amounts to nothing after Bheke volleys it well wide.
Back to that Ralte handball... the ball hit the defenders arm as he was falling down. It could have been gone either way, and luckily for the away team, it was adjudged in Ralte's favour
87' YELLOW for Goian
86' OH PUNE!! Narayan Das swings it in and it causes all sorts of confusion in the Mumbai box. The ball hits Ralte on the arm, and just takes it away from the onrushing Ndoye
85' Mumbai are looking supremely confident on the ball, but they can't work themselves into the box, and Pune have the ball back... Ndoye runs down the left, and puts in a threatening cross but Netto does well to come out and claim it.
84' SUBSTITUTION - Forlan OFF, Gerson ON. The Uruguayan great was invisible for large patches of the match, but he did show a couple of touches of pure class
83' Pune are camped on the edge of the Mumbai box, but Lucca's ball to the right is poor, and the ball runs out of play
82' Cafu is a bundle of energy! He Tasmanian Devils his way onto the ball and feeds Vodacz, but the Hungarian shot is pretty poor
80' CHANCE FOR PUNE!!! OH Tato! He gets free on the right, and he cuts inside and shoots straight at Netto! Pitu was free, and unmarked on the other end of the box! If only Tato had looked up there - though you can't fault the striker for doing the typical-striker-thing and going for goal
79' Forlan plays another cute give-and-go with Vadocz but Mumbai break it up!
78' Pune can't string too much together here. They need to get their act together, and they need to do it right now.
76' SUBSTITUTION - Arias OFF, Pitu ON. Pitu, too, is a La Masia graduate
75' I've seen fluid attacks, but this is a fluid defence here for Mumbai! - Anwar Ali has now moved to centre back and Khongjee is on the right. It was Khongjee's pass that Forlan laid off to Defederico
74' It's not Cafu, calm yourselves Mumbai fans... but the Brazilian looks a lively bugger. He runs at a backtracking Gouramangi and lets fly with a low shot. It's just wide!
73' SUBSTITUTION - Defederico OFF, Cafu ON
72' CHANCE FOR TATO!! Lucca breaks from midfield and embarks on a direct run and feeds in Tato. The Spaniard can only hit it straight at Netto in the Mumbai goal, though
71' Pune have no option now, but to flood forward. But they are trying to Barca their way out of trouble... they are not getting any joy with that here
Oh by God, this game needed that goal. Forlan lays the ball off brilliantly and Defederico finds himself in just enough space. He unleashes a screamer with his left foot that Bete is getting nowhere near
66' Defederico is drifting all over the park here trying to spark something, but space is truly at a premium here.
64' OH Pune!! Lenny makes some space at the edge of the box, but his shot is blocked by Goian who threw himself at that ball John Terry-style
63' Ndoye with a nice bit of foot work, and his pace takes him away from Ali. Raite heads his cross over but the corner comes to nothing!
Izumi didn't do much the whole game, but his no look pass in the first half was arguably the Moment of the match
61' SUBSTITUTION - Arata Izumi OFF, Francis Fernandes ON
60' ooo Bruno Arias is a lucky boy here. He stops a nifty exchange between Vadocz and Sehnaj by intentionally handling the ball. He got away with that, did the Pune captain
59' Costa's elbows hits Narayan Das flush on the throat, but it's unintentional, and its just a foul. It's good to see Das pick himself up too, that could have been nasty
57' Gouramangi has been solid at the back, and he folds firm again as he heads a Defederico cross away to safety
56' Another Pune attack breaks down with Ndoye being caught offside. That is offside #3 for the home team
55' Forlan is being hounded here - either Lenny or Lucca are constantly on his case, and he is getting very little joy in the middle.
54' Bheke overhits a cross into the far post. It sails comfortably over
53' Pune are doing things exactly the same way there were in the first half - but Mumbai's high press means that that they are giving the ball away far too often
52' Mumbai are certainly up for this. Vadocz goes in hard with Lenny on a 50-50 ball and emerges with the ball. Pune are getting increasingly flustered and it's showing. Lucca gets a YELLOW for a rushed tackle
50' Mumbai are pressing higher up the pitch, and its paying dividends already. Pune look hassled and the men in white are getting a lot more of the ball
47' Mumbai are trying to play it a little slower this half, and Forlan pings a delightful ball to Costa on the Mumbai right. Sehnaj ends that spell of Mumbaikar possession with a wild thrash from waaaay outside
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