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Mumbai Bag Bragging Rights In Maha Derby

Mumbai, October 19: Mumbai City FC registered their first win of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) and it came at the expense of their Maharashtra rivals, FC Pune City, at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday.
A maiden goal in Mumbai colours for Modou Sougou (25’) and a spot-kick from Rafael Bastos (45’) sealed the Islanders’ 2-0 win, their first at home in four attempts in the Maharashtra Derby.
After a fairly uneventful start, Mumbai drew first blood through Sougou. The Senegalese forward made no error with an emphatic finish from close range after Paulo Machado’s cross had rebounded off the crossbar.
Modou Sougou of Mumbai City FC celebrates after scoring a goal during match 12 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City held at The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India on the 19th October 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
At the other end, Emiliano Alfaro was starting to look threatening for Pune and the Uruguayan vociferously appealed for a penalty after going down under Subhashish Bose’s challenge, to no avail.
Rafael Bastos of Mumbai City FC celebrates a goal during match 12 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City held at The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India on the 19th October 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL
However, a spot-kick would be awarded at the other end eventually in the dying minutes of the first session. A scrappy phase of play found Mumbai’s attackers with a numerical advantage over Pune’s defenders. Bastos attempted to set Sougou through on goal but the Senegalese was brought down by a challenge from behind from Chhuantea Fanai.
Referee shows a yellow card to Lalchhuanmawia Fanai of FC Pune City during match 12 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City held at The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India on the 19th October 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL
The referee had no hesitation in blowing his whistle for a penalty. Bastos stepped up for the penalty and made no mistake from the spot, sending Vishal Kaith the wrong way.
Pune came out with some much-needed urgency after the break.  However, it were the hosts who should have extended their lead around the hour mark when Machado surged forward on a mesmerising run. The Portuguese’s attempt after cutting in from the left flew inches wide off the target.
Miguel Angel Portugal threw on Marcelinho as he sought to get his side back into the game and the Brazilian almost made an instant impact with a snapshot from the edge of the area where Amrinder Singh was alert enough.
Mumbai City FC players celebrates a goal during match 12 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City held at The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India on the 19th October 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Alfaro almost reduced the deficit in the 65th minute with a sharp turn and shot in the 65th minute following a cross from Golui. But his effort agonisingly scraped the crossbar before going out of play.

Marcelo Pereira of FC Pune City takes a shot at the goal during match 12 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City held at The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India on the 19th October 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Jorge Costa shored up the hosts’ defence as they looked to protect their two-goal lead with Pune’s attackers being thwarted repeatedly despite coming forward in numbers.
Vishal Kaith of FC Pune City saves a penalty during match 12 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City held at The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India on the 19th October 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL
There would be another spot-kick awarded in added time, once again to the hosts. A quick breakaway saw Arnold Sissoko skip past the Pune defence before he was hacked down in the box by Gurtej Singh. Lucian Goian stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was saved well by Kaith who guessed the right way.

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