Pune FC down Mumbai FC
Express news service Posted online: Sun Feb 10 2013, 05:31 hrs
The away leg of the ‘Maha-Derby’ played at the Pune FC (PFC) home ground in Balewadi between PFC and Mumbai FC saw PFC thrash them 3-0 in the encounter. Striker James Moga opened the scoring in the 56th minute before completing his brace in the 71st min. Midfielder Arata Izumi (84th) then rounded off the scoring with a crisp strike. With the win, Pune FC regained their 4th position with 33 points from 18 games, while Mumbai FC stay 6th with 26 points from 19 games. The win also broke Pune FC’s four-match winless streak. The victory was Pune FC’s 10th win of the I-League and second over Mumbai FC after they won the first-leg 3-2. Pune FC started the game confidently and had skipper Douhou Pierre shoot just wide after Moga set him up on the quarter hour mark. Minutes later, Jeje Lalpekhlua’s header went wide as the visitors signalled their intent. Pune FC then survived a close chance when Mumbai FC striker Yusif Yakubu’s low cross was not dealt properly by the defense. But ND Opara failed to finish with the goal wide open. Both sides created chances but failed in the final third. Into the final minutes of the half, defender Chika Wali was elbowed hard by Justin Stephan. However, the referee failed to book the player. Ten minutes after the break Pune FC took the lead. Striker Moga coolly headed in Khanthang Paite’s cross in from the left. Five minutes later, Moga found space after Douhou sent him through only for his powerful shot to go just over. Pune FC then dominated the proceedings the final ten minutes Jeje’s header was cleared off the line after he did well to connect Moga’s cross. Couple minutes later, Arata scored the third goal of the game to close the match.