The Maharashtra Derby played between Mumbai City FC and the FC Pune City ended in a goal-less draw at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.
Looking for a first victory on the road Pune manager opted to play two poachers Tuncay Sanli and Adrian Mutu in their attack-line. But the move did not yield much for David Platt. On the other hand Mumbai City FC played without their star striker Sunil Chhetri who has just returned from international duty.
The Mumbai attack included the vastly experienced Nicolas Anelka and Subash Singh. The latter had the first and perhaps the best opportunity of ending the deadlock in the 27th minute of the game for the hosts as goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya lost control of the ball on his foot inside the six-yard box. Subash charged and took the ball, Arindam failed to clear and the Mumbai striker shot the ball into the side-netting from the close range.
However, that was not Mumbai’s only chance player-manager Anelka had the opportunity at the brink of the half-time when the Pune defender made an error. But the defender steered clear the ball to keep it away from the Mumbai forward.
Pune’s most realistic chance came from their marquee player Mutu in the 75th minute but the shot was tipped over by the Mumbai goalkeeper Subrata Pal. The home team came back with a counter just a few minutes later as S Kuttymani missed from point blank range as Arindam continued his clinical performance on the day.
The final few minutes of the game witnessed one more strong attack with Anelka charging down from the left. The ball made contact with Zokora’s hand outside the “D”. Anelka prepared to take the shot, but ended in vain as Pune defense cleared the ball comfortably.
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