Eugeneson Lyngdoh came off the bench to score a late goal to win the match for FC Pune City against Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League at Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai, on Thursday. Diego Forlan had a great chance to win the match five minutes from time but his shot was well saved by Bete.
The Maharashtra derby appeared to be heading for a goalless draw till late in the game when Eugeneson capitalised on a goalkeeping lapse in the 89th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 victory and three important points.
The win was sweet revenge for Pune, who lost to their Maharashtra rivals in their opening clash at home, and now takes the Orange Army to the top four for the first time.
Mumbai City FC will be disappointed for not winning at least a point. They were the better side and in the end got nothing. Mumbai City
The match was the first for both sides after the return of players from Bengaluru FC, who made it to the AFC Cup final. Mumbai had four players and only India captain Sunil Chhetri made it to the starting eleven. Eugeneson was left on the bench by coach Antonio Habas.
Pune City maintained a very disciplined defence and gave little chances to Mumbai to open their account. Mumbai though had opportunities in the first session to score the opening goal but could not get past Pune goalkeeper Edel Bete.
The best chance of the half fell for Defederico in the 35th minute when marquee player Diego Forlan spotted his run and passed the ball to him but the Argentinean striker’s curling effort was parried away for a corner by the goalkeeper.
In the second half, Mumbai City had more chances, both from Forlan, but on both occasions, Bete proved to be a hard nut to crack. First Forlan’s free-kick bounced awkwardly in front of Bete but he still managed to pull it away. Towards the later stages, Cafu made a run down the middle and released Forlan whose shot was kept out by the outstretched feet of Bete.
Pune secured an unlikely win when Eugeneson scored the only goal in the 89th minute. Narayan Das crossed into the box and Albino came off the line, only to drop the ball after clashing with his own player. Lyngdoh was lurking around and slammed the ball into the back of the net.