The highly-anticipated derby between Pune City and Mumbai City did not live up to the billing. The home side failed to convert their dominance of the ball into a goal, while a moment of magic from Diego Forlan and Matías De Federico earned the visitors a scrappy 0-1 win in their opening game.
Pune City XI: Edel (GK);
Pune's new marquee signing Mohamed Sissoko is yet to be available for selection which meant Jonatan Lucca and Bruno Herrero paired up at the base of the midfield-three. Former Barcelona graduate Jesus Tato led the attack upfront while Arata Izumi added to the goal threat in the midfield.
Mumbai City XI: Roberto (GK); Khongjee, Ali, Goian,
With Bengaluru FC still involved in the AFC Cup, Mumbai City
Pune's initial dominance
The home side made a flying start to the game and dominated most of the ball in the opening exchanges in the derby. Lenny Rodriguez's pace and trickery troubled Mumbai's left back Ralte, while Tato ran in behind the Pune back-four for fun. Mumbai's midfield was being bypassed very easily by the home team, who were being egged on the by the supporters.
However, despite their dominance of the ball, Pune failed to score a goal. Their best chance of the half came in the 37th minute of the match when a lovely through ball from Narayan Das put Tato through on goal, and the Spain forward did everything right—from timing his run to controlling the pass—but was let down by his finish, which was easily saved by Roberto Volpato in the Mumbai goal.
Pune allow Mumbai time and space, and they get punished
After playing a high-press game in the first half, Pune began to back off in the second half. They allowed Mumbai to enjoy possession of the ball, and this came back to haunt them.
Mumbai grew into the match with the likes of Halder and Vadocz seeing much more of the ball in the midfield. Eventually, in the 68th minute, Pune