Mumbai City FC blanked a profligate Delhi Dynamos FC 2-0 in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday.
Jorge Costa’s side had goals in either half from Moudou Sougou (30′) and Arnold Issoko (77′) to thank as they bounced back from their 0-5 drubbing at the hands of Goa, in style.
The three points took Mumbai to the fifth spot on the table while Delhi remains at the eighth position.
The Delhi Dynamos began the match brightly, fashioning a couple of good opportunities in the first 15 minutes. Romeo Fernandes blazed a volley over after a Lallianzuala Chhangte cross was deflected towards him before Andrija Kaludjerovic forced a save from Mumbai City custodian Ravi Kumar.
It seemed Gombau’s men would break the deadlock but it was the hosts who took the lead around the hour mark from a long cross-field ball from Rafael Bastos.
The industrious Arnold Issoko got at the end of the ball, before sending in a low cross for Sougou. The striker held off Rana Gharami and turned the ball home.
The hosts, with their tails up, started to impose themselves and should have doubled the lead when Sougou saw a shot palmed away by goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro.
Mumbai, who ended the first-half well, started strong after the break as well and were awarded a penalty within five minutes.
The impressive Issoko was adjudged to have been brought down by Gharami inside the box by the referee. However, Bastos sent the spot-kick wide of the target, despite the goalkeeper diving the wrong way.
Desperate for an equaliser, Delhi were left to rue their poor finishing as Kaludjerovic wasted two good chances in just a minute.
First, he shot wide after Chhangte picked him out with a good cross before seeing a shot from a tight angle bounce back off the crossbar.
A few minutes later, Chhangte saw a shot tipped over the bar by Ravi Kumar as frustration mounted for the visitors.
They were made to pay for those misses in the 77th minute by a swift counter-attack from Mumbai City. Bastos sent Issoko clear through on goal and all he had to do was evade a charging Dorronsoro and roll the ball in to make it 2-0.
Mumbai saw off Delhi’s concerted efforts to engineer an unlikely comeback with relative ease, leaving the tourists to search for their first win of the season.
(With IANS Inputs)