Defederico shines as Mumbai City wins Maha-derby

The 69th minute goal helped the visitor sneak home a 1-0 victory at the Balewadi stadium in a game scrappy clash, marked by tentative play from both sides.

Diego Forlan of Mumbai City FC during match 3 of the Indian Super League (ISL) season 3 between FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC held at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.

Diego Forlan of Mumbai City FC during the match against FC Pune City at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.   -  ISL

Diego Forlan set up Argentine team-mate Mathias Defederico with a side-footed pass to slot home the match-winner for Mumbai City FC in an away Hero ISL 2016 game against FC Pune City. The 69th minute goal helped the visitor sneak home a 1-0 victory at the Balewadi stadium in a game scrappy clash, marked by tentative play from both sides.

> MATCH CENTRE

> Edel Bete, the former Chennaiyin keeper who moved this season to Pune, dived to save the shot, but Defederico had the time to pick his spot in goal beyond the reach of the huge Cameroon custodian. Mumbai City goalkeeper Roberto Volpato had a busier time, but proved equal to the task at hand. The Brazilian was a calm presence each time the strikers got close. Jesus Tato wasted two clear chances, hurrying his attempt with the goal in sight.

Jackichand benched

Mumbai City, with one victory and one draw in four encounters with the home team so far, started with Volpato in goal and Jackichand Singh on the bench. The Brazilian custodian watched as Arata darted down the right and swung the ball across into the goalmouth, was forced to act again to thwart an attempt off a free-kick.

The most-decorated player on the pitch, Forlan watched from far as his defenders were kept busy clearing the ball away from a > menacing Tato. Arata slipped a delightful pass through the defence for Oberman to finish, Volpato closed in to block before damage could be done. The Argentine was taken off at half-time and a little later the hard-working Arata came off to be replaced by Francis Fernandes.

First-match blues continued in the second half with play being disrupted by frequent loss of possession. The tentative play on the ball and inability from both sides to link up with a combination of passes made the Maha-derby a dull affair for most parts. Pune City had a great chance to hopes fell when Spanish striker ran alone to trap a diagonal pass through the middle to the right, but fired wide. Forlan took himself off, after a subdued debut in ISL season three.