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Indian football round-up: Pune City FC rally to win against Mumbai City FC

November 29, 2017 22:31 IST

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IMAGE: Pune City FC’s Emiliano Alfaro, second from right, celebrates with teammates. Photograph: ISL Media

Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro struck twice, including one in the final minute of the game, as FC Pune City staged a remarkable fightback to beat Mumbai City FC 2-1 in the Indian Super league (ISL) in Pune on Wednesday.

 

Balwant Singh struck for Mumbai City FC in the 15th minute.

Mumbai City FC went into the break leading 1-0 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium.

The visitors managed to maintain the lead till the 29-year-old Alfaro found the net in the 74th minute. Much to Mumbai's disappointment, Alfaro struck again (90+3) to eke out a thrilling win and give his team three points.

Jonatan Lucca played the pass of the match over the defense from the halfway line. Diego Carlos got on the end of it and was one-on-one with the keeper with a teammate for support. He did the smart thing by setting up Alfaro who slotted the ball into an empty net.

The match was sealed in Pune's favour in the dying moments.

Indian Arrows begin with 3-0 win over Chennai City FC

Life in top-flight domestic football began on a promising note for Indian Arrows as they relied on Aniket Anil Jadhav's brace to blank Chennai City FC
3-0 in the I-League in Goa.

A team comprising the best players from India's U-17 and U-19 pool, Indian Arrows scored their first goal through Aniket in the 20th minute and doubled the lead when the striker found the net in the 58th minute.

Defender Boris Singh Thangjam, who, like Aniket, was also a part of India's U-17 FIFA World Cup side, added to the tally by scoring in the 90th minute.

While coach Luis Norton de Matos has called for patience, asking fans to not expect miracles from this young bunch, the team has shown it can certainly punch above its weight.

Chennai City FC had their share of exchanges and scoring chances but failed to capitalise. Jean Michael Joachim was their main culprit as he missed a couple of easy chances.

Even as Chennai City FC tried to control proceedings initially, the Indian colts looked more energetic, coming up with speedy moves from the flanks that caught the rival defence napping.

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