Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune

6th Feb, 2012- 3:00 PM IST


Team News

Mumbai FC : Sanjiban Ghosh , Kingsley Chima , Dhanachandra Singh , Nicholas Rodrigues , Abhishek Yadav (C) , Gbeneme Friday , Haroon Fakhruddin , Faizal Rehman , Keegan Pereira , P.C. Lalwampuia | Substitutes : Darren Caldeira , Shahnawaz Bashir Wahi , Ebi Sukore , Malaswm Kima , Peter Siddique , John Coutinho , Neeraj Sharma

Churchill Brothers : Arindam Bhattacharya , Nannen Kumar Sudhakaran , Henry Arnaud Autchouet , Beto (C) , Mohammed Rafi , Denzil Franco , Ravanan , Steven Dias , Lenny Rodrigues , Raju Yumnam , Opara Ndubuisi |Substitutes : Felix D’Souza , Antun Matthew Kovacic , Xavier Kumar , Israil Gurung , Thangjam Singh , Gourmangi Moirangthem , Jerry Zirsanga

Welcome to the live updates for this crucial I-League 2011/12 encounter between Mumbai FC and Churchill Brothers here at Balewadi , Pune. With league leaders Dempo SC faltering at home against Pune FC , we have a small window of opportunity open for the chasing pack. Churchill Brothers with a game in hand could virtually be ONE point behind their Goan rivals if they manage to clinch all three points here that is !

0′ : Kick-off – Both Teams walk onto the lush green field here at Balewadi Sports Complex. Such odd times in Indian Football means we have less than three digit of spectators in the stadium. Mumbai FC begin from left to right

2′ : Abhishek Yadav playing in defense once again as Churchill play in a weird 4-1-2-1-2 formation with Beto starting a bit deep too !

5′ : Cavin Lobo and Faizal Rehman combining well for the ‘Home’ team as Dhanachandran throws in a long throw. Meanwhile Haroon takes a wide shot at the goal. Mumbai FC are looking lively here !

8′ : Lenny Rodrigues in open space shoots low forcing Sanjiban Ghosh to dive wide. Opara was up there for the rebound but the keeper gathers well second time

12′ : Gbeneme Fridaaaay and that was a super shot from inside the box just dipping at the right time and Arindam gets a hand to it. Forces it out for a corner.

15′ : Quite an interesting first fifteen minutes here at the Balewadi. Both team playing some attacking football.

20′ : GOOOOOAAAAL !  Churchill Brothers take the lead here. Opara scores. Worst of errors from the keeper. Sanjiban ran across wide to collect a searching cross. Henry chased and the ball went away from the D area causing a tangle between Henry and the exposed keeper. Henry managed to steal it and passed it to Beto waiting inside the six yards box who in turn passed it to Opara to defy the MFC defenders and Opara made no mistake to tap that one in.

Mumbai FC  0  –  1  Churchill Brothers

24′ : Nice long ball from Kingsley Chima finds Friday who deflects it just enough for the on rushing Lalampuia but Arindam Bhattacharya is well aware and rushes onwards to collect the ball and collides with the striker.

28′ : Manuel Gomes kicks the water bottle off the bench as Faizal Rehman goes down after jumping on Mohammed Rafi to stop a counter attack. Beto and Henry were on course to push ahead but Mumbai FC players all halted as Rehman was lying on the ground. Ref Prabhir Dhar then blows the whistle.

30′ : Mumbai FC  0  –  1 Churchill Brothers

33′ : The game has heated up a bit in the last ten minutes as both sets of players can be seen in verbal assaults over each other on every other tackle going fray. Khalid Jamil comes of the bench and shouts loud asking Friday to stay calm

35′ : GOOOAAAL . Mumbai equalize !!! A long ball from the left wing goes wide across Arindam Bhattacharya and Friday heads it back for Cavin Lobo to shoot in a power shot from the penalty spot area. Super stuff from Mumbai

Mumbai FC  1  –  1  Churchill Brothers

38′ : Mumbai in full swing now. They can get a second goal here. Amazing turn around and it just shows how a goal can transform a team

41′ : Beto has had no chance to move up and join the attack. Churchill’s captain is  busy holding off Haroon who is playing a bit retreated today. Such has been the impact from MFC !

44′ : Lalumpuia and Gbeneme Friday have been well supported by Cavin Lobo on the wings who has been cutting in well enough to trouble the CHurchill defensive trio of Naneen Kumar , Raju Yamnam and Ravanan. On the other hand Abhishek Yadav has won every header that has been drilled into Mumbai defense.

HALF TIME :  Mumbai FC  1  –  1  Churchill Brothers

Churchil Brother’s assistant coach just indicated Gourmangi Singh to warm up ! Looks like we might see the India international playing as a super sub today !

The whole Churchill Brothers team are inside the filed in a huddle. They need to score once again in second half to gather all three points and stay in the hunt for the Championship. Mumbai FC are not letting that happen easily. Exciting second half to begin soon…

45′ : SUB CB IN – Gourmangi , OUT – Denzil

48′ : Good composed and more focused start by Churchill Brothers. Mumbai FC meanwhile just went close with that attempt on goal by Friday but it was wide.

51′ : Ravanan Dharmaraj with a weak cross there from the right wing straight in front of the Churchill bench meant he had to hear a lot of harsh words from the Coach. Moreover he has now exposed the right wing by being over committed and being out of place.

55′ : Mohammed Rafi on the volley now but the ball just goes wide. Good attempt that. More of that is needed if Churchill want to score more here.

58′ : Throw in from the right wing for Mumbai and ABHishek Yadav moves ahead. This tactic of Khalid Jamil has worked wonders for Mumbai as the tall lanky Yadav is pretty much a solid rock while defending too !

60′ : Mumbai FC  1  –  1  Churchill Brothers

62′ : SUB CB IN – Israil Gurung , OUT – Mohammed Rafi

65′ : Stoppage in play as Henry is brought down by Dhanachandran and the Ref is now ‘Gheroed’ by the CHurchill players. Henry is being nursed for that head injury which looked a bit nasty.

67′ : SUB MFC IN – Shahnawaz Bashir Wahi , OUT – Lalampuia

70′ : Mumbai FC  1  –  1  Churchill Brothers

72′ : So its Mumbai’s counter attacks versus Churchill Brothers build up play in action now.

75′ : Brilliant turn by Haroon Fakhruddin as he runs across the field from the left wing and then cuts in back for Gbeneme Friday to tap a simple one in but Friday makes a hash of it  as he runs over the ball. What a miss!!!

77′ : SUB MFC IN – MalaswmKima , OUT – Nicholas Rodrigues

79′ : After a long time Mumbai have had put in some 5-6 passes together and now its Keegan Pereira on the shot from some 30 yards but its high and wide.

81′ : Churchill have gone into bit of a shell here. The script should be with Churchill Brothers in attacking mode but it looks like Mumbai with Cavin Lobo are set for an anti-climax here.

83′ : DHAAAANAAACHAAANDRAAAAAAAAAA SINGH and its in . GOOOAAL. What a jump and leap by the defender. Its Mumbai in the lead here !

Mumbai FC  2  –  1  Churchill Brothers

85′ : Now MalaswmKima , can he score the third for Mumbai.but he shoots it straight onto ARindam but keeper fails to collect and the MalaswmKima tries once again on the rebound but he is down now and its a mad scramble out there in the box finally cleared.

87′ : SUB CB IN – Xavier Kumar , OUT – STeven Dias | MFC  IN – Sukore, OUT – Friday

89′ : Five minutes have been added here due to number of stoppages that we have had. Churchill Brothers trying desperately here to find the equalizer.

90′ + 2 : Frustrating time for Manuel Gomes as his team is finding difficult to penetrate this Mumbai defense. In fact MFC have been threatening on the counters with Ebi SUkore and Cavin Lobo on the wings

90′ + 5 : Its the full time whistle !

FULL TIME : Mumbai FC  2  –  1  Churchill Brothers

So yet another surprising result in Round 19 as Churchill Brothers go down to Mumbai FC at Balewadi. It has been some comeback by MFC as they move six points clear of the relegation zone.