Mumbai City FC bounce back with thumping 5-0 win over FC Pune City

Mumbai City FC put the ghosts of their opening-day defeat to bed with a 5-0 win in the ‘Maharashtra derby’ against FC Pune City in the sixth match of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). André Moritz was the star as he bagged the first hat-trick in ISL history with goals in the 12th, 27th and 71st minute. Subhash Singh and Johan Letzelter were the other scorers.

The match started as a typical derby, with feisty tackles from both sides. Mumbai's Peter Costa and Pune’s Lenny Rodrigues both received yellow cards in the first five minutes. The home side began to stamp their authority on the game and a swift counterattack saw them take the lead. Brazilian midfielder André Moritz collected the ball on the right, cut in and hit a beautiful curler into the far corner.

Pune’s marquee player David Trezeguet saw a superb overhead kick hit the crossbar with Mumbai keeper Subrata Paul beaten, but Mumbai continued to pile on the pressure. They doubled their lead soon after, through Moritz’ second goal, a neat volleyed flick from a corner.

Pune were on the back foot and Subhash Singh took advantage, firing in a cross for Lalrindika Ralte, but Belardi pulled off an incredible save to deny him. Subhash would not be denied, picking up a pass in the middle of the park and racing past the defence before smashing past a hapless Belardi. He could have had another, shooting wide from a one-on-one with the keeper.

The visitors came out in the second half searching for a goal, but the unrelenting Mumbai side did not let Pune off the hook, pressing their opponents incessantly. They got a fourth goal, with Moritz striking a smart near-post finish to bag the first hat-trick of the tournament. There was further delight for the Mumbai fans, as marquee player Freddie Ljungberg came on for his first ISL appearance. The Swedish star was soon involved in the action, setting off a sweeping move which ended with Letzelter getting Mumbai’s fifth with a thumping finish.

Peter Reid will no doubt be delighted with his team’s five-star performance in bouncing back from the opening day defeat to Kolkata and will look to continue this fine form as they host North East United FC on October 24. Franco Colomba, on the other hand, has a lot to ponder ahead of FC Pune City’s next match, their home opener against FC Goa on October 26.

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