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December 30, 2012 3:00 PM IST
Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex — Pune, Mahārāṣṭra
Referee:‬ D. Naik‎
 
Top of the Match
Haroon Fakhruddin
Haroon Fakhruddin
Mumbai FC
James Singh
James Singh
Mumbai FC
Flop of the Match
Koko Sakibo
Koko Sakibo
Dempo SC
Joaquim Abranches
Joaquim Abranches
Dempo SC

Mumbai FC 0-0 Dempo SC: Colaco’s side unable to find a breakthrough against the composed Mumbaikars

Armando Colaco's side failed to find a way past a sturdy Mumbai defence as the two teams shared the spoils...

By Ayush Srivastava

Armando Colaco, Dempo SC
Anselm Noronha

Mumbai FC and Dempo SC played out a dull 0-0 draw in an I-League encounter at the Balewadi stadium in Pune.

In a game with few opportunities, Mumbai FC had the better of the half-chances, but failed to make it count.

The hosts gave oft-injured S. Kuttymani a rare start, with Abhishek Yadav retaining his place in the starting eleven. Dempo meanwhile started with a strike pair of Joaquim Abranches and Koko Sakibo with Mahesh Gawli returning to the starting eleven.

While it was the away side that started the brighter of the two teams, but Mumbai FC created the first chance of the game, when Yusif Yakubu seemed set to tap home a cross by N.D Opara, only for Subhasish Roy Chowdhury to get his fingertips on the ball, diverting it behind the on-rushing Ghanaian.

Dempo promptly re-asserted their authority on the ball, but found chances hard to come-by, against a very composed Mumbai FC defense. Romeo Fernandes’ long range effort, which just missed the target was the best they could manage.

On the other side, Gabriel Fernandes caught Rowilson Rorigues in possession, but instead of rolling the ball wide to a free Yakubu, decided to try his luck from distance, allowing Gawli to make a challenge.

Nicholas Rodrigues’ delivery into the box created the next chance, but Yadav failed to direct his header on target.

On the other end, Koko Sakibo failed to hold on to the ball and Armando Colaco’s side finished the half having failed to test Luis Barreto even once.

Mumbai FC thought they took the lead when a rasping drive from Yakubu found the back of the net. However the assistant referee’s flag, that was up for offside, spoiled their party.

N.D Opara then should have put the hosts ahead, but he hit a tame shot when put clean through on goal by a brilliant ball over the defense by Abhishek Yadav.

Khalid Jamil’s side continued to create plenty of problems for the opposition, and it took a last ditch tackle by Debabrata Roy to prevent Yakubu from having a shot on goal.

Dempo then enjoyed a period of sustained possession, but missed the creative edge that Ryuji Sueoka usually offers to the side.

In a bid to add further strength to their attack, Colaco threw Joy Ferrao into the fray, and he almost had an immediate inpact, as Miranda’s cross reached him at the edge of the 6 yard box. However the forward failed to even hit the target with his weak attempt.

Yakubu meanwhile continued to cause mayhem at the other end, and he dribbled into the box with intent. However this time somehow Gawli and Rowilson managed to stave off the danger.

Eventually the referee bought the match to a close, with neither team able to find a winner. The win saw Dempo climb to the top of the table with 29 points while Mumbai FC are 5th with 20 points.

 

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Mumbai FC

31
Luis Barreto
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Peter Costa
Defender
65′
 - 
3
 - 
6
Ashutosh Mehta
Midfielder
28′
 - 
7
Nicholas Rodrigues
Midfielder
 - 
15
James Singh
Midfielder
 - 
12
S Kuttymani
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
10
Yusif Yakubu
Striker
 - 
30
 - 
28
ND Opara
Striker
73′
 - 

Dempo SC

 - 
1
 - 
2
 - 
18
 - 
5
 - 
28
 - 
6
Peter Carvalho
Midfielder
94′
 - 
8
 - 
15
 - 
19
 - 
11
 - 
17

Substitutes

1
Kunal Sawant
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
17
 - 
24
Evans Quao
Defender
73′
 - 
11
 - 
23
Dane Periera
Midfielder
 - 
20
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
33
 - 
25
 - 
16
Samir Naik
Defender
 - 
7
Godwin Franco
Midfielder
76′
 - 
12
Nicolau Borges
Midfielder
94′
 - 
27
Joy Ferrao
Striker
70′
 - 
29

Coach/Manager

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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cornell Glen Cornell Glen
Striker
Shillong Lajong
14 3
Sunil Chhetri Sunil Chhetri
Striker
Bengaluru
13 3
Darryl Duffy Darryl Duffy
Striker
Salgaocar
13 2
Josimar Josimar
Striker
Mohd Sp
13 1
Ranti Martins Ranti Martins
Striker
Rangdajied
12 0