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Air India ground Mumbai FC, keeps perfect record at home in tact

Mumbai, Nov 1 (UNI) Air India, helped by two first half goals from Soccer Velho and Subhash Singh, registered a comprehensive 2-0 victory over their city rival Mumbai F C, in the I league match, being played here today.

With this third home win, Air India now moved to eleven points from six games and secured the second place in the I-League table.

Air India started the match with the first shot in goal when Napoleon Singh's weak shot went straight into the hands of Kalyan Chaubey, Mumbai FC's custodian, in the second minute.

Mumbai FC ruled the early possession and failed to utilise the chances by Felix Aboagye.

A free kick by Riston Rodrigues went straight to Felix who attempted to take it down, but couldn't get a firm touch and the ball went to goalkeeper Arup Debnath.

Four minutes later, Felix was blocked in the box by the Air India defenders, when he tried to chest the ball from a left cross by Nishant Mehra.

The first goal came in the 20th minute from Soccer Velho's head following a free-kick by Napoleon Singh.

Mumbai FC's defence looked stuttering in front of Air India's attack throughout the match.

Kailash Patil and Subhash Singh linked well in the absence of Emmanuel Ovieghara. However, they missed a good chance in the 31st minute, when Kailash passed the ball to Subhash but the latter instead of taking a shot passed back to the former and the final shot bore no result. In the next minute, Kailash passed to Subhash and this time he did not miss the goal.

In the second half, Mumbai FC-substitute Kulothungan with Anees added more variety to the attack.

The first chance in the second half, once again went Air India's way as Subhash's cross was cleared by the Mumbai FC defender Anas after Surojit Roy failed to connect.

Meanwhile, in a bid to strengthen the midfield and to put the pressure on Mumbai FC, coach Bimal Ghosh introduced Thomte and Vijeeth Shetty.

In the last three minutes of the match, two powerful long ranger shots from Anees were saved by Air India goalkeeper Arup Debnath.

The tactical battle between the two sides was won by Air India's Bimal Ghosh as he kept his record to win three home matches.


Story first published: Saturday, November 1, 2008, 23:03 [IST]
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