Mumbai City FC made it four wins in their last five Indian Super League (ISL) games with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi on Monday.
Rafael Bastos (49'), Raynier Fernandes (69'), Paulo Machado (80') and a Marti Crespi own-goal (61') gave Mumbai all three points on the night with Gianni Zuiverloon's header (64') and Souvik Chakraborty's own-goal (3') not enough to prevent a sixth season defeat for Delhi.
Josep Gombau made just the one change to the Dynamos XI which went down 0-1 to Bengaluru with Andrija Kaludjerovic making way for Rene Mihelic.
His Mumbai counterpart Jorge Costa too went for the solitary change to the starting XI from the goalless stalemate with ATK with Souvik Chakraborty replacing Anwar Ali in defence.
It took just three minutes for the hosts to get in front with the lively Lallianzuala Chhangte turning the provider. Chhangte’s dangerous cross from the left flank was turned into his own net by Mumbai right back Chakraborty.
Chhangte should have had another assist to his name minutes later with the winger’s cross from the right flank finding Nandhakumar Sekar unmarked in the box. However, the Delhi youngster blasted wide despite bringing expertly down the cross under his control.
It was Delhi who enjoyed the early exchanges with Mumbai’s first real effort of the night coming in the 22nd minute. Finding space in the middle of the park, Rafael Bastos let fly one from distance, forcing Albino Gomes into a fine save.
While Delhi’s front men in Chhangte, Adria Carmona and Mihelic were interlinking nicely with Gombau deploying a false nine, Mumbai struggled to create moves with the possession constantly breaking down in the final third.
However, the visitors stepped up the pace straight after the interval with Pritam Kotal conceding a spot kick. Bastos’ attempted strike from inside the box struck the Delhi right-back’s outstretched arm and the Brazilian levelled matters for Mumbai by converting the resulting penalty himself.
At the hour mark, it was the turn of the visitors to profit from an own goal with Martin Crespi being the guilty party. A short corner by Mumbai saw Bastos dink the ball into the box where Crespi’s defensive header lopped over Gomes into his own net.
However, Dynamos were level almost immediately through a set piece at the other end. Milehic’s floated free-kick from the right flank was cushioned into the net by Gianni Zuiverloon who beat his marker in the air before finishing with his head.
The goals continued to come as substitute Raynier Fernandes put Mumbai ahead once more with a first-time finish to Paulo Machado’s cut back from the left.
The hosts pushed desperately for an equaliser with Gombau throwing on Kaludjerovic but they fell victim to a quick Mumbai counterattack which ended with Sissoko laying the ball on a plate for Machado to finish first-time.
The home side should have equalised through Kaludjerovic in the dying minutes but the Serbian striker’s attempt was brilliantly headed off the goal line by Subhasish Bose. Despite some more gilt-edged chances, Delhi failed to find another goal as their winless run extended to 10 games.