Mumbai City FC spurned an opportunity to go on top of the Indian Super League (ISL) standings after being held to a 0-0 draw by FC Goa at Navi Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium yesterday.
Mumbai FC's Nicholas Anelka (left) is tackled by FC Goa's Gregory Arnolin at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
The draw means that Mumbai, who are currently in fifth place with 12 points, have kept a clean sheet in the fifth match running. However, they have not been able to find the back of the net for three consecutive games now.
On Saturday, Mumbai's Assistant Coach Steve Darby had told reporters that his side had not created too many chances in their ISL matches so far. However, the hosts created plenty of chances throughout the game yesterday only for their forwards to let them down.
Mumbai's star forward Nicolas Anelka could have given the hosts the lead in the fifth minute itself. The Frenchman received the ball in the box after a defensive error from Gregory Arnolin but with the 'keeper off his line, Anelka could only chip over the crossbar.
Lalrindika Ralte and Subhash Singh then wasted golden chances as Mumbai, despite dominating the first half, went into half-time 0-0.
Mumbai could consider themselves unlucky not to get a penalty in the 67th minute when Brazilian forward Andre Moritz got elbowed in the face by Haroon Amiri.
However, the referee waved away protests from an incredulous Moritz. The Brazilian then came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 83rd minute when his crisp left-footed shot from outside the box hit the crossbar.
Two minutes later, Goa forward Tolgay Ozbey's shot hit the right post. Mumbai next play Chennaiyin FC on Sunday.
Mumbai City FC's Tiago Ribeiro barely speaks English let alone Hindi, but that didn't stop him from appearing on popular TV show 'Comedy Nights With Kapil' on Saturday with team owner and actor Ranbir Kapoor. The midfielder didn't understand most jokes on the show, but juggled a ball wearing a lungi and even sang a couple of words from Ranbir's Bollywood chartbuster Badtameez Dil.