ISL 2016: Diego Forlan 'tricks Kerala
2010 World Cup Golden Ball-winner Forlan's hat-trick helps Mumbai City FC thrash Blasters 5-0 in an one-sided encounter and move to top of the table
Mumbai City FC captain Diego Forlan celebrates after scoring his first goal against Kerala Blasters FC at the Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai on Saturday. Pic/AFP
2010 World Cup Golden Ball-winner Diego Forlan struck a brilliant hat-trick, the first of the season, to power Mumbai City FC to the top of the Indian Super League (ISL)âÂÂtable with a 5-0 demolition of Kerala Blasters here on Saturday.
Riding on the triple strike from the Uruguayan legend, who combined beautifully with fellow-South Americans Brito Alves, better known as Cafu, and Matias Frederico, Mumbai outplayed Blasters to leapfrog Delhi Dynamos and occupy the top of the table with 19 points from 12 games.
The massive defeat left Blasters in fourth place with 15 points from 11 games.
The Uruguayan striker, also the team's skipper, scored in the fifth, 14th and 63rd minute to the delight of the home team supporters at the Mumbai Football Arena in suburban Andheri before going off the field.
The fourth goal, a left-footed effort from just outside the box from the very impressive Brazilian medio Cafu 'killed' the game effectively as a contest with 22 minutes remaining before Romanian Lucian Goian headed a corner in to round off the tally in the 73rd minute and complete Blasters' humiliation.
Meanwhile, former champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) will take on Chennaiyin FC in the 11th round match of the ISL at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai today.
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