Thu, Feb 23, 2017 | updated 01:50 AM IST

ISL 3: FC Pune City eye maximum from home matches

Updated: Oct 11, 2016 16:53 IST

Pune (Mumbai), Oct.11 (ANI):FC Pune City are targeting maximum points from their next three home matches to book their place in the semi-finals of the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).

FC Pune City, who opened their account with a late winner against FC Goa last week, will now return home to tackle NorthEast United FC at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi-Pune, on Wednesday.

The NorthEast United clash will be followed by two more home matches against Kerala Blasters (October 17) and Chennaiyin FC (October 23) and assistant coach Miguel said that that they would try to settle for maximum points and nothing else.

"We have three games at home and these games are very crucial for us to get the nine points which will help us to go ahead in the league and qualify for the semis. We start with NorthEast and we know they are in good form but we are playing at home and with the Goa win, it will increase our confidence to play well," said Miguel, who will continue to hold charge till chief coach Antonio Habas returns to the side after serving a four-match suspension.

FC Pune City needed a dramatic 90th minute winner against FC Goa to collect full points for their first win. The performance was encouraging, and with marquee Mohamed Sissoko stamping his authority on debut alongside Jonatan Lucca in midfield, there was all-round appreciation.

"It was the first game they played together. They can do better but they performed really well as they understand each other," said Miguel.

NorthEast United are at the top of the table for now with six points from three matches. However, they were grounded by Mumbai City FC after two consecutive wins at home and coach Nelo Vingada will have to do a lot more to ensure that his side does not remain giants only at home.

"I am proud of the players even though we made some mistakes, missed a couple of chances. But this is football, these mistakes happen because we play with men and not with robots and machines. I am leaving with this performance and not the result. I am leaving Mumbai more optimistic than I was even before we lost," the Portuguese coach said after his team lost by a solitary goal, thanks to a penalty from Diego Forlan.

NorthEast United FC had their chances to get at least a point from the game but missed far too many chances against Mumbai. Should they need more than a point in their next away match, such luxuries will have to be avoided.(ANI)

Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb. 22 (ANI): World No. 2 Angelique Kerber defeated Monica Puig of Puerto Rican in straight sets in the round of 16 clash of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday to move a step closer to return to the number one ranking.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday announced that the first Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held from 25th to 31st of next month in New Delhi.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 22 (ANI): Out of favour Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad, who is desperate to make a comeback to the national team, has vowed to perform "better than before" on his return to international cricket.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The French Tennis Federation (FFT), organizers of the French Open, in association with All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Wednesday announced the much awaited third Indian edition of Rendez-Vous a Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 22 (ANI): Sharjeel Khan, the Pakistani batsman, who has been suspended over charges of match fixing in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), has insisted that he is innocent and has done nothing that would malign his country.

Full Story >>

Adelaide [Australia], Feb. 22 (ANI): Leg-spinner Adam Zampa and all-rounder James Faulkner came out with a splendid display of bowling performance as Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 41 runs in the final T20 of the three-match series here at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Feb. 22 (ANI): Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has called on the Steve Smith-led side to be cautious while indulging in verbal battle against Indian captain Virat Kohli in the four-match Test series starting Thursday at Pune.

Full Story >>

Pune [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Australian skipper Steve Smith has admitted that his team, whose performance has not been up to standards in the recent past, are the 'underdogs' in the four-match Test series against India starting Thursday.

Full Story >>

London [U.K], Feb.22 (ANI): Former England pacer Ryan Sidebottom has announced that he will bid adieu to cricket after the 2017 English season, thus bringing an end to his illustrious 20-year career.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.22 (ANI): The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Abhijit Sarkar as it's new Vice Chairman and also the Chairman of the AHF Commercial and TV Committee with immediate effect.

Full Story >>

Not fair to compare me with Kohli: Umar Akmal

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 15:27 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): Playing down his comparison with Virat Kohli, middle-order Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal believes it is absolutely unfair to liken him with the Indian skipper since they both bat at different numbers.

Full Story >>

Pune [India], Feb.22 (ANI): Riding on the euphoria of a fairytale 19-match unbeaten streak, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday insisted that his side is not bothering about Australia's recent form and is rather focusing on their own strength in the four-match series beginning tomorrow at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

Full Story >>

Christchurch [New Zealand], Feb.22 (ANI): Veteran batsman Ross Taylor struck a blistering century before bowlers came to the fore as New Zealand grabbed a narrow six-run win over South Africa in the second ODI of the five-match series at the Hagley Oval here on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Talat Ali tipped for Pakistan manager role

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 11:33 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): If reports are to be believed, former Test batsman Talat Ali could be the next manager of the Pakistan team which will tour West Indies next month.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.22 (ANI): After being missed out on earning a contract from Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises in the auction ahead of its 10th season, veteran all-rounder Irfan Pathan penned an emotional letter to his fans and followers.

Full Story >>

London [U.K], Feb.22 (ANI): Striker Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City claimed a comfortable 5-3 win in their first competitive meeting against Monaco in an all-time Champions League classic at the Etihad Stadium here last evening.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.22 (ANI): Two field goals from Manpreet Singh saw Ranchi Rays thrash Delhi Waveriders 6-2 in their Hockey India League (HIL) encounter at the Shivaji Stadium here last evening.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday congratulated the Indian Women's Cricket Team for winning the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Feb. 21 (ANI): England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has emerged as the most expensive overseas player in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) history, has insisted that the amount of Rs. 14.5 crores that the Rising Pune Supergiants are paying him is a "life-changing" one.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): Mumbai's middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been asked for an explanation by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) after retweeting a post on the micro-blogging website that questioned his omission from the team for the Inter-state T20 tournament.

Full Story >>