Pune: Adrian Mutu chose a final notation of damage time opposite FC Goa to open his Indian Super League account, rambling brilliantly to moment a left-footer past a glorious Laxmikant Kattimani in goal to acquire FC Pune City a 2-2 draw.
Mutu popped adult with his strike usually when it seemed that a idea any from Brazilian twin Rafael Coelho and Jonatan Lucca would sign a noted win for FC Goa after they had fought behind from a idea down to go in 2-1 forward during a break.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh had given Pune a lead after executing a glorious first-time finish, assisted by Didier Zokora who gathering like a longhorn by Goa’s midfield to lay it adult for his Indian teammate. But Pune’s fun lasted for reduction than 3 mins as Coelho wriggled past a integrate of defenders to finish low and underneath Steven Simonsen’s physique — a shot that would have been saved by a former Stoke City keeper 9 out of 10 times.
In fact, Pune could have taken a lead progressing when Zokora had done a identical run by midfield to set adult Mutu one on one with Kattimani — a Romanian striker attack it true during a keeper’s body.
Pune were nervous after surrender an equaliser so shortly — and Goa took full advantage of this by peppering Simonsen with shot after shot — sketch a integrate of shining saves from him in a process. But a separator pennyless again when Lucca cut in on his right feet and sent a low shot towards a nearby post that crept in after a deflection off Pune midfielder James Bailey.
It was a heedful event in a second half until a final 20 minutes, with Pune wanting Lyngdoh to enthuse them into action. The Indian general flicked a round over his conduct to set himself adult for a shot, though Kattimani was on palm to retard it.
The Bengaluru FC actor was in a box again when Mutu headed behind opposite idea from a Nicky Shorey cross, though his outstretched legs fell brief of joining with what have been a guaranteed goal.
Pune manager David Platt brought on fan favourite Tuncay Sanli for a final few mins and he was in a thick of movement right away, streamer towards a chastisement mark from a distant post, where Mutu couldn’t strech in time to crack it in.
Goa confirmed glorious control in defence, clearing dilemma after dilemma from Pune and melancholy on a mangle with a ability of Leonardo Moura, Romeo Fernandes and Mandar Dessai.
Romeo had a possibility to kill a diversion off in a 90th notation when he collected a distant post cranky from Mandar, usually to peep his shot far-reaching when he could have squared it for former Pune actor and ISL 2015 debutant Dudu Omagbeni.
Roger Johnson and Mutu could have done a winger immediately bewail his missed possibility when both went tighten with headers in damage time — Kattimani gripping them out with low saves to his left.
This service frequency lasted for Romeo and Co as Mutu was during a right place during a right time to acrobatically pound in a bombardment from a lax round in a 93rd notation — triggering furious celebrations during a packaged Balewadi.