November 21, 2020 10:35:16 pm
Kwesi Appiah scored from the spot as NorthEast United FC started their Indian Super League marketing campaign with a 1-Zero win over Mumbai City FC right here on Saturday.
A pink card and a penalty turned a recreation, that Mumbai have been in any other case dominating, on its head and handed NorthEast United FC a successful begin on the Tilak Maidan.
Appiah (49′) scored the one objective from a penalty after the Islanders have been decreased to 10-men following Ahmed Jahouh’s pink card simply earlier than the breather.
In the early levels, it seemed like NorthEast have been aiming for nothing greater than a goalless draw, with excessive warning seen of their recreation plan.
Predictably, it was Mumbai who dominated the primary half. The Islanders have been neat and proactive for lengthy spells, although they have been unable to discover a leading edge.
Despite having gamers like Jahouh, Hugo Boumous, and Rowllin Borges, all able to creating magic on their day, Sergio Lobera’s facet didn’t get a single shot on track within the first 45 minutes.
They did maintain the lion’s share of the possession that often resulted in hopeful efforts. In the 12th minute, Adam le Fondre’s cross from the fitting wing discovered striker Bartholomew Ogbeche. The ensuing effort although was intercepted by NorthEast defender Ashutosh Mehta.
In the following jiffy, an Ogbeche header went over the bar whereas Jahouh took two makes an attempt from distance. A transparent-cut probability although was nonetheless eluding Lobera’s males.
Then, the match took an sudden flip as Jahouh, who was dictating issues from midfield, was despatched off with a straight pink, a few minutes earlier than half time. His offence was a studs-up problem on NorthEast’s Khassa Camara.
Gerard Nus’ males capitalised on their numerical benefit quickly after the restart. The Highlanders have been awarded a penalty within the 49th minute when the ball struck Borges’ arm after NorthEast’s Dylan Fox had headed in a brief nook. Appiah despatched keeper Amrinder Singh in flawed path.
With Mumbai now underneath stress, NorthEast took management over the sport with Khumanthem Meetei and Appiah making common inroads. Lobera made a tactical change changing Ogbeche with Stephen Goddard, giving Le Fondre a central function up entrance.
Mumbai had a uncommon alternative within the 65th minute when Sarthak obtained his head to a cross, however his effort sailed inches over the bar. Lobera’s group stored knocking on the door within the last quarter, however an equaliser eluded them.