NorthEast United host Mumbai City FC at the Indra Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. Consecutive defeats against Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC have caused NorthEast United to slip down to fifth in the ISL table. Mumbai City FC, on the other hand, will look to continue their form after coming out of two difficult away matches, against Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC unbeaten.
While Mumbai City FC’s Sunil Chettri plays what will be one of the most important matches in the short and glittering history of Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup final, Mumbai will be looking to give him a boost by beating NorthEast United at home this season.
It’s raining at Guwahati but that hasn’t stopped the fans from filling up the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. NorthEast United FC need to arrest their poor run of form or risk missing out on a place in the semi-finals of the Hero Indian Super League.
NorthEast United set the ISL alight winning three of their first four matches but since that bright start, NorthEast United have failed to get full points, drawing one and losing the last two matches at home. They now face Mumbai City FC in their next clash at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, on Saturday, and will need to bring in massive improvements to fight their way back among the top four.
“We are not bad even though we have lost the last two games which is six points at home but we are creating a lot of chances. Of course, it’s only a matter of time that we will be back and we will fight to be in a good position,” said NorthEast head coach Nelo Vingada.
It is not just the losses that will worry the Portuguese tactician. NorthEast’s first three victories all came with clean sheets, conceding just one goal in their opening four matches. But they have now conceded four goals in their last three matches and have been unable to manage a single clean sheet.
Goalkeeper Subrata Paul, one of the most impressive goalkeepers in this edition of the ISL, was injured in the last game and his absence could hurt the hosts. Subrata has made 24 saves, just two less than Edel Bete this season, and has three clean sheets to his credit.
Mumbai City FC have looked strong on their away games and have arrived in Guwahati after securing a precious point against defending champions Chennaiyin FC with a stunning late goal from Leo Costa. Mumbai City FC have collected eight points away from home this season and it shows just how much they have improved over the years. In the first two years, Mumbai City FC managed just eight away points from 14 matches (ISL 2014: 3, ISL 2015: 5) and have looked on course for a place in the semi-finals this year.
Mumbai City FC coach Alexandre Guimaraes will be understandably confident that his team can continue with their impressive performances.
“I think draw was a fair result against Chennaiyin FC. It’s a good point for us but for them maybe it’s not a good point. After playing the way we did in Kolkata and winning, coming to Chennai and playing against the champions, getting this draw in the end… the confidence is really high in my team,” said Guimaraes.
Mumbai City are placed second with 12 points from eight matches and will jump to the top with a positive result against NorthEast United.
5′ gone NorthEast united 0-0 Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC had a great chance to go forward. Diego Forlan provided a lovely ball into the box, Jackichand Singh did even better to get to it. He couldn’t control it and in the end, the shot went wide. Forlan’s pass and Jackichand’s run had caught NorthEast unawares and the goalkeeper didn’t seem to stand a chance if the shot was on target.
15′ gone NorthEast United 0-0 Mumbai City FC
Mumbai have been attacking well here. They have forced NorthEast to make mistakes and they have been piling up free kicks, one of which was almost headed home. The home side are under siege.
20′ gone NEUFC 0-0 Mumbai City FC
First time that NorthEast United threatened the opposition, when a ball found Narzary. He couldn’t keep his composure and found the side netting. It gave the home crowd something to cheer about.
25′ gone NEUFC 0-0 Mumbai City FC
The match is more even now, with NorthEast enjoying longer periods of possession. Mumbai City’s usual problem of misplaced passes is doing them no good.
30′ gone NEUFC 0-0 Mumbai City FC
NorthEast United’s Alfaro received a ball inside the box from Katsumi, who did well to manage a to steer clear of the defendor blocking him. Alfaro went for a first time volley which was on target. Mumbai goalkeeper Albino Gomes made a sensational diving save and kept the thunderous volley out. NorthEast seem to have found their feet and that is not good for Mumbai City FC
40′ gone NEUFC 0-0 Mumbai City FC
Mumbai seem to be playing for the free kicks. Another one hit by Diego Forlan is headed wide by one of the NorthEast defenders that forces a corner. The corner was headed out by another defender that gave them another corner. Nothing came out of it seems Mumbai are depending on set pieces to go in front.
GOAL!! NEUFC 0-1 Mumbai City (Jackichand Singh 44′)
Soni Norde came charging at the keeper who had the ball at his feet. Wellington Gomes acoided Norde’s first challenge but the Haitian came back and took the ball away from the goalkeeper. Jackichand Singh did not wait for a touch when the ball came to him and took the shot straightaway. Mumbai City FC graciously accept the gift.
HALF TIME, NorthEast united 0-1 Mumbai City FC
It was an evenly poised match but NorthEast United goalkeeper Gomes’ error has now given Mumbai the upper hand. Credit t Soni Norde for keeping the pressure on and running all the way t the goalkeeper but the latter should have cleared the ball as soon as he saw Norde coming. NorthEast had a few good chances, one of which illicited a blinder of a save Mumbai goalkeeper Albino Gomes.
50′ gone NEUFC 0-1 Mumbai City FC
And its all come down to the boil. Katsumi and Sena Ralte were the ones who started it. Sena Ralte committed a heavy foul on Katsumi and the latter lost his cool. The two had a go at each other and team mates and even managers came to intervene. In the middle of all that Didier Zokora pushed Ralte and the Indian went down as if he had been hit by a truck. the scuffle was cleared and resulted in a yellow card each other Katsumi, Ralte and Zokora.
65′ gone NEUFC 0-1 Mumbai City FC
Alfaro went down in the box and the referee blew the whistle. But not for the penalty, nut to give the Uruguayan a yellow card for diving. Replays show that the referee made a brilliant decision and as Alfaro did go through a lot of traffic but there was no contact.
75′ gone NEUFC 0-1 Mumbai City FC
NorthEast got a corner which was delivered by Katsumi.Mumbai couldn’t cleared and managed to put in three consecutive shots, all three were saved by Mumbai throwing their bodies around. Katsumi was the last man who took the shot and that went wide with a deflection. the resultant corner was almost headed in and Mumbai stay ahead because of the goalkeeper. Defederico then had a chance for Mumbai and missed the far post. Box to box action at the moment
85′ gone NEUFC 0-1 Mumbai City FC
NorthEast are keeping Mumbai on their toes and the visitors are defending for their lives here. They are putting their bodies on the line, led by the determined Lucian Goian. Mumbai are sitting back and defending this total that will take them temporarily to the top of the table.
FULL TIME NorthEast United 0-1 Mumbai City FC