Mum­bai beat North­East Utd

The Hitavada - - SPORTS -

MUM­BAI City FC beat North­East United 1-0 at the Indira Gandhi Ath­letic Sta­dium here on Fri­day to go third in the league ta­ble.

Af­ter the 0-5 de­mo­li­tion at the hands of FC Goa, Mum­bai City have now bounced back in style, reg­is­ter­ing their third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. This one was a nar­row 1-0 against the un­beaten North­East United FC and that too at their home ground.

Arnold Is­soko’s fourth-minute goal was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides as the Is­lan­ders climbed to third on the ta­ble with 13 points from seven games, the same as FC Goa and Ben­galuru FC who sit above them. North­East United are stuck with 11 points but have a game in hand.

Mum­bai surged ahead with their first at­tack. North­East didn’t clear their lines from a Paulo Machado cor­ner and the ball once again fell for the Por­tuguese mid­fielder. His first time shot struck Arnold Is­soko’s chest and crossed the line de­spite goal­keeper Pawan Ku­mar’s best ef­forts.

The hosts re­sponded to the set­back by fash­ion­ing sev­eral chances. Bartholomew Og­beche saw a header miss the far post af­ter he got on the end of a cross from Re­deem Tlang from the right be­fore Fed­erico Gal­lego had a chance to pull one back as they won a free-kick on the edge of the box. How­ever, the Uruguayan’s free-kick sailed over the bar with Am­rinder Singh hardly trou­bled.

Mum­bai had a chance of their own when a move straight from the train­ing ground saw Machado square the ball to Rafael Bas­tos from a free-kick. The Brazil­ian’s shot went inches wide of the far post. Mum­bai had a scare when Lalthathanga Khawl­ring’s cor­ner caught Am­rinder by sur­prise and the ball clipped the cross­bar on its way out. Three min­utes af­ter the restart, Og­beche made a bril­liant run down the left and crossed for Juan Mas­cia. How­ever, the Uruguayan striker couldn’t turn it home.

Mum­bai had a lot of chances to dou­ble their lead as the half wore on. In the 50th minute, Moudou Sougou had a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity to score when he was played on­side and only had to beat the on­rush­ing goal­keeper. The Sene­galese striker saw his lobbed ef­fort miss the tar­get, much to the dis­ap­point­ment of Jorge Costa. De­spite a late on­slaught, the vis­i­tors held on to their slen­der lead as North­East fell to their first de­feat to the sea­son.

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