Kwesi Appiah scored from the spot as NorthEast United FC started their Indian Super League marketing campaign with a 1-0 win over Mumbai City FC right here on Saturday.
A crimson card and a penalty turned a sport, that Mumbai had 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 purpose from a penalty after the Islanders had been decreased to 10-men following Ahmed Jahouh’s crimson card simply earlier than the breather.
In the early levels, it appeared like NorthEast had been aiming for nothing greater than a goalless draw, with excessive warning seen of their sport plan.
Predictably, it was Mumbai who dominated the primary half. The Islanders had been neat and proactive for lengthy spells, although they had 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 aspect did not get a single shot on the right track within the first 45 minutes.
They did maintain the lion’s share of the possession that often resulted in hopeful efforts. In the twelfth minute, Adam le Fondre’s cross from the precise wing discovered striker Bartholomew Ogbeche. The ensuing effort although was intercepted by NorthEast defender Ashutosh Mehta.
In the following couple of minutes, an Ogbeche header went over the bar whereas Jahouh took two makes an attempt from distance. A transparent-cut likelihood 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 crimson, 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 had been awarded a penalty within the forty ninth minute when the ball struck Borges’ arm after NorthEast’s Dylan Fox had headed in a brief nook. Appiah despatched keeper Amrinder Singh in improper route.
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 sixty fifth minute when Sarthak received his head to a cross, however his effort sailed inches over the bar. Lobera’s workforce saved knocking on the door within the last quarter, however an equaliser eluded them.