On Saturday, April 15, 2023, at the Payyanad Stadium in Manjeri, NorthEast United FC defeated Hero Indian Super League Shield Winners Mumbai City FC 2-1 in the Hero Super Cup 2023. For this encounter, Mumbai City FC will have an all-Indian squad. Mumbai City’s lone goal came from Lalengmawia Ralte. He is commonly known as Apuia, while Colombian striker Wilmar Jordan Gil scored both goals for the champions.
Guwahati had a great first-half performance, consistently putting pressure on the Islanders’ very fragile defenders. Des Buckingham’s guys did, however, make a few of breakthroughs, but were unable to achieve the ultimate result. Lallianzuala Chhangte cut inside and attempted an audacious shot from outside the box in the fifth minute. The winger’s shot, though, deflected against the wrong side of the crossbar and went for a goal kick.
NorthEast United, on the other hand, responded promptly in the seventh minute. Gani Ahmed Nigam tried for a headed effort from within the box. However, the midfielder’s attempt was barely off target. The Guwahati side had another chance in the 25th minute. Wilmar Jordan Gil tried a header from an approaching free-kick, but his shot was stopped by the woodwork.
NorthEast United continued to play on the counter-attack and came dangerously near to scoring on many occasions. Finally, in the 32nd minute, they took advantage of an error. It was by Mumbai City’s Mehtab Singh, who handled the ball inside the box after a cross from Emil Benny. Jordan calmly tapped home the resulting penalty.
NorthEast United took a 1-0 lead. Before halftime, Chhangte had a chance to tie the game. But the 24-year-old couldn’t connect properly. And his effort from the top of the box was cleared out by the NorthEast United defence.
Mumbai City failed to score despite having 68% ball possession compared to 32% for NorthEast. Nonetheless, Mumbai midfielder Apuia Ralte put in a strong performance in the heart of the fans. Ensuring the team had at least one positive to take away from the encounter.
Following the interval, NorthEast United continued to wreak havoc on the Mumbai City defence. Alex Saji took matters into his own hands in the 50th minute. Alex Saji put matters into his own hands in the 50th minute. He made a daring move from the right wing to inside the box. Gani Ahmed had a strong shot on goal during the process. And custodian Phurba Lachenpa’s block ended in the ball falling at Jordan’s feet. The Colombian attacker made no mistake in tapping it in and putting his team up 2-0.
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