NorthEast acquire fourth position on the league table after their third consecutive victory, the Highlanders hand table-topper Mumbai City a 2-1 defeat ending their unbeaten streak.
NorthEast United now has twenty-one points in fourteen matches, being unbeaten in their last four games whereas Mumbai City FC are still managing their position as the table toppers and have thirty points in fourteen matches.
Mumbai City FC 1-2 NorthEast United: Post-Match Analysis: TEAM NEWS
Mumbai City’s head coach Sergio Lobera has changed the formation from (4-3-3) to (4-2-3-1) as he played Desai instead of Dakshinamurthy and used Boumous as the central attacking midfielder.
Whereas NorthEast United’s head coach Khalid Jamil maintained the same formation (4-3-3) but did three changes. Both the full-backs were changed and the center-forward Brown who proved to be the game-changer was brought in place of Sylla.
Mumbai City FC 1-2 NorthEast United: MATCH ANALYSIS
As soon as it kicks-off Mumbai Tries to attack from left to right but gives away a freekick soon after Gallego floats the ball in but Jahouh makes a defensive header. In the sixth minute Dorjee fires a first-time cross into the box and Brown times his run to perfection to smash it into the net and makes it 1-0 for the Highlanders.
Another blow hits The Islanders as Brown makes it 2-0 by busting the net with a fantastic finish. Mumbai City is absolutely shell-shocked. For a club that is known for its free-flowing football, the Islanders looked extremely shaky. Brown nearly makes it 3-0 but misses the opportunity. Jahouh fires from the distance but fails to score as the ball swerves away from the goal in the twenty-eighth minute.
Ogbeche misses Back to back chances for the first one he readies himself for a shot but defender gets in the way. The second chance sees him attempt an acrobatic volley but the attempt is not close to the target, and the first half comes to an end.
The second half gets underway, Lalengmawia fires a ferocious swerving strike but Amrinder denies it with a fantastic save. Mumbai City win a free-kick from a dangerous position but fails to capitalize anything from it. Mumbai dominates the position at the hour mark but are still two goals behind the highlanders and continues to waste their set-pieces by shooting for the goal,
Khalid Jamil’s side starts coasting towards a third successive win. But then the match takes a boost as the Englishman Le-Fondre latches on to Ogbeche’s touch to loop it into the back of the net, 2-1 as Mumbai strike one back.
Mumbai City throw men forward and nearly finds an equalizer but the header from Le-Fondre goes off-target, And after a while the game ends and the twelve match win streak also ends for the Mumbai City.
Deshorn Brown: he match-winner as his quickfire brace inside the opening nine minutes powered his side to all three points and to the fourth spot on the table. The 30-year-old struggled for service at Bengaluru FC but has really come good at NorthEast. He’s now got three goals to his name from as many games.
NorthEast will face Goa FC this Thursday, 7.30 pm at Tilak Maidan in the Indian Super League and Mumbai will play against Kerala Blasters this Wednesday at GMC Stadium.
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