Odisha FC stunned NorthEast United FC 3-1 in the Hero Super Cup semi-finals. It was at the Payyanad Stadium in Manjeri on Saturday to clinch their place in the final.
Despite an early goal by NorthEast United FC’s prolific goal-getter and Colombian striker Wilmar Jordan, a twin strike by Nandha Kumar and a goal by Diego Mauricio were enough for Odisha FC to clinch a comfortable win.
Odisha FC’s opponents in the final will be contested on Tuesday. Will be powerful Bengaluru FC, who have reached their third final of the season.
NorthEast United FC and Odisha FC met for the third time this season on Friday. Odisha FC had previously won on both occasions and performed well enough to make it the third in a row.
NorthEast United, on the other hand, showed early promise and struck in the second minute. When right winger Rochharzela passed the ball into the box for Jordan to drive home. Leaving Amrinder Singh under the Odisha FC bar with little time to react.
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Odisha FC, on the other hand, didn’t take long to respond and equalise. Victor Rodriguez Romero, a Spanish midfielder, sent a well-timed through pass down the right wing to Jerry Mawihmingthanga.
Jerry whipped in a low ball inside the penalty box. And striker Nandha Kumar was quick to beat Mirshad Koottappunna with a wonderful header. Beating NorthEast wing defender Ngasepam Tondonba Singh. Princeton Rebello deserves credit for the build-up play as well. Since he was the one who won the loose ball in midfield and launched the assault.
Odisha FC began the second half with vigour, maintaining the upper hand in the attacking half. Clifford Miranda’s team took the lead in the 64th minute. When Nandha Kumar and Victor Rodriguez exchanged passes inside the penalty area before the Spanish midfielder sent it to Nadha.
NEUFC continued to press the Odisha goal, but were unable to convert their chances. Brazilian attacker Diego Mauricio, on the other hand, extended the lead before the final whistle. The striker, a regular scorer in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). Made it 3-1 with a low shot into the bottom corner, easily beating Mirshad.
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