ISL: NorthEast United FC Inch Closer to Play-Off Spot, Beat Mumbai City FC 2-0

Hosts Mumbai City FC suffered their third defeat in a row after going down 0-2 to North East United FC in a lopsided Indian Super League game on Wednesday. Mid-fielder Rowllin Borges (4th minute) and striker Bartholomew Ogbeche (33rd minute) scored for the visitors as they grabbed three crucial points from the game played at the Mumbai Football Arena.

After this loss, Mumbai City FC moved down to the third spot with 27 points, while North East have jumped to the second position with 27 points and are in fray to make the last four. Before this match, Mumbai had gone down 1-0 to Jamshedpur FC in an ‘away’ game and 2-0 to FC Goa in their previous home game.

North East displayed an aggressive style of play from the beginning and it paid dividends in the fourth minute itself as they took the lead following a splendid goal by mid-fielder Borges.

Keegan Pereira made an excellent run down the left-hand side and cut it back to Borges, who had ample time and space. The 26-year-old Borges, then found his spot and placed it to the top-left corner of the goal, to take his side ahead.

While the North East defense was up-to-the-mark as they kept the Mumbai strikers at bay for most part of the first half, Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh was kept on his toes.

And 34-year-old Ogbeche doubled the lead in the 33rd minute. A powerful cross from the right flank by Reagan Singh reached skipper Ogbeche, after Panagiotis Triadis failed to collect it. The ball then ricocheted off the knee of Ogbeche and rolled into the net. With the goal, Ogbeche became the leading goal-scorer of this season, with 12 strikes to his name.

Mumbai had a couple of good chances, but failed to convert on both the occasions. At the half-way mark, North East led 2-0.

After the change of ends, the pace of the game drastically dropped. In the 57th minute, Mumbai had a chance to pull one back. Marko Klisura failed to get on a long ball from Raynier Fernandes under his control as the North East goal-keeper Pawan Kumar collected it safely.

Mumbai had some more chances but could not convert any of them as the visitors emerged triumphant.

(With PTI Inputs)