ISL 2017-18: Mumbai City Cruise To 2-0 Victory
- Mumbai won 2-0
- They are 4th in the standings
- Northeast sit on 9th
- Both teams next play each other on 22-2
What a shambolic season it has been for Northeast United. The team that is known for making tall claims about their talent and support has failed to live up to their big talk on the pitch this season as they sit 9th in the table having managed to win only one of their six matches. Playing Mumbai City they showed no fight and spirit as another miserable performance by them saw them lose on the night. Mumbai were clinical in their chances and controlled the match throughout the 90 minutes to win with ease by 2-0 and with it move 4th in the standings.
The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium played host to both the teams after a three day break in the Hero Indian Super League. Mumbai started the match on the front foot, attacking from the opening whistle. Their patient attacking play finally paid off in the 34th minute when Balwant Singh got on the end of a well worked move to open the scoring for the visitors. Poor goalkeeping by Ravi Kumar saw him concede a howler after he came rushing out of his box to grab the ball but failed to get any part of the ball to give Singh an open goal to score at. Despite going down nothing changed in Northeast United’s style of play as they continued their lethargic football. Mumbai made most of their opponent’s third class football as they bossed the match.
Balwant was on fire throughout the match as he terrorised the Northeast defence. He missed a glorious opportunity in the second half when Emana’s free-kick found him free in the box but he failed to keep his header on target though. Balwant got on the score sheet again in the 68th minute o get a well deserved double and end the match for Northeast. Rowllin Borges scuffed an attempted back-pass in the 68th minute, and it allowed Emana to nip in. The Cameroonian unselfishly squared it for Balwant to score into an empty net.
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