One crazy moment of Ahmed Jahouh The match was turned upside down as the Moroccan midfielder received the march orders shortly before the first half. In the first moments of the second half, Northeast UniteD received a penalty, which proved to be the game’s winning goal.

With this victory, Northeast United The seventh season of the Indian Premier League began with a victory at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa.

Kwesi Appiah (49) scored the only goal from the penalty spot after the Al Jazira team was reduced to 10 players after Ahmed Jahouh’s red card before the end of the first half.

In the early stages, NorthEast seemed to be aiming no more than a goalless draw, and extreme caution was evident in their game plan.

Mumbai was the one that dominated the first half. The islanders were tenacious and proactive for long periods, although they were unable to find a defensive division pass. Although there are players like Jahouh, Hugo BoumousAnd and Rollin BurgessThey are all capable of creating magic in their day, and Sergio Lopera’s side failed to get a single shot on target in the first 45 minutes.

Mumbai City Football Club kept possession of the ball for long periods and created some gaps in the Northeast United The defense that the Mumbai attackers failed to use. Ashutosh Mehta Ogbecchi cleared a superb attempt after the Nigerian striker got the ball out of Le Wunder’s cross. Although Mumbai did not get any clear chances.

With Jahouh receiving a red card after an interference on Camara’s opponents, NorthEast United FC took advantage of the man’s advantage and secured a penalty kick after the ball hit Rollin Borges’ arm inside the penalty area.

Kwesi Appiah was not mistaken of his place when he was sent Amrinder The wrong way to give Northeast United the lead.

With Mumbai City FC Under pressure and chasing the match, NorthEast United dominated the match and created a few more chances with the likes of Ninthoi and Imran Khan squandering some good chances to score goals.

C.Y. Goddard and Gallego fight for the ball in midfield.
C.Y. Goddard and Gallego fight for the ball in midfield.

Sergio Lopera tried various things by bringing in CY Goddard in place of Ogbecchi but to no avail, as Highlanders’ defense kept the islanders at bay. Mumbai had a rare opportunity in the 65th minute when Sarthac His head reached a cross, but his effort sailed inches over the crossbar. Lopira’s team kept knocking on the door in the final quarter, but the equalizer eluded them. Khas Kamara won the Man of the Match award for his outstanding performance.

NorthEast United FC succeeded in winning their first game of the season for the first time after the 2016-2017 season.

Posted 21 Nov 2020, 23:49 IST