The domestic players for the hosts were crucial in their comeback win.
Josep Gombau’s Odisha FC played out their penultimate game of this season’s Indian Super League group stages in a fiery 2-1 victory against a struggling NorthEast United team. The home side looked to be in the ascendancy right from the opening minutes of the fixture, but were stunned by an early away opener.
Manuel Onwu’s fourth goal in three games brought them level before a Martin Guedes winner secured the three points. The victory means that Odisha still have a slight chance of qualification for the playoffs, considering that a host of other results go in their favour.
Here are the player ratings from Odisha FC Vs NorthEast United:
Arshdeep Singh- 6.0
The Indian shot-stopper had multiple highly questionable moments between the sticks over the course of the 90 minutes, but did a decent job limiting the away side to just the one first half goal.
Shubham Sarangi- 6.5
Worked extremely hard tracking back during the first half and picked up an unfortunate yellow card in the process. The defender was substituted after half-time, as Odisha pushed for a winner.
Watch: Odisha FC 2-1 NorthEast United
Gaurav Bora- 7.0
The youngster was quite solid in the heart of defence, as he stood strong against the Highlanders’ centralized attacking approach. Didn’t allow the NorthEast attackers spaces to run into.
Narayan Das- 6.0
The full-back worked hard in defence during the first half, but then struggled to maintain the form in the second period. Was given a tough time by Ninthoi and Reagan’s driving runs late on.
Vinit Rai- 6.0
The youngster did a good job distributing the ball in the middle of the park. He was the main link between the two Odisha lines early on, but was taken off in an attack-minded half-time change.
Nandha Kumar- 7.5
The speedster had an excellent second half, but picked up an unfortunate injury that forced him off late on. Despite making some sharp runs, needs to improve his deliveries into the box.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga- 7.0
The Mizoram native was introduced at half-time, as Josep Gombau looked to pushed for a second goal. The trickster did well to provide width, but needs to work on his final ball.
Daniel Lalhlimpuia- 6.5
Made some threatening runs down the flank after being brought on, but wasn’t able to create too much going forward. Could’ve picked a better pass in the final third on multiple occasions though.
Mohammad Dhot- N/A
Didn’t have time to make an impact.
NorthEast United FC
Subhasish Roy Chowdhury- 6.0
The NorthEast United shot-stopper was given a torrid time early on in the second half, as the Odisha forwards all looked to be in a relentless attacking mood. Made some excellent stops though.
Reagan Singh- 6.5
The full-back worked hard in the second half, as he tried to find the right balance between defence and attack. Couldn’t deliver too much quality in the final third and was forced to defend too.
Wayne Vaz- 6.5
The youngster had a decent game at the core of the Highlanders’ defence, but picked up an unnecessary yellow card in the second half. Played some good passes out from the back.
Nim Tamang- 6.0
Showed glaring inexperience on a couple of occasions, as he dived in when standing his ground would’ve been more effective. Struggled against Onwu’s movement in the second half.
Rakesh Pradhan- 6.5
The youngster, like the rest of the NorthEast defenders, wasn’t allowed to get forward to the slightest degree until the later stages of the game. Worked hard tracking the runs of Guedes though.
Milan Singh- 6.0
The midfielder tried to pick the ball up and control the pace of the game, but wasn’t able to have the desired impact. Played too many loose passes and looked insecure in possession.
Redeem Tlang- 7.0
The 24-year-old put up a decent performance over the course of the 90, as he tried to have an impact in the final third. None of the other Highlanders’ attackers were on the same wavelength.
Ninthoi Meetei- 6.5
Brought on in the second half, as the away side looked to score their second goal on the night. Tried to run at Narayan Das and create something, but wasn’t able to have an impact.