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FULL-TIME With the away win, Mumbai City climb to the top of the Indian Super League standings with a two-point lead over second placed Delhi Dynamos. United were unlucky to lose at home, but they boast a good chance of bouncing back with key players expected to return shortly.

90+4′ United win a corner-kick, but City steal possession before their shot on target is dealt with rather easily by Gomes.

90+2′ Katsumi sends in a cross, and Gerson almost commits a howler, but Albino is there to save the day for City.

90+1′ Four minutes have been added on as United look to score a late goal. The absence of key players has definitely cost them their chance of reaching the top half of the standings.

89′ Albino receives a yellow for wasting time. The referee does think he is some Bollywood hero, going by the look on his face every time he pulls out the yellow card.

87′ Ralte, Forlan and Leo Costa combine superbly down the left flank, but the Brazilian gives away a goal-kick as he goes down near the six-yard box.

86′ City are now defending with 10 men, with Forlan being the only player with an attacking intent. However, they can be forgiven for the same after a decent performance on the road.

84′ Goian earns the Man of the Match award for his solid defensive performance in either half.

82′ City are now only eight minutes away from reaching the top of the table, but United are trying with all their might to avert that.

80′ United win a corner-kick through an unintentional clearance from Gerson, but United only concede a freekick, with Albino needing medical assistance.

79′ Defederico misses target by only a few inches, with Alves almost outmuscling him before his shot.

78′ Katsumi has been lively in the last few minutes. Perhaps, United now would not be trailing if he had chosen to prioritize scoring for United instead of infuriating Ralte.

77′ Back to back shots from United players fail to test Albino, with the City players forming a shield in front of the City goal.

76′ United try building up momentum, but City’s defense has so far proved resolute.

73′ Chhangte comes on for Robin. United are desperate for goals as the game edges toward the final 15 minutes.

71′ Goalscorer Jackichand is stretchered off the pitch, with Ashutosh deputizing for him.

70′ Vingada has some kind words for Katsumi, with his side now trailing by a goal. Twenty nervous minutes for the United coach and his team.

69′ Katsumi’s corner-kick is poor, with City players finding no difficulty in clearing the danger.

66′ Defederico replaces Norde, whose impact has been minimal. Robert Cullen comes in for Zokora.

64′ More misery for United as their top-scorer Alfaro misses the next game. The best they can now do is focus on winning a goal back rather than trying to infuriate the opposition.

63′ More controversy as Alvaro earns a yellow card for simulation. The booking looks harsh as there was contact with Gerson.

61′ United still have thirty minutes to get back into the game, but there has been no sign of the hosts ever making a comeback, with their key players in Katsumi and Zokora more interested in hyping the crowd up with meaningless antics.

59′ Katsumi and Goian are involved in a minor tussle as the United attacker seems to be relishing the attention he is receiving because of his antics. Vingada should take him off before his adrenaline rush causes him to bite a City player.

57′ Vadocz spurns a half chance after Forlan sets him up. The score still remains 1-0 as the focus of the game seems to have drifted to off-the-ball controversy.

56′ Katsumi lifts his pace as he dribbles at a lightning pace, but Vadocz’s well-timed tackle wins the ball for City. A quick counter-attack fails to produce the desired result, though.

55′ Jacky has a shot from outside the box after a Norde layoff, but the effort does not even make the target.

54′ Forlan concedes a set piece, and the Uruguayan is definitely having a game to forget, and his body language all but confirms it.

53′ Norde sends in a cross, with two blue shirts waiting, but Gustavo comes to the rescue as he sets the ball up for a Gomes catch.

52′ Despite the game stopping for a few minutes, Katsumi seems unwilling to let things go as he tries infuriating a rather calm Ralte. This game is definitely seeing more bookings.

48′ Controversy as Ralte goes to the ground after a vicious push from Zokora. Ralte and Katsumi both are booked after initiating the commotion. Zokora eats a yellow as well.

47′ Sehnaj gives away a throw-in with his first touch in the game, but City seem to boast the composure to steal possession as Jacky has a shot only seconds afterward.

46′ Seityasen replaces Passi for United whilst Anwar makes way for Sehnaj for City.

Second half is underway. United desperately need a goal in the second half as failing to do will further bring down their chances of making the play-off stages, with just six games left.

HALF-TIME: United end the first half with a couple of chances, but their goalkeeper Gomes will now be cursing himself for his gaffe that resulted in City scoring against the run of play. Jacky claims his first goal of the season after being benched in City’s previous game against Chennaiyin. United do not deserve to be down at this stage, but it is football, bloody hell!

Jackichand at right position at right time.

45+1′ A boost in confidence looks obvious, with Leo Costa taking a shot from outside the penalty box. Two minutes has been added.

45′ GOALLLL! Gomes tries being cheeky after leaving Norde bewildered only for the Haitian to launch a tackle that falls on to the feet of Jacky, who slots home from close range.

43′ Borges needs treatment, and the television cameras shift to the vocal United supporters. City will need a different level of motivation at half-time to send these bunch home unhappy.

42′ Alfaro is flagged offside, and City look to build from deep only for Zokora to break things up again.

39′ Passi brings down Vadocz and is lucky not to be booked, with his challenge looking more than yellow-worthy. The resulting free-kick is taken by Forlan, and it results in a corner-kick. That corner-kick results in one more corner-kick, but City fail to capitalize as they concede a free-kick in the United’s 18-yard-box.

37′ Zokora and Borges have been rock solid in the midfield, with either player giving little to no room for the visitors to string a few passes in front of the 18-yard-box. It will need a blunder for City to have a crack at Gomes’ goal, by the looks of things.

34′ Zokora has a war of words with City coach Guimaraes, and the duo is separated by match officials and Leo Costa. Perhaps, the duo needs to be reminded of Materazzi’s suspension.

33′ City are now finding stringing passes together difficult, with United’s defending players intercepting even before the ball reaches City’s dangerous men.

31′ Back to back chances for United as Narzay sends in a delicious cross into the penalty box only for ISL top-scorer Alvaro to head the ball over the bar.

30′ Katsumi sets up Alvaro, who has a cracker of a shot on goal, but Albino’s reflex ensures the score remains 0-0.

29′ Leo Costa sends in a cross into the penalty area after receiving a pass from Forlan from the halfway line. United concede a corner kick, which results in Ralte having a crack at goal. Gomes makes an easy save.

26′ Alfaro goes down in the penalty area, with Goian seemingly bringing him down, but the referee chooses not to stop play for once. Score is still 0-0.26′ Alfaro goes down in the penalty area, with Goian seemingly bringing him down, but the referee chooses not to stop play for once. Score is still 0-0.

22′ Nine fouls have hitherto been committed, with Leo Costa making the ninth after bringing down United defender Alves in United’s half.

Forlan Free kick Chance

20′ United have perfected the art of creating penetrating passes, definitely. After a few of the same, Katsumi finds Narzay with one such penetrating forward pass down the left flank, but Narzay only manages to hit the side netting.

18′ Yet another Forlan free-kick, and Gomes catches the ball, with Gerson leaping for a header in vain. They should be burying chances like this one.

16′ Another free-kick for City as Borges brings down Norde in a dangerous position. Forlan steps up again, with six City players waiting for his delivery in the 18-yard-box, but the ball fails to trouble the United defense. City should be generating clear-cut chances out of moments like this if they are to produce a result away from home.

14′ Chettri brings down Jacky as the former concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position. Forlan’s curling free-kick only results in a goal-kick, though.

13′ Forlan misplaces his second pass in 11 minutes but is quick to point fingers at his teammates. Perhaps, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner should tone down.
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11′ The crowd cheers at the top of their voices every time United steal possession, but the men in white are unable to get past the tightly-knit City midfield, with Gerson and Vadocz proving impermeable.

9′ United are in no rush as they choose to pass sideways, with City having all eleven men in their defending hall. Narzay’s patience gets the better out of him as hr hoofs the ball up to no one.

7′ Forlan finds Jacky, who makes a superb overlapping run with a perfectly-weighted through ball; however, despite having only an onrushing Gomes to beat, the Indian attacker fails to convert the first proper chance of the game.

5′ Katsumi grounds Gerson, and Forlan steps up to take the resulting free-kick, with white and blue shirts gathering near the edge of the penalty area. Forlan, however, sends the ball to a goal-kick.

4′ The game has seen more interceptions than passes, with either team looking unwilling to let the opposition build momentum.

2′ Forlan steals possession in the opposition half, but his pass only finds a white shirt. The Uruguayan yells at centre-forward Norde, who shrugs off the accusations.

1′ City have an ambitious shot right after kickoff, but Gomes has no trouble collecting the ball.

NorthEast United supporters are easily one of the most ardent bunches in the division. Having arrived in huge numbers, they will definitely prove a factor in United’s play.

6:40 pm Teams sheet are out

NorthEast United: Nirmal Chettri, Didier Zokora(C), Emiliano Alfaro, Katsumi Yusa, Rowllin Borges, Sumeet Passi, Robin Gurung, Holicharan Narzary, Wellington Gomes(GK), Gustavo Lazzaretti, Mailson Alves.

Mumbai City: Aiborlang Khongjee, Gerson Vieira, Anwar Ali, Krisztián Vadócz, Léo Costa, Diego Forlán(C), Jackichand Singh, Sony Norde, Lucian Goian, Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Albino Gomes(GK)

6:35 pm Despite a strong start to the campaign, United now find themselves in the bottom half of the Indian Super League table having mustered only 10 points in seven outings. On the other hand, consistency has been an issue for City although they now sit third in the standings. With every result proving crucial, either team will strive to claim all three points.

6:30 pm Welcome to Khel Now’s live text commentary of the Mumbai City versus NorthEast United game. Our correspondent Praveen R. Paramasivam will take you through what will likely be a humdinger of a game.

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