Full Time: Mumbai City FC 1-0 NorthEast United FC
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Host make the short Journey to Pune while Mumbai stay on for another home game on Tuesday. We'll be back again tomorrow for Goa's clash with the Stallions. For now it's good night from a festive Mumbai Football Arena as the hosts maintain their perfect record.
DIEGO FORLAN GOAL WHICH MADE ALL DIFFERENCE
Not even their most ardent supporter will tell you that Mumbai deserved to win this game but they did.Marquee Diego Forlan has now played a part in two match-winning goals. Marquee stuff that.
For NorthEast United it just wasn't their might and you felt it from the moment Yusa missed that chance in the first half.
90+3' Ball swung in and the defender puts it into Row Z for a corner. The set piece is cleared as the whistle blows. Fireworks lit the night sky.
90+2' Three back to back corners for NEUFC , Subrata Paul is in the opposite half of his goal.
90+1' Into which we go now.The ball is at the wrong end of the pitch if you are a NEUFC fan.
90' Into the final minute and we are exception three minutes of added time.
89' Priori swings it in and straight into the keeper's gloves. Meat and drink for Volpato.
88' Ball in the box as Mumbai sit deep. Punched clear. But a free-kick awarded.
87' Today's attendance 6146
86' Substitution : Marquee man Diego Forlan comes off and replaced by Boithang Haokip .
83' Substitution : Defederico off Gerson on for Mumbai
82' Much of Mumbai's good work has come down the flanks. Vadocz with another foray that comes to nothing.
81' Final card for the visors Zokora off and attacking midfield Priori on.
80' The two subs for NEUFC Jerry and Narzary are getting into the game. Mumbai's lead is thin.
78' Substitution: Mumbai Costa off Alves on.
77' Nice work by the visitors on the edge of the area and narzary tries to set up Alfaro but his angled shot is blocked by the keeper.
75' Sena Ralte has had a good game at Left-back for Mumbai.
72' Substitution NEUFC Borges off and on comes 18 year old Indian Junior International Jerry .
70' Defederico and Ralte link up up well on the left but the move comes to nothing. The visitors ciynter and a ball from the right tries to pick out Alfaro but is easily cleared.
68' Pronay Halder goes down after a heavy challenge he's now back up as we resume.
67' You have to wonder now whether the hectic schedule is going to catch up with the visitors.
DIEGO FORLAN FIRST GOAL IN #HEROISL
65' The visitors now trying to mount some attacks of their on.
63' NEUFC reacted slowly to a ball in and Forlan caught Reagan in posession. Halder nicked the lose ball and was fouled forcing the referree to point to the spot.
Mumbai City FC with all attacks in this half .
61' Wasteful corner by the visitors. Swung in low and flat. EASILY CLEARED.
59' Off side flag up against Velez on the far side for NEUFC.
58' Substitution for NEUFC: Holicharan Narzary comes on to replace Seityasen Singh on the left flank.
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55' GOOOALLL!!!! DIEGO FORLAN SCORES. Diego Forlán makes no mistake from the spot! It was a tense moment for the Uruguayan but he kept his cool to score his first goal for the club. The spot kick was hit to the middle and Subrata Paul almost kept it as he got his hand to it. The power behind the shot was was enough to beat the keeper in the end.
54' Pronay Halder earns Penalty for Mumbai. Mumbai City FC win a penalty and Forlan steps up! NortEast United play a suicide pass in defense which catches Reagan Singh with possession. Pronay Halder steals the ball from the defender inside the box before being fouled. The referee immediately points to the spot!
52' The hosts have started the brighter.
51' Mumbai fans are chanting "LETS GO MUMBAI " but its seems like Mumbai Local train yet to come on track.
Ball Possession: Mumbai City FC 55%-44% NorthEast United FC
50' Both sides settling back into the half.
48' Defederico fouls Reagan as Mumbai attack down the left again. Defensive free-kick.
47' Defederico cross from the left for Mumbai , punched clear by Paul as the referee blows for a foul.
46' The second half begins as Diego Forlán gets the ball rolling. As it looks, no changes have been made during the break.
It has been a really good game of football even though there has been no goal to show for it. But teams have had their fair share of chances but none were taken. NEUFC probably had the best chance of the game through Yusa but the Japanese was off target. The home team enjoyed more position but the visitors were the one who had more shots away. This game has been played with really high intensity and the second half promises to be an interesting one. Let's find out who can take the lead in the next half!
45' Nicolas Velez plays the ball to Emiliano Alfaro who cuts past his man before letting loose a shot. It looks destined for the back of the net but a deflection off Lucian Goian takes it away from goal. Big chance gone! That is the last action of the game as the referee signals for half time.
43' Rowllin Borges looks to have handed the ball and the referee spots it to give the home side a free kick. It is taken by Léo Costa who sends a cross into the box. The ball goes untouched to the keeper and another good chance goes wasted.
42' Mumbai struggling to find their feet. They look disorganized.
40' MISS OF THE SEASON ? Katsumi Yusa gets the chance of the match as Velez puts the midfielder through on goal. He has just the keeper to beat from inside the box but blasts his shot high and over. That was a golden opportunity for the visitors to break the deadlock.
Ball Possession: Mumbai City FC 54%-46% NorthEast United FC
38' Mumbai trying to regain control of the ball. Forlan is being heavily marked.
37' Gurung's long ball down the left sees Velez drift off side.
34' Emiliano Alfaro gets the ball in a really good position and looks to be one on one with the keeper. He makes his way into the box but Sehnaj tracks back really well and slides in to make a crunching tackle. He wins the ball but also takes Alfaro down with him and the NEUFC players shout for a penalty in unison. The referee was in a good position and decided against the penalty.
33' Free-kick for Mumbai.. Floated into the box, Cleared by the centre-backs. The visitors counter with pace but the final cross is too deep.
Rowllin Borges and Vadócz go for a 50-50 ball but the former goes in too hard from behind and brings the midfielder down. The referee immediately flashes the yellow card at the NEUFC man.
30' Nicolas Velez who has been a livewire for the Highlanders has really not been seen in the game so far. He gets a chance to make a difference but fails to deliver a good cross into the box.
29' Approaching the half hour mark and the pace of this game has died down
27' Sehnaj Singh who scored a blinder last season with a shot from distance tries to emulate that effort once again. He takes a shot from distance but fails to keep the effort on target. Really should have done better with all the space on the offer.
26' Both teams are creating some really good chances and have given the crowd a good show so far. It is only a matter of time before we get to witness a goal.
24' Clever ball by Vadocz from the right to the other flank but Defederico can't keep it in.
24' Diego Forlan and Costa are key men for Mumbai tonight .
23' Criss from the left for Mumbai Paul collects and earns a foul.
21' Koffi Christian N'dri has got his shooting boots on tonight! He gets a cross from Alfaro just outside the box and goes for a volleyed effort. His first time shot is hit with venom but once again Neto gets behind the shot to make the save.
20' NEUFC midfielder Romaric looking danger man for Mumbai .
19' Subrata Paul does exceptionally well to keep Aiborlang Khongjee's long range effort out. The former MCFC custodian parries Khongjee's drive from distance with a dive.
17' Mumbai string some passes together in midfield.
16' Two Indian International Pronay halder and Sehnaj singh are playing in the heart of the midfield for Mumbai .
15' Koffi Christian N'dri gets the ball in a good position and attempts a spectacular looking volley after Lucian Goian's clearence fell kindly for the midfielder. His effort was brilliant but the keeper was up to it.
13' Matías Defederico gets the ball on the left flank and decides to go for the goal all by himself. He uses his trickery to get past two men before blasting one from distance. But it is hit way over the crossbar by the midfielder.
12' Taken by Romaric but harmless
11' Free Kick for NorthEast united from 23 yards out . Katsumi Yusa and Romaric standing over it.
10' Once again Mumbai have a good chance to test the defense. Matías Defederico takes a corner from the right but it is easily cleared away by the NEUFC defense.
8' Mumbai City FC win a free kick on the left flank and it is a good chance for Defederico to swing one into the box. However, he over hits the cross and that is that for the attack.
7' Quite a few empty seats hre at the MFA well past kick-off.
5' Both sides trading a few forays but we still await the first chance.
3' First foul of the game by Mumbai.
2' Diego Forlan with the first shot of the game but it doesn't trouble Subrata Paul, who makes a comfortable save.
2' Early attack from the Mumbai left as the Diego chants roll.
1' The visitors get bus underway.
6:58 pm The teams in one last huddle as the MCFC anthem rings around the MFA
6:57 pm The anthem has been sung. We are close.
6:55 pm Many NorthEast United Fans are in the stands. We always find NorthEast United away fans where ever they go in India .
6:54 pm Here come the players
6:53 pm Players are out in the tunnel .
6:49 pm The pre-match formalities are being lined up,
6:48 pm We are about 12 minutes away. Stay tuned.
6:45 pm The Highlanders have never won 3 games in-a-row in a single Hero ISL season and with two in two, will look to set a new record for themselves with nothing less than a victory tonight.
6:38 pm Playing XI are out , lets start with host first.
Starting XI - Mumbai City FC
Roberto Volpato Neto(GK), Anwar Ali, Aiborlang Khongjee, Lucian Goian, Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Sehnaj Singh, Matías Defederico, Pronay Halder, Léo Costa, Krisztián Vadócz, Diego Forlán(C).
Starting XI - NorthEast United FC
Subrata Paul(GK), Reagan Singh, Robin Gurung, Gustavo Lazzaretti, Didier Zokora(C), Koffi Christian N'dri, Katsumi Yusa, Seityasen Singh, Rowllin Borges, Emiliano Alfaro, Nicolas Leandro Velez.
6:24 pm The players have begun their pre-match warm-ups.
The seventh match of the Hero Indian Super League sees Mumbai City FC hosting NorthEast United FC at their new home - Mumbai Football Arena. It will be a historic event for the home team playing their first game at home after shifting from the DY Patil Stadium.
Newly built Mumbai Football Arena is looking amazing before the tonight big game.
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6:23 pm Hello and welcome from the Mumbai Football Arena. We are building up to tonight's ISL clash between Mumbai City FC and NorthEast United. This is your host Ashish Negi.
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Published: Fri Oct 07, 2016 09:00 PM IST