NorthEast United FC continued their unbeaten run in the Indian Super League (ISL) this season as they played a 2-2 draw with the visiting Mumbai City FC at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on November 27.
After the match, NEUFC was still at the 4th position with nine points from five matches. Mumbai City advanced to 7th place with five points from as many games.
For the home side, German recruit Panagiotis Triadis and former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan scored one goal each. For the visitors, Tunisian forward Amine Chermiti scored a brace.
NEUFC took an early lead after Panagiotis Triadis smashed the ball into the net in the 9th minute. Rakesh Pradhan’s throw fell in front of Mumbai City FC defender Sauvik Chakrabarti which he failed to clear properly and the ball rolled in the path of Triadis who did not do any mistake in converting it to a beautiful goal. With this Triadis opened his account of scoring at the ISL.
In the 23rd minute, Mumbai City FC levelled the score with Amine Chermiti doing the job for the Islanders. Mohamed Larbi took the ball from midfield and ran towards goal. He released Modou Sougou down the right flank who whipped in a perfect cross for Amine Chermiti. Chermiti booted it into an open net from 6 yards.
After that Jorge Costa’s boys continued their attack and again in the 32nd minute they got the success. This time with a stunning bicycle kick from Chermiti after NorthEast United FC defender Nim Dorjee missed a free-kick by Mohamed Larbi from 40 yards.
In the 35th minute, a Modou Sougou shot was neatly collected by Subhasish Roy.
However, it was Asamoah Gyan who helped in levelling the score in the 42nd minute with a well-calculated goal. Uruguayan forward Martin Chaves played the ball to Gyan who has two defenders with him. First Gyan went to his left, then feinted to his right and took the shot to the right of the goalkeeper Amrinder Singh. He got a hand to it but it is not strong enough as the ball went into the left corner.
Thus, the first half ended with 2-2.
In the early moments of the 2nd half, yellow cards were given to Amine Chermiti and Modou Sougou for involving in a tussle with NEUFC players. Subhasish Bose was the third player for Mumbai City FC to go into the book in the 80th minute.
The home side substituted two players in the 64th minute – Martin Chaves and Milan Singh went off for Maximiliano Barreiro and Lalthathanga Khawlhring. Later in the 90th minute Redeem Tlang was substituted with Nikhil Kadam.
Mumbai also made changes in the 2nd half – Paulo Machado and Modou Sougou were substituted for Serge Kevyn and Bipin Singh.
More chances were created in the 2nd half for both the sides. In the 75th minute, it could have been a hattrick for Chermiti as Modou Sougou managed to lay it off for Amine Chermiti who tried to hit it on the volley but hit it just wide.
In the 82nd minute, the home side got a close chance. Rakesh Pradhan floated in a cross from the left flank and it fell to Panagiotis Triadis. His shot was blocked. The ball went over the keeper, then Asamoah Gyan and then wide of the goal.
The official attendance at the Sarusajai Stadium was 17,942.