NE United go 3rd with 3-1 win over Odisha

NE United go 3rd with 3-1 win over Odisha
Match in action between NorthEast United FC and Odisha FC on Sunday.
VASCO, FEB 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/14/2021 12:48:35 PM IST

NorthEast United took advantage of both their rivals for the top-four spot -- FC Goa and Hyderabad FC -- dropping points, with a convincing 3-1 victory over Odisha FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, on Sunday. 

Goals from Luis Machado (9’, 24’) and Deshorn Brown (19’) moved the Highlanders to third and two points clear of both Hyderabad and Goa. With the latter two teams taking on each other in their final game, NorthEast are now heavy favourites to grab a playoff spot. Bradden Inman (45’) netted a consolation for Odisha.

NEUFC started the game at a furious pace and only needed nine minutes to come up with the first goal. Ashutosh Mehta found Machado with an accurate cross and the latter hit it first time past a diving Arshdeep Singh. It was no less than what NorthEast United deserved given the attack intent they showed in the first period of the match.

A second came ten minutes later through Brown. Federico Gallego entered the Odisha half with the ball and threaded through a pass for the new recruit, who had been enjoying a fruitful stint since his arrival from Bengaluru FC. The Jamaican slotted home with a sublime finish.

Another five minutes later, NEUFC had their third goal, Gallego again at the centre of things. He spotted Machado making a run into the box and found him with an accurate looping ball. Machado made no mistake and headed the ball past the onrushing Arshdeep. There seemed to be no way back for Odisha from there.

But they did manage to get back into the game in stoppage time just before the first-half whistle. New signing Inman, who has impressed since arriving from ATK Mohun Bagan, received the ball from Daniel Lalhlimpuia and attempted a finish from a narrow-angle. His shoot took a heavy deflection off NEUFC defender Mashoor Shereef and went in.

The goal injected new life into what had been a poor first half from Odisha and they signalled their intention to go looking for more goals by throwing on Diego Mauricio at halftime. But it was their opponents, who kept creating chances.

Machado had a chance early in the second half but his shot was wide. Then, in the 62nd minute, Arshdeep had to pull off a fantastic double save as he denied both Gallego and Machado.

There was some late drama as Gurjinder Kumar was sent off for a second yellow, putting NEUFC at a numerical disadvantage. Immediately after that, Brown missed a golden opportunity to put the result beyond doubt as his shot from a one-on-one position was straight at Arshdeep.

Odisha kept applying pressure till the end, but the NorthEast defence stood firm as they took their team to victory and three points.

ATK Mohun Bagan beat Jamshedpur 1-0
ATK Mohun Bagan beat Jamshedpur FC 1-0 in the Indian Super League 2020-21 clash to go on top of the table.
Roy Krishan (85’) scored the lone goal of the match as David Williams did well to direct the ball to him on the left flank. The Fijian, who was closed in by Peter Hartley, then picked up his spot and send the ball at the back of the net. 
It was a cagey start with Aitor Monroy distributing three free-kicks in the first 11 minutes. But his deliveries lacked precision. ATK Mohun Bagan, however, took control of the proceedings in the second half. Nerijus Valskis came close to score a goal for the Men of Steel in the second-half off a free-header but it was easily collected by Arindam Bhattachrja in the goal. 
The Mariners go on top with 36 points having played a match more than Mumbai CIty FC while Jamshedpur FC are sixth with 21 points.
Monday’s Match
Mumbai City FC 
Bengaluru FC
Time 7:30 PM

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