Mumbai City FC have ended NorthEast United’s five-match unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Friday.
The match started off with a fast pace with the visitors taking the lead in the 4th minute though Arnold Issoko. Paulo Machado’s corner was half-heartedly cleared by NorthEast defence, but with a second bite of the cherry, he lashed a shot across the face of goal where Issoko was at the right place and after a goalmouth scramble by Pawan Kumar the ball trickled across the line.
NorthEast had a couple of chances before halftime but pushed hard for the equaliser in the second half, although were unable to get past Mumbai’s defence.
Meanwhile Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) defeated Pune City by the slightest of margins with a 1-0 victory at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
This was ATK’s third win of the season and their second at home, whilst Pune remain winless in seven matches.
However ATK manager Steve Coppell is now facing a dilemma as his forward Kalu Uche has been ruled out for at least six weeks following a grade three quadricep tear.
“He had an extensive tear in his quadriceps muscles. It is grade three which is quite bad. We expect Kalu to be fit around Christmas so we are really looking for a player to fill in for what could be five games after this game,” Coppell said on the eve of their match against FC Pune City.
“We got league approval only last night so we could not get anyone in for this match. He obviously leaves a big hole in our squad. We have requested the ISL whether we can replace him in the short time.
“They have said yes we can but that creates problems in itself because trying to find someone for a short period of time is very difficult. We have sent feelers out for replacements.”