Mumbai City moved to within three points of the playoff spot in the 2017-18 Indian Super League (ISL), after a 3-2 victory over NorthEast United on Thursday night at the Mumbai Football Arena.
Cameroonian attacking midfielder Achille Emana opened the scoring for the hosts in the 15th minute, but then Mumbai City FC skipper Lucian Goian bundled the ball into his own net in the 24th minute to level the score.
NorthEast United went into the lead just before half-time after an unmarked Sambinha came up with a low header to score their second.
Brazilian forward Everton Santos equalised in the 54th minute when he bundled home past two defenders from inside the box after it was headed into his path by Rafa Jorda.
Mumbai were then on a mission to find the winner. After his initial mishap, Goian redeemed himself in the first minute of stoppage time, with a superb run to meet Raju Gaikwad’s cross to finish it with some class and give Mumbai their first win at home in six games.
Head coach Alexandre Guimaraes revelled in the victory which kept their play-off chances afloat. “I have to say I’m very very proud of my players especially because it wasn’t easy to get over the situation we had. We started well with a goal advantage but slowed down later through which the rivals profited,” said the Costa Rican.
“Later, I told the boys to continue to adjust things and keep going ahead as we aren’t out yet. It was a goal in a good moment which stopped me from making a suicidal decision. Even in the final minutes, we put in the effort. I’m extremely happy because now we go to Delhi with a chance. It’s a different mindset now and we’ll have Balwant Singh back which is good news,” he added.