Mumbai draw 1-1 with Atletico de Kolkata, NorthEast United jump to the top of the ISL ladder after their 1-0 defeat of Pune, while Chennaiyin United have much needed 2-0 victory over Goa.
Tuesday’s match between Mumbai City and Atletico de Kolkata at the Andheri Sports Complex was a game of two halves that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Both sides were without their marquee players, Mumbai’s Diego Forlan and ATK’s Helder Postiga, but the match was a riveting affair from the start.
Mumbai dictated the terms in the first half, after scoring the opener through Argentine Matias Defederico in the 27th minute, who also scored in their first game of the season.
The second half started with Mumbai sitting deep in the hope of protecting their lead, but the game changed in the 72nd minute after Mumbai’s Pronay Halder was sent off after receiving his second yellow card.
With the hosts down to 10-men, former champions ATK levelled things up 10 minutes later, when Javi Lara fired a powerful shot from outside the box that took a heavy deflection of Jackinshand Singh before looping into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
NorthEast United have jumped back up to the top of the ISL ladder after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium on Wednesday.
The game saw two red cards being issued to NorthEast’s Nirmal Chhetri in the 36th minute and Pune’s Eduardo Ferreira in the 72nd.
After Pune were down to 10 men NorthEast took control and Emiliano Alfaro scored the winner in the 79th minute. For Pune City the loss was their second so far this season.
Chennaiyin FC had a much needed 2-0 victory over Goa FC on Thursday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, their first this season.
Head coach Marco Materazzi had given his side an ultimatum after their previous 3-1 defeat by Delhi Dynamos, warning them he wouldn’t be around next season if they did not improve and qualify for the semi-finals.
It seemed to work, as they scored two first half goals thanks to Hans Mulder and Mehrajuddin Wadoo, knocking Goa’s confidence who now sit at the bottom of the ISL ladder.