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Forlan's penalty guides Mumbai City past NorthEast United in ISL3

Updated: Oct 08, 2016 10:47 IST

Mumbai [India], Oct.8 (ANI): Captain Diego Forlan led from the front as Mumbai City FC defeated NorthEast United FC 1-0 in the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League ( ISL) at the Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri here on Friday.

NorthEast United were comfortably perched at the top of the table with two successive victories but were denied a rare hat-trick of wins after marquee player Forlan scored the only goal of the match in the 55th minute by converting a penalty corner for his side. Mumbai City now share the top spot with NorthEast United but have a match in hand.

With matches in quick succession, NorthEast United coach Nelo Vingada needed to do some reshuffling with the starting eleven as he chose to start with marquee Didier Zokoro for the first time and also gave the nod for the likes of Seityasen Singh and Argentinean striker Nicolas Velez.

Meanwhile, Mumbai City coach Alexandre Guimaraes kept his faith in the same squad that logged full points in the opener.

The teams were cagey at the start and took time to gauge each other's strengths but on the basis of the first 45 minutes it can be safely said that NorthEast enjoyed the upperhand, or at least had the better chances.

NorthEast midfielder Koffi N'Dri was the first to have a clear look at the rival goal but his left-footed volley from just outside the box was well-judged by Mumbai goalkeeper Roberto Neto. The Mumbai goalkeeper was again called into action as Romaric was provided with plenty of space to execute another volley which was saved.

Mumbai soon found its feet and started carving out chances of their own. NorthEast defender Zokoro needed to come up with an instinctive tackle to thwart Forlan in a dangerous position and Aibor Khongjee had goalkeeper Subrata Paul diving frenetically to stop his long-ranger from sailing into the net.

The best chance of the match fell for Katsumi Yusa when Velez slipped the ball through for the Japanese, who shot it above the target from around the penalty spot. With his renowned nose for goals, he should have done better.

In the second session, Mumbai City won a penalty after midfielder Pronay Halder was brought down by Regan Singh inside the danger zone and the referee had no hesitation awarding a spot kick. It was Forlan who stepped forward and the Mumbai marquee converted it in style to give his team the lead.

NorthEast threw everything at their rivals in an attempt to secure the equalizer. They had chances too but Mumbai survived to register their second successive victory.(ANI)

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