Fri, Aug 18, 2017 | updated 12:27 PM IST

NorthEast United return to top of ISL table post hardfought win over Pune City

Updated: Oct 13, 2016 09:18 IST      
 NorthEast United return to top of ISL table post hardfought win over Pune City

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Oct. 13 (ANI): NorthEast United FC earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City in the ongoing edition of the Indian Super League to return to the top of the table at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi-Pune, on Wednesday

In a match that saw fortunes-fluctuating and both teams reduced to 10 men, NorthEast United scored the only goal of the match through Emiliano Alfaro in the 79th minute.

The win took NorthEast United back to the top of the table with nine points from four matches. The encounter will be better remembered for the two red cards that were issued to Nirmal Chhetri (NorthEast United) and Eduardo Ferreira (Pune City) in the 36th and 72nd minute respectively.

NorthEast United were adventurous at the start and seemed determined to make up for the loss in their last match against Mumbai City FC. Rowlin Borges and Katsumi Yusa were in fine fettle and Nicolas Velez was creating plenty of problems for Pune City defenders.

In the 13th minute itself, NorthEast United's Romaric went close with a shot from just outside the box which missed the target after Borges and Katsumi had done the spadework. NorthEast United's next chance came five minutes later. This time it was Katsumi who slid the ball for Emiliano Alfaro, and the Uruguayan striker did well to sell a dummy for Velez, who couldn't give the finishing touches from inside the box.

Just at the half an hour mark, Velez turned provider for Alfaro with an excellent cross which Pune defender D Ravanan missed but Alfaro was inches away from the ball.

The match turned on its head in the 36th minute when NorthEast United defender Nirmal Chhetri was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Anibal Zurdo. The sending off pegged NorthEast United back but the visitors did well to hold fort at the change of ends despite repeated attacks from Jonatan Lucca and Mohamed Sissoko of Pune City.

Pune knew they had the numerical advantage in the second session with NorthEast United reduced to 10 men. They tried to attack in numbers but NorthEast were defending well, allowing very little space for their rivals.

The match then took another dramatic turn in the 72nd minute when the encounter saw a second red card, this time for Pune City. Eduardo Ferreira was adjudged to have fouled Romaric and the referee had no hesitation in booking the defender. It was his second Yellow booking of the match and had to be sent off.

NorthEast United were now back in control of the match and were rewarded in the 79th minute. Velez started it all with a fine run on the right and relayed the ball to Alfaro. The Uruguayan striker then passed the ball on the left to Yusa, whose shot from inside the box took a deflection and fell nicely for Alfaro again who put it across a diving Pune goalkeeper Edel Bete.

Host FC Pune City have three points from three matches after picking up their second loss today and rally at 5th position on the points table with Mumbai City on 2nd (7 points); ATK on 3rd place (5 points) and Delhi on 4th place (4 points)(ANI).

Bopanna, Dodig battle into Cincinnati Open quarters

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 11:52 IST     

Cincinnati [U.S.A.], August 18 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig showcased a spirited performance as they bounced back from a set down to book their place in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati here on Friday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Aug 18 (ANI): Akash Saharan, Vivaan Kapoor and Janmajai Singh Rathore gave the Indian squad enough reason to smile, as they stayed in contention for the final of the Junior Men's Trap shooting event on day one of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup Shotgun, being held at Porpetto, Italy.

Full Story >>

Birmingham [U.K.], August 18 (ANI): Opener Alastair Cook and skipper Joe Root hammered scorching centuries to help England reach the score of 348-3 in their first innings at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies here at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground last evening.

Full Story >>

Zverev confident for US Open despite Cincy loss

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 19:49 IST     

Cincinnati [US], August 17 (ANI): Alexander Zverev, whose 10-match win streak was snapped at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday against Frances Tiafoe, enters the US Open confident and feels his best ahead of any Grand Slam event.

Full Story >>

Stuart MacGill turns down Bangladesh spin-coaching role

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 18:57 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], August 17 (ANI): Former Test spinner Stuart MacGill has rejected Bangladesh offer to join the side ahead of two-Test series against Australia.

Full Story >>

Attempts being made to malign my image: Vijay Goel

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 18:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug.17 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Thursday rejected reports that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) changed its layout plan to allot a plot to an NGO closely associated to him, and said that attempts were being to malign his image.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 17 (ANI): One of the hallmarks of India's football coach Stephen Constantine's coaching career has been his eye to spot players from nowhere and draft them into his squad as part of the team's developmental process.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 17 (ANI): "Accept it and keep going", says 15-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal while offering advice to tennis players who are in danger of skipping the fourth and final major of the season-US Open.

Full Story >>

Barcelona `close` to sign Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 16:52 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 17 (ANI): Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has claimed that the club are "close" to signing Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.

Full Story >>

Hastings optimistic to tour India despite injury blow

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 14:48 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], Aug 17 (ANI): Australian pacer John Hastings, who is currently nursing a foot injury, has expressed confidence that he will be available for selection for the upcoming limited-overs, featuring five ODIs and three T20 Internationals against India.

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], Aug 17 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi has lauded his predecessor Shaharyar Mohammad Khan for his contribution to cricket development in the country, as the PCB hosted a farewell in his honour at the Gaddafi Stadium last evening.

Full Story >>

Umar Akmal accuses head coach Arthur of abuse

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 12:55 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], August 17 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to issue a show cause notice to out-of-favour middle-order batsman Umar Akmal for going to the media with a complaint that head coach Mickey Arthur abused him and had barred him from practicing at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Full Story >>

ICC U-19 World Cup: Windies to take on Kiwis in opener

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 12:01 IST     

Dubai [UAE], Aug 17 (ANI): Defending champion West Indies will take on hosts New Zealand in the opening day of the next year's ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, which runs from January 13 to February 3.

Full Story >>

Mirza advances, Paes crashes out of Cincinnati Masters

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 11:31 IST     

Cincinnati [U.S.A.], Aug 17 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai showcased a splendid performance as they booked their place in the quarter-finals of 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati following a straight-set victory in the women's doubles clash here on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Nadal cruises, Ramanathan bows out of Cincinnati Open

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 10:26 IST     

Cincinnati [U.S.A.], Aug 17 (ANI): Fifteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal continued his quest to regain top spot as he trounced Richard Gasquet of France in straight sets to romp into the third round of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati here on Thursday.

Full Story >>

India outplay Austria 4-3 to end European tour on high

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 09:57 IST     

Amstelveen [Netherlands], Aug 17 (ANI): The Indian men's hockey team registered a sensational 4-3 win against Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour here last evening.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Aug 16 (ANI): The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators on Wednesday took a jibe at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for deliberately misconstruing the apex court's order to bar CEO Rahul Johri and the legal team from attending the Special General Meeting (SGM) held on July 26.

Full Story >>

Excited to play as India's vice-captain: Rohit Sharma

Updated: Aug 16, 2017 17:48 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], Aug 16 (ANI): Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who has recently been appointed as the vice-captain of the limited-overs team, on Thursday said he is excited with the prospect of stepping onto the field in his new role when the national side head into the five-match ODI series, beginning August 20 in Dambulla.

Full Story >>

'Aunt' Venus gearing up for Serena's child, US Open

Updated: Aug 16, 2017 15:42 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 16 (ANI): Seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams has revealed that she has been preparing well for the fourth major of the season - U.S. Open - as well to become a new aunt with his younger sister Serena due to give birth to her first child next month.

Full Story >>

Birmingham [U.K], Aug 16 (ANI): West Indies coach Stuart Law has backed the Jason Holder-led side to exploit the weaknesses in the England side and prove the critics wrong when the two sides meet each other in the three-match Test series, beginning tomorrow at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Full Story >>