NorthEast United FC beat Mumbai City FC 2-0 for their first away win of ISL 2014. Follow all highlights here: (Scorecard)
20:56 (IST): NorthEast United FC beat nine-man Mumbai City FC 2-0 for their first away win of ISL, climb to 2nd spot.
20:53 (IST): 90+2' GOAAL! Castro scores his first for NorthEast United FC and it's a 2-0 away lead vs Mumbai City FC.
20:50 (IST): There will be five minutes of added time as Mumbai City FC seek to find some inspiration from somewhere. NorthEast lead 1-0 with almost no time left.
20:41 (IST): 81' MUMBAI STILL TRYING! Didika cuts away from 3 defenders and goes for the shot. He gets a corner in the end as the ball was deflected over the cross bar. The corner is a mediocre one into the heart of the defense and is cleared with ease.
20:39 (IST): 79' A BIT TOO MUCH! NorthEast's Dong Hyun Do has ample of space on the left flank. He looks up and finds Durga near the far post. He puts in the cross but it goes over the forwards head. Do is disgusted with himself!
20:34 (IST): 74' The crowd doesn't seem happy..Mumbai lose their marquee player Ljungberg to an injury and then Cmovs is red-carded. Down to 9 men because Mumbai have already used their three substitutions.
20:27 (IST): 68' Are you a NorthEast United FC fan? There's good news for you in that case because Mumbai City FC are finding it tough to break through John Abraham's side's watertight defence here. It's pretty tight. And as we speak, the man who played a vital role in the only goal scored so far, Koke, goes off and he is replaced by No.9 James Keene. Koke goes out with half a smile.
20:19 (IST): 57' GOAAL! NorthEast United FC lead 1-0 at Mumbai! Mtonga makes no mistake after receiving a wonderful pass from Koke. And that's the 25th goal of the tournament. Quarter century!
20:13 (IST): 53' WASTED! Mumbai build up good play to get deep inside their opponent's half. Tiago goes with the ball, turns and chips it behind the goal line to give away a goal kick!
20:11 (IST): Did you know? An estimated 170 million Indian TV viewers have tuned in during the opening week of ISL.
20:08 (IST): 49' The Mumbai crowd is only crazy about 1 man out of 22 players on the field today-Freddie Ljungberg. Can he score? Still 0-0.
19:52 (IST): There's more to look forward to in football this week! Barcelona's coach says Luis Suarez will play his first minutes against Real Madrid on Saturday after completing his ban for biting an opponent four months ago at the World Cup.
19:50 (IST): Some good news for Indian football! Within a week of declaring the club was bankrupt and unable to run its football operations, Mohammedan Sporting officials have done a U-turn. The 123-year-old club in Kolkata, apparently under pressure from rival members, has decided to continue playing in national tournaments. Players will start training from Saturday for the upcoming Durand Cup to be held in Goa for the first time.
19:48 (IST): Mumbai City FC and NorthEast United FC play out a goal-less first half in front of a packed crowd.
19:44 (IST): 44' Approaching halftime now and the two teams are still locked 0-0. Mumbai have been more proactive while NorthEast have been excellent in defense.
19:34 (IST): 34' Some wonderful defending from NorthEast United here despite a flurry of attacks from Mumbai. NorthEast very hard to crack though. Still 0-0.
19:27 (IST): 27' Mumbai City FC need more encouragement from their fans here. They are continuously creating opportunities but are unable to find the net. 0-0 vs NorthEast United.
19:15 (IST): 15' It's an electric atmosphere out there in Mumbai. The crowd is roaring with enthusiasm and the sound is deafening. Still 0-0.
19:10 (IST): 10' FIRST SHOT! Andre Moritz gets the ball outside the 18-yard box. He fancies his chances and pulls a shot across the face of the goal. A tad over ambitious by the first hat-trick scorer but Mumbai won't mind that!
19:03 (IST): 2' SPREAD OF PLAY! Both teams spreading the play by putting long balls and switching sides, Mumbai enjoying early possession here.
19:02 (IST): The match between Ranbir Kapoor's Mumbai City FC and John Abraham's NorthEast United FC is now underway.
18:50 (IST): HOW MANY? After scoring 5 goals in their previous game, Mumbai City FC are expected to escalate the goal tally in this one. Andre Mortiz, the first one to stack a hat-trick in ISL, has a bandage around his head. Will that dent Mumbai's chances or one can rely on Subhash for scoring? It will be a little harsh to write off the visitors as they have put up a decent show till date. Can NorthEast United FC pull off an upset and silence this boisterous crowd? Whatever be the result, this match promises to be a fantastic one.
18:40 (IST): PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR! Subhash Singh showed his talent in his last appearance. With his blistering pace, the vibrant Indian forward poses a huge threat in the other half. He has surely filled in for Anelka, who is currently serving a 3-match ban! His counterpart, Durga Boro, is another promising youngster in the Indian ranks. The Shillong Lajong forward is yet to live to his potential and this bout might just help him get back to his best!
After spanking Pune City FC with a superb 5-0 scoreline, Mumbai City FC would look to continue their sparkling form when clash with NorthEast United FC in their next Hero Indian Super League fixture, here on Friday.
The hosts bounced back after a disappointing 3-0 loss to Atletico de Kolkata in the inaugural match and coach Peter Reid said he was pleased with the way the team had performed.
"The last result was terrific and we want to carry on that form. Delighted to score five goals and even more delighted to keep a clean sheet because if you keep a clean sheet, you don't lose football matches," Reid told reporters on the eve of the match.
"It is going to be hard though on Friday. I know their coach Ricki Herbert. I've managed against him when he was the New Zealand coach and I was with Thailand. It will be difficult, but we are looking forward to it and we hope to replicate our passing from the last game and hopefully get another positive result," he added.
Reid had played an attacking formation in both the games and he is likely to adopt a similar aggressive approach in the next home encounter. (Read full preview)