Panaji: Striker Kwesi Appiah scored from the penalty spot on debut for NorthEast United to assist his staff to a 1-Zero win over 10-man Mumbai City within the Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday on the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Goa.
Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai dominated possession all through the match regardless of midfielder Ahmed Jahouh getting despatched off within the 43rd minute. NorthEast had, nevertheless, stuffed their very own half with an intention to keep away from defeat clearly being their precedence quite than making an attempt to win. As a outcome, Mumbai did not get a shot on taget all through the primary half.
Jahouh was the fulcrum for Mumbai in midfield however a rash problem on NorthEast’s Khassa Camara led to him being proven a straight crimson card by the referee simply minutes earlier than the tip of first half.
Gerard Nus’ males capitalised on their numerical benefit quickly after the restart. The Highlanders have been awarded a penalty within the 49th minute when the ball struck Rowlin Borges’ arm after Dylan Fox had headed in a brief nook. Appiah despatched Mumbai goal-keeper Amrinder Singh within the incorrect route to take his staff forward.
With Mumbai now underneath strain, NorthEast took management over the sport with Khumanthem Meetei and Appiah making common inroads into their rivals’ territory. Lobera made a tactical change changing Ogbeche with Stephen Goddard, giving Le Fondre a central function up entrance.
Mumbai had a uncommon alternative within the 65th minute when Sarthak acquired his head to a cross, however his effort sailed inches over the bar. Lobera’s staff saved knocking on the door within the last quarter, however an equaliser eluded them.