Mumbai City FC moved top of the table with a comfortable 3-1 win over North East United in the Indian Premier League at the Indira Gandhi Sports Stadium in Guwahati on Friday. Ahmed Jehouh, Bipin Singh, and Jorge Diaz earned their names in the list of scorers for the Islanders, while Parthip Gogoi scored his first goal for North East United. Newcomer Willmar Jordan came on to make his debut for the Highlanders in the 57th minute but they were trailing 3-1 and the striker was unable to confirm his presence in the game.
The hosts changed their style to 4-3-3 and made only one change when Rocharzella came on to replace Emile Bene. The visitors also made one change which saw Lalengmawia Ralte dropped to the bench as Vinit Rai took his place in midfield.
Mumbai City were awarded a penalty in the 10th minute after Rocharcilla was clipped by Greg Stewart outside the penalty area. The referee signaled the point, and Juhouh smashed it to put the Islanders ahead.
The lead was short lived as a sloppy pass from Mehtab Singh went straight to Roman Philippoteaux. The Frenchman promptly put Gogoye into the net before the youngster kept his composure and confidently parried the equalizer in the 17th minute.
In the 28th minute, the Islanders moved back in front. Stewart was the architect again as he whipped a ball into the box from the right. The ball found its way to Pippen, who fired it into the far corner to restore Mumbai City’s advantage.
Thirty seconds into the second period, a two-goal cushion was established. Bipin went down to the left side and got his shot wide. Mirshad Micho saved the effort, but Diaz was in the right place at the right time to score for the Islanders.
In the last quarter of the match, a slew of chances fell to Mumbai City Football Club, but they were unable to add another goal to their tally. The Islanders attempted a total of 22 shots in the game, of which 13 were on goal.
The win takes Mumbai City FC to the top of the ISL table, two points clear of Hyderabad FC who play ATKMB on Saturday. The Islanders will return home to face FC Goa on December 1st, Thursday. NorthEast United FC remain rooted to the bottom of the table without a single point after seven matches. The Highlanders will next travel to Bhubaneswar to face Odisha on December 2.
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