Mumbai City FC, NorthEast United FC play out 1-1 draw

In the Indian Super League, North East United drew against Mumbai City through Malayalee player Mohammad Irshad. At the end of regulation time in the ISL, both teams ended the game with one goal each. Today’s Mumbai City’s sixth match without a win.

Ahmed Jahohy’s goal for Mumbai City was the answer given by North East United through Irshad.

Mumbai FC to score in the first half of the match. Mumbai scored from the penalty spot in the 30th minute. North East United scored in the 79th minute through Irshad.

From the start of the game, both teams started attacking. In the 18th minute, Subhashish thwarted an attempt for a Maurita header. The referee awarded Mumbai a penalty for tackling Mashoor Sharif Vikram Pratap Singh. Ahmed, who took the penalty, did not miss the target. In the second half, Marcelino Mumbai got the ball in the box but it bounced off the crossbar and went wide.

Then in the 79th minute, Irshad’s goal shocked the Indian football fans. Subhashish’s shot at Point Blank was later converted by North East United. Before the end of the match, he bought the red and went out to Mumbai’s Ranavade. North East United are currently 10th in the ISL with 10 points.

Defending champions Mumbai City FC could not snap their winless run as they were held to a 1-1 draw by NorthEast United FC in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match here on Tuesday.

Ahmed Jahouh helped the reigning champions take the lead from the spot in the 30th minute but a relentless NorthEast United kept piling on the pressure and finally got their reward through substitute Mohamed Irshad who struck in the 79th minute to ensure both sides shared the spoils.

The result means Mumbai remained winless in their last six games, moving back to the top-four but only just with 18 points from 12 games, level on points with Chennaiyin FC who take on Bengaluru FC on Wednesday.

NorthEast United remained at 10th place in the table, having 10 points from 14 games. For Mumbai, things got worse as Amey Ranawade was shown a red card in stoppage time after he picked up his second yellow card.

NorthEast United were off to a positive start but Mumbai soon got their grip on the tie, Jahouh whipping in a delicious ball for Vikram Pratap Singh whose flick-on was off target.

The momentum soon reflected in a goal albeit from a spot-kick after Vikram was tripped inside the box by Mashoor Shereef.

NorthEast protested vehemently against the decision by the referee pointed to the spot and Jahouh thumped the ball high and into the left corner of the goal leaving Roy Chowdhury with no chance to get a hand to it.

Stung by a goal, the Highlanders upped the ante but it was Mumbai who looked the likelier of the two sides to double their lead.

In the second period, NorthEast United had an early chance to equalise but Gurjinder Kumar headed wide. The best chance for NorthEast United fell to Suhair Vadakkepeedika whose chip caught Mohamad Nawaz off his line but the ball cannoned off the post.

Hernan Santana then tried his luck from range with a delightful free-kick but the keeper did well to keep his effort at bay. NorthEast United kept knocking on the door and finally got their reward from an unlikely source.

Minutes after coming on for Sehnaj Singh, defender Irshad found the back of the net with a striker’s finish after the ball fell to him from a NorthEast United corner and he applied a neat finish towards the far corner.

Cassio Gabriel got a golden chance to help Mumbai back into the lead after Amey Ranawade swung in a sharp cross for him inside the box but the Brazilian forced a sharp save from Roy Chowdhury.

The result: Mumbai City FC 1 (Jahouh 30’(P)) drew against NorthEast United FC 1 (Irshad 79’)

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