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ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, NorthEast United FC vs Mumbai City FC: Appiah Penalty Gives NEUFC 1-0 Win

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FULL-TIME | #NEUMCFC A winning start for @NusGerard as head coach of @NEUtdFC ????#HeroISL #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/lqkWPaQPEw

FULL TIME! - NorthEast United FC stun 10-man Mumbai City FC. Kwesi Appiah scored the only goal of the match from the penalty spot after Rowlin Borges handed the ball inside the box. An important three points fro Gerard Nus' young side.


Mumbai City FC's Cy Goddard is in the books for his challenge on Dylan Fox.

90' - Time is running away for Mumbai City FC. They have switched gear but NorthEast United FC's backline has been watertight today mostly.  The Islanders are lacking the spark in the second half. The red card to Ahmed Jahouh changed the course of the game and NorthEast now look favourite to grab the  three points 

83'  Dylan Fox makes an important block! Mumbai City FC could have their equaliser there! Time is running out for the Islanders


Just 10 minutes of normal time plus injury time remains in the match. The Highlanders still ahead courtesy this cool and calm finish from their no. 9, Kwesi Appiah. Can they hold onto the lead or will Mumbai make a late comeback??

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Another one of NorthEast United's newest recruits Idrissa Sylla is introduced. He replaces the goal scorer Kwesi Appiah.


Mumbai almost equalises! Sarthak slams a header goal-bound but it flies over the bar.



Britto PM comes in for Fanai and Fedrico Gallego replaces Luis Machado

58'  -


Mumbai City FC introduce CY Goddard, Ogbeche makes way for him


NorthEast United FC have taken the lead in the match. Kwesi Appiah scores from the spot. The Highlanders' no.9 coolly slotted it in, sending Amrinder the wrong way to his right. NEUFC won the penalty from a corner kick, after Dylan Fox's header hit the arm of Borges.

Half Time!That's that from the first half as it is still goalless at the break.

NorthEast United FC will be happier of the two teams after keeping out Mumbai City FC for most parts and in the closing minutes with Ahmed Jahouh beingsent off. 

43' - 


Ahmed Jahouh is shown a red card for his 'studs up' challenge on Camara and Mumbai City FC are down to 10!

43' Red Card. Ahmed Jahouh is sent off. NEU 0-0 MCFC#NEUMCFC #AamchiCity ????

37' - 

Sarthak Golui catches Machado as NorthEast United FC look to get on the counter. The referee is not having any of it from Mumbai City FC as he brandishes the first yellow card of the encounter. 

30' - 

As the teams go for a drinks break, we look at Ahmed Jahouh's attempt earlier in the half.  

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26' -    Raynier Fernandes tries to pass inside with a delicate chip but it is cleared away only to find its way to Rowllin Borges. who drills his shot on the volley. 

It is just wide. 

Raynier is forced off with a groin strain and Farukh Choudhary comes on in his place. 

25' SUBSTITUTION! Raynier looks in some kind of discomfort and will be replaced by Farukh Choudhary! NEU 0-0 MCFC#NEUMCFC #AamchiCity ????


Mumbai City FC has had the lions share of possession and they have been mounting attack after attack on the NothEast United FC.

15' -

Some beautiful football from Mumbai City there with intricate passing as the ball ping-pongs to Ahmed Jahouh, who pops in a shot from distance only to see the ball fly over the ball. 

11' - 

Luis Machado tries to get on the front foot with the ball on the left flank for NEUFC but is there Sarthak Golui and Mumbai City defender intercepts the ball and kicks the ball out.

9' - 

Mumbai City FC playing some fine football down the left flank. NorthEast United FC's Camara is happy to just kick away from danger as Ogbeche and Rao Dessai are joining up well in attack.

Nothing comes from the corner though. 

6' - 

Mumbai City FC's Hugo Boumous and Hernan Santana are tackled to the ground by some hefty challenges by NorthEast United FC players. 

Both teams are not being able to penetrate their oppositions' defense. 

And we are off!

NorthEast United FCand Mumbai City FCface-off in the second game of the Indian Super League. 

It is the #Highlanders taking on the Islanders!

Fans are not in the stands but they can be a part of the action with ISL Fan Wall.

Here is how you can be a part it too. 

"We will miss you in the stadiums." Mrs. Nita Ambani with a message for all #HeroISL fans!#LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/k9Wgt0gUAm

NEUFC had a scare in the run up to the match as two of its players tested positive for Covid-19.

"The two players were immediately moved to a different hotel where they are undergoing quarantine as per league guidelines and protocols", NEUFC had said in a statement.

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Mumbai City FC head coach Sergio Lobera hopes that his players adapt to his preferred style of play over the course of the first few matches of the 2020-21 ISL  season.

"Obviously when there are players we have worked with before and we need to implement a new style of play, it is easier. These players can help me understand their team mates better and thus help with the style of play," said Lobera ahead of Mumbai's first match of the season.

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It all boils down to this! ????#NEUMCFC #AamchiCity ???? pic.twitter.com/M30f3pvKdm

MCFC Starting XI -Amrinder Ranjit Singh (GK), Mohamad Rakip, Sarthak Golui, Mandar Rao Dessai, Ahmed Jahouh, Hernan Daniel Santana Trujillo, Hugo Adnan Boumous, Raynier Raymond Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Glenville Adam James le Fondre, Bartholomew Ogbeche.

Here's your first starting 11 of the 2020-21 #HeroISL to face @NEUtdFC ????#NEUMCFC #AamchiCity ???? pic.twitter.com/tkPQfcAEBg

NEUFC Starting XI - Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (GK), Gurjinder Kumar, Ashutosh Mehta, Dylan Fox, Benjamin Lambot, Khassa Camara, Lalrempuia Fanai, Lalengmawia, Khumanthem Ninthoinganba Meetei, Kwesi Appiah, Luis Miguel Vieira Babo Machado.

The first NEUFC Line-Up of #HeroISL Season 7️⃣ ???? Come on you Highlanders, let's do this! ????????#StrongerAsOne #NEUMCFC pic.twitter.com/X8gPJpOeFu

MCFC Preview: Mumbai City FC, backed by the City Football Group, will have the world's resources at their hands but with it will come expectations. With a new coach and a whole lot of new signings, Mumbai City pose another challenge on title. Read Here.

7️⃣ - Number of wins @MumbaiCityFC have registered ???? @NEUtdFC ???? The most by the Islanders against another #HeroISL opponent!#NEUMCFC #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/r9lhim9jEN

NEUFC Preview:With a new coach and virtually a new squad, The Highlanders seek new heights. Apart from unremarkable campaigns, managerial changes have been NEUFC’s only point of consistency. Read Here.

How vital will @Fedegallego, @NEUtdFC's most-experienced star in the #HeroISL, be tonight against @MumbaiCityFC?#NEUMCFC #HeroISL pic.twitter.com/0WapW0k6a2

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