Mumbai Metropolis FC coach Sergio Lobera admitted earlier than the beginning of the season that the squad must shortly imbibe his model of attacking soccer, and accomplish that whereas additionally successful matches. They did the primary bit alright, however not fairly the opposite.
An equally new-look NorthEast Untied FC (NEUFC), helmed by Gerard Nus, who at 35 is the youngest coach ever in ISL, beat star-studded however 10-man Mumbai Metropolis 1-0 on the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa, on Saturday.
Two key refereeing calls on both aspect of half-time outlined the result. The primary was a straight pink card—the primary of ISL 7—to Mumbai Metropolis’s standout participant of the opening half, Ahmed Jahouh. The Moroccan was despatched off by referee R Venkatesh after a useless deal with from behind on the fitting ankle of NEUFC’s Khassa Camara within the forty third minute.
As Mumbai struggled to deal with the lack of their inventive fulcrum, NEUFC realised that they had an opportunity. Buoyed by the numeric benefit and the very fact their defence was holding agency, NEUFC knew a gap was all they wanted. They obtained it 4 minutes into the second half courtesy a handball.
Australian Dylan Fox met a cross from the left with a dipping header aimed in the direction of the centre of the field. The ball brushed the left hand of Mumbai Metropolis’s Rowllin Borges and Venkatesh awarded the penalty. Ghana’s Kwesi Appiah calmly positioned it to the left of goalkeeper Amrinder Singh to provide NEUFC the initiative in opposition to the run of play.
That was sufficient to land a physique blow on Mumbai Metropolis, who had been making all of the strikes up till then—that they had greater than double the passes (306 to NEUFC’s 127) and nearly twice the possession (65% to NEUFC’s 35) within the first half. But when Mumbai Metropolis, for all the highest names on the roster, couldn’t land a shot on objective it was additionally as a result of underneath strain NEUFC managed to maintain their form.