Mumbai City FC’s early momentum in Saturday’s recreation got here to a screeching halt after Ahmed Jahouh’s pink card and Rowllin Borges’ handball as Kwesi Appiah’s spot-kick guided NorthEast United FC to a 1-Zero victory on the Tilak Maidan in Goa.
Here are the foremost speaking factors from match two of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL).
1) JAHOUH’S SILLY TACKLE PUT MCFC ON THE BACK FOOT
Mumbai was fully dominating possession within the first-half in opposition to NorthEast. However, a foolish deal with from Jahouh on Khassa Camara put MCFC on the backfoot because the Moroccan midfielder was proven a pink card within the 43rd minute.
Just two minutes into the second-half, NEUFC bagged the lead in opposition to an opposition diminished to 10 males. Moments later, Mumbai head coach Sergio Lobera was compelled to tweak his technique by withdrawing star striker Bartholomew Ogbeche.
But that call did not show any good. Jahouh will now miss the Islanders’ subsequent recreation in opposition to his previous group FC Goa, which can also be Lobera’s former employer.
2) NEUFC COMMITTED FEWER ERRORS THAN MCFC
The attackers from each groups have been very sloppy on Saturday. There have been solely two pictures on course in all the recreation, with MCFC registering none. The Highlanders dedicated fewer errors on the sector, thereby overcoming their opponent by the slightest of margins.
NorthEast striker Appiah made essentially the most of a Borges handball to attain from the spot and provides his facet a 1-Zero lead. Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh dived within the fallacious path a lot to the delight of the NEUFC gamers and supervisor Gerard Nus.
From there, NorthEast, displaying a relaxed and composed model of soccer, held its nerve to bag the clear sheet and the total three factors.
3) RAYNIER INJURY A CONCERN FOR LOBERA
Apart from Jahouh, Lobera is prone to miss Raynier Fernandes as nicely for his group’s subsequent outing. The MCFC midfielder appeared to have injured his groin muscle midway by means of the primary half. He was quickly changed by new signing Farukh Choudhary within the center.
After ATK Mohun Bagan’s Michael Soosairaj picked up a knee damage in opposition to Kerala Blasters on Friday, Raynier has sadly change into the second sufferer. A majority of the ISL gamers this season are that includes in knowledgeable recreation after an extended interval because of the pandemic.
So the health of a few of gamers will certainly be a priority for the respective groups. Lobera and the Mumbai administration can be hoping that Raynier’s damage is nothing severe.