Diego Carlos strike leads Mumbai back to top 4

Mumbai City FC did their Hero Indian Super League top-four ambitions a huge favour after a solitary goal win over NorthEast courtesy of Diego Carlos strike

Mumbai City FC did their Hero Indian Super League top-four ambitions a huge favour after a solitary goal win over NorthEast United FC at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Friday.

A first-half goal from Diego Carlos (44’) was all that Jorge Costa’s men needed to notch an important win at home while NorthEast United went a fourth successive game without scoring.

The win sees Mumbai climb to fourth on the table, two points clear of fifth-placed Odisha FC, while NorthEast, winless in nine games, are second from bottom.

After a scrappy start to the game, the teams showed intent in the opening exchanges but could not fashion any clear cut chances. Diego Carlos looked threatening for Mumbai City while Simon Lundevall worked hard in midfield for NorthEast United.

The first real opening of the game came in the 28th minute when a cross from Carlos fell for Rowllin Borges inside the box. His host took a deflection and sat up for Modou Sougou who saw his effort come back off the upright.

The game continued to be even with both teams looking threatening in possession. Just when it seemed like the teams would go into the break level, Carlos took matters into his own hand. A cross from Mohammed Larbi was headed out straight to Carlos inside the penalty box. The Brazilian shifted the ball onto his left foot and found the bottom corner with a fine effort.

NorthEast coach Robert Jarni, in an effort to turn the situation around, brought on Martin Chaves for defensive midfielder Jose Leudo at the break. However, Mumbai continued to threaten at the start of the second half. Sougou found a lot of joy down the right-wing and it required a superb tackle from Provat Lakra in the 58th minute to stop him in his tracks.

For ISL fixtures, League table and goal scorer stats visit: Hero ISL

Four minutes later, however, Sougou found a lot of space down the wing on a counter before flashing a shot agonisingly wide, just beyond the reach of Amine Chermiti as well, who had slid in at the far post. A few minutes later, Lundevall worked some space to shoot inside the Mumbai box but his feeble effort was easily held by Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh.

NorthEast did push for an equaliser, with Lalengmawia going close with a header. But Mumbai had no problems in seeing the game out, with NorthEast’s problems compounded by the late sending off of Reagan Singh, who saw two yellow cards in quick succession.

We would love to hear your Feedback on your Football Counter experience

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football.


Show off your Indian and European football knowledge with the football fantasy game from Playerzpot. Download the App with our special Footballcounter referral code, start playing and win cash daily.

Download app here: Link or click on the image below

MDFA 1st Division side Madanpura Sports Club soon to host trials

With football gradually returning, Mumbai based Madanpura Sports Club are slated to conduct trials for the upcoming season. Madanpura Sports Club is the Junior team of Bombay Muslims SC, who…

Share

Feugo Tormento FC to host trials for MDFA 1st Division

Newly promoted Feugo Tormento FC are set to revamp their squad for the 2020-21 MDFA 1st Division tournament. After a rampant past season, Feugo Tormento was promoted to the 1st…

Share

Regal FC trials postponed to April

Mumbai based MDFA 3rd Division side Regal FC has postponed their upcoming trials to a new tentative date in April, amidst the Corona Virus outbreak Regal football Club had earlier announced…

Share

Mumbai Marines FC to hold trials for MDFA 1st Division

Newly promoted side Mumbai Marines FC are on the lookout for players for the upcoming season of the MDFA 1st Division, the club announced. After a successful MDFA 2nd Division…

Share

Regal FC to conduct trials for 3rd Division campaign

Mumbai based MDFA 3rd Division side Regal FC will be conducting a two day football trials for city footballers for their upcoming season Regal football Club has announced that they…

Share

GKW Rangers FC to conduct YPL U14 and 3rd Division trials

Mumbai based GKW Rangers FC will conduct trials for its MDFA 3rd division side as well as its U14 age group team that competes in MDFA Yuva Premier League U14….

Share

Rhino Sports Academy to conduct trials on March 15th

Mumbai based Rhino Sports Academy will be conducting trials for its upcoming seasons of MDFA 1st Division and MDFA 3rd Division Rhino Sports Academy will be fielding a side each…

Share

OSCAR SSE to conduct age group trials for its 2020-21 Season Elite Program

OSCAR SSE, a 2 star AIFF Accredited Academy, will be conducting age group trials (U13, U15 and U18 players) to induct in its Elite Program for 2020-21 season All the…

Share

Sterling FA to conduct 2nd round of trials for MDFA 1st division team

Mumbai First Division side Sterling Football Academy will be conducting their 2nd round of trials for their MDFA 1st Division campaign this Saturday 29nd Feb Sterling Football Academy will be…

Share

Sterling FA to conduct trials for MDFA 1st division team

Mumbai First Division side Sterling Football Academy will be conducting trials for their MDFA 1st Division campaign this Saturday 22nd Feb Sterling Football Academy will be fielding a team in…

Share