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As it happened: NorthEast United FC vs Mumbai City FC, ISL 2015, Match 42

As it happened: NorthEast United FC vs Mumbai City FC, ISL 2015, Match 42

Bruno Herrero scored on penalty in the 41st minute to give NorthEast the lead before Diomansy Kamara's strike in the 85th minute ended Mumbai's hopes of making a comeback.

ISL 2015, Match 42: Goals from Herrero and Kamara give NorthEast United FC 2-0 win against Mumbai City FC.

Four minutes added before full time.

Goal! Diomansy Kamara scores in the 85th min. NorthEast United FC 2-0 Mumbai City FC.

85 mins: Sony Norde lays the ball back into the middle for Nicolas Anelka. The Frenchman goes for goal and from that distance it looked like that was surely going in. Rehenesh made a fantastic save to deny Mumbai City FC the equaliser. Looks like the visitors are not going to him tonight.

77 mins: That was agonizingly close! Sunil Chhetri found some space on the box on the right and got his shot away. He went for the far post but the left-footed effort went inches past the post there. Sunil Chhetri knew that was the chance of the game by far as he looks dejectedly towards the sky.

70 mins: The referee stops the game as Aibor Khongjee is down with some kind of injury. Looks like he might have pulled a muscle there and has to go out to receive treatment. NorthEast United FC are momentarily down to 10 men.

59 mins: Seityasen does well on the right flank to turn his marker and find space for a cross. However, he gets too much power in the cross and it goes over the heads in the box to the right flank. All the good work by Seityasen goes to waste because of that delivery.

52 mins: Nicolas Anelka twists and turns in the box and eventually finds space for a shot. His left footed effort was rather weak but it was creeping into the near post. Good save by Rehenesh to keep that one out.

The second-half kicks off.

Bruno Herrero's 41st min goal on penalty gives NorthEast United FC 1-0 lead half-time against Mumbai City FC.

Bruno makes no mistake as he blasts the ball into the bottom left! Subrata Paul guessed the right way but the shot had too much power in it for the keeper to get there in time. Mumbai City FC will feel hard done-by the manner in which they have conceded. Replays showed that Diomansy Kamara had gone down even though there was no real contact by Rowilson.

Bruno Herrero scortes on penalty to give NorthEast United FC 1-0 lead against Mumbai City FC.

40 mins: Nicolas Anelka sends a good ball into the box for Sunil Chhetri. However, the Indian striker could not get keep his header down as the ball sailed over the keeper. Both teams are making scoring look impossible tonight.

35 mins: Diomansy Kamara sends a delicious ball into the 6-yard area and it finds the head of Victor Mendy. He managed to get his header towards goal but could not keep it down. Subrata Paul was happy to see the ball float over him as a shot on target from that distance would surely have tested him.

27 mins: The first fifteen minutes have belonged to the visitors. They lead the attack index with 73% courtesy of their 4 shots and 2 crosses.

17 mins: Diomansy Kamara lines up to take a freekick from just outside the box on the left side. He looks confidently towards goal but fails to beat the wall. The ball rebounds back to him but once again his effort gets blocked by the first line of defense. He will have to do better from such opportunities if his team are to get something out of this game.

7 mins: Mumbai City FC have really started off strongly tonight. Rehenesh has to make another save, this time from a Nicolas Anelka shot. How long can NorthEast United FC sustain this pressure?

Its kick-off time. NorthEast United FC win the toss and the skipper selects the side. The Highlanders in their white kits will be attacking from right to left for the first half.

Starting XIs

Mumbai City FC: Subrata Paul (GK), Rowilson, Frantz Bertin, Pavel Cmovs, Keegan Pereira, Juan Aguilera, Cristian Bustos, Thangjam Saran Singh, Selim Benachour, Sunil Chhetri, Nicolas Anelka (C).

NorthEast United FC: Rehenesh (GK), Aibor Khongjee, Andre Bikey, Cedric Hengbart (C), Yumnam Raju, Bruno, Siam Hanghal, Seityasen, Victor Mendy, Diomansy Kamara, Francis Dadzie.

6:40pm: Both the teams have come off heavy defeats in their previous encounters and that’s what makes the upcoming fixture much more important. With a goal difference of -6 for Mumbai City FC and -7 for NorthEast United, only winning the match won’t be enough as they have to win by a margin to at least have a chance to qualify in the top 4. The road ahead is a tough one for both the teams as Mumbai play 3 out of their remaining 4 matches away from home. NorthEast United face FC Goa, FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos, the three teams in the top 4.

6:35pm: NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC will be looking to resurrect their season after suffering heavy defeats in their previous games. Kerala humbled The Highlanders at Guwahati whereas Mumbai were pummeled by FC Goa at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa. With both the teams still in with a chance at the top 4, The Highlanders and The Blue Citizens would be hoping for not only a win but a big win to keep their top 4 dream alive.

After suffering humiliation in their previous matches, NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC will be craving for a win when they face off in an Indian Super League encounter at the Indira Gandhi Stadium hon Friday.

The Highlanders were humbled by Kerala Blasters FC in their previous match but will be confident of a win against a team that is yet to win a match away from home in the history of the ISL.