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90+3 Padilla makes a powerful run into the box and shoots and the ball is cleared and it falls straight to the feet of Durga Boro, whose drive is wide of the target. That’s the end of the match and both teams look happy with the point.

91+1 The ball is delivered into the box and a North East attacker tumbles into the box and there are cries for a penalty and the referee says, nothing doing.

87′ Do Dong-Hyung comes off and Thomas Josl comes on to a warm applause from the crowd. Can the home side turn it around and there is a counter-attack from NorthEast and Paduilla now finds himself in an off-side position , as he shoots straight to the keeper.

83′ Bruno Pinherio shows excellent footwork and vision but nothing comes off it and NorthEast almost score on the counter. Goa get back the ball and start a counter of their own and nothing comes of that either. Goa are shooting blanks at the moment.

80‘ Do Dong-Hyun raises his elbows, clumsily on Narayan Das’s face and his name is written in the referee’s book.

79′ Goans are threatening with NorthEast playing a high line and the diminutive forwards are trying to get behind the defensive line. Zico is livid on the touchline. Perhaps he could donate .00001 of his football intelligence.

75′ Joan Capdevila comes off and is replaced by Columbian Yanes Padilla and he delicately chips the ball into the net, three seconds after coming on but the linesman raises the flag for a foul. Bengelloun looks grievously hurt by Padilla’s challenge and has come off the field for some treatment.

72‘ Shot on target and its close. Its the Korean trickster Do Dong-Hyung  cuts on his right and shoots to the top corner but Jan Seda is up to the task and tips the ball over the bar for a corner. Dong is simply majestic to watch here.

70′ Goal and its off-side for Gabriel Fernandez and the striker is livid at the decision but the Goan is a yard off-side.

67′ Robert Pires comes off and Edgar Marcelino comes off and he comes close to scoring after the Brazilian makes space and shoots the ball low to the bottom right corner but Rehenesh makes a diving save

63′ The Goans are growing into the game and they come close to scoring off a corner but some frantic last-ditch defending takes the ball away from the defence while Dong displays some fancy footwork near the opposition territory.

62′ The away side too make a change as Andre Santos is replaced by Bruno Pinheiro.

60′ Zodingliana Adinga comes off and Len Doungel is his replacement as NEUFC have a corner.

57′ Great play there from Durga Boro, who receives the ball from Koke and diverts it neatly towards Chansa. The Zambian scuffs his shot so poorly that it doesn’t even end up to be a goal-kick.

53′ NEUFC go close to taking the lead. Adinga’s cross flies across the face of goal but the Dong-Huyn fails to connect with the ball and Debabrata clears.

46′ NEUFC restart the match and have raced ahead to launch an attack but Narayan clears the attack.

Half-Time: NorthEast United FC 1-1 FC Goa (Koke – Gregory Arnolin)

45′ End of the half and its rather a scrappy stuff towards the end of the half.

42′ Corner for NEUFC and the its a free header for Issac Chanca and the ball is sraight to the goalkeeper as the ball goes straight to the keeper.

38′ Goa are outraged and are looking for revenge and Andre Santos makes a powerful run in the centre and he is tripped and its a free-kick. Santos takes the free-kick himself and it goes way over the bar.

35′ Goal!! cool penalty and its in the bottom right corner and its a good penalty.

30′ NorthEast are trying to build a concerted amount of pressure but with Durga Boro sitting on the bench, the midfield and attack looks little disjointed. Hang on a minute, its a penalty!  Benegelloun makes a challenge on the back on Dong and the referee points to the spot. A rather controversial decision here as it was more of a coming together tackle.

28′ Pires is being a delight to watch with his nimble footwork and its quite a battle between him and Chanca in the centre of the park.

24′ NorthEast are losing possession cheaply and are giving away easy free kicks and even Joan Capedevila is guilty of giving the ball away. The match is getting scrappy and the home team are banking on their clinical conuterattacks, where they are at their dangerous best.

21′ NorthEast are trying to get back in the game and are pressing higher this time. Goa are targeting the left-flank to start attacks here.

16′ GOAL!! Gregory Arnolin and you won’t see a more scrappy goal than this in your life. First, the free-kick is taken Rahanesh makes a mess of a simple take and from 1o centemeters out, Gregory hits the post, Dong tries to clear the ball and the ball hits a Goan attacker and the ball comes back to Gregory and this time its in. NEFC 0 -1 Goa 1

15‘ Chanca is given the task of man-marking Pires and a third trip on the Frenchman ensures that the referee brandishes a yellow card.

12′ Do Dong-Hyun’s footwork was discussed before the start of the match and the Korean shows some expertly taken step-overs but its overdone and the defence snuff it out.

8′ Free kick after Koke’s hold up play troubles the Goa defenders. Koke then takes the free-kick himself and Seda had to dive full stretch to parry the ball away to safety and NorthEast start another attack and the ball is booted to safety but full marks to the home side for their well crafted free kick that Hebbert and co in the dugout thought was going in.

4′ Robert Pires gets his first touch on the ball and Issac Chanca makes a cynical foul on the legendary Frenchman and its a free kick. Goa takes a freekick and a foul is called. Immdeately, the defence makes a horrible mistake and Miranda is clear but keeper Rehenesh comes out and does wonderfully well to slide the ball away to safety.

2′ Tardy play from both teams so far and NorthEast were the one with most of the ball. Clifford Miranda, the veteran Indian Winger/ Forward playing as a lone forward up font shows great commitment in pressing the ball up font but the ball goes out of play.

Lineups:

NorthEast United: Rehenesh, Aiborlang Khongjee, Miguel Garcia, Joan Capdevilla, Issac Chansa, Robin Gurung, Do Dong-Hyun, Milan Singh, Khondwani Mtonga, Zodingliana, Koke

FC Goa: Jan Seda;Debrata Roy, Youness Bengelloun, Gregory Arnolin, Narayan Das; Peter Carvalho; Gabriel Fernandes, Robert Pires, Andre Santos, Clifford Miranda

For a third straight match at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati, NorthEast FC will enjoy playing under the boisterous and packed galleries provided by their home support. When two teams face-off at the back of a defeat, it usually makes for a hot-tempered, feisty battle. This Indian Super League (ISL) battle for NorthEast, against FC Goa is expected to be no different and intensity levels have reached fever pitch.

Chennayin FC silenced the home crowd during FC Goa’s first match and it was a major setback to one of the premier footballing hubs of the country. NorthEast, on the other hand, flew off to a flying start in the tournament; winning their opening encounter but were humbled at the hands of the high-flying Atletico de Kolkata. With a vast number of young players in the team, NorthEast were billed as the ‘underdogs’ of the ISL. The side looks a tad short in experience but are a dangerous team on the counter-attack, with their fleet-footed young Indian players at their disposal. Goa, on the other hand are a balanced side and the ISL is eagerly awaiting to see the full bloom of Arsenal legend, Robert Pires.

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