Mumbai City FC suffered their third defeat in a row after losing to North East United FC 2-0 in a one-sided Indian Super League (ISL) match in Mumbai at the Mumbai Football arena on Wednesday.
Mid-fielder Rowllin Borges (4th minute) and striker Bartholomew Ogbeche (33rd minute) scored for the North East United FC as they clinched three crucial points from the game.
After this loss, Mumbai City FC have moved down to the third spot with 27 points, while North East have jumped to the second position with 27 points. Both the teams are in contention to make the last four.
Before this match, Mumbai lost to FC Goa 2-0 and then 1-0 to Jamshedpur FC in an ‘away’ game.
North East displayed aggressive style of play from the beginning and in the fourth minute itself, midfielder Borges scored a splendid goal to take a lead. Keegan Pereira made an excellent run down to the left-hand side and cut it back to Borges, who had enough time and space. Borges then found his spot and placed it to the top-left corner of the goal.
The North East defense was on point as they didn’t give any chance to the Mumbai strikers in the first half, Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was kept on his toes.
Ogbeche doubled the lead in the 33rd minute. A powerful cross from the right flank by Reagan Singh reached skipper Ogbeche after Panagiotis Triadis failed to collect it. The ball then ricocheted off the knee of Ogbeche and rolled into the net.
After his goal, the 34-year-old Ogbeche became the leading goal-scorer of this season, with 12 strikes to his name.
Mumbai had a couple of good chances but failed to convert on both occasions. At the half-way mark, North East led 2-0.
Mumbai City FC had some more chances but could not convert any of them as the North East United FC emerged victorious.