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ISL 2019-20 Match 25 Update: Highlanders & Islanders play out an entertaining fixture

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The 25th match of the Indian Super League saw hosts NorthEast United FC play out a 2-2 against Mumbai City FC at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Guwahati. All four goals of the game came in the first half, whereas the second half consisted of close chances for both teams to take the lead. 

After drawing the game, NorthEast are still unbeaten in the league and are now equal in points with defending champions Bengaluru FC.

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Thrilling first 45 minutes

The hosts, NorthEast United FC chose a 4-2-3-1 formation, while the visitors Mumbai City FC played a 4-3-3 formation in Guwahati.

The Islanders kicked off the game and immediately made a cross in the NorthEast box in the first 10 seconds. The Highlanders responded, taking the game to the visitors half. Both the teams started the game on the front foot, and it was surely going to be an entertaining one.

In the 6th minute, NorthEast registered their first shot. However, it was far away from the goal. A minute later, Mumbai began their counter-attack, only for Amine Chermiti to have found himself offside.

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It was actually a well planned defending tactic by the NorthEast centre backs to create an offside trap situation for the striker who was on his way to score a goal. 

In the 8th minute, Panagoitis Triadis picked up a miscued attempt from Mumbai’s defenders to launch a marvelous strike which the keeper had no chance to save, giving the home side the lead.

In the 21st minute, it was the visitors turn to score. A wonderful ball from Larbi just behind the defenders gave Sougou all the time to find Amine Chermiti who was unmarked in the box. A simple tap in for Chermiti and an equalizer for the Islanders meant it was game on. 

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A couple of minutes later, Asamoah Gyan could have made it 2 for the home side, however, his head was only inches away from the beautifully placed cross. In the 31st minute, Amine Chermiti scored his 2nd goal out of thin air.

A freekick from yards away could not be cleared by the Mumbai defenders, which was met by an acrobatic scissor kick effort from Chermiti that gave the Islanders the lead. 3 minutes later, Subhasish Ghosh made a fine diving save from a header that came from a corner and denied the visitors the third goal. 

In the 41st minute, Gyan finally found the equalizer for the Highlanders. He was in a 2 on 1 situation, and very cleverly sent both the defenders the wrong way before launching a strike that Amrinder Singh could not save. The first half came to an end after a good show by both the sides.

In the first half of the 2nd 45 minutes, it was all about Mumbai City FC. They tried their level best to score the 3rd goal, however, they either found Subhasish’s gloves or they were only inches away.

The second half was more towards NorthEast who suffered a similar fate as the visitors. Both the teams ended the game having played out a very entertaining 90 minutes. 

NorthEast United FC are now in the 4th place still unbeaten in the ISL, while Mumbai City FC is in the 7th place with 5 points. 

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Warad Bhat
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