10-men North East United held by Pune City FC to a 1-1 draw

Rishav Roy  |  ISL-5  |  1 Month Ago

Despite, starting the current edition of ISL on a very high note, NorthEast United has hit an uncertain snag which has jeopardized their qualification in the play offs. They will now have to wait till the league ends to be certain about their advancement to the playoffs. The home side could have easily secured full points against 7th placed FC Pune City but all they could manage was a single point from their home encounter.


The match started on a quiet note. Ian Hume and Robin Singh connected well for the visitors in quick one-twos. Hume even tapped the ball home, five minutes from half time only to find himself offside. Moments after the incident, Adil Khan's stinging header from a corner kick was denied, courtesy of a superhuman save from the Pune custodian, Kamaljit Singh.

It took only a minute for the home team to surge ahead after the change of ends. Rowlin Borges got the better of goalkeeper, Kamaljit, as the latter misjudged the ball and it ended into the back of the net. The goal galvanised the visitors into upping the ante. Pune's salvo reaped handsome dividends as Adil Khan met a curling cross from Carlos with substantial force to draw things level. The home team was reduced to ten men in the dying embers of the match, when Jose Leudo lost his cool after elbowing Carlos twice. He got his second yellow card in the 89th minute which will see him in the stands for North East's next game.


As the current table stands, Pune City are already out of the qualifying equation. North East need to win their remaining fixture against Kerala Blasters and then will have to look forward to the result of Bengaluru and Goa’s matches. North East United visit Kerala Blasters FC in their last league game while Pune City will host last two home games of the season.


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