NEUFC lose to Odisha 1-0, drops to 9th spot on league table

NEUFC lose to Odisha 1-0, drops to 9th spot on league table

Jonathas Cristian scored a second-half goal to help Odisha FC jump to second place in the points table with a 1-nil win over NorthEast United FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Friday.

Odisha now has nine points from four matches, three behind league leaders Mumbai City FC who have 12 points from five games. NorthEast United FC dropped to ninth with four points from five games.

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NorthEast United started on the front foot with Deshorn Brown dribbling past two defenders early on and firing wide from an acute angle. It was all about the Highlanders in the opening exchanges barring an Aridai Suarez curler that skimmed the crossbar and went out.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 81st minute when two substitutes Thoiba Singh and Jonathas combined for a well-drilled goal. Thoiba, who came in place of Isaac Chhakchhuak in the 62nd minute, did well to cross for Jonathas whose drop header left a diving Mirshad with no chance.

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In the dying exchanges, NorthEast tried hard to draw level but Odisha kept them at bay and ensured they keep their good run going.