Mumbai City FC vs NorthEast United FC: 3 things we learned

Mumbai City FC defeated NorthEast United FC 4-0 in game 15 of the 2022-23 ISL season in Mumbai on Thursday (19 January).

It was a match between leaders Mumbai City FC and bottom of the table NorthEast United FC.

Mumbai City FC entered the game as the only undefeated side in the league and on a nine-game winning streak. They won their last game against ATK Mohun Bagan 1-0.

NorthEast United FC came on after finishing bottom in the points table and coming off their worst season. They drew their last game 2-2 against FC Goa.

The game started on a good note for the islanders today when they took the lead after 5 minutes from Ahmed Jahouh’s free-kick. Jorge Pereyra Diaz scored in the 11th minute to double the lead for Des Buckingham’s side.

Greg Stewart made it 3-0 in the 15th minute when his shot was slammed into the back net by Alex Saji after a mishap with goalkeeper Mirshad.

The islanders missed a few chances otherwise the scoreboard could have seen a bigger goal line.

Vinit Rai scored in the 45th minute with a world-class shot from 30 yards to make it 4-0 for the Islanders. The Highlanders were down to ten men just before half-time when Jordan Gil was shown red for his foul.

The scoreboard was 4-0 at half-time in favor of the hosts.

The Islanders started the second half aiming to raise the goal line but failed to capitalize on the chances they created.

NorthEast United FC worked hard to keep their defense solid and tried to score despite the limited opportunities presented to them.

Jorge Pereyra Diaz missed a penalty in the 89th minute after Mirshad saved his weak penalty without much effort.

The scoreboard for the final score was 4-0 in favor of the hosts.

Mumbai City FC secured their place at the top of the table with today’s win.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at three things we learned from today’s game.

#3 Mumbai City FC sets another record

The Islanders hit 10 straight wins today (Image courtesy of ISL Media)
The Islanders hit 10 straight wins today (Image courtesy of ISL Media)

Mumbai City FC is the first team in ISL to win ten consecutive games in one season. The Islanders are also the only team to go undefeated this season.

Des Buckingham’s side were in superb form, showing a side that nobody really expected. Winning ten straight games in a season that includes travel on a tight schedule is something extraordinary.

The way the islanders have played this season has been a delight for everyone. They have scored 45 goals in 15 games this season, which is an average of three goals per game.

Mumbai City FC have been a beast in front of goal this season and Des Buckingham will be hoping his side can continue their form in front of goal before the tournament ends on business terms.

#2 NorthEast United FC continues their poor performance

NEUFC failed to test Des Buckingham's defense (Image courtesy of ISL Media)
NEUFC failed to test Des Buckingham’s defense (Image courtesy of ISL Media)

While Mumbai City FC is having one of the best seasons in ISL history, NorthEast United FC is having one of the worst seasons ever.

The Highlanders managed to win just one game and only played one draw. They have lost 13 games this season.

The Highlanders changed coaches mid-season but failed to fix the deficiencies in their roster.

Vincenzo’s side conceded three goals in 15 minutes today and before they could even get into the game they were out of the game. The lack of team cohesion was a big problem for NorthEast United FC and they suffered as a result.

The Highlanders also lack creativity on their side, which was a big problem for the team.

With five games left, the best NorthEast United FC can hope for is to end the season with some pride and fight in the remaining games.

#1 Mumbai City FC showed complacency in the second half while NorthEast United FC showed resilience in the second half

Mirshad saved a penalty in the second half (Image courtesy of ISL Media)
Mirshad saved a penalty in the second half (Image courtesy of ISL Media)

Mumbai City FC finished the game in competition within the first 15 minutes. The Islanders scored three goals during this period to completely wash away the Highlanders. The Islanders could have scored a few more goals but didn’t take their chances.

Vinit Rai finally scored in the 45th minute to give Mumbai City FC a four-goal lead.

In the second half, Mumbai City FC looked to be taking their foot off the pedal and appearing complacent at times. The Islanders also missed a penalty in the final moments of the game. It was a very poorly taken penalty. Despite being down to ten men, NorthEast United FC put up a tough fight.

The last thing Des Buckingham would want from his side is complacency, which creeps into them when the tournament’s business end is just around the corner.

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