NorthEast United FC returned to the top of the table with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City at Pune on Wednesday. In a match that saw both teams reduced to 10 men, NorthEast United scored the only goal of the match through Emiliano Alfaro in the 79th minute.
In the 13th minute itself, NorthEast United’s Romaric went close with a shot from just outside the box which missed the target after Borges and Katsumi had done the spadework. NorthEast United’s next chance came five minutes later.
Just at the half an hour mark, Velez turned provider for Alfaro with an excellent cross which Pune defender D Ravanan missed but Alfaro was inches away from the ball.
The match turned on its head in the 36th minute when NorthEast United defender Nirmal Chhetri was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Anibal Zurdo. The sending off pegged NorthEast United back but the visitors did well to hold
Pune knew they had the numerical advantage in the second session with NorthEast United reduced to 10
The match then took another dramatic turn in the 72nd minute when the encounter saw a second red card, this time for Pune City. Eduardo Ferreira was adjudged to have fouled Romaric and the referee had no hesitation in booking the defender. It was his second booking of the match and had to be sent off.
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