NorthEast FC United managed to get their first win of the season as they beat Delhi Dynamos 2-0 in Delhi, riding on an inspiring display from young winger Halicharan Narzary. Delhi, however, only have themselves to blame after they squandered numerous second-half chances to get back in the game.
Can one man make a difference?
Despite being a team sport, football has often seen outstanding individuals having
The Highlanders have had a terrible start to the season, which saw Chennaiyin FC thrashing them 3-0 after they had opened the campaign with
Delhi found him extremely difficult to stop due to his exquisite first touches. Narzary created two chances, of which one ended up at the back of the net while the other game dangerously close. He chipped in 5 crosses, and if not for his side’s patchy defence those could have reaped fruits of his labour.
NorthEast’s defence remain poor as ever
This brings us to our second point of the game. While their free-flowing attack has been a treat to watch, their manager would be seriously worried about his toothless defence. In Sambinha and Jose Goncalves, the Highlanders have two sturdy and pacey centre-halves, but they have been hugely
While their passing has been decent in the defensive third with an average accuracy of 72%, it is their ability to deal with aerial duels or cope with incessant counter attacks that
Their sloppiness was evident in the 23rd minute when
The other side of Albino Gomes
Last year Mumbai City FC put up one of the best defensive performances Indian football has ever seen, conceding just eight goals during the entire league season. Two of those came when Albino Gomes was in goal behind the central defensive pairing of Gerson Vieira and Lucian Goian. The second of those games in the dying minutes of the “Maha” derby where Gomes dropped a high ball right on the feet of Eugeneson Lyngdoh. That proved to be the last game that he ever played for Mumbai, who decided not to for re-sign the Indian after the last season.
In 2017 it was Delhi who decided to give the keeper a
He faced three shots on goal and saved all of them exhibiting heroic commitment. Though his passing accuracy hasn’t been good, he made sure NorthEast got the three points they were in desperate need of today. If that wasn’t enough, he even saw a yellow card for his time-wasting antics in the closing minutes.
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