Northeast United made a brilliant start to the Indian Super League (ISL) football competition by beating Mumbai City FC 1–0 here on Saturday thanks to a goal by former Ghanaian international Kwesi Apaiah. Mumbai made 306 passes in the first 45 minutes, but could not hit a single shot. In the first half, Ahmed Zhao of Mumbai City was shown a red card.
Mumbai’s problems grew, playing with 10 players leaving Jaho’s ground. Jaho of Morocco was given this red card due to the fall of Northeast’s Khasa Kamra. After that both teams were goalless till half time. In the second half, Northeast United’s team took advantage of the lack of a Mumbai player. The Highlanders started playing aggressive football, which also benefited them.
Northeast United’s Australian defender Dylan Fox’s header hit Mumbai City’s Rawlin Borges in the 47th minute of the match. The referee gave a penalty to Northeast United. Apaiah converted this penalty into a goal and put North United FC ahead 1-0.
Mumbai had an opportunity to score a goal in the 66th minute, but this time defender Sarthak Golui’s shot from the header went a few inches above the goal post. In the final minutes, the Mumbai team made several attempts to score an equalizer, but they could not succeed in it.