ISL 2021-22, NorthEast United FC vs Mumbai City FC Highlights: Brown scores hat-trick as both teams share a point in six-goal thriller

ISL 2021-22, MCFC vs NEUFC Score: Get the Indian super league updates between Mumbai City vs NorthEast United from Fatorda Stadium.

NorthEast United FC team celebrates after Brown's third goal, which was also the equaliser.   -  Focus Sports/ISL

Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) match NorthEast United FC vs Mumbai City FC played at the Nehru Stadium Fatorda, Goa. This was Aneesh Dey bringing you all the pre-match buildup and live updates from the match.

That is all for today. Thanks for tuning in. We will meet you tomorrow when Hyderabad FC meets Odisha FC at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim. Goodnight and take care.

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Post-match comments!!

Khalid Jamil (NorthEast United head coach) on the result: ""It was a good performance by the team. The players worked very hard so this is a good point. Our game plan was to play early balls to Brown and it worked."

(On injuries and replacements: "We are looking for a replacement for (Federico) Gallego. We will finalise the name in a couple of days. For Khassa (Camara) we need to see.")

Des Buckingham (Mumbai City head coach) on the result: "Yeah, it was frustrating to watch the game as a coach. We did control the game for periods but we also couldn't take a lot of our chances. They worked hard for their goals but we should have done better to hold on to our lead. I thought the first goal they scored was offside but we should have done better."

Igor Angulo (Mumbai City forward) on the result: "After the last defeat, we wanted to win today but we couldn't do it. We had chances at the end, even them. Both goalkeepers made very good saves at the end. It would have been important three points for us but we have to keep going."

Deshorn Brown (Hero of the Match): "It is a good feeling. I wish we won the game. Then it would have been more amazing. However, it is a good result. They are the best team in the league so we did well to get the draw. We lacked concentration at times and couldn't take some of our chances. It is going to be a tough league and getting top four won't be easy."

What a match of football we have been treated to ladies and gentlemen. A visual treat for the neutrals and a nail-biting one for the fans.

Mumbai started the second half with a 2-1 lead. When Angulo grabbed his second in the 53rd-minute, the match seemed all but over but Deshorn Brown had other ideas.

In the 56th-minute, Brown was played a wonderful pass by Imran and he did well to slot the ball home to score NEUFC's second. The Highlanders kept fighting and their efforts bore fruits when Brown grabbed his hat-trick to equalise for NorthEast.

The closing stages of the matches was filled with tense moments. Coureur and Angulo, both had chances to score the winner but the goalkeepers came good to deny the winner to either team.

The draw keeps Mumbai City FC top with 16 points from eight matches. The NorthEast United FC is in ninth with eight points from nine matches.

Full-time (NorthEast United FC 3-3 Mumbai City FC)!!

90+6' Booking- Santana of NEUFC sees yellow at the dying stages of the match.

90+5' Chance- Bheke with a chance to win it for Mumbai but he skies his header from the corner. Action-packed football at its best.

90+4' Save- Michu with the save this time. Wow what a match we are having. Igor Angulo with the chance to score the winner but his lobbed effort is saved and it is a MCFC corner.

90+3' Save- A huge save by Nawaz. Horrible mistake by MCFC as it concedes possession. Brown pounces on the loose ball, holds up play and sets up Coureur for the shot. Coureur shoots with his left but cannot beat Nawaz.

90+1' MCFC Sub- Gurkirat Singh replaces Ygor.

90+1' NEUFC Sub- Manvir Singh comes in for Imran.

Five additional minutes!!

90' Save- Brown with a low-hard shot from the left side of the Mumbai box but Nawaz does well to save and prevent the rebound.

89' Shot- Catatau goes for goal from distance. It is not the strongest of shots but Michu cannot make a clean save. He does prevent the corner however and eventually collects after spilling it.

86' A nice ball played inside the box by NEUFC again. Brown is there for the header but Nawaz makes no mistake in collecting the ball this time.

85' NEUFC Sub- Mohamed Irshad comes in for Gogoi.

80' GOOOAAALLL!!! NORTHEAST EQUALISES!! ITS A HAT-TRICK FOR BROWN!! Deshorn Brown becomes the second player after Greg Stewart to score a hat-trick in this season's ISL. Lack of communication between Nawaz and his defenders hurt Mumbai. Nawaz comes out for the ball to collect the cross but cannot reach it. The ball lands to Imran. He shoots at the empty goal and Brown gets the important touch to guide the ball inside the net.

78' Jahouh with a first-time long ball to Catatau but he was offside when the ball was played to him.

Match resumes!!

Drinks break!!

76' Chance- A nice inswinging cross by Raynier finds Cassio. He heads the ball towards the goal and sees his effort miss the target by inches.

75' Vignesh quickly getting involved in the proceedings as he sends a low cross from the left.However, Flottmann is there to intercept the ball and clear the danger.

73' MCFC Subs- Raynier Fernandes and Vignesh Dakshinamurthy come in for Bipin and Mandar.

72' Booking- Bipin Singh has been shown yellow by the ref.

69' Save- A stinger of a shot by Bipin but Michu gets the slighest of touch to divert the ball away from the net. It hits the crossbar and goes out of play.

68' Save- A good ball inside the box by NEUFC. Bheke tries to clear the ball with his head but it falls to Rochharzela who shoots. It isn't a strong connection but Nawaz spills it. Coureur tries to take advantage of the rebound but the referee blows his whistle for offiside.

65' This is a fascinating match for the neutrals and a nervous one for the fans of the respective teams. If Mumbai  scores another it will be a tough ask from NEUFC but if the home team scores the next one, it is back in the match.

62' End-to-end action as NEUFC initiates a counter of his own. The final ball however, is poor from Coureur as the ball is collected by Nawaz.

59' Shot- Cassio with an ambitious effort from distance but the shot is nowhere near the goal.

56' GOOOAAALLL!!!! NORTHEAST PULLS ONE BACK!! ITS BROWN AGAIN!! A brilliant diagonal played to Brown by Coureur. Brown does well to chest the ball down, uses his strength to shield the ball from Mehtab and slots the ball inside the goal calmly past an outstretched Nawaz.

54' Chance- MCFC continuing its onslaught. Cassio shoots from the right but it is saved by Michu.

53' GOOOAAALLL!!!! MUMBAI GETS ITS THIRD GOAL!! ITS ANGULO AGAIN!! A classic counter-attacking goal by the defending champion. Catatau sends a wonderful low cross from the right flank and Angulo is at the right place at the right time for the tap-in.

51' Jahouh swings a good ball inside the box. Michu comes out to collect it and takes a tumble. NEUFC players ask for a foul but ref says nothing doing. Eventually the referee stops the play, which is a bit strange because Michu seems fine.

50' Gogoi with a late challenge on Catatau. He is already on a yellow and is lucky not to see a second one.

48' Save- The ball falls to Santana from a NEUFC freekick. Santana does well to get a shot away to the right corner of the goal but Nawaz leaps to make a briliant save. What's more impressive is that he held onto the ball.

46' NEUFC Sub- Rochharzela replaces Suhair at the start of the second half.

46' We are back for the second half!!

HALF-TIME (NorthEast United FC 1-2 Mumbai City FC)!!

45+2' Ygor wins a setpiece for Mumbai as Bipin and Cassio combine to thread a long ball across from the midfield. However, the scoreline stays untouched as we head into half-time after what has been an exciting first 45 minutes.

Two additional minutes!!

44' An alert Mumbai defence clears a counter-attacking buildup from the right. The Highlanders track back and Suhair is on the charge from the opposite flank now.

42' Mehtab slips and hits the deck. That seems to have done some damage to his right leg. However, he is up on his feet now. Looks okay to carry on.

40' GOOOAAALLLL!!! MUMBAI TAKES THE LEAD!! ITS BIPIN!! Really poor goalkeeping by Michu there. A good attacking move by the Islanders. Angulo does well to thread a pass to a darting Bipin on the left flank. Bipin shoots low at Michu's near-post and the ball ends up at the back of the net.

39' Shot- Brown pings the ball to Coureur who chests the ball and shoots on the volley. However, he does not get the required connection and the ball rolls slowly to Nawaz.

38' Bipin Singh too eager to win the ball on the left flank and ends up fouling Sehnaj.

36' Stat to note: Angulo is now joint top-scorer with Bart Ogbeche with six goals in this season's ISL.

34' GOOAAALLL!!! MUMBAI EQUALISES!! ITS ANGULO!! Mumbai showing champion mentality by grabbing the equaliser five minutes after going down. Poor defending from NEUFC players. Bipin Singh does well to square the ball to the centre from the left and Angulo is there to guide the ball inside the net for the equaliser.

33' NEUFC has sorely missed the pace upfront that Brown brings to the game. Brown showing exactly why he is so important to the team.

Match resumes!!

Drinks break!!

29' GOOAAALLL!!! NORTHEAST TAKES THE LEAD!! BROWN SCORES ON HIS RETURN!! A stunning goal on the counter. Brown is played a brilliant crossfield pass by Imran. The striker times his run well to stay onside. After a stunning first-touch, Brown calmly tucks the ball away at the back of the net past Nawaz. There is no catching him.

27' Apuia back on his feet for now and looks okay to continue.

26' Apuia seems to be in some discomfort as he on the pitch. The reason is unclear.

25' Close- NEUFC with a brilliant chance to take the lead. It is a wonderful counter by the Highlanders as Suhair does well to square the ball to Brown. Brown tries a through ball to Coureur but the latter cannot get that all important touch.

23' Possession Stat: Mumbai City dominating the ball with 63% of possession compared to NorthEast's 37%.

19' Chance- The initial ball was cleared away but the danger was not over. Bipin swings another great ball in from the left flank and Cassio guides the ball towards goal with an anglead header. It misses the target by inches.

18' Booking- Pragyan Gogoi sees yellow.

18' Foul- A reckless foul conceded by Gogoi as he fouls Catatau. It is a freekick to Mumbai and a good chance for Mumbai to create something out of this.

16' Mumbai City clearly missing the aerial presence of Mourtada Fall.

15' Chance- A nice ball played inside the box finds Coureur. He puts in a solid header and forces a save from Nawaz.

14' Block- Good linkup by NEUFC's front-three. Coureur with a nice weighted pass to Suhair. He shoots but his shot is blocked.

11' Good pressure by Mumbai- Catatau passes to Angulo who was playing off the shoulder of his marker but the referee blows his whistle for offside.

9' Shot- It is Cassio again from distance as he tries a curler from outside the box. His shot is nowhere near the target.

7' Block- Cassio goes for goal from distance but Patrick Flottmann does well to get a block.

5' Rare mistake from Jahouh as his pass to Nawaz is overhit and it is a NEUFC corner.

2' Save- A pin-point delivery by Jahouh from the freekick finds Catatau's head. It is a solid header but Michu matches it with an equally solid save.

1' A fast start to the match as Mumbai attacks NorthEast's goal. Santana does well to carry the ball out of danger.

1' Kick-off!!

7:35 PM- And we are underway!!

7:15 PM- What are the coaches saying?

Khalid Jamil (NorthEast United FC head coach on the gameplan against Mumbai City FC): "They are at the top of the table definitely, they are a good team. We should think positive and it is not impossible that we cannot beat them. We can beat them. We have to concentrate on our game and believe in ourselves and everybody must fight. We must play as a team, as one unit."

Des Buckingham (Mumbai City FC head coach on loss against Kerala Blasters FC and gameplan against NorthEast United FC): "We're learning as this season goes on regardless of where teams are on the table right now.Any team in this league is capable of beating anybody. We've seen examples of that, not just in our games, but we've seen examples of that in the most recent games of the last round or two."

"So it's important regardless of what's going on in other clubs and who's available and who isn’t, that we approach and prepare for every team that we play as well as we possibly can.We know how much it means to beat the reigning champions because we've seen it now on two occasions."

7:00 PM- Key player for each team!!

Suhair VP (NorthEast United FC): With three goals and an assist to his name so far, Suhair is one of the most improved Indian players in the competition so far. He will be a key player to create openings against Mumbai City FC.

Ahmed Jahouh (Mumbai City FC): The Moroccan footballer has provided five assists - the most by any player this season, apart from netting once. In the seven matches he featured this season, Jahouh has completed 501 passes - also the highest by any player, at a rate of 71.57 per game.

6:45 PM- Head-to-head record!!

Both teams have played 14 matches amongst them so far. The Islanders lead the record with seven wins to their name, while NorthEast United FC has secured five wins. The remaining two matches have ended in a draw.

ISL Recap video between Kerala Blasters FC vs Jamshedpur FC

 

6:35 PM- Official lineups are out!!

NorthEast United FC: Mirshad Michu (GK), Provat Lakra, Patrick Flottmann, Tondonba Singh, Hernan Santana (C), Imran Khan, Sehnaj Singh, Pragyan Gogoi, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Deshorn Brown and Mathias Coureur.

Subs: Sanjiban (GK); Mohamed, Mashoor, Medhi, Joe, Roccharzela, Manvir, Lalkhawpuimawia, Willliam.

Coach: Khalid Jamil.

Mumbai City FC: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Amey Ranawade, Rahul Bheke, Mehtab Singh, Mandar Dessai (C), Lalengmawia, Ahmed Jahouh, Cassio Gabriel, Ygor Catatau, Bipin Singh and Igor Angulo.

Subs: Phurba (GK) Mohamed, Vignesh, Hmingthanmawia, Bradden, Raynier, Tondomba, Asif, Gurkirat.

Coach: Des Buckingham.

6:15 PM-  Here's what happened when both teams met the last time!!

 

6:00 PM- Here's how we think the two sides could line up today!!

NorthEast United FC Predicted XI: Mirshad Michu (GK), Provat Lakra, Patrick Flottmann, Tondonba Singh, Hernan Santana (C), Pragyan Gogoi, Imran Khan, Mathias Coureur, Rochharzela, Lalkhawpuimawia and Suhair Vadakkepeedika. 

Mumbai City FC Predicted XI: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Mohammad Rakip, Mandar Dessai, Cassio Gabriel, Ahmed Jahouh, Lalengmawia, Vikram Singh, Igor Angulo, Bipin Singh.

5:45 PM- Teams news and Injury updates ahead of the match!!

NorthEast United FC: The Highlanders will miss out on the services of Khassa Camara in the upcoming game.

Mumbai City FC:  Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, who was injured just after playing 17 minutes of the season opener, is now available for selection.

MATCH PREVIEW: ISL 2021-22: Wounded Mumbai City ready to take on struggling NorthEast United

Mumbai City’s 0-3 defeat to Kerala Blasters has been one of the biggest surprises of the ISL this season. The reigning champion will be keen to bounce back when it takes on NorthEast United at Fatorda’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.

Mumbai is still at the top of the table, though. NorthEast is placed way down – at ninth, with only Bengaluru and East Bengal below. And it isn’t in the best of form, having lost three of its last four games, including a 1-5 drubbing at the hands of Hyderabad.

Khalid Jamil’s boys, however, have fared much better in their last two games. They defeated East Bengal 2-0 and put up a good fight before losing 2-3 to ATK Mohun Bagan.

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They would have to come up with an even stronger fight against a champion side that has had plenty of time to lick its wounds after a stunning loss. Their coach believes beating Mumbai isn’t impossible.

“We can beat them,” Jamil said. “We have to believe in ourselves. We must play as a team, as a unit.”

His counterpart said that any team was capable of beating anybody in the ISL. “We have seen an example of that in our own games,” said Des Buckingham. “It is important that we prepare for every team as much as we can.”

The defeat to Blasters notwithstanding, Mumbai has shown it got its preparation right most of the time; it has won five of its seven games, two more than anyone else.

Where to watch?

You can watch the NorthEast United FC vs Mumbai City FC match live at 7:30 PM on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.