Lucian Goian struck in added time to salvage a hard-earned 3-2 victory for Mumbai City FC against a spirited NorthEast United FC in an ISL match at the Mumbai Football Arena. The defender had earlier gifted NorthEast with an own-goal, so his 90th-minute goal helped the home team grab a win and three valuable points. Achille Emana and Everton Santos were also on target.
Sambinha headed in the second goal for the visitor, which remains 10th on the league table after 17 matches. T. P. Rehenesh defied MCFC with reflex saves, but was beaten thrice as the delighted home team climbed to sixth place as a result of a seventh victory in 16 games, besides breaking the four-match losing streak at the Mumbai Football Arena.
Rehenesh’s form in goal enabled him to pull off excellent saves to deny Everton Santos, diving to his left and keeping out a fierce try by the MCFC player after Achille Emana set up the move. The two combined to put the home ahead in the 15h minute, the latter finishing from inside the box with a firm shot.
MCFC let slip the advantage in the 23rd minute, when Lucian Golan found his own net in an attempt to clear a shot by Gursimran Singh. The visitor took a lead through a powerful Sambinha header. Amrinder Singh in goal was beaten for the second time in the first half. He got a lucky escape when Mosquera tapped over, with the goal gaping for Lalrindika Ralte to slot home.