ISL 2020-21 OFC vs NEUFC Highlights: Cole Alexander earns Odisha draw with NorthEast United

ISL Live, NEUFC vs OFC Live Streaming Updates: Catch the Indian Super League live score updates from the game between Odisha FC and NorthEast United FC being played at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.

Cole Alexander

Odisha FC Cole Alexander exults after scoring the equaliser against NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 highlights of the clash between Odisha FC and NorthEast United FC.

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Match report| ISL 2020-21: Odisha draws with NorthEast United, wait for first win continues  

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Over to the post match comments now.

Odisha FC coach Stuart Baxter: "I don't really accept the congratulations on the draw. I think we have this habit, a bad one, that turns happy endings into sob stories. We had periods where we stopped playing in our shape and did not have the right intentions on the ball and we started taking too many touches. We sometimes get panicky. We are doing more and more of the good things and less bad stuff but the latter is still costing us dearly. We are improving I think but it's slow."

"How we trained was to get Vineet (Rai) and (Gaurav) Bora early in build up play and break the first press. When we did that we were very dangerous. You look at the press in some of the lads today... we went toe to toe with them. We wanted the three points.

It will be easy for this young squad to fall into pieces but they aren't and this gutsy performance showed that."

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NorthEast United FC coach Gerard Nus: "I believe we deserved three points for the amount of chances we created. We controlled the game and the ball - something that we did not do before. It's not a priority, but we prefer to control the game. Today we came with a very offensive team but the little details costs us two points. I am proud of the effort, this team is always working and never switches off. This team wants more. They are not here for holidays, they are here for something serious. I am disappointed with not getting the three points. Defensive attention... sometimes we relaxed and were punished and that shows how competitive this league is. We need to learn from this and keep going"

[On taking off Gallego within 10 minutes of the second half] "We know he has been injured for a while. His performance was amazing and what he brings is something top calss. At the same time you want him to be ready for next games. I believe in all the players we have. We know the guy who will come in to replace him will also do well."

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[On whether he did not not with Camara because he had tree yellow cards] "We put everything into consideration. When you have the five foreigners rule you consider all the things someone can bring and their replacements. Camara is one of the most outstanding players in the league and he's a player that has my full trust like everyone else."

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Cole Alexander's first ISL goal sees Odisha FC secure a 2-2 draw with NorthEast United at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.

Diego Mauricio put Odisha ahead in the 23rd minute with a phenomenal strike, but the side conceded the lead in the last minute of first half added time. NorthEast United captain Benjamin Lambot fired a fantastic header to open his season's tally.

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NorthEast took the lead 21 minutes into the second half when Kwesi Appiah struck from the spot. However, the lead was short-lived as Alexander scores soon after to ensure Odisha took home a point.

The result sees Odisha climb to the 10th spot, while NorthEast United remains fourth.

 

7:25pm: The players are out in the centre. Odisha FC in black and NorthEast United in white.

7:10pm: Odisha FC and NorthEast United have faced each other twice in the ISL and both teams won their home matches last season. Here's all the key stats ahead of the clash:

 

7pm: Let's put your ISL knowledge to the test. NEUFC has been awarded four penalties, of which it has missed two. Who was the player who missed the second penalty? Register your answer here - ISL 2020-21 Quiz — From quickest brace to saving grace

Manuel Onwu

Manuel Onwu scored seven goals and made two assists in the four games he played for Odisha FC last season but has struggled for form this term. He has only managed four shots in six games and is yet to open his season's tally.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6:50pm: Gerard Nus has retained his side's backline and has opted for a new-look midfield. Gallego and Machado come on for Camara and Sylla, while Fanai and Britto replace Rochharzala and Meetei.

IN: Federico Gallego, Luis Machado, Lalrempuia Fanai, Britto PM| OUT: Khassa Camara, Rochharzala, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Idrissa Sylla

6:40pm: Stuart Baxter has made no changes to his matchday squad, while NorthEast United has made four changes.

Marcelinho

Odisha FC's Marcelinho, who is yet to regain full fitness, has been benched for a fourth straight game.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6:30pm: Team news

Odisha FC XI (4-4-2)

Arshdeep Singh (GK), Hendry Antonay, Gaurav Bora, Steven Taylor, Shubham Sarangi, Jacob Tratt, Cole Alexander, Vinit Rai, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Diego Mauricio, Manuel Onwu

NorthEast United FC XI (4-3-3)

Gurmeet (GK), Gurjinder Kumar, Ashutosh Mehta, Dylan Fox, Benjamin Lambot, Federico Gallego, Lalrempuia Fanai, Lalengmawia, Kwesi Appiah, Luis Machado, Britto PM

6pm: Half an hour for the line ups! Here's how we think the two sides will start today:

Odisha FC predicted XI (4-3-3)

Arshdeep Singh; Shubham Sarangi, Jacob Tratt, Steven Taylor, George D'Souza; Vinit Rai, Gaurav Bora, Cole Alexander; Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Diego Mauricio, Manuel Onwu

NorthEast United FC predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Gurmeet Singh; Provat Lakra, Benjamin Lambot, Mashoor Shereef, Gurjinder Kumar; Khassa Camara, Lalrempuia Fanai; Britto PM, Federico Gallego, Luis Machado; Kwesi Appiah

Gerard Nus and Stuart Baxter

Coach's corner: Gerard Nus and Stuart Baxter share a light moment before the game.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

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Preview: Battered Odisha FC takes on NorthEast United FC

A battered Odisha FC will take on a NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) side that is aiming to bounce back from its first loss of the 2020-21 Indian Super League season at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Tuesday.

Odisha is at the bottom of the table with just a solitary point and having scored just three goals – the joint lowest in the division – while NEUFC is still in the top four despite being winless in its last three matches.

Odisha has conceded three penalties that were converted, and has conceded goals either side of the water breaks and even in the final minute of stoppage time. Head coach Stuart Baxter described his team as being “architects of its downfall.”

In the pre-match press conference, he added, “At the end of the day, I think it’s a lack of focus that results in the performance going down. So, as long as we can keep our focus at the right level, we can keep on improving.”

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Former ISL MVP Marcelinho’s lack of impact at Odisha has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks. “It’s not as easy to say one of the foreigners is not doing this or that or the Indian boys are not supporting the foreigners. It’s not one thing. It’s a lot of things. But the direct question about Marcelinho is that obviously he was injured. His performances in training have not yet led to say that he is fully recovered,” explained Baxter.

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It will be an interesting match-up between two teams, which like to hold their shape in defence and hit on the break. Only when they have fallen behind have they looked to take the initiative in attack. In seven matches, NEUFC had averaged 294 passes (10th in the league), and Odisha 326 (ninth) from six outings.

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After the defeat to Jamshedpur FC on Friday, NEUFC head coach Gerard Nus rallied his squad on the pitch and reiterated the need to show the group’s strength in the face of adversity.

“We will stick to the positives we have done so far since day one. We are not a defensive team like I have heard [about us]. We are a team who knows how to attack, has different ways to punish the teams. At the same time, we know how to defend. We need to stick to these things and create chances,” said the Spaniard.

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Podcast: Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad review the ups and downs of matchweek 4 of the Indian Super League on The Full Time Show.


The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) marks the return of major league competition in India after the nationwide lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak was first imposed in March.

The seventh edition of the ISL got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.

ISL 2020-21 points table

The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following the inclusion of SC East Bengal, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.