NorthEast United ended a six-game winless run with a 1-0 victory over FC Pune City on Tuesday. Both the teams had an average game, however, an 81st-minute free-kick from Christian Romaric won the game for NorthEast.
The Nelo Vingada-managed side climbed up one place on the points table after the win. We are almost at the end of the league stage and the points table is still very close.
Here are the player ratings for the game.
Subrata Pal - 8/10
The Indian goalkeeper was very good for NorthEast against Pune. Pal made some good saves, out of which his save off Pune player Pitu's volley was the best. The former East Bengal player was also very good in aerial situations. He did well to punch away and claim aerial balls that came into his box.
Shouvik Ghosh - 5/10
The NorthEast full-back was silent throughout the game. The only involvement he had was a poor ball that he swung in from the left wing.
Mailson - 6/10
The Brazilian centre-back also had a quiet game. Even though the NorthEast defence was solid, there was not any notable contribution from the 28-year-old. The defender's key moment in the game was when he kicked Anibal Zurdo in the stomach unintentionally after clearing away the ball.
Salam Singh - 6/10
The 20-year-old player made his first appearance of the season on Tuesday. Salam made a couple of very good tackles, but also made some poor passes. He had a decent debut game.
Rowllin Borges - 5/10
Yet another player with a very silent game. The 24-year old was booked for tugging Pune's Lenny Rodrigues back. Other than that, he was mostly anonymous. He also gave away a free-kick after fouling Anibal Zurdo early on in the game.
Didier Zokora - 5/10
The NorthEast player had an average match, but atleast he was more involved in the game than many of his teammates. Zokora made one good tackle and some good short passes. A volley that he struck at the beginning of the second half was blocked by Eduardo Ferreira. The 35-year-old was also shown a yellow card for a foul on Gustavo Oberman.
Christian Romaric - 7/10
Romaric's first involvement in the game was getting booked for a foul on Arata Izumi. The player had a heated argument with Pune manager Antonio Habas after that foul. The 33-year-old made some good passes and was very involved in his team's attacking moves. Romaric scored the only goal of the match through a beautiful curling free-kick, giving the Pune goalkeeper no chance.
Yusa Katsumi - 7/10
The Japanese player was a real threat for the opponent defenders. Katsumi got the ball back, kept it well, made some good passes, made interceptions and had a shot on target. His worst moment of the match was a poor corner that failed to clear any of the defenders.
Seityasen Singh - 4/10
Seityasen is another player who didn't do anything in the game. The midfielder was replaced by Holicharan Narzary at the 70-minute mark. A 4/10 is a very generous rating for such an anonymous performance.
Nicolás Vélez - 7/10
Vélez had a good game against Pune. The player won the free-kick from which Romaric scored the winner. He gave Pune full-back Narayan Das a nightmare. His passes and dribbling were up to the mark, however, the forward too had bad moments in the game. The 26-year-old was subbed off in the 89th minute of the game and was replaced by Robert Cullen.
Emiliano Alfaro - 5/10
The ISL top scorer didn't have a good game. The striker troubled the opponents a few times, but other than that he was mostly anonymous. Alfaro was replaced by centre-back Wellington in the dying minutes of the game. Much more was expected from the forward.
Holicharan Narzary - 5/10
The 22-year-old came on as a 70th-minute substitute in place of Seityasen. The Indian player couldn't make much impact on the game. He kept his passes simple and didn't take any risks. Narzary produced a good cross, which Alfaro couldn't take advantage of.
Robert Cullen - N/A
The Japanese forward didn't have time to make an impact.
Wellington - N/A
The defender hardly had one minute on the pitch.