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ISL 2017/18, Match 66: North East United vs FC Pune City - 5 Talking points

Sumedh Pande
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881   //    07 Feb 2018, 22:32 IST

FC Pune City go second on the table with a 1-0 win over NEU

FC Pune City went back to winning ways with a slender 1-0 win over North East United in Guwahati. Marcelino scored the winner for the away side in the 86th minute in what really was a smash-and-grab goal for the Stallions.

With this win, Pune completed a double over North East this season and Marcelino also scored his fourth ever goal against the Highlanders.

On that note, let's discuss this game in further detail with the help of the major talking points that emerged from the match: 

#5 North East dominate the first half 

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Marcinho attempted 2 shots in the first interval

Despite the scoreboard reading a goalless draw at the break, it was the hosts who started the game brilliantly. North East were eager to get on the ball from the first minute and were recycling possession better than Pune. Barring one chance for Pune in the first 45 minutes, every other chance fell to the Highlanders. 

North East created a number of half chances and were controlling the tempo of the game, especially on the right flank. Marcinho had a couple of decent chances in the first half while Doungel shot straight at Vishal Kaith once. North East United attempted 4 shots in the first half out of which 2 were on target. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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