Updated Points Table: Odisha FC topple Hyderabad FC from 2nd spot with victory over NorthEast United FC in ISL 2022-23

Odisha FC sealed a 2-1 victory against NorthEast United FC. (Image Courtesy: ISL Media)

Odisha FC, with their sixth victory of the season on Friday, December 2, climbed to the second spot in the standings, three points behind league leaders Mumbai City FC.

The Juggernauts trumped NorthEast United FC 2-1 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to seal the three crucial points.

Josep Gomabu's side are currently on 18 points, having played eight games. Defending champions Hyderabad FC are third, just two points behind Odisha FC.

.@GombauJosep and his Juggernauts leave their Fortress with all 3๏ธโƒฃ points... yet again! ๐ŸŸฃ๐Ÿ’ช#OFCNEU #HeroISL #LetsFootball #OdishaFC #JosepGombau

The Nizams will play against Chennaiyin FC on Saturday, December 3, and a win will take them back to second place. But the Kalinga Warriors will still have a game in hand. Odisha's victory kept the pressure on Mumbai FC to continue their unbeaten run.

Meanwhile, for the Highlanders, Friday's loss was their eighth successive defeat of the ISL season. Marco Balbul's team are yet to register even a single point and are at the bottom of the standings.

1 Mumbai City963027101721
2 Odisha86021511418
3 Hyderabad8512105516
4 ATK Mohun Bagan74121310313
5 Kerala74031311212
6 Goa84041211112
7 Chennaiyin73131114-310
8 East Bengal83051114-39
9 Bengaluru721448-47
10 Jamshedpur7115614-84
11 Northeast Utd8008418-140

Although Friday's encounter didn't affect the mid-table teams, there might be a tectonic shift happening there on Saturday, December 3. If Chennaiyin FC can beat Hyderabad FC, they'll leapfrog FC Goa into the sixth spot.

Bengaluru FC, meanwhile, will take on ATK Mohun Bagan on Sunday, December 4. A win for either team could affect the tables drastically. If the Blues win, they will move above eighth-placed East Bengal, who have a break this week.

Odisha FC keep the pressure on Mumbai City FC with a clinical victory against NorthEast United FC

The Juggernauts have converted the Kalinga Stadium into an absolute fortress as they're yet to drop even a single point at home this season. On Friday night, beaming with confidence, they started as the clear favorites.

In the 24th minute, Nandhakumar Sekar tapped home a low cross from Diego Mauricio to give Odisha FC the lead. The home side continued to create opportunities but lacked decisiveness. Right at the hour mark, Josep Gombau's side were punished for the same as Rochharzela fired home the equalizer.

๐‘จ๐’ ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’…๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐‘ป๐’“๐’Š๐’–๐’Ž๐’‘๐’‰ @OdishaFC's imperious game play against @NEUtdFC brought them 3๏ธโƒฃ points. FT: OFC 2๏ธโƒฃ-1๏ธโƒฃ NEUFC#OdishaFCโ€ฏโ€ฏ#OdishaForFootballโ€ฏ #AmaTeamAmaGame #TheEasternDragonsโ€ฏ#HeroISL

It didn't take long for Jerry Mawihmingthanga to sink NorthEast United's hopes of getting off the mark this season.

Odisha FC's win will keep league leaders Mumbai FC on their toes.

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Edited by Samya Majumdar
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