A morale-boosting win for NorthEast, in front of a lovely-lovely crowd. They were pushed back in the second half, and they responded perfectly. Alfaro was clinical, Borges was immense and Subrata as much as a spiderman as his nickname suggests.
Zico's team just didn't turn up on the day. They were poor in the first half, and average in the second. They honestly need a change in formation.
95' Peep peep! NorthEast United with a win!!! The second win for NorthEast in the season.
93' Nico Velez with a lovely mazy run, he goes for the shot, but a last-ditch challenge.
90' Oooooo!! That was a foul. Reagan goes to ground, but nothing doing from the referee.
88' Subrata with safe hands for the ball. Goa are still pushing for a goal.
87' Julio Cesar does well to open up a shooting opportunity, he goes for the shot. Slightly over the bar. They're getting closer and closer.
86' Alfaro awarded the Hero of the Match Award.
84' Nico Velez with a chance to chase a pass behind the Goa defence. Called offside, I have a feeling, that might not have been offside.
83' Alfaro taken off, comes off to a standing ovation to this wonderful crowd at Guwahati.
82' Julio Cesar with a shot from 35 yards off, goes way over the bar.
80' Superb run by Velez, who fools everyone by squaring it to Alfaro instead of going for goal. A brilliant tackle by Gaikwad who blocks the ball off the line. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
79' NorthEast are killing the game now, passing the ball confidently and keeping position.
77' Katsumi with a bad tackle on Julio Cesar, and it all gets a bit frantic. Players pushing and shoving, referee calms things down.
75' A really bad tackle by Gurung, on Romeo Fernandez. Some pushing and shoving, and things calm down as soon as the Lucio comes in.
72' Katsumi Yusa with a lovely through ball, Kattimani though comes out to sweep the ball.
70' Romaric goes off for Velez. A huge cheer for his welcome.
69' Richarlyson goes of for Reinaldo.
67' Matheus is getting a bit desperate at the moment, he is having pot shots at everything. This goes over the bar.
65' Corner for Goa, Subrata punches it, but bizarrely towards his own goal, ball cleared, chance for a break for NorthEast, but Romaric is taken out in the build-up. A decision to make for the referee?
63' NorthEast have stepped up to the plate, buoyed by the vociferous crowd.
62' What a lovely flicked pass by Hali, it goes to Alfaro whose first touch sets up the shot, goes in-between the goalkeepers legs.....and they are two up.
59' Goa have gone up a gear in the second half. Subrata has had to make a couple of extraordinary saves to keep his side ahead.
57' NorthEast are dropping deeper and deeper, Mandar Rao Dessai with a lovely shot, which Subrata palms onto the bar. The ball falls to Coelho, who passes it to Matheus, who takes a first-time shot, brilliant save again by Subrato again. And breathe.
55' Lucio rattles into Romaric, who falls into a heap on the ground. Really naughty, naughty tackle from Lucio. He seems angry by the fact that Romaric is down on the ground.
54' Matheus shoots from thirty yards, he shoots well, Subrata jumps to his right to save well.
51' Opportunity for Romaric to put the ball into the box, well collected by Kattimani.
49' Chance for Coelho, he goes past two players, takes on the third and tries to shoot. The ball is blocked, it falls to Dessai who can't get t the ball before the defender.
46' Jofre send the ball in from the right, Dessai though can't compete for the ball.
46' Sanjay goes off, Romeo comes in.
Zico's Goans has made a habit of winning repeatedly away from home in the past. Can they recreate the magic of the past two seasons? The second half is almost here!
Being a goalkeeper is not easy at all is it? You make a mistake anywhere else on the pitch you almost always get a chance to redemm yourself. This, though,... phew! One moment of madness and your team is behind.
How Kattimani plays this half, after that unfortunate incident, will define his character.
Can NorthEast hang on for what would be a historic win? Stick around for what promises to be a thrill-a-minute second half!
45' Goa are moving the ball about really well, Zico's philosophy in action here, but there is very little end product.
44' Another Goa freekick, but nothing doing here. NorthEast clear with ease and launch a counter of their own. It breaks up too easily though
43' OH MY!!! that was a mess at the back from NorthEast. From a freekick won by the hard working Coelho, Joffre picks out Lucio unmarked on the far post. The Brazilian's lay off hit a NorthEast defender, but luckily for him, the ball trickled into the hands of Subrata Paul, instead of the goal
42' Jofre picks up the ball in-between the lines (again), he passes it Coelho... but the striker lashes his shot well wide
40' Lovely play by Goa, they have kept the ball really well in the last two minutes. A lovely ball by Jofre, but it's into the hands of Subrata, who collects it easily.
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