The dangerous duo of Velez and Alfaro.
The game might not have been the most entertaining, but was definitely an engaging watch. The game came into life in the first half when Nirmal Chhetri was sent off for a rash challenge. NorthEast, even with ten men seemed to be the better side and that was proved when Eduardo was send off in the seventy-first minute.
Alfaro was tireless throughout the game, and deservedly got the winning goal. That takes the Highlanders to the top of the table.
FT: That's it, NorthEast edge the game one goal to nil.
93' Lucca with the free kick, but it is desperately poor and doesn't even beat the first man.
92' Chance for Pune,Tato fouled at the edge of the box. Free kick in a very promising position.
90' Another flowing counter, Velez with the ball to Romaric, whose low shot is parried away by Beke.
89' Lovely dinked ball by Sissoko, but Traore used his hands to climb over Zakora.
88' The quality of crosses into the box by Pune has been appalling at times, poor again by Ralte from the left.
85' Romaric with a lovely run, passes it wide to Velez who tries to pass it into the bottom corner, but saved brilliantly by Beke.
83' What a shot by Tato, he takes the volley early but is blocked brilliantly.
80' Pune have not mastered any attack of note, but that was their chance, Tato with a lovely ball but Traore miskicks it.
Brilliant approach play by NorthEast for the goal, Velez used his pace, Alfaro passed it to Yusa whose shot deflected and fell to Alfaro, and the net inevitably rifled.
74' Woooooooo, that was close. Pune with the possession, the cross-field pass cut off by Velez who hits it first time for Alfaro, but he is just, slightly offside.
73' It is ten versus ten now. Bring it on.
72' That looked harsh, Eduardo with an elbow, and that's his second yellow. He is off too.
The ISL Live score right now is 0-0.
69' What a brilliant couple of minutes in the game, NorthEast earn a corner and counter. The corner turns into a counter, but Tato overhits the crossfield ball.
68' Pune with another pots-shot, Lucca with the shot, easily collected by Subrata.
66' Arata Izumi with a shot from outside the box, but he scuffs it into the ground, the ball trickles wide.
63' Lovely play by Pune, but the eventual ball wide is over-hit. goes beyond the players in the box.
60' Another chance for NorthEast, Alfaro and Velez have been a constant thorn in the armour of Pune. Them two combining again, but the eventual curler goes over the bar.
57' Sanju Pradhan into the game for Pune.
56' End to end stuff, lovely penetrating run by Romaric into the box and a left footed hit, but straight into the arms of Beke.
54' Lenny Rodriguez seems to have injured himself there, might need to go off.
52' Lovely play from Alfaro, who wins the ball and glides into the opposition box, passes it wide to Velez, whose low cross is easily collected.
50' NorthEast still seem to be the more threatening among the two teams, despite Pune having the extra man.
48' Things have started in expected fashion, Pune having the bulk of possession around the NorthEast box. But everything is a bit slow at the moment.
45' Arata Izumi is on for Pune for Gourmangi Singh in the second half.
HT: A very tense first half, it started well but a couple of bad challenges set the tone. Nirmal Chhetri was send off for a terrible challenge on Zurdo and deservedly so, since then the game has opened up, and NorthEast have had a couple of chances since then. It will be a tasty second half.
45' Naughty-naughty challenge by Ravanan who went out beyond the touchline with Alfaro, and while getting up seems to stamp on Alfaro, who writhes in pain. It's all going a bit haywire here.
42' NorthEast have got better since they went down one men. Velez picks up the ball on the right wing, and crosses, just beyond Velez.
39' Free kick for NorthEast, and a HUGE CHANCE for Alfaro. What a ball by Romaric, palmed away.
37' NorthEast with a back against the wall job now, down to ten men, and already the second best team.
36' Terrible challenge by Nirmal Chhetri, ho goes over the ball onto Zurdo, and the ref goes to his pocket for a RED.
33' Things are heating gup just a bit, Tato with a couple of bad challenges, first on Borges and then on Romaric.
31' Lovely ball over the top by Romaric, Alfaro takes it well enough but his second touch was bad there, goes out for a goal-kick.
29' Lovely build-up play from NorthEast, Velez pulls out to the right and crosses brilliantly, Alfaro takes a air shot, and the ball goes behind for a goal-kick. HUGE CHANCE.
24' Lenny Rodrigues!!! Another great ball into the box after he picks up the ball from Sissoko, Tato's his first touch was really poor there.
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