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ISL 2015: NorthEast United 3-2 FC Pune City - 5 Talking Points

Joe Williams
SENIOR ANALYST
Feature
967   //    03 Dec 2015, 18:27 IST

Cesar Fariass side inched closer to the last four after they beat FC Pune City 3-2 in a thrilling encounter in their last league encounter. However, ironically, they live at the mercy of David Platts Pune side who have to beat Chennaiyin in their last home game for the Northeast side to make the last four in the second edition of the Hero India Super League. At the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday, goals from the boots of Nicolas Velez, Diomansy Kamara and Andre Bikey were enough for the team from the Northeast to silence the Pune side. The away team did mount a valiant comeback through goals from James Bailey and Adrian Mutu, but it was in vain.

#1 Nicolas Velez\'s threat did the trick


Velez NEU Pune
Nicolas Velez toyed with the FC Pune City defence (Photo courtesy ISL)

The presence of Argentinian Nicolas Velez up front made things difficult for the Pune defence. The Buenos Aires-born striker was in the right place at the right time on most of the occasions. His smart running and the rivals defence’s lapses, who were all over the place made things easy for Nicolas to dig into the citadel time and again. Velez was instrumental in NorthEast’s offensive play, and his contribution could not have come at a more important time, as NorthEast vie for the last playoff spot.

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