Guwahati: Substitute player Nicolas Velez’s only goal ensured second successive win for the North East United FC, as the home team beat Atletico de Kolkata by 1-0 at Indira Gandhi Stadium (Guwahati) on Friday. Meanwhile, the defending champion lost their second consecutive matches in the ISL.
Here are hits and flops from this match.
Nicolas Velez (North East United FC):- Finally Velez broke the deadlock for the home team in this match. He came out on the field in the 63rd minute and played like a champion in the rest of the match. He netted the ball in the 77th minute and gave a huge relief to the home fans.
Amrinder Singh (Atletico de Kolkata):- The ATK goalkeeper stood like a wall in this match. Disappointing performances from the fellow defenders were somehow mitigated by Amrinder’s fine show in the penalty box. His tireless effort made it difficult for the home team to take advantage of the condition favourable to them. It was Amrider’s efforts under the bar that saved the defending champion from a disrespectful loss.
Francis Dadzie (North East United):- Dadzie performed disappointedly in the match. He was not comfortable in his position throughout the match. He performance was effortless and he seemed clueless until he went off the field due to injury.
Javi Lara (Atletico de Kolkata):- Surely, it was the biggest mistake of the match that Javi Lara committed in the 49th minute. The Spanish midfielder missed an open chance that cost his team dearly. Lara was around five yards from the net, but his horrific shot went over the goal-post. He managed just two shots on target.