Two injury time goals gave a huge relief to the North East United as they secured their first point as well as their first win in 2015 ISL. The home side beat 10-men Chennaiyin FC by 2-0 at Indira Gandhi Stadium (Guwahati) on Tuesday. Chennaiyin FC’s defensive midfielder Harmanjot Khabra was shown yellow card and red card in the 40th minute of the match. Just before this incident, Kamara (North East United FC) failed to convert a penalty into a goal at 39th minutes which was saved by Edel Bete (Chennaiyin FC).Two substitute players scored one goal each for the home team. Simao scored first goal for North East United from another penalty at 90+1 mins, while Velez netted a ball by a goal-making pass from another substitute player Sanju Pradhan in the 90+5 minute of the game.
Here are the hits and flops from the match.
Cedric Hengbart (North East United FC):
Hengbart was the main reason of the home team for keeping clean-slate. His solid and errorless defensive performance helped the team to earn first point in this season. He acted as a pillar in the defence position till the end. Alongside, he also helped his side in its attack by making good passes.
Apoula Edima Edel Bete (Chennaiyin FC):
Again a goal-keeper enters this list, and not surprisingly he is Apoula Edima Edel Bete. His tireless efforts made him the “Hero of the Match”. He saved a penalty from Kamara’s shot in the 39 minute, while he nearly saved the other penalty which was the first goal for the home team. His judgments and great techniques made much difficult for the home team to score against the depleted visitor’s side.
Diomansy Kamara (North East United FC):
Kamara is selected in this list not for just his missing penalty, but also for his effortless performance. His penalty shot was so poor that Edel Bete did not face much difficulty in saving that shot. Kamara totally failed in the match and that was the main reason to send him off in the 54th minute.
Bruno Pelissari (Chennaiyin FC):
Bruno Pelissari made a totally disappointing performance in the match. He did not fulfill his role in the first half and was sent off at the starting of the second half. His lack of concentration made his team to face more difficulties in the match.
By Sandipan Ghosh