North East United FC (NEUFC) does seem to be going great guns in the Indian Super League (ISL). After their recent win, they have stormed to the first position in the points table of the ISL. In the Wednesday match against FC Pune City the NEUFC team with a man down for almost ninety minutes of the game was able to successfully clinch the game by 1-0. Nirmal Chettri was the player which the NEUFC team lost in the 36th minute.
The host team FC Pune City was also reduced to 10 players in the 71th minute when its player Eduardo Ferreira was sent off for a second booking. Emiliano Alfaro who hails from Uruguay got past the hosts in the 79th minute and Pune FC keeper Bete could do nothing as he pushed the ball into the net.
FC Pune City club saw three changes in its squad. Three players Arata Izumi, Raju Yumnam and Rahul Bheke were all asked to sit for the current game. Lenny Rodrigues, Zohmingliana Ralte and Francis Fernandes replaced the three players.
North East United FC also made changes to its playing squad after its recent defeat against the Mumbai city. Nirmal, Shouvick Ghosh and Holicharan Narzary were new entrants into the squad. Robin Gurung, Reagan Singh and Seityasen Singh were left out from the playing squad.
In the match against Pune North East United FC missed a couple of chances early in the game. Yusa Katsumi and Alfaro both of whom made a brilliant move in the midfield resulted in Eduardo losing out on the fight for the ball. But Alfaro was not fast enough to capitalise on this. A while later the duo of Rowlin Borges and Yusa Katsumi set up Nicolas Velez. However, this brilliant move was negated by the Argentine who back passed the ball to Romaric.
Things turned in favour of the hosts when Nirmal Chettri from North East United FC was asked to leave the field for a rash challenge on a host team player Anibal Rodriguez.
The break saw both the teams without any goals. After the break, the NEUFC team kept up the pressure and put the hosts in the back seat.
The fortunes of FC Pune City suffered a severe blow when Eduardo was slapped with yet another yellow card for an aerial tackle on Romaric. NEUFC has finally received its reward for their hard work and they clinched the match to reach the top spot.