ISL 2018-19: Ogbeche scores in NorthEast United's 2-0 win over Pune City

FC Pune City vs NorthEast United FC (Photo: www.indiansuperleague.com)
Full-time report: NorthEast United FC secured their fifth win of the season after defeating FC Pune City 2-0 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium. 

NorthEast's first goal came in the 23rd minute when French forward Bartholomew Ogbeche scored from a corner after the cross at the near post from right was headed over to the far post where he poked the ball past everybody and into the back of the net.

But the home team, FC Pune City, should have had at least one goal of their own, given the number of fine chances they created, especially late in the half. First, in the 38th minute, Robin Singh was at the receiving end of a perfect cross inside the box and tried to hit it on the volley but Pereira did well to block the shot out for a corner.

They again came close to scoring in the 41st minute when Pune got a corner and Mill's header destined to find the back of the net but the NorthEast defence and the goalkeeper somehow kept the ball out amid the scramble.

NorthEast could have scored their opener in the 21st minute itself when a speculative ball from left found Ogbeche at the near post whose toed touch nearly trickled inside the left corner but Kamaljit wonderfully tipped it away.

In the second half, NorthEast carved an opportunity in the 71st minute when Mascia on the right cut the ball back for Ogbeche whose first-time shot was blocked by Mills. Gallego took the rebound but it's blocked too.

To add to the misery of Pune, NorthEast United were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute when Mascia went down inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot after a challenge by Balwant. Mascia himself took the spot-kick and chose to place the ball at the bottom left corner. The goalkeeper got some hand to it but the shot had enough power to end up at the back of the net.

The win sends NorthEast United to second spot with 17 points from eight games while Pune are in the eighth spot with five points from nine games


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Full-time match report to follow
Full-time. NorthEast United FC beat FC Pune City 2-0
Minute 90+3 -- Pune go close from a cross but just cannot score
Minute 90+2 (GOAL!!) -- Mascia takes the spot-kick and chooses the bottom left corner. The goalkeeper gets some hand to it but the shot has enough power to end up at the back of the net. Pune 0-NorthEast 2
Minute 90 (PENALTY!!) -- Mascia goes down inside the box in the 90th minute and the referee points to the spot. Also, Sahil is shown a yellow!
Minute 85 -- Adil finds Ashique on the right who bolts through the NorthEast defence. The goalkeeper and two other defenders come and try to crowd out Ashique who puts in a loww cross inside the box but it's easily cleared
Minute 80 (SUBSTITUTION FOR PUNE) -- Marcelinho out, Poojary in
Minute 72 (SUBSTITUTION FOR NORTHEAST) -- Reagan out, Lakra in
Minute 71 -- NorthEast's Mascia does well down the right to get near the box and then cuts it back for Ogbeche whose first-time shot is blocked by Mills. Gallego takes the rebound but it's blokced too
Minute 63 -- Pune get close again as Adil receives the ball at the edge of the box with only the goalkeeper to beat but is flagged offside
Minute 61 (SUBSTITUTION FOR NORTHEAST UNITED FC) -- Redeem out, Puitea in
Minute 61 (YELLOW CARD) -- Ashutosh Mehta gets a card
Minute 55 (YELLOW CARD) -- Marcelinho is shown a yellow
Minute 52 -- Ogbeche gets the ball on the inside right and looks to turn in but Mills is with him so he chooses to keep possession of the ball instead
Minute 51 -- Ashique gets the ball on the left and has the chance to find one of his teammates inside the box but he puts in a sloppy cross instead that flies out of the play
Second half begins
Half-time report:  NorthEast United FC lead FC Pune City 1-0 at half-time at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune, courtsey a 23rd-minute goal by French forward Ogbeche.
 
Ogbeche scored from a corner after the cross at the near post from right was headed over to the far post where he poked the ball past everybody and into the back of the net.
 
But the home team, FC Pune City, should have had at least one goal of their own, given the number of fine chances they created, especially late in the half. First, in the 38th minute, Robin Singh was at the receiving end of a perfect cross inside the box and tried to hit it on the volley but Pereira did well to block the shot out for a corner.
 
They again came close to scoring in the 41st minute when Pune got a corner and Mill's header destined to find the back of the net but the NorthEast defence and the goalkeeper somehow kept the ball out amid the scramble.
 
NorthEast could have scored their opener in the 21st minute itself when a speculative ball from left found Ogbeche at the near post whose toed touch nearly trickled inside the left corner but Kamaljit wonderfully tipped it away.
Minute 45 -- One minute of additional time
Minute 41 -- Amazing escape for NorthEast United! Pune get a corner and Mills gets his head to the ball that seems destined to find the back of the net but the NorthEast defence and the goalkeeper somehow keep the ball out amid the scramble
Minute 38 -- Robin Singh gets a perfect cross inside the box and tries to hit it on the volley but Pereira does well to block the shot out for a corner
Minute 34 -- Sahil puts in a great bend on the ball with Hume chasing the cross inside the box but the striker fails to get past the onrushing goalkeeper
Minute 26 -- Gallego with a long-range shot on the right nearly hits the target at the far post, missing by inches
Minute 23 (GOAL!!) -- Ogbeche scores!!! 1-0 for NorthEast. The visitors score from a corner. The corner kick is at the near post from the right and is headed over to the far post where Ogbeche pokes the ball past everybody into the back of the net to make it 1-0!
Minute 21 -- Speculative ball from the left finds Ogbeche at the near post whose toed touch nearly trickles inside the left corner but Kamaljit wonderfully tips it away! So near!
Minute 12 -- Pereira's cross inside the box is headed away by Borges. Kuruniyan gets the ball whose left foot shot is kept out by Pawan Kumar
Minute 9 - Ogbeche wins the ball on the left flank and passes it to Mascia whose shot is blocked!
The lineups are out! 
 
FC Pune City -- Kamaljit Singh (GK), Gurtej Singh (C), Matt Mills, Ashutosh Mehta, Sahil Panwar, Jonathan Vila, Adil Khan, Robin Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Marcelo Pereira, Iain Hume.
 
Pune substitutes -- Vishal Kaith, Martin Diaz, Sarthak Golui, Marko stankovic, Shankar Sampingraj, Jakob Vanlalhlimpuia, Nikhil Poojari
 
NorthEast United FC -- Pawan Kumar (GK), Reagan Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Mato Grgic, Keegan Pereira, Redeem Tlang, Rowllin Borges, Federico Gallego, Jose Leudo, Bartholomew Ogbeche (C), Juan Mascia.
 
NorthEast substitutes -- TP Rehenesh, Provat Lakra, Robert Lalthlamuana, Lalrempuia Fanai, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Nikhil Kadam, Girik Khosla
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