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ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

The win takes NorthEast United to third spot in the points table with 14 points from seven games while Kerala in the seventh spot with seven points from eight games

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NorthEast United FC vs Kerala Blasters (Photo: indiansuperleague.com)
NorthEast United FC vs Kerala Blasters (Photo: indiansuperleague.com)

Full-time report: United FC scored twice in extra-time to come back from behind and beat Blasters 2-1 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

Matej Poplatnik scored in the 73rd minute before Ogbeche scored from the spot and then Mascia, who was involved in NorthEast's first goal, wrapped things up with a thunderous last-minute goal.

The fisrt half ended scoreless but it has not been for the want of chances which have come flying thick and fast for both United FC and Blasters at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

The home team, especially, have been carving out chances like one would carve a turkey during Thanksgiving. The only thing failing them is their sharpness in the final third.

got their first chance in the 10th minute when Ogbeche got a free header from eight yards after a poor clerance off a corner only for Dheeraj to do brilliantly to keep the thundering header away. Ogbeche got another free-header just a minute later but his shot lacked power.

A couple minutes later, almost scored after a NorthEast defender messed up his backpass to Pawan Kumar who was off his line. Doungel was hounding the defender but a heavy touch gave the keeper enough time to pass the ball upfield.

Just one minute later, Doungel got a free header inside the box after a Halicharan cross from the left. He just had to head the ball in but made a terrible job of it.

NorthEast got another great chance to score the opener in the 21st minute when a great cross from the left found Komorski who had nobody marking him and he just needed to nod the ball into the target but chose to go for a full-blown header and missed the target instead.

Halicharan, who had been one of the most lively players in the fisrt half, did fantastically to skip past a few players from the right and then nick the ball over the top in the 37th minute. The ball came off the side-bar but feel kindly for Doungel who failed to score from the rebound.

NorthEast started the second half from where they left off and were creating chances but failing to put the ball in the back of the net. The goal came, but at the opposite end, when Matej Poplatnik broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute. Kerala got a corner and Zakeer Mundampara delivered an outswinging cross that Poplatnik absolutely hammers in at the near post to make it 0-1.

Kerala had the chance to double their lead in the 78th minute when Vineeth found himself almost all alone in the NorthEast half and looked to whip the ball in but his effort lacked power or precision and the keeper calmly collected the ball.

The visitors would have expected the game to be wrapped up at the end of normal time but six minutes were given in injury time. It was time for the Mascia show!

The substitute first won a penalty in the 92nd minute after Jhingan absolutely flattened him from behind. Ogbeche stepped up to take the spot-kick and, with a little twist of his hips, found the net's bottom left corner. Capitalising on the momentum, in the absolute last-minute of the game, Mascia scored a goal of his own and NorthEast's second. He got the ball on the inside right and absolutely hammered the volley in before celebrating uprariously with his teammates in front of their home fans.

The win takes NorthEast United to third spot in the points table with 14 points from seven games while Kerala in the seventh spot with seven points from eight games

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

That's full-time! NorthEast complete a fantastic turnaround to win 2-1 at home! Great game! Thank you for reading. Full match-report in a few minutes

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 90+6 (GOAL!!) -- Mascia scores a stunner in the final minute of the game!! What a comeback from the home team. Mascia gets the ball on the inside right and absolutely hammers the volley in! What a substitute! That should wrap up all three points for NorthEast

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 90+4 (YELLOW CARD) -- Lalruatthara gets in the book as well

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 90+3 (GOAL!!!)-- Ogbeche steps up to take the spot-kick and, with a swing of his hips, finds the net's bottom left corner. Dheeraj stands frozen! It's NorthEast 1-Kerala 1. What a twist in the tale!

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 90+2 (PENALTY!!!) -- NorthEast get a penalty in the injury timne after Jhingan absolutely flattens Mascia from behind!!!

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 90+1 -- Gallego decides to take the matter in his own hands and shoots from a distance but it's blocked

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 90 -- Six minutes of injury time

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 88 (YELLOW CARDS) -- Both Dheeraj and Poplatnik are shown the yellow cards

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 86 -- Keegan takes the resulting free-kick and simply wants to place the ball and fails to do exactly that! The ball flies well over the crossbar

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 85 -- NorthEast get a free-kick at the edge of the box. What an area to get a free-kick in the dying minutes of a game

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

Minute 82 -- NorthEast United go on a break. Ogbeche gets the ball on the right inside the box. He takes a touch and shoots but a diving Pesic cuts the shot off. The Frenchman appeals for a handball but the referee waves away the demands

First Published: Fri, November 23 2018. 19:12 IST

ISL 2018-19: NorthEast stage incredible comeback against Kerala to win 2-1

The win takes NorthEast United to third spot in the points table with 14 points from seven games while Kerala in the seventh spot with seven points from eight games

Full-time report: United FC scored twice in extra-time to come back from behind and beat Blasters 2-1 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

Matej Poplatnik scored in the 73rd minute before Ogbeche scored from the spot and then Mascia, who was involved in NorthEast's first goal, wrapped things up with a thunderous last-minute goal.

The fisrt half ended scoreless but it has not been for the want of chances which have come flying thick and fast for both United FC and Blasters at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

The home team, especially, have been carving out chances like one would carve a turkey during Thanksgiving. The only thing failing them is their sharpness in the final third.

got their first chance in the 10th minute when Ogbeche got a free header from eight yards after a poor clerance off a corner only for Dheeraj to do brilliantly to keep the thundering header away. Ogbeche got another free-header just a minute later but his shot lacked power.

A couple minutes later, almost scored after a NorthEast defender messed up his backpass to Pawan Kumar who was off his line. Doungel was hounding the defender but a heavy touch gave the keeper enough time to pass the ball upfield.

Just one minute later, Doungel got a free header inside the box after a Halicharan cross from the left. He just had to head the ball in but made a terrible job of it.

NorthEast got another great chance to score the opener in the 21st minute when a great cross from the left found Komorski who had nobody marking him and he just needed to nod the ball into the target but chose to go for a full-blown header and missed the target instead.

Halicharan, who had been one of the most lively players in the fisrt half, did fantastically to skip past a few players from the right and then nick the ball over the top in the 37th minute. The ball came off the side-bar but feel kindly for Doungel who failed to score from the rebound.

NorthEast started the second half from where they left off and were creating chances but failing to put the ball in the back of the net. The goal came, but at the opposite end, when Matej Poplatnik broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute. Kerala got a corner and Zakeer Mundampara delivered an outswinging cross that Poplatnik absolutely hammers in at the near post to make it 0-1.

Kerala had the chance to double their lead in the 78th minute when Vineeth found himself almost all alone in the NorthEast half and looked to whip the ball in but his effort lacked power or precision and the keeper calmly collected the ball.

The visitors would have expected the game to be wrapped up at the end of normal time but six minutes were given in injury time. It was time for the Mascia show!

The substitute first won a penalty in the 92nd minute after Jhingan absolutely flattened him from behind. Ogbeche stepped up to take the spot-kick and, with a little twist of his hips, found the net's bottom left corner. Capitalising on the momentum, in the absolute last-minute of the game, Mascia scored a goal of his own and NorthEast's second. He got the ball on the inside right and absolutely hammered the volley in before celebrating uprariously with his teammates in front of their home fans.

The win takes NorthEast United to third spot in the points table with 14 points from seven games while Kerala in the seventh spot with seven points from eight games

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