Northeast United made a brilliant start to the Indian Super League (ISL) football competition by beating Mumbai City FC 1–0 here on Saturday thanks to a goal by former Ghanaian international Kwesi Apaiah. Mumbai made 306 passes in the first 45 minutes, but could not hit a single shot. In the first half, Ahmed Zhao of Mumbai City was shown a red card.
Northeast United’s Australian defender Dylan Fox’s header hit Mumbai City’s Rawlin Borges in the 47th minute of the match. At this the referee gave a penalty to Northeast United. Apaiah converted this penalty into a goal and put North United FC ahead 1-0.
Mumbai had an opportunity to score a goal in the 66th minute, but this time defender Sarthak Golui’s shot from the header went a few inches above the goal post. In the final minutes, the Mumbai team made several attempts to score an equalizer, but they could not succeed in it.