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ISL: NorthEast United FC end season with a big win over Odisha FC

NorthEast United defeated Odisha FC 3-0 in their last game of the ISL season 10 to finish with a win.

ISL: NorthEast United FC end season with a big win over Odisha FC

FILE PHOTO: NorthEast United FC beat FC Goa in the ISL. 


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 14 April 2024 5:43 AM GMT

NorthEast United FC ended their Indian Super League (ISL) campaign with a resounding 3-0 victory over Odisha FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Saturday.

Despite not qualifying for the playoffs, the Highlanders gave a good account of themselves against a tough opponent in Odisha FC.

This is the third loss for Odisha FC in five games as they finished the league season with 39 points and will be battling in the playoffs for a place in the semi-final.

The Highlanders, who were last in the table in 2022-23, round off this campaign in the seventh spot with 26 points from 22 matches to their name.

It was a clinical outing by the Highlanders, and young attacker Parthib Gogoi opened the scoring for them in this dominant performance.

Gogoi had started the season by scoring in each of their first three league games. He brought the curtains down on the campaign with a goal to his name, albeit in a different style.

Renowned for his out-of-the-box efforts, Parthib tapped in a low cross in the 12th minute to start the scoring for the Highlanders.

Four minutes later, the home team doubled their lead and it was their Spanish talisman Nestor Albiach who swung into action for the same.

Parthib, lively in the final third, laid the ball up for Nestor, who carried the ball into the Odisha FC box with effortless ease and put it past Lalthuammawia Ralte to round off one of the most captivating solo efforts of the season.

The Juggernauts had a chance to pull a goal back soon afterward. Odisha FC attacker Pranjil Bhumij drew a foul inside the 18-yard box in the 24th minute, but Roy Krishna's shot from the spot was saved in the bottom left corner by NorthEast United FC goalkeeper Mirshad Michu.

This was the first time that Krishna missed a penalty in his ISL career, having converted each of his previous 10 efforts.

The Highlanders made them pay for this slip-up, with Phalguni Singh getting his name on the scoresheet in the added time of the first half.

Gogoi's cross inside the centre of the box was lapped upon and netted in by Phalguni for his team's third goal of the night, effectively handing them a formidable lead in the proceedings.

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