NorthEast United take on Delhi Dynamos in their final home game of Indian Super League (ISL) season three, on Wednesday.
The equation for Highlanders is straight-forward heading into this match. They need a minimum of four points from their two games left and should they draw against the already qualified Delhi Dynamos, then their last match of the league phase becomes a must-win, and vice versa. Should they lose on Wednesday, it’s curtains for their season.
90+5′ Wellington with an amazing run through on goal but can’t quite get a good good shot away.
90+3′ GOOOALLL!! Marcelinho scored his 9th Goal of the season .Marcelinho gets into a good position in the box, skips past Zokora and fires his shot away for a late, late goal.
90+1′ Shouvik’s cross floated in is disappointing. Meanwhile, Katsumi is taken off for Narzary.
90′ 4 minutes added on.
88′ Play is stopped as a fan has infiltrated the field! He comes and hugs Romaric before being ushered out.
88′ Robert Cullen has gone off with a knock.
86′ Marcelinho! With an attempt from distance that fizzes just over the bar.
85′ Katsumi is inches away! The Japanese midfielder is set up by Romaric but his shot on the slide is inches away.
85′ Alfaro on the other hand sets off on the counter.
84′ Kean Lewis still looking like a busy player but Delhi can’t force their way through a tight defence.
81′ Pelissari gets a shot away but it is tame for the keeper.
79′ Kean Lewis, who’s drifted towards the right is found to be offside.
78′ Delhi immediately make another change, Sawmtea comes on for Milan Singh
77′ Substitution: Gadze is taken off for Bruno Pelissari.
76′ Gadze pokes a ball forward but Rehenesh comes and collects well.
75′ NorthEast are all over Delhi now, looking much the better side.
73′ Cullen now on the end of a lovely pass by Romaric. Can’t quite find a teammate with a cross though.
72′ GOOOALLL!!!! NorthEast Scored . Romaric is played through brilliantly and the midfielder stabs the Ball past Doblas expertly.
69′ Alfaro again wins a long ball and finds Romaric in support. His shot is deflected for a corner.
66′ A corner for Delhi here now. A cross is flapped away by Rehenesh as the home side calm things down.
65′ Delhi looking to hit back at NorthEast and get the scores level again.
63′ A few altercations as Anas is yellow carded.
60′ GOOOALLLLL!!! Seityasen Scored ! A long ball in over the top has seen Seityasen in behind the Delhi defence and somehow tucks it away from a difficult angle.
58′ Delhi just comfortable in possession.
57′ Malouda’s foul on Yusa on the halfway line.
55′ Corner for Delhi. Alves with the header clear.
53′ NorthEast needs to show more energy as they allowing Delhi to keep the ball easily .
51′ Marcelinho does good job in right wing to cross the ball but Kean Lewis shot goes way above the goal.
48′ As things stand, NorthEast United’s clash vs Kerala will be the deciding game to finalize the 4th semi-finalist
46′ Delhi Dynamos (346) have made more than twice the number of passes than NorthEast United FC (169).
Half Time: NorthEast United FC 0-0 Delhi Dynamos
It’s a stalemate at half time as both teams’ defences have cancelled each other out. In a crucial game for NorthEast, they’ve been happy to sit back and hit on the counter. Delhi, meanwhile haven’t been at their fluent best in offence.
45′ A few tempers flare but Malouda calms things down. Two minutes added on.
44′ Marcelinho gets bundled over after a run. Nothing given.
42′ Robert Cullen weaves past a couple of challenges but can’t quite find a finish.
39′ Patient buildup from the Dynamos leads to a chance for Lewis. He skied his half volley.
37′ Seityasen with a wonderful attempt! Doblas is equal to it with a diving save.
35′ Ball chipped over the NorthEast defence but Rehenesh halts the advancing Gadze brilliantly.
33′ Gadze has a shot from an impossible angle gathered easily by Rehenesh.
31′ Ruben Rocha receives the game’s first yellow card.
30′ Some lovely build up from the Highlanders almost sees Cullen get through on goal.
28′ NorthEast are dominating possession now. Delhi’s defence has been solid so far, though.
25′ The home team win a free kick in a dangerous position right by the corner flag. Delivery is disappointing.
24′ Milan Singh’s wayward shot almost turns into a great pass for Kean Lewis.
2′ Cullen’s attempted cross is poor but his follow up shot earns his side a corner.
20′ NorthEast United slowly growing into the game here.
18′ Great ball through for Alfaro who just can’t get enough power on a great chance for NorthEast. Their first real chance of the game.
17′ Marcelinho sees an audacious curling effort go wide. He probably should’ve looked to cross.
15′ An awkward position for Ruben Rocha to clear a long ball from NorthEast but he uses great experience to stop the danger.
13′ Not a game with too many chances so far but Delhi have been very confident in possession and passing so far.
10′ Unfortunately for NEUFC, Velez has to be taken off. Robert Cullen shall come in to replace him.
9′ Delhi maintaining possession early on. Meanwhile, Velez is back on but not he’s not looking in great shape.
7′ Play has been stopped as Nico Velez receives treatment.
5′ NorthEast getting some possession finally.
3′ What a chance for Delhi! They walked through the NorthEast defence but Gadze fires inches wide when
3′ The young Indian keeper gets his chance with Subrata Paul injured.
2′ Early ball in by Malouda. Collected by TP Rehenesh though.
1′ Kick off! Delhi get us underway in Guwahati.
6:56 pm National anthem is over and players are shaking hands before kick off .
6:50 pm Northeast United scored 3 goals against Chennai in their last match and looked good going forward. However, they have struggled offensively at home, having scored 5 goals in 6 matches. Which is the joint lowest by a team in ISL 2016 along with ATK and FC Goa
6:43 pm Team sheets are out.
NorthEast United FC Playing XI: Rehenesh Thumbirumbu Paramba(GK), Mailson Alves, Robin Gurung, Nirmal Chettri, Didier Zokora(C), Koffi Christian N’dri, Katsumi Yusa, Seityasen Singh, Rowllin Borges, Emiliano Alfaro, Nicolas Leandro Velez.
Delhi Dynamos FC Playing XI: Antonio Doblas Santana(GK), Rubén González Rocha, Souvik Chakraborty, Lalchhawnkima, Anas Edathodika, Florent Malouda(C), Marcos Tébar, Milan Singh, Richard Gadze, Marcelo Leite Pereira, Kean Lewis.
6:35 pm The two teams come into this fixture with interesting results in their previous matches. While the Highlanders kept their semis hopes alive by sharing points with Chennaiyin FC in one of the most thrilling matches of the season so far by a 3-3 score line, the Dynamos thrashed FC Goa by a huge margin of 5-1 last Sunday.
6:30 pm NorthEast United FC have only 35.8 percent chance of qualification to semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League but despite having the least chance among four hopefuls, they are staying calm and positive.