NorthEast United FC warmed up for their do-or-die battle ahead with an encouraging 2-1 victory over Delhi Dynamos in their penultimate Hero Indian Super League clash at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday.
ISL 2016: Atletico de Kolkata, NorthEast United share the spoils after late equaliser from Iain Hume
Canadian footballer Iain Hume's last-ditch goal earned Atletico de Kolkata a crucial point in a 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) match here on Thursday.
The attacking trident of Nicolas Velez, Katsumi Yusa and Emiliano Alfaro has been incredible for NorthEast so far, and all three played a part in the goal on Wednesday.
NorthEast United coach Nelo Vingada refused to blame his players for the goal that allowed Mumbai City FC to win 1-0 at the Andheri Sports Complex in Friday's Indian Super League (ISL) match.
NorthEast United FC, high on confidence after beginning their campaign with a victory will take on last edition runners-up FC Goa in their second home match in the Indian Super League (ISL) at Guwahati on Tuesday.
NorthEast have shown a glimpse of their potential in win over Kerala Blasters in the opening match of ISL 2016.
The John Abraham-owned NorthEast United FC finished at the bottom of the table in the inaugural season and last year it missed the semi-final by a whisker.
Fans would hope that NorthEast United's upward trajectory continues this season and the side can finally manage to be around at the business end of the tournament.
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Didier Zokora also expressed his optimism that Indian Super League will eventually help the footballing culture in India develop.
Live updates as FC Pune City host FC Goa.
Pune were troubled in the first half, but responded to a tactical change with verve, tenacity and brand of passing football that was incredibly pleasing to watch.
Mutu made a flying start to his Chelsea career after a £15.8 million move from Parma, scoring four goals in his first three matches in the Premier League. But things took a turn when he failed a cocaine test later in next year.
Adrian Mutu was announced FC Pune City's marquee player for ISL 2015
"We know we have very good players," Zokora said before practice Friday, the eve of their Group C opener against Japan. "We want to show our class."