ISL: Odisha FC secure their second point as Cole Alexander’s superb strike denies NorthEast United
It could are another defeat but Odisha FC clawed back some extent despite taking the lead early against NorthEast United, drawing 2-2 during a Indian Super League game at the GMC Stadium, in Bambolim, Goa on Tuesday.
Odisha achieved the lead from Diego Mauricio (26’) before Benjamin Lambot (45+1’) drew parity. Kwesi Appiah (65’) then converted a penalty to place the Highlanders ahead but soon saw his goal canceled out by Cole Alexander (67’).
Odisha named an unchanged eleven from the side that lost to Bengaluru FC while North East United coach Gerard Nus rang in four changes with Federico Gallego handed a start.
The first half saw a cagey contest with each side heading into the break level after creating many chances.
The first big chance of the sport arrived during the 10th minute but Odisha keeper Arshdeep Singh produced a fine save to deny an opener for the Highlanders.
Gallego picked up Kwesi Appiah with an extended ball, and therefore the latter made space for himself between two markers but saw his shot blocked by Arshdeep.
Minutes later, Odisha carved out an excellent chance at the opposite end from a set-piece and will have bagged the lead.
|Odisha FC Courtesy: ISL|
Diego Mauricio had two attempts on goal and his other appeared to be heading into net before Dylan Fox achieved a fine goal-line cleare to stay it goalless.
But the Brazilian redeemed himself with a wonder-strike handy his side the lead. Mauricio, receiving the ball from outside the box, cut inside before drilling a coffee shot that trickled into the rear of the net. The ball went in following a light-weight deflection off Lalengmawia, leaving the keeper with no chance.
NorthEast piled on the pressure after conceding and missed three chances from set-pieces. However, a lapse in concentration from Odisha in stoppage time resulted in a draw.
Lambot made a run at the far post and picked up Ashutosh Mehra’s cross before heading home.
NEU side began the last half from where they left off and deservedly took the lead. They won a penalty after Appiah was tripped within the box by Arshdeep. The Ghanian stepped up to require the spot-kick and struck it with venom to notch his third ISL goal.
Their lead didn’t last long as Alexander equalized for Odisha by beautifully curling his shot at the far post.
NorthEast nearly scored the winner within the dying minutestes but substitute Khassa Camara’s long-range strike missed the crossbar little by little .