Odisha FC stored themselves within the hunt for an Indian Tremendous League play-off spot after a come-from-behind 2-1 win over NorthEast United FC on the Kalinga stadium right here on Friday. Martin Chaves (24′) had handed the guests the lead however Odisha turned it round within the second half, due to objectives from Manuel Onwu (46′) and Martin Perez Guedes (72′). The win sees Odisha rise to the fifth spot and nonetheless have an opportunity of qualifying for the play-offs, whereas NorthEast United’s poor run of kind continued.
Odisha began the sport on the entrance foot with Guedes seeing a shot go broad early within the recreation. NorthEast began to develop into the sport however Odisha carried the larger menace.
Odisha had probability after they broke ahead from a NorthEast nook within the 18th minute. Onwu charged ahead earlier than discovering Xisco Hernandez who opted to go for aim from a distance which pressured a save from Subhasish Roy Chowdhury.
Nevertheless, in opposition to the run of play, NorthEast took the lead within the 24th minute. A fast free kick from Federico Gallego despatched Chaves by means of on aim and the Uruguayan held off Shubham Sarangi and slid a end previous goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh.
Odisha stepped their recreation up after that and will have equalised earlier than half-time. Sarangi wasted a possibility on the far submit after the NorthEast defence did not clear a cross within the 28th minute, whereas Subhasish was pressured to make two good saves from Marcos Tebar and Guedes in fast succession.
Guedes had one other shot that was saved whereas Sarangi managed to get into the field after side-stepping a few defenders, solely to ship a feeble effort straight into the goalkeeper’s palms.
A deserved equaliser got here proper after the restart. Xisco unfold a ball to Nandhakumar Sekar on the wings and his cross was turned in well by Onwu.
Odisha stored on piling the strain seeking a winner and received their aim within the 72nd minute.
Xisco’s nook was headed on in direction of the far submit by Onwu and Guedes was in a position to squeeze it in at hand Odisha the lead.
Regardless of one of the best efforts of Keogh and Ninthoinganba Meetei, the latter’s glowing run within the 83rd minute nearly forcing a aim, Odisha managed to carry on and notch all three factors and maintain themselves within the hunt.