Making as many as six changes to his FC Pune City side, manager Franco Colomba clearly stated that his side needs some freshening up to leapfrog into fourth place from bottom, is they are to win this match. The two man strike partnership of Trezeguet and Bolado started in a 4-4-2, while Israil Gurung started on the right flank, and Kostas along with Lenny constructed a solid midfield pairing.
NorthEast United started with the returning Joan Capdevila and Koke, as the former slotted in as center back and the latter operated as a striker. Lining up in a 4-1-3-2, Mtonga played the midfield anchor while Rehenesh, who has impressed so far, started in goal.
A win for FC Pune City would take them out of the gallows and uplift them to fourth, while a win for NorthEast United would take them top of the Super League.
The father and son combination worked wonder for the Pune franchisee as Davide Colomba operating as a Left Winger, proved to be handful for the NorthEast defense which had conceded the least amount of goals. Colomba, probably FC Pune City’s best player of the first half hustled and harried defenders, in what was a box to box encounter.
Early on, FC Pune City injected with home support dominated proceeding and managed to test Rehenesh time and time again. Although, Rehenesh passed his test with flying colors, the NorthEast defense did not, operating poorly, as FC Pune City often kept possession inside NorthEast’s own half.
A rare Highlander chance came through counter attacks, and that too via the speed and acumen of crowd favorite Durga Boro. With Koke dropping deep, Do often threatened the Pune City goal with his exhilarating runs, the former released the latter in one or two occasions, but to no good effect.
With 7 goals scored between them in 9 games, it was evident that both sides missed penetration, even while displaying beautiful football.
Although NorthEast dominated the possession at halftime, FC Pune City boasted their higher shots on goal ratio.
The second half, after light blow being exchanged, burst to life as Pune City continued with their quest for the elusive goals. After dominating possession, FC Pune City were denied a glorious opportunity to go ahead in the fixture, as Joan Capdevila made a goal line clearance.
Dudu was introduced for David Trezeguet, as a change to re-energise things. The East Bengal man, quickly made an impact and tested NorthEast United’s Rehenesh.
FC Pune City created more pressure and more chances, however the decisive eluded the franchisee. As the game approached time, NorthEast United committed men behind the ball and attacked by counter.
NorthEast United finally crumbled to Pune pressure, as a Dudu effort which rebounded off the crossbar was converted in by the head of John Goossens . Unable to find an equalizing goal, NorthEast United succumbed to their second defeat, while FC Pune City leapfrog Delhi Dynamos into fourth.