ISL2023–24: Mumbai City FC defeats NEUFC 4-1 thanks to a valiant hat-trick from Vikram Partap.

ISL2023–24: Mumbai City FC defeats NEUFC 4-1 thanks to a valiant hat-trick from Vikram Partap.

ISL2023–24;After Mumbai City defeated Bengaluru, Vikram Partap Singh gave an emotional post-match interview, dedicating his goals to his late father. In Mumbai’s 4-1 victory over NorthEast United, their 11th ISL victory, he scored a hat-trick.
MUMBAI: A moved Vikram Partap Singh dedicated his brace to his late father, who died away in January, during his team’s 2-0 victory over Bengaluru at the Mumbai Football Arena last month.
In an interview after the game, the teenage forward for the Islanders, struggling to contain his tears, had declared, “All my goals will be for him.” The 22-year-old India international performed even better on Tuesday, lighting up Mumbai’s 4-1 victory over NorthEast United at the Arena with his first-ever ISL hat-trick. The fan was watching from above.

The Islanders’ decisive win moved them back to the top of the standings (39 points from 19 games), with three points separating them from Mohun Bagan Super Giant, who are in second place but have played two fewer games. Juan Pedro Benali’s NorthEast team is still in the running for a postseason position despite being in ninth place with 20 points from 19 games.
Mumbai’s only setback was late in the first half when they lost goalkeeper Phurba Lachenpa to an injury. This could now raise questions about his inclusion in coach Igor Stimac’s probable squad for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Vikram was extremely fortunate to score his first goal in the third minute, as he appeared to be offside before firing past Gurmeet. However, he was in the ideal position to score his second goal, heading in the rebound after Bipin Singh’s rasping left-footed attempt pricked the NorthEast keeper’s palms.

The Islanders led 2-0 after ten minutes and easily won their 11th straight league game. Yoel van Nieff’s strong penalty kick in the final minutes of the half effectively ended the match, despite the visitors’ best efforts to rally.

Once more, Vikram was involved in the goal; it was his clever through pass from the left that resulted in the penalty after Redeem Tlang’s poor challenge pulled down Akash Mishra in the area as he ran to receive the pass.

The West Coast Brigade yelled “Vikaram,” expecting the striker to finish with a hat-trick, but Van Nieff was the one to take the spot kick and put it right in the heart of the net.
If Vikram had to wait till the 79th minute for NorthEast to score a goal back, he was not about to let his triple be denied. After dominating the match, Jithin Madathil Subran took full advantage of a rare moment of distraction on Petr Kratky’s part.
After Gani Ahmed replaced Macarton Louis Nickson late in the first half, Jithin reached the box before Mohammad Nawaz did. Nawaz’s defense and Nawaz’s replacement, Phurba, were confused, and Jithin rolled the ball into the net.
The hosts’ three-goal lead was restored in just one minute, courtesy of a superb move combining Lallianzuala Chhangte and Jorge Pereyra Diaz, which culminated with Vikram smashing Chhangte’s cut back goal.
Parthib Gogoi received a red card during stoppage time for what appeared to be a headbutt on Apuia, sealing NorthEast’s doom.

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