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NorthEast United FC�s winning run on

By Sports reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - Riding on a brace by Uruguayan recruit Emiliano Alfaro, NorthEast United FC registered their back to back victory in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 3.

In an entertaining encounter at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai here today, the hosts prevailed over FC Goa 2-0.

The Goa players started the game with a positive note and forced the host�s custodian Subrata Paul with a series of forays.

But NorthEast United FC responded with an attempt of their own after a cross from the left found Katsumi Yusa unmarked at the far post. The Japanese midfielder composed himself before getting his shot away, however, Laxmikanth Kattimani made a goal line save.

The opening goal of the game was scored in the 20th minute after Kattimani made heavy weather of a back-pass from his skipper Lucio. FC Goa�s stopper hesitated to clear the ball after receiving the ball and kicked it straight into Alfaro, who smartly punched home to put his team 1-0 ahead.

Goa came close of equalising in the 38th minute thanks to some brilliant work by Mandar Rao Dessai on the left flank. The young winger beat NorthEast�s defence and cut the ball back to Joffre, who struck a powerful shot straight at Paul in the Highlanders� goal.

They had another chance before half-time after a well worked free-kick was helped into the danger area by Lucio. Goncalves� attempt on goal from his captain�s lay-off though was a feeble effort that Paul collected easily to help his side go in at the break.

Both sides raised their game in the second half with the hosts looking to add to their lead, while the Goans went in search of an equaliser. Paul made a double save to deny the visitors twice in matter of seconds in the 58th minute. After a stunning save low to his right from Dessai, India�s Spiderman was at it again as he flew through the air to parry away an effort from range by Goncalves.

Receiving the ball from local boy Holicharan Narzary, Alfaro found himself through on goal with just Kattimani to beat. The Uruguayan striker made no mistake and put the ball though the keeper�s legs for his and NorthEast�s second of the night (2-0).

Substitute Reinaldo added more bite to Goa�s attack and had a left-footed effort saved comfortably by Paul in the 74th minute. Alfaro nearly had his hat-trick seven minutes later when NorthEast substitute Nicolas Velez was sent clear on goal.

The 26-year-old, however, unselfishly squared the ball to Alfaro, who was denied the first hat-trick of the season thanks to an exceptional block by Gaikwad on the goal-line. Goa could have pulled one back through another one of their substitutes, Julio Cesar. The Brazilian forward, however, failed to hit the target as NorthEast secured their second win and second clean sheet of the season.

In the next match NEUFC will face off against Mumbai City FC at Mumbai on October 7.

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NorthEast United FC�s winning run on

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - Riding on a brace by Uruguayan recruit Emiliano Alfaro, NorthEast United FC registered their back to back victory in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 3.

In an entertaining encounter at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai here today, the hosts prevailed over FC Goa 2-0.

The Goa players started the game with a positive note and forced the host�s custodian Subrata Paul with a series of forays.

But NorthEast United FC responded with an attempt of their own after a cross from the left found Katsumi Yusa unmarked at the far post. The Japanese midfielder composed himself before getting his shot away, however, Laxmikanth Kattimani made a goal line save.

The opening goal of the game was scored in the 20th minute after Kattimani made heavy weather of a back-pass from his skipper Lucio. FC Goa�s stopper hesitated to clear the ball after receiving the ball and kicked it straight into Alfaro, who smartly punched home to put his team 1-0 ahead.

Goa came close of equalising in the 38th minute thanks to some brilliant work by Mandar Rao Dessai on the left flank. The young winger beat NorthEast�s defence and cut the ball back to Joffre, who struck a powerful shot straight at Paul in the Highlanders� goal.

They had another chance before half-time after a well worked free-kick was helped into the danger area by Lucio. Goncalves� attempt on goal from his captain�s lay-off though was a feeble effort that Paul collected easily to help his side go in at the break.

Both sides raised their game in the second half with the hosts looking to add to their lead, while the Goans went in search of an equaliser. Paul made a double save to deny the visitors twice in matter of seconds in the 58th minute. After a stunning save low to his right from Dessai, India�s Spiderman was at it again as he flew through the air to parry away an effort from range by Goncalves.

Receiving the ball from local boy Holicharan Narzary, Alfaro found himself through on goal with just Kattimani to beat. The Uruguayan striker made no mistake and put the ball though the keeper�s legs for his and NorthEast�s second of the night (2-0).

Substitute Reinaldo added more bite to Goa�s attack and had a left-footed effort saved comfortably by Paul in the 74th minute. Alfaro nearly had his hat-trick seven minutes later when NorthEast substitute Nicolas Velez was sent clear on goal.

The 26-year-old, however, unselfishly squared the ball to Alfaro, who was denied the first hat-trick of the season thanks to an exceptional block by Gaikwad on the goal-line. Goa could have pulled one back through another one of their substitutes, Julio Cesar. The Brazilian forward, however, failed to hit the target as NorthEast secured their second win and second clean sheet of the season.

In the next match NEUFC will face off against Mumbai City FC at Mumbai on October 7.