Mumbai City FC took a giant leap towards solidifying their top position in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 standings. They delivered a commanding 4-1 win over NorthEast United FC. The electrifying match at the Mumbai Football Arena showed the team’s potential. It also highlighted Vikram Partap Singh’s talent as he etched his name into ISL history with a stunning hat trick.

Vikram’s performance was truly historic. He became the sixth Indian to achieve a hat trick in the league and the second youngest to do so. Such a record was only preceded by Kiyan Nassiri Giri’s feat in January 2022. Vikram’s goals at the third, tenth, and 80th minutes were crucial in dismantling the NorthEast United FC defense. His performance was a testament to his talent and dedication, securing a significant victory for the Islanders.

The match kicked off with Mumbai City FC asserting their dominance early on. Vikram found the net thanks to a brilliant assist from Dutch midfielder Yoell van Nieff. The home team’s aggressive playstyle and strategic gameplay were evident. They controlled the pace and flow of the game, pushing the Highlanders on the back foot from the very start.

Vikram’s relentless pursuit of goals paid off. He capitalized on a rebound off the crossbar from Bipin Singh’s shot, doubling Mumbai City FC’s lead. NorthEast United FC’s did their best to contain the Islanders. Yet, they were overwhelmed by the sheer skill and teamwork displayed by the home team.

The first half concluded with Mumbai City FC leading 3-0, a margin achieved only four times in the last decade of ISL, thanks to a penalty by van Nieff. The second half saw Vikram completing his hat trick, cementing the Islanders’ superiority. Despite a consolation goal from Jithin M.S. for the visitors, it was Mumbai City FC’s night. Their immediate counter-attack reinstating their dominance.

The victory places Mumbai City FC at the top of the league with 39 points, a testament to their determination to retain the ISL League Winners Shield title. NorthEast United FC faces a steep climb for playoff qualification, sitting ninth in the standings with 20 points from 19 games. 

The match also saw a setback for the visitors as youngster Parthib Gogoi was sent off with a red card.

As Mumbai City FC marches forward, their performance against NorthEast United FC will be recalled as a season highlight.67041000

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