Kozhikode, Jan 24 (UNI) Formidable Mahindra United Mumbai defeated Viva Kerala 2-0 in the 13th round of the ONGC I-League at the V K Krishna Menon Indoor Stadium here today.
With this win, Mahindra United moved to fourth position, aggregating 20 points from 13 encounters while Viva remained at eighth spot with 12 points from as many outings.
Utilising a minus cross from Tabia Othallo, foreign recruit Andrews M Pomevie netted the first goal for the visitors by outwitting the rival defenders and custodian in the 47th minute.
Mohammed Rafi increased the tally to 2-0 by taking a cross from Steven Dias in the 27th minute of the second half, which was clearly dominated by the jeepmen.
Although the Kochi-based Kerala team got many chances in the first half, they failed to pierce the well-drilled defence of the Jeepmen.
Pomevie was adjuged the man of the match for his outstanding performance.
Viva will take on Churchil Brothers in its home match here on February 4.
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