NorthEast United started the match in roaring fashion with Velez giving his team the lead in the fourth minute.
With four successive home outings to conclude the league stage, the reigning champions have an excellent opportunity to make the playoffs with ease.
The hosts’ marquee player-cum-coach Roberto Carlos however, is confident that his players will hit the right notes against Mumbai.
Goa turned things around in the second session with two spot kicks, both of which were converted with ease.
The win gave Kerala eight points from an equal number of matches and helped them climb out of the bottom of the IPL table.
Former Brazil superstar Ronaldo will be the special guest of Delhi Dynamos during their ISL match against Mumbai City FC on November 6.
ATK coach Antonio Lopez Habas will have to dig deep into his reserves to pull out forwards who can give the Mumbai defence a run for their money.
The hosts had plenty of chances to kill the game as a contest particularly after they had restored parity.
Chennaiyin have not had the best of starts and are now placed fifth with nine points from six matches.
FC Goa, who have 10 points from six matches, are just two points away from table topper Pune FC, and a win on Friday will put them back at the top.
The contest was restricted to the midfield for the first few minutes as both sides tried to gauge each other’s strengths.
With this win Mumbai climbed to the second position in the points table with 10 points from six games, having won three, lost two and drawn one.