ATK Mohun Bagan 2-Zero NorthEast United: Report, Scores & Response because the Mariners Ease Previous the Highlanders
After an exciting clash between SC East Bengal and Odisha FC, the Indian Super League action continued on Sunday with a matchday 10 opener that featured second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan and sixth-placed NorthEast United. The Mariners were unbeaten in four games, while the away team couldn’t win any of their last four games.
A fascinating fight was brewing, and here’s what we made of it:
The game’s first chance came in the 18th minute after a cagey start when Carl McHugh got a free kick from Edu García’s free kick, but he missed high.
ATK Mohun Bagan had some good crossing positions in the first half and also delivered some good balls, but they never really tested Gurmeet Singh with their headed games so it was pleasantly goalless at break.
The Mariners finally took the lead after a series of turns in the 51st minute when Tiri led the ball into the far post region where Roy Krishna waited to push the ball home.
Be it 2020 or 2021, “1-0 for Roy Krishna” is the gift that is given over and over again.
– Anirudh Menon (@ AnirudhMenon89) January 3, 2021
Six minutes later, ATKMB doubled their lead when Benjamin Lambot was apparently pulled by Sandesh Jhingan and he accidentally pushed a corner past his own goalkeeper. VP Suhair was deflected on the goal line before stepping in.
That wasn’t a goal #ATKMBNEU #HeroISL #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/3X5CrjKJX9
– BFC_Ultras (@ sagar17291) January 3, 2021
ATKMB almost managed the corner hat trick 67 minutes into the match when Tiri had a free header from Edu García’s ball into the box, but he just missed. Four minutes later, from a promising position, Federico Gallego sent a free kick in the direction of the goal, but it hit the crossbar and scored a goal kick.
The home team was then able to control the game and routinely won 2-0.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN
Main talking point
Smooth sailing continues
ATK Mohun Bagan were the second-best team in the 0-0 draw with Chennaiyin FC and with Mumbai City continuing to look unstoppable, they knew nothing less than three points would be enough tonight.
Antonio López Habas, who looked unusually lively and nervous on the contact line, didn’t seem to like her first-half performance. His team saw more of the ball, a statistic most managers would like but probably not Habas, who prefers to cause damage on the counter. While ATKMB held a decent position, they absolutely lacked the end product and could not jeopardize the northeastern goal.
As always, they shifted up gear at half-time and came out much more focused. After a few set pieces in the opening minutes, Roy Krishna helped the Mariners take the lead (again) and a bit of luck made it 2-0 in their favor after a Benjamin Lambot own goal. After that it was a game management test for the home team and, as has often been the case this season, they passed it with flying colors.
Fantastic victory for the sailors and now we’re back on top of the table! A full rendering of team play and this goal from @ RoyKrishna21 was excellent! #ISL #JoyMohunBagan @atkmohunbaganfc @Mohun_Bagan
– Anupam Bhaumik (@Anupam__Bhaumik) January 3, 2021
That match, with its relatively slow pace, was probably the perfect opportunity for ATK Mohun Bagan to prepare for the next duel against Mumbai City, which will be their toughest test yet.
Arindam Bhattacharya (6), Pritam Kotal (7), Sandesh Jhingan (7), Tiri (7.5), Subhasish Bose (7), Carl McHugh (7.5), Prabir Das (6), Sheikh Sahil (5) , Edu García (5) 7), David Williams (6.5), Roy Krishna ((8th *)
Subs: Pronay Halder (5.5), Manvir Singh (5.5), Glan Martins (5.5), Brad Inman (N / A)
Main talking point
Encouraging start derailed
After this very encouraging start to the season, NorthEast United seemingly got lost and failed to win in five games.
Their top four indictments seem to be falling apart very slowly now as their initially solid defense has not conceded a goal in over three weeks. Additionally, her attack has faded three times in the last four games, and with Kwesi Appiah injured for a while, a lot needs to be changed for that value to improve.
The Highlanders never looked like they would interfere with ATK Mohun Bagan’s goal at any point as they were on the hunt with only 43% of the ball for most of the game. At the back, Dylan Fox looked absolutely solid, but Benjamin Lambot had a bit of a rest day and that cost her. Even after conceding two goals, Gerard Nus’ men never had enough attacking intentions, who were almost satisfied with a 2-0 defeat.
At least we lost to good opponents. Come on boy Now it’s time to get back to the training ground and look back at what’s not working right and improve to really stay at the top of the game. 💪 # StrongerAsOne
– bumd👽 (@ 10FcUtd) January 3, 2021
NorthEast United have suffered another sluggish loss and if they want to battle for a place in the playoffs it is time they started turning things around.
Gurmeet Singh (5), Ashutosh Mehta (6.5), Benjamin Lambot (4.5), Dylan Fox (7.5 *), Provat Lakra (5), VP Suhair (5), Lalengmawia (7.5), Khassa Camara (6.5), Rochharzela (5.5), Federico Gallego (7), Idrissa Sylla (6)
Subs: Gurjinder Kumar (6), Ninthoinganba Meetei (5.5), Luís Machado (5)
What this means:
ATK Mohun Bagan move back to the top of the table thanks to Roy Krisna’s sixth goal of the season and fourth own goal of the season, while NorthEast United remain in sixth place. For the second time this season, the Mariners have won a game after keeping more of the ball.
ATK Mohun Bagan will face Mumbai City in a decisive duel on January 11, while NorthEast United will face Hyderabad FC on January 8.
Statistics courtesy of Sofascore.com