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Following a thrilling clash between SC East Bengal and Odisha FC, the Indian Super League action continued on Sunday with a matchday 10 opener involving second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan and sixth-placed NorthEast United. . The Mariners were on a four-game unbeaten streak, while the visiting team had failed to win any of its last four.
An intriguing battle was brewing, and this is what we did with it:
The first chance of the match came in the 18th minute after a cautious start when Carl McHugh landed a free header from an Edu Garcia free kick but missed high.
ATK Mohun Bagan got into some good center positions in the first half and also delivered some good balls, but they never really tested Gurmeet Singh with their headers, so he was comfortably goalless at half-time.
The Mariners finally took the lead in the 51st minute after a series of corners when Tiri guided the ball into the far post region, where Roy Krishna was waiting to squeeze the ball.
Whether it’s 2020 or 2021, ‘1-0 Roy Krishna’ is the gift he keeps giving.
– Anirudh Menon (@ AnirudhMenon89) January 3, 2021
Six minutes later, ATKMB doubled their lead when Benjamin Lambot was seemingly thrown by Sandesh Jhingan and inadvertently cornering his own goalkeeper, who deflected VP Suhair on the goal line before entering.
– BFC_Ultras (@ sagar17291) January 3, 2021
ATKMB was about to complete its corner kick in the 67th minute when Tiri had a free header from Edu Garcia in the area, but he missed wide. Four minutes later, Federico Gallego sent a free kick into the goal from a promising position, but it crashed over the top of the crossbar and kicked off the goal.
The home team was able to control the match thereafter, and walked away with a routine 2-0 win.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN
Key talking point
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ATK Mohun Bagan were the second best team in their 0-0 draw against Chennaiyin FC, and with Mumbai City still looking unstoppable, they knew that no less than three points would do tonight.
His performance in the first half clearly did not seem to please Antonio López Habas, who looked unusually lively and nervous on the touchline. His team saw more ball, a stat that most coaches would like, but probably not Habas, who prefers to do damage on the counter. While ATKMB got in a decent position, they were absolutely devoid of end product and were unable to threaten the Northeast target.
As always, they changed gears during the halftime break and came out looking much more alert. After several set pieces in the opening minutes, Roy Krishna (again) helped the Mariners take the lead, and a bit of luck thereafter made it 2-0 in his favor after an own goal. Benjamin Lambot’s door. After that, it was a game management test for the locals, and as they have done many times this season, they overcame it with flying colors.
Fantastic victory for the sailors and now we are back on top of the table! A complete sample of team play and that goal from @ RoyKrishna21 it was excellent!#ISL #JoyMohunBagan @atkmohunbaganfc @Mohun_Bagan
– Anupam Bhaumik (@Anupam__Bhaumik) January 3, 2021
This match, with its relatively slow pace, was probably the perfect way for ATK Mohun Bagan to prepare for their next clash against the city of Mumbai, 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 ( 7), David Williams (6.5), Roy Krishna (8 *)
Subs: Pronay Halder (5.5), Manvir Singh (5.5), Glan Martins (5.5), Brad Inman (N / A)
Key talking point
An encouraging start off the rails
After that very encouraging start to the season, NorthEast United has apparently lost its way without a win in five now.
His charge in the top four appears to be falling apart very slowly now, as his initially solid defense has now been unable to keep a clean sheet for more than three weeks. Furthermore, their attack has been blank three times in the last four games, and with Kwesi Appiah injured for a while, a lot will need to change for that stat to improve.
The Highlanders never seemed to upset ATK Mohun Bagan’s goal at any point, as they were chasing for most of the match with only% of the ball. In the back, Dylan Fox looked absolutely solid, but Benjamin Lambot had a bit of a bad day and that’s what it cost them. Even after conceding two goals, there was never enough attacking intent on the part of Gerard Nus’s men, who almost settled for a 0-2 loss.
At least we lost to a quality opponent. Come on boy. Now is the time to get back into training camp and look back at what is not working well and improve to really stay on top of the game. 💪# Stronger as one
– bumd👽 (@ 10FcUtd) January 3, 2021
NorthEast United have suffered another bad defeat, and if they’re going to fight for a playoff spot, it’s about time they started to turn 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 does this mean:
ATK Mohun Bagan return to the top of the table thanks to Roy Krisna’s sixth goal of the season and fourth own goal of the campaign, while NorthEast United remains in sixth place. For the second time this season, the Mariners have won a game after taking more ball.
ATK Mohun Bagan will face Mumbai City on January 11 in a crucial clash at the top of the table below, while NorthEast United will face Hyderabad FC on the 8th.
Statistics courtesy Sofascore.com