555/8 (180.0 ov)
Here are some of the discussion points from last week’s game in the Indian Super League
ATK Mohun Bagan players in action during ISL 2020-21. Twitter / @ atkmohunbaganfc
Last week in the Indian Super League, ATK Mohun Bagan scored a double against Kerala Blasters, while Stuart Baxter’s tenure as head coach of Odisha FC ended after a controversial comment.
Mumbai City FC suffered after 1 : 2 loss to NorthEast a rare mistake but bounced back in style to beat Kerala Blasters. Mumbai (33) now has a six point lead over ATK Mohun Bagan (27) as the competition for the top 4 with at least eight teams intensifies.
The current ISL season at Kerala Blasters has been a story of “ so close and yet so distant stories ”. The Kochi-based team have conceded the most goals (27). So far, among all teams in the league stage, they have lacked defensive skills and there are many problems for them. With all of these aside, the men of Kibu Vicuna have suffered several narrow defeats this season, barely getting past the likes of Jamshedpur FC (3-2) and Bengaluru FC (2-1).
As Kerala came into play on January 31st, it only had a 25 percent overall win record against ATK Mohun Bagan in the ISL. The last win came in the previous season in January 2020.
But this time they looked promising in the first half as they dominated possession and had several chances at the same time.
The Blasters would have been in the fifth minute could equalize if they had benefited from a mistake by ATK MB’s Spanish defender Tiri. Tiri’s release was reversed and later intercepted by Jordan Murray of Blasters, who cut it back to Sahal Abdul Samad. However, after exchanging passes with Murray, Sahal’s last shot was blocked by ex-blaster Sandhesh Jhinghan.
Less than 10 minutes later, in the 14th minute, the Blasters again showed offensive intent when Sandeep Singh launched a cross into the center where Gary Hooper pushed the ball straight down and the ball rolled into the top corner 40 yards away.
Blasters then doubled his lead through Costa Nhamoinesu in the 51st minute in what looked like a bad goal as he went over jumped a corner of the Sahal over the ATK MB defenders Tori and Pritam Kothal, just to find the net. The ball could have gone either way, but luck and luck played a crucial role in the second goal.
Only a few minutes later, ATK MB improvised perfectly when a great ball from Manvir Singh in the right flank in the 59th minute Outside the Kerala penalty area, he threw the ball at debutant Marclinho, whose first touch was to flick the ball down and down, then throw the ball over the Kerala goalkeeper.
Later, on the 65th minute, Roy hit Krishna got off the ground by taking advantage of a penalty and shooting past the goalkeeper’s right.
The biggest defensive mistake for the Blasters came in the final minutes of the game when Blasters’ Prashanth failed to initiate a clearance when Roy Krishna Sandeep sped past Sandeep and rolled the ball into the far corner of the net to take home all three points for the Bengali team, completing a double over Kerala.
The form of Odisha FC i n the current season has been less than impressive. Bottom residents have only scored one win all season (4-2 against Kerala Blasters).
And to make matters worse, their manager Stuart Baxter’s contract was terminated after a deragotor « rape » comment .
The incident came after Odisha lost 1-0 to Jamshedpur FC on February 1, when Baxter, a former South African football team coach, expressed disappointment with the referee decisions made during the game, particularly in Referring to a penalty.
In the 82nd minute, Odisha’s Brazilian striker Diego Mauricio was tripped in what appeared to be a deliberate foul by Jamshedpur’s goalkeeper TP Rehenesh as he scored, but the referee only missed a corner instead of a penalty / p> This enraged the Scottish manager and led him to make abusive comments on Star Sports in a post-match interaction.
« You need decisions to go your way, and you haven’t. I don’t know when we will get a penalty. I think one of my players would have to rape someone or have themselves rape if they were punished, « said the 67-year-old.
He was released on February 3, and it was later announced that co- Coach Gerald Peyton would take over as interim chief.
Mumbai City suffers a rare slip and then struggles
It seemed like Mumbai City FC’s current season came full circle when they suffered a rare mistake after a 2-1 loss to NorthEast United, not just the side they beat on Matchday 1, but also the only game they had lost until January 30.
Deshorn Brown doubled NorthEast United’s lead within the first 10 minutes and scored in the sixth and ninth minutes, leaving MCFC appalled. </ The highlight of Mumbai's defeat was the sloppy defense and NorthEast's aggressive attacking intent left the current league leaders frustrated while Highlanders duo Khassie Camara and Apuia Mumbai's Hugo Boumous and Ahmed Jahouh never hit the ball on the NEUFC half Mumbai then got one back when Adam Le Fondre clutched Ogbeche's touch to bend the ball into the back of the net. Their work was still undone, however.
Le Fondre even had a chance to equalize when his attempted shot found teammate Mehtab at the far post and scored a strong header, only with NEUFC goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury a breathtaking reflex and shot a force in a corner.
This was a rare mistake for Mumbai as they rebounded 2-1 in the next game against Kerala.
February 06, 2021 1:39:02 p.m. IST
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Odisha FC recently lost their manager, Stuart Baxter, who was sent off for criticizing a referee’s decision for commenting on rape.
Kerala have fought against coach Sergio Lobera’s teams in the past. The former Goa FC coach has his best success rate against Kerala, where he won six games and drew one.
The win ended Mumbai’s chances of making history with a record of 13 straight unbeaten games.
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