They had a point to prove in the second leg and the Mariners had an effort to remember. They showed their attacking side with goals from David Williams and Manvir Singh.
Published: March 10, 2021 12:42 AM |
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BENGALURU: ATK Mohun Bagan reached the final of the Indian Super League after defeating FC NorthEast United 2-1 (3-2 in total) in the second leg of the semi-finals at Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday. < After starting the season at a peak with five wins from seven games, they were one of the favorites for the title, but questions have been raised after losing to Steam in the final group stage games and the first leg the Highlanders seemed.
They had a point to prove in the second leg, and the Mariners had an effort to remember. They showed their attacking side with goals from David Williams and Manvir Singh. Although Suhair Vadakkepeedika scored in the second half, Luis Machado’s penalty late in the game proved costly as Khalid Jamil lost his first game of the season as well as an interim coach.
It was pretty obvious that the Mariners were more than on it were out to reach the title winner. They started the game on a good grade and regularly asked early questions to opposition defenders. They almost took the lead in the third minute when Javier Hernandez hit the post from outside the box.
That gave their team the much-needed confidence and the Mariners began attacking every other minute, threatening to break the impasse. It was Williams who managed to help his team score the first goal with a brilliant goal after a nice ball from Roy Krishna. The Australian used his pace and strength to get the defenders to score an important goal in the 38th minute.
The goal came at the wrong time for NorthEast, who were gradually coming into play. The first half, however, belonged entirely to Antonio Habas and his men who had an incredible 16 attempts to score.
There was a serious need with NorthEast, who couldn’t cope with the brilliance of ATK in the first 45 and caught up in the second half for them to get out of the blocks quickly. And they did, but Arhaam Bhattacharya brilliantly rescued Suhair’s goal to ensure his team maintained that lead.
NorthEast looked much better in the final third but failed to level. With every minute in the half they signed more men up front, and that cost them a lot of money by the 68th minute. Krishna got the ball in his own half and went to Manvir who managed to double his lead.
That goal had more or less put the game to bed, but NorthEast made things really interesting when Suhair in the 74th minute withdrew one. They should have equalized a few minutes later, but Machado missed a penalty. His kick went over the bar.
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