Date: 9 March, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Fatorda Stadium, Goa
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ATK Mohun Bagan FC and NorthEast United will lock horns in the second leg of the second Indian Football League semifinal on Tuesday. While the two teams are currently locked at 1-1, which of the two sides will make it to the finals of the tournament will be decided at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa.
While David Williams’ strike had put the ATK Mohun Bagan side in the lead, NorthEast United FC managed to get back into the game, courtesy an equaliser from Idrissa Sylla in the stoppage time. Thus the set is stage for yet another thrilling game as the tournament heads into a climax with Mumbai City FC already waiting for the other finalist to join them.
ATK Mohun Bagan:
ATK Mohun Bagan head caoch Habaz Lopez is likely to miss the services of defender Sandesh Jhingan. Notably, Jhingan was ruled out of the first leg of the semis after sustaining a muscle strain in the final league game of the ongoing season against Mumbai City FC. Other than that, Lopez should be able to stick to his plans.
For NorthEast United, Idrissa Sylla might have just done enough to get a place in the starting XI especially when Deshorn Brown missed the first leg owing to fitness concerns. The Highlanders do not have any other injury or suspension news heading into this game.
In the first leg of the semi-final both the sides looked a bit reserved in the approach, almost as if they were waiting for the other to make a mistake. Roy Krishna has been quite a revelation for the ATK Mohun side and yet again was responsible for setting up the first goal for David Williams. Meanwhile, Idrissa Sylla also headed home a Luis Machado cross in the injury time to level the scores.
Given that a place in the finals is at stake, expect high intensity football from the first minute but given that ATK Mohun Bagan have been the more consistent side in the league phase, they might head into this contest as the favourites, which would well work against them from the pressure point of view. Lots to look forward to in this clash then.
Probable Playing XI
ATK Mohun Bagan:
Arindam Bhattacharya, Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, Tiri , Carl McHugh, Pronay Halder, Lenny Rodrigues, Manvir Singh, Marcelo Pereira, David Williams, Roy Krishna
Subhasish Roy, Gurjinder Kumar, Dylan Fox, Benjamin Lambot, Nim Dorjee, Khassa Camara, Lalengmawia, Federico Gallego, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Luis Machado, Idrissa Sylla
Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharya, Subhasish Roy
Defenders: Dylan Fox, Benjamin Lambot, Pritam Kotal, Nim Dorjee
Midfielders: Khassa Camara, Lalengmawia, Manvir Singh, Marcelo Pereira
Forwards: Luis Machado, Roy Krishna, David Williams, Idrissa Sylla
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