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ATK Mohun Bagan have now opened up a five-point lead over Mumbai City, who have a game in hand, at the summit of the points table. The Mariners have won five games in a row as well, they are hitting form at the right stage of the season. Who will stop them? It has come down to that yet again. So typical of Antonio Habas and his men.
Roy Krishna has produced a masterclass at the Fatorda to guide ATK Mohun Bagan to victory over arch-rivals SC East Bengal in the Kolkata Derby. The Fijian netted the opening goal in the first half after latching onto a long ball from Tiri, but East Bengal restored parity through an own goal before the interval. Krishna then turned provider for both David Williams and Javier Hernandez in the second half to put the game to bed. What a display from the star man.
PEEEEP! PEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEP! FULL TIME: ATK MOHUN BAGAN 3-1 SC EAST BENGAL
SUBSTITUTION FOR ATK MOHUN BAGAN: Manvir Singh OFF, Prabir Das ON
[90+3′] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! – East Bengal full-back Ankit Mukherjee has received a booking for lunging in on Sandesh Jhingan from behind.
[90′] FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON by the fourth official at the Fatorda.
[88′] GOOOOOAAL, GAME, SET AND MATCH! – Javier Hernandez knocks the ball down into the path of Roy Krishna and then quickly makes a run into the East Bengal penalty area. Krishna has delayed the cross until Javi can get in the right area and then lobs it towards him. The ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder leaps high in the air and plants his header into the back of the net. 3-1 to ATK Mohun Bagan in the Kolkata Derby!
Unfortunately for East Bengal, the header from Pilkington after the resulting corner-kick has sailed well over the cross-bar.
[86′] MAGNIFICENT RUN. WINS A CORNER! – Bright Enobakhare picks the ball up near the halfway line and slaloms past a couple of players before racing towards the byline with the ball. The Nigerian then dances around a defender with his nimble feet, but his attempt on goal is put behind for a corner by Arindam.
[83′] HEADER FLIES OVER! – ATK Mohun Bagan deal with the initial delivery into the area from an East Bengal corner, but Narayan Das whips in an excellent cross after picking up the pieces. The ball is planted on the head of Sarthak Golui at the far post, however, the East Bengal defender has headed it well over the cross-bar. Good chance, but it comes to nothing in the end.
[76′] DRINKS BREAK: ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 SC East Bengal; David Williams has put ATK Mohun Bagan back in the lead after Roy Krishna squared the ball to him following a slack pass by Daniel Fox. Not a long time left for East Bengal to try and find an equaliser at the Fatorda now.
Great awareness by Krishna to stick around and eventually pounce on that lapse in concentration from the East Bengal captain Daniel Fox. ATK Mohun Bagan need to hold on for just 15 minutes plus added time to complete the double over East Bengal in the ISL this term.
[72′] GOOOOOOAAAL, BACK AT IT! – After successfully dealing with the corner, East Bengal look to play out from the back. However, Daniel Fox has given the ball away cheaply to Roy Krishna with his slack pass and the ATK Mohun Bagan forward feeds it to his teammate and partner in crime David Williams, who takes a touch before burying it past Subrata Paul. ATK Mohun Bagan have regained the lead, 2-1!
[70′] CORNER TO ATK MOHUN BAGAN! – East Bengal are unable to clear the ball away quickly inside their own box and Roy Krishna senses an opportunity. The ATK Mohun Bagan forward looks to stab it home from close range, but Ankit Mukherjee puts in a vital touch to take it behind for a corner instead.
SUBSTITUTION FOR ATK MOHUN BAGAN: Marcelinho OFF, Javier Hernandez ON
[65′] WORRYING SIGNS! – Oh no, Marcelinho has gone down clutching his bandaged thigh there. The ATK Mohun Bagan forward might not be able to continue further.
[64′] YELLOW CARD! – Exchange of favours? Sandesh Jhingan has brought down Pilkington with a late challenge now and the ATK Mohun Bagan defender is next in line to receive the booking.
[62′] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! – East Bengal forward Anthony Pilkington has received a booking from the referee for clattering into Sandesh Jhingan with his flailing elbow.
[60′] SHOT SAILS OVER! – Subhasish Bose races towards the byline and whips in a good cross. Roy Krishna gets to the delivery, but his shot is blocked by East Bengal, who are unable to clear quickly. David Williams then regains possession for ATK Mohun Bagan before feeding Carl McHugh. The midfielder decides to go for goal from just outside the box with his left foot, but the attempt has flown wide of the target. No end product for ATK Mohun Bagan there.
[50′] SLICED OVER THE BAR! – Carl McHugh nudges the ball towards David Williams at the edge of the area. The ATK Mohun Bagan forward attempts to go for goal on the bounce, but he has sliced his attempt over the cross-bar. East Bengal can breathe again.
[47′] SHOTS FIRED! – David Williams and Bright Enobakhare have fired their respective shots off target at either ends to begin the second half with the right intent for both sides.
[46′] PEEEEEEP! WE’RE BACK LIVE! – SC East Bengal get us underway in the second half, they are playing from right to left in their white away kit and hoping to build on their equaliser before the interval.
Live action coming your way soon, stay tuned!
There is the rain as well. Without the shadow of a doubt, these are not easy conditions to play a tense game like the Kolkata Derby. Whoever blinks first, could lose bragging rights. All to play for at the Fatorda.
East Bengal were leaving out too much space in behind for ATK Mohun Bagan in the first half. If it becomes a recurring theme in the second half as well, expect the Mariners to enjoy more chances to win the game. It will be interesting to see what the equaliser does to East Bengal though. They were not at their best, but they are back in the game and this might just be the spring in their step required to turn this game around.
Evenly poised at the half-time interval, the Kolkata Derby could go anywhere from here. Roy Krishna opened the scoring for ATK Mohun Bagan after he latched on to an outrageous long ball from Tiri before slotting home his 14th goal of the season. However, Tiri also allowed East Bengal the equaliser when he turned a long throw-in into the back of his own net.
PEEEP! PEEEEEEP! HALF TIME: ATK MOHUN BAGAN 1-1 SC EAST BENGAL
[45′] THREE MINUTES ADDED ON by the fourth official for injuries and stoppages in the first half.
What a time for East Bengal to get a goal. ATK Mohun Bagan will be absolutely gutted. The rain is pelting down at the Fatorda as we inch closer to half-time.
[42′] OWN GOAL, EAST BENGAL BACK IN IT! – Raju Gaikwad sends in his trademark long throw-in into the ATK Mohun Bagan penalty area. Sandesh Jhingan and Tiri attempt to clear it away, but it seems like the ball has ricocheted off them and into the back of the net. East Bengal have restored parity, they wouldn’t mind how it came. 1-1 and back to square one!
[39′] KRISHNA STABS IT WIDE! – Another case of East Bengal getting exploited with their high line. Carl McHugh picks the ball up near the halfway line and feeds it to Krishna, who peels away from Raju Gaikwad to go through on goal. The ATK Mohun Bagan races down the right and darts inside the area, but his eventual shot has flown wide of the target.
[37′] RIGHT IDEA. BUT OFFSIDE! – Subhasish Bose decides to try and take a leaf out of Tiri’s book. The ATK Mohun Bagan full-back lobs a delightful ball over the top for Roy Krishna to latch on and run into space. However, Krishna strayed offside before making the run and is correctly flagged offside. East Bengal are leaving too much space in behind owing to their high line though, certainly the right idea from ATK Mohun Bagan.
DRINKS BREAK: ATK Mohun Bagan 1-0 SC East Bengal; Roy Krishna is proving to be the difference between the sides at the moment. The ATK Mohun Bagan forward latched on to an excellent long ball from Tiri before running through on goal and calmly slotting the ball past Subrata Paul to break the deadlock. East Bengal are yet to hit full steam.
[31′] HEADER FLIES WIDE! – Matti Steinmann leaps high to connect to the delivery from the resulting free-kick, but the header from the East Bengal midfielder has drifted wide of the target. No problems whatsoever for ATK Mohun Bagan.
[30′] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! – Carl McHugh has received a booking from the referee for an alleged foul on Bright Enobakhare. Replay suggests the ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder made minimal contact, that explains his frustration.
[27′] CROSS DEALT WITH! – Narayan Das whips in an early cross after ATK Mohun Bagan clear the ball away from a long throw-in by Raju Gaikwad. There are East Bengal players stationed inside the area to try and attack the delivery, but ATK Mohun Bagan deal with the threat easily and eventually hoof the ball clear from danger.
[23′] MARCELINHO DENIED! – David Williams threads a delicate pass in behind for Marcelinho, who darts into the East Bengal penalty area. The Brazilian then decides to go for goal from a tough angle instead of squaring the ball across for a teammate and his effort is parried by Subrata Paul before East Bengal clear their lines.
[18′] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! – The referee has brandished a yellow card to East Bengal striker Bright Enobakhare after he lashes out at Subhasish Bose. Although the Nigerian pleaded his innocence, the referee was having none of it.
14 GOALS! – Roy Krishna is running away with the golden boot. The ATK Mohun Bagan forward never disappoints in the big games, this is what he does best. Simply sensational heart and desire to make that run and latch onto the ball before showing the calmness to slot it away. Credit to Tiri as well, but Krishna still had to do his bit and he made it look so easy.
[15′] GOOOOOAAAAL, WHO ELSE BUT ROY KRISHNA? – Tiri produces an outrageous long ball from the edge of the ATK Mohun Bagan penalty area. East Bengal have kept a high line and Roy Krishna makes the most of it by running in behind. The Fijian is still left with a lot to do, but he rounds Subrata Paul and eventually tucks it away with excellent composure. ATK Mohun Bagan have the lead in the Kolkata Derby, 1-0!
[12′] CORNER TO EAST BENGAL! – Bright Enobakhare receives the ball on the left flank and embarks on one of his trademark runs deep into the ATK Mohun Bagan half. The Nigerian eventually gets his shot away from outside the box, but Tiri has lunged in to deflect it wide of the target. Unfortunately for East Bengal, the resulting corner-kick is cleared away comfortably by ATK Mohun Bagan.
[10′] SHOT NOWHERE NEAR! – Raju Gaikwad aims his long throw-in deep into the ATK Mohun Bagan penalty area. Despite the loose clearance from the Mariners falling to Sourav Das outside the area, the East Bengal midfielder has blasted his shot well over the cross-bar.
[7′] CAN’T GET ON THE END OF IT! – East Bengal block an attempt from Roy Krishna, but Subhasish Bose is there to pick up the pieces. The ATK Mohun Bagan full-back is released on the left flank and races towards the byline before whipping in an excellent cross. Although the delivery is aimed straight towards Manvir Singh at the far post, the ATK Mohun Bagan forward has completely missed it and is unable to turn it into the back of the net.
[5′] OFFSIDE! – ATK Mohun Bagan receive another free-kick for a foul on Sandesh Jhingan. The ball is whipped in towards Tiri, who peels away from his marker and gets the header away. However, the flag is raised by the linesman for an offside against the ATK Mohun Bagan defender.
[3′] FOUL ON MANVIR! – The referee has blown the whistle for a foul by East Bengal captain Daniel Fox, who is adjudged to have climbed over Manvir Singh with the use of his below during an aerial duel. Free-kick to ATK Mohun Bagan, but nothing comes off it.
[1′] PEEEEEEEP! WE’RE UNDERWAY IN THE KOLKATA DERBY! – ATK Mohun Bagan kick-off proceedings in the first half, the Mariners are playing from right to left in their iconic maroon and green threads.
Both sets of players disperse after the national anthem rings out loud and quickly pose for the customary team photo. Captains Pritam Kotal and Daniel Fox will meet for the coin toss now.
Now ATK Mohun Bagan follow their counterparts onto the lush green grass at the Fatorda. The Mariners are donning their iconic maroon and green threads for the Kolkata derby.
SC East Bengal are the first team walking out of the tunnel, they are in their white away kit for the clash.
Bright Enobakhare: [Forward, East Bengal]: “The derby is a great experience from what I see on YouTube, but unfortunately the fans can’t be here today. Everyone is motivated, we just want to try and get three points.”
Roy Krishna [Striker, ATK Mohun Bagan]: “Really excited [for the game]. No [there is no extra pressure], I think we need to go out there and enjoy, but of course stick to our roles and hopefully come away with maximum points. East Bengal are not the same side we beat earlier in the season, we will just focus on ourselves though.”
TICK TOCK! – Exactly 30 minutes remaining for KICK-OFF at the Fatorda Stadium. Who will prevail in the fierce Kolkata derby? The anticipation has hit fever-pitch.
THE BENCH! – In addition to overseas stars Scott Neville and Aaron Amadi-Holloway, East Bengal also have the likes of Mohammed Rafique and Jeje Lalpekhlua among others as substitutes.
UNCHANGED AGAIN! – East Bengal have also not made any changes to the side from their last game. Subrata Paul is deployed between the sticks and will have the sturdy back-line of Sarthak Golui, Raju Gaikwad and Scott Neville ahead of him. Anthony Pilkington and Bright Enobakhare will look to provide the goal threat while going forward.
SC East Bengal XI: Subrata Paul (GK); Sarthak Golui, Raju Gaikwad, Daniel Fox, Ankit Mukherjee, Narayan Das, Sourav Das, Matti Steinmann, Jacques Maghoma, Anthony Pilkington, Bright Enobakhare
Subs: Debjit Majumder (GK); Scott Neville, Rana Gharami, Rohen Singh, Mohammed Rafique, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Bikash Jairu, Haobam Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua
OPTIONS! – ATK Mohun Bagan have named the likes of Prabir Das, Jayesh Rane, Javier Hernandez and Sumit Rathi among others as their substitutes on the bench.
NO CHANGES! – Antonio Habas has opted to go with the same team that beat Jamshedpur FC in the last game. The four-man defence led by Tiri and Sandesh Jhingan has conceded the fewest goals (10) this season, while Roy Krishna, who starts at the top, is the highest goal-scorer (13) in the ISL this term.
ATK Mohun Bagan XI: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK); Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Lenny Rodrigues, Carl McHugh, Manvir Singh, Marcelinho, Roy Krishna, David Williams
Subs: Avilash Paul (GK); Sumit Rathi, Salam Ranjan Singh, Prabir Das, Jayesh Rane, Pronay Halder, Javier Hernandez, Regin Michael, Komal Thatal
The TEAM NEWS will arrive shortly. We shall delve into the finer details as and when we receive word from both camps on their respective line-ups.
SC East Bengal are not involved in the race for playoffs anymore. The Red and Golds have plenty of pride at stake though. Undoubtedly, a win over arch-rivals Mohun Bagan will be the perfect way to set the tone for a good finish to their maiden ISL season. Despite losing 2-0 in the reverse fixture, East Bengal will know they have come leaps and bounds as a unit since then.
ATK Mohun Bagan have slowly but steadily occupied the driving seat in terms of securing the league winners shield and qualifying for the AFC Champions League. The Mariners have a two-point lead over Mumbai City and would want to ensure they retain their place at the summit. Antonio Habas will demand a strict approach to iron out complacency from his side as they prepare for the most crucial part of the season.
THE KOLKATA DERBY! – We have one of Asia’s oldest and most fiercest derbies in the Indian Super League tonight. ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal have been at loggerheads since time immemorial, but this is only their second meeting since entering the ISL. Although both sides are at two ends of the spectrum when it comes to the points table, nothing can take the sheen away from this fixture. FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS!