ATK Mohun Bagan book a place in final against Mumbai City FC after win against NorthEast United FC

According to a press release by Indian Super League, ATK Mohun Bagan made their way into the Hero ISL final with 2-1 win (3-2 on aggregate) over the NorthEast United at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday. The victory means the Mariners will now lock horns with arch rivals and League Shield Winners Mumbai City FC for a blockbuster title clash. With this win, ATK Mohun Bagan have also qualified for the 2022 AFC Cup Qualifying Stage after ending their league stage campaign at number two and qualifying for the final. Meanwhile, Mumbai City FC has secured the Asian Champions League spot. Carrying on his form in the playoffs, David Williams (38’) scored yet again while Manvir Singh (68’) added another. Suhair Vedakkepeedika pulled one back for the Highlanders in the 74th minute. The Mariners were seen adopting a totally different approach from their first leg. In the first half, they only had three shots on target out of the 16 shots. Javier Hernandez was threaded an immaculate pass by Roy Krishna as Hernandez found himself in place before unleashing a low shot. His effort came off the post despite beating the keeper. NorthEast United were forced into errors at the back as ATK Mohun Bagan kept pressing. The Highlanders were tormented continuously by Williams and Krishna which didn’t allow them to settle down. The Kolkata based side deservingly got the lead in the 38th minute and it was yet again the player who scored during the first leg, damaging the NEUFC. On receiving the ball, Krishna set Williams upfront, who was quite swift to beat the Highlanders’ defenders with pace. Upon entering the box, the Australian slotted home. NorthEast United made a strong comeback in the second session, dominating the initial 15 minutes. They created opportunities and tested the keeper, yet were unable to get the equaliser they were hoping for. Arindam denied Federico Gallego and Suhair. Bagan nevertheless were soon at the driver’s seat as a quick counter found them a second goal. Bagan cleared an NEUFC set-piece and Krishna was quick enough to launch an attack from outside his own box. The Fijian played a long ball to Manvir, who dodged the counterpart’s defenders and shot past the keeper. NEUFC notched up a goal back, that came from a set-piece just before the cooling break. A corner whipped by Machado was flicked on by Benjamin Lambot. The ball was completely missed by Arindam before hitting the post and Suhair was the right man in the right place to head it into the goal. The Highlanders got a massive chance to bounce back into the contest when Idrissa Sylla was brought down by Bose in the box. The referee awarded a penalty, but Machado shot it wide to put an end to Khalid Jamil’s unbeaten stint as NorthEast United’s coach.


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