ISL, As it happened: Pronay, Soosairaj goals hand ATK win against Mumbai

Catch all the LIVE scores, updates and commentary of the ISL 2019-20 match between Mumbai City FC and ATK at the Mumbai Football Arena.

Mumbai City FC will take to the pitch on Saturday when it welcomes an in-form ATK side at the Mumbai Football Arena.   -  Mumbai City FC Media

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of Saturday's ISL 2019-20 match between Mumbai City FC and ATK in Mumbai.

 

That's it for today. Thanks for tuning in!

Tomorrow, it will be a battle between the teams at the bottom of the pile. Ninth-placed Kerala Blasters will face off a against tenth-placed Hyderabad FC in the Southern Derby.

Mumbai City FC's six-game unbeaten run in this ISL season comes to an end. ATK's winless streak at the Mumbai Football Arena comes to an end as well.

ATK displaces FC Goa at the top of the ISL 2019-20 standings now. Meanwhile, Mumbai City FC stays fourth, However, Jamshedpur FC, which is at fifth, has a game in hand.

AND THE MATCH IS OVER!!!

90+6' Bit of time wasting by ATK here. One final chance for Mumbai! Jorge Costa and Sougou have lost it here. The referee has given a decision against Mumbai and Sougou is booked for arguing. YELLOW CARD! Costa might be booked as well.

90+3' CLOSE!!! Soosairaj goes on a brilliant solo run. He cuts left, he turns right but his final shot is straight at Mumbai keeper Amrinder.

90' Six minutes to be added on! FREE-KICK FOR ATK!! Javier Hernandez takes it and it was close. It could have been 3-0.

89' CHANCE!!! Soosairaj with a brilliant run on the left wing but his final cross to Jobby Justin had a little too much on it.

86' Eleven shots, six of them on target, but no goals for Mumbai so far. It has made more dangerous attacks and has claimed more corners as well today.

83' MISSED CHANCE!!! Serge Kevyn misses a free header from two yards out. He didn't even hit the target. This has been the story of the game for Mumbai today.

82' THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GOAL!!! ATK keeper Arindam makes a mistake and gets away with it. The referee awards a foul against Mumbai which is a crime! Sougou should have been awarded the goal as he didn't touch Arindam who dropped the ball. But the referee thinks otherwise. Mongil with a backward header to his keeper and all the drama began there.

81' Bidyananda Singh takes yet another random shot from long. His second one in ten minutes. He should definitely be doing better.

78' ANOTHER SUB!!! Mohamed Larbi makes way for Serge Kevyn as Mumbai City FC continues its quest for the elusive goal this game.

76' SUBSTITUTION!!! Sehnaj Singh replaces Jayesh Rane for ATK. Mumbai City FC has scored seven goals after the 75th minute this season.

75' YELLOW CARD!! ATK keeper Arindam is booked by the referee for time wasting. ATK has conceded six of its nine goals so far this season in the second half.

73' CLOSE!!! Mumbai should have scored there. Lots of drama here!!!! The ball hit the post and then it was cleared off the line in a matter of few seconds. Chermiti or Pratik or Sougou could have scored but Arindam and his ATK defence stay strong to avert the danger.

71' SHOT!!! Bidyananda Singh just let one fly from midfield. It was nowhere close to goal. Poor stuff from him. Sougou was asking him to play a ball to the wings so that they can get in a cross into the box.

68' OFFSIDE!!! Just when Mumbai thought it had finally bagged a goal the linesman comes into the thick of action. But was Sougou offside there? That was a very close call.

67' CHANCE!!! It was there for the taking but Roy Krishna misses. Soosairaj initiated this attack and it went on for a long time. Finally, Prabir Das received the ball and passed it to Krishna whose shot was weak.

65' FOUL!!! Bidyananda Singh brings down Soosairaj in midfield. That looked like a bookable offence but the referee just gives him words of wisdom here.

62' SUBSTITUTION!!! ANOTHER INJURY CONCERN FOR ATK!!! David Williams makes way for Jobby Justin as manager Antonio Habas looks very concerned.

FACT:

Mumbai City FC has scored 41% of its total ISL goals through set-pieces, while ATK has conceded 44% of its total ISL goals from set-pieces.

59' FREE-KICK FOR MUMBAI! And this is from a dangerous position as well. Larbi takes it and Arindam punches it away.

58' SUBSTITUTION!! Bidyananda Singh replaces Sauvik Chakrabarti for Mumbai City FC as manager Jorge Costa aims to bring about some changes in strategy with fresh legs.

57' Mumbai City players are getting dispossessed in midfield way too often. This doesn't seem like a home game for them anymore.

55' SHOT! Another long ranger from Mohamed Larbi. But it doesn't trouble ATK shot-stopper Arindam at all.

53' YELLOW CARD!! Pratik takes one for the team as he brings down ATK forward Roy Krishna during a quick counter.

51' CLOSE! Diego Carlos with a decent pass into the box. But he got too much on it as Arindam collects it. ATK's Sumit Rathi has had a wonderful game so far.

49' MISSED CHANCE!!! ATK with another good team move. But the Mumbai defence gets away with it. Throw-in for the visitor.

47' Sougou is playing in a more central role now. He will be anticipating crosses from Sauvik and Subhashish. He would also be hoping that he can power past ATK defence soon and give Mumbai a lifeline.

AND THE SECOND HALF BEGINS!

The home team Mumbai City FC began the game well and it dominated play in the first 25 minutes. However, ATK scored first and it scored again in the first 45 minutes.

 

If Pronay Halder's opening goal was a wonderful team goal, Soosairaj's second was a moment of individual brilliance. However, ATK would be concerned about Halder's hamstring injury. 45 minutes left. Stay Tuned!

AND IT'S HALF-TIME!!!

45+2' YELLOW CARD! Armando Sosa is booked for bringing down Subhashish Bose. First card for an ATK player today.

45' Two minutes to be added on! Mumbai has had better possession and better pass percentage so far but ATK has the goals to show.

43' GOALLLLL!!!! 2-0 ATK! WHAT A GOAL FROM SOOSAIRAJ! Brilliant placement from the super sub. Roy Krishna did most of the hard work leading to the goal. He won an aerial duel with Sauvik to register a headed assist and Soosairaj did the rest with a magical curler which just flew past Amrinder.

42' YELLOW CARD! Diego Carlos brings down Armando Sosa. But the booking was harsh there. It was a very soft tackle.

39' OFFSIDE!!! Modou Sougou was a little too eager to go forward and score the equaliser there. But the linesman was spot on with his decision.

36' DIVE!!! AND A YELLOW CARD!!! Amine Chermiti was deservedly booked for simulation. Good decision from the referee. He was waiting for Prabir Das to foul him inside the box and win a penalty there.

35' SAVE!!! Pretty straightforward one for Amrinder Singh. The corner was a decent one but the final shot didn't challenge the keeper.

34' SUBSTITUTION! Soosairaj replaces the injured Halder. CORNER! Poor confusion here! Poor stuff from Pratik and Subhashish. No communication whatsoever. Roy Krishna almost scored there.

32' INJURY! Pronay Halder injured his hamstring on his way to score the opener. This is not looking good. The Indian midfielder is walking away.

29' GOAL!!!! Pronay Halder scores!!! This was a beautiful team goal. Javier Hernandez with an initial flick to Roy Krishna who puts in a quick through ball to David Williams who was close to the box. The calm Williams waited for Halder and sent in an inch-perfect pass as the onrushing midfielder completed the formalities with a  tap-in.

28' CROSS! Sauvik just evaded a player on the right wing and put in an ambitious cross. But it was way too long for Sougou.

27' FOUL!! Pronay Halder brings down Subhashish Bose with an arm to the face. Free-kick for home side Mumbai City FC against ATK now.

25' Both sides are playing really well here. Depending on the goals, this could be a match of the season contender. The forwards are have been a delight to watch so far.

22' BEST CHANCE SO FAR! Jayesh Rane does all the hard work and his final pass to Roy Krishna was a brilliant one. But Krishna doesn't find the target. He should have done better.

FACT:

ATK has scored the most goals (8) from through balls this season.

19' GOOD THROUGH BALL!!! The Krishna-Williams duo is at it once again! Roy Krishna with a perfect pass from midfield. Howver, David Williams could have timed his run better.

17' OFFSIDE! Roy Krishna, the man woth four goal contributions in six away games, is marginally offside as receives a good long pass from midfield.

14' This season, Mumbai is used to sit back, defend and move forward on the counter. However, it has kind of dominated ATK in the final third so far. The team's coach Jorge Costa has been animated on the sidelines as well.

12' CLOSE!!! Poor finish from Sougou. Good move forward by Raynier Fernandes who was supported well by Chermiti. The final pass fell to Sougou who hit it straight at Arindam.

10' CHANCE! Subhashish with a good cross from the right flank but both Sougou and Chermiti are unable to get to the ball in time.

8' SHOT!! ATK almost creates a goal for its opponent. Subhashish received a freebie on the wing and he immediately passed it to Larbi whose shot just missed the target.

6' Mumbai has launched a couple of counter-attack through its full-backs so far. Sauvik is sprinting forward as soon as he receives the ball. ATK needs to mark him better.

4' FREE-KICK!! Mumbai has scored 41% of its total goals in the ISL from set-pieces. But that looked like a dive from Diego Carlos. He made the most of the situation. Mohamed Larbi takes the kick and it doesn't trouble ATK keeper Arindam.

2' Two minutes into the game and the Roy Krishna-David Williams duo is already looking dangerous. Mumbai City FC has to contain the ATK forwards early on to stand any chance in this game.

AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

We're few minutes away from the start of the game.

The players are out!

TEAM LINEUPS:

Mumbai City FC XI: Amrinder Singh (G&C), Sauvik Chakrabarti, Pratik Chaudhari, Mato Grgic, Subhasish Bose, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Mohamed Larbi, Diego Carlos, Modou Sougou, Amine Chermiti.

COACH: Jorge Costa.

ATK XI: Arindam Bhattacharja (C), Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal (C), Victor Mongil, Sumit Rathi, Armando Sosa Pena, Pronay Halder, Javier Hernandez, David Williams, Roy Krishna, Jayesh Rane.

COACH: Antonio Lopez Habas.

 

MATCH PREVIEW:

The cohesion and composure in Mumbai City FC defence, after losing defender Sarthak Golui to a second yellow card offence against Hyderabad FC, is an ominous sign for the next team arriving to face The Islanders at the Mumbai Football Arena. ATK, guided by coach Antonio Habas into a top-four position in Indian Super League (ISL), faces a Mumbai team tightening up at the back despite losing key players, on Saturday.

Sarthak will sit out the next home game against Habas’ squad, whereas defensive midfielder Rowllin Borges’ availability is uncertain too. Playmaker Paulo Machado is ruled out for the season. However, goalkeeper Amrinder Singh’s presence under the crossbar, thrilling saves under pressure has raised his stature as the captain.

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According to Habas, Mumbai has strong players in both attack and defence. He said: “Mumbai (City) is a dangerous opponent because they have a style of play. They have good strikers and wingers, are solid in defence. It is difficult (to face them) for all teams in this league because they are dangerous in attack and hard in defence. I think we will have our chances and have to use them.”

Placed higher in the league than Mumbai at the second spot, ATK has done enough to demand respect. Fijian striker Roy Krishna heads the league goal-scorers list with eight strikes, while his attacking partner David Williams, too has impressed with his five goals in 10 matches.

The Indian players in ATK have responded to the Spanish coach well with Jayesh Rane, Pritam Kotal and Sehnaj Singh playing the roles chosen for. ATK has added a new face to its defence -- central defender Victor Mongil, who was part of B teams of Atletico Madrid and Levante.

Mumbai gaffer Jorge Costa is thus aware of the threats to be neutralised. “It is not the first time we are playing them, but it is different when the opponent has a different system. They don't play all games with three at the back, sometimes they play with four. We must be prepared for both situations.”

The match will be streamed live on Hotstar and Star Sports network from 7.30 pm.