This is Sportstar's blog/highlights of the ISL 2020-21 match between ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC in Goa.

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Fijian striker Roy Krishna was on the score sheet once again and the ATKMB defenders bagged a third consecutive clean sheet as the Kolkata giant moved to the top of the standings.

The substitutions of Marcelinho and Diego Mauricio could have proved costly for Stuart Baxter and his team. However, Antonio Habas and his side continued their trend of scoring late winners.

MATCH REPORT | ISL 2020-21: ATK Mohun Bagan edges past Odisha FC in thriller

Odisha FC, after starting the game slowly, clearly had the better chances to score up until the 75th minutes of the match. That was when ATK Mohun Bagan shifted gears.

ATK Mohun Bagan's central defender Tiri takes home the winning pass of the match award, while his teammate and striker Roy Krishna wins the player of the game honours.

ATKMB striker Roy Krishna: I'm extremely glad that we got the full three points. But it wasn't easy. Odisha FC was coming out at us all guns blazing. We struggled a bit in the middle. However, this is our third clean sheet of the season. Our defenders have been proving themselves time and again. I'm happy to continue my scoring form. Three wins from three and we are a confident bunch. It's the victory that matters at the end of the day.

OFC head coach Stuart Baxter: The problem you have while playing ATK Mohun Bagan is that if you have numbers forward they'll hurt you on the counter. But our defence played really well until the stoppage time. We should have converted our chances in the first 70 minutes, and that came back to haunt us. Marcelinho had a minor injury, so I had to take him off. Diego Mauricio too wasn't feeling 100%. The new players on the field had to take some time to adapt. But these things happen.

We will bring you the post match quotes from both the camps next.....

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

AND IT'S FULL-TIME!

90+5' GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!!! ROY KRISHNA SCORES!!! ATK MOHUN BAGAN 1 - 0 ODISHA FC!! Odisha has panicked when it mattered the most. Mohun Bagan won a free-kick close to the kickoff line. Tiri took the set-piece. He let one fly with his left foot. Sandesh Jhingan got to the ball first and headed it into the box. Krishna got past his marker Cole Alexander and found the back of the net with an accurate header.

90+2' CHANCE! OFC's Nandhakumar Sekar has the ball at the edge of the box. He decides to test his shooting skills but sends this way over the goalpost much to the delight of Mohun Bagan keeper Arindam.

90' FOUR MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME TO BE ADDED ON AT THE END OF THE SECOND HALF! Inman receives the ball at the edge of the box near the left wing. He beats his man and drills a low cross into the box but there's no one inside the box to convert it for ATKMB.

88' SUBSTITUTION! Antonio Habas makes another change. Sahil Sheikh comes in for Javier Hernandez. ATK Mohun Bagan is attacking with numbers here.

86' CHANCE FOR MOHUN BAGAN! The substitute Bradden Inman drills a low shot towards goal. But Odish FC goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh makes a good save to keep the score level.

84' ODISHA CHANCE! Cole Alexander receives a back-heel pass at the edge of the box. He shoots it towards ATK Mohun Bagan custodian Arindam Bhattachrja, who is not able to hold on to the ball. There's a cross into the box but the Kolkata giant's defence averts the danger.

82' BLOCK! ATKMB striker Roy Krishna moves into the Odisha FC penalty box with the ball. He steps over once and looks to shoot but OFC skipper Steven Taylor is able to block it. However, he concedes a throw-in.

79' FREE-KICK FOR MOHUN BAGAN! Javier Hernandez will take the set-piece. He sends in a teasing cross into the penalty box but the Odisha FC defence stays alert to clear the danger.

76' AND IT'S TIME FOR THE FINAL COOLING BREAK OF THE MATCH!

73' CLOSE! Odisha FC's Shubham Sarangi comes up with a brilliant pacy run on the right flank. He had so much time and space there. However, Sarangi messes up the chance as he's unable to supply a good cross into the box.

70' ANOTHER OFC SUB! A like-for-like change from Baxter. Manuel Onwu, who started Odisha's previous game, will come in for Diego Mauricio, who was on the bench last time around.

68' CHANGE! Odisha FC head coach Stuart Baxter makes his first substitution of the match. Brazilian playmaker Marcelinho makes way for Samuel Lalmuanpuia in the middle.

66' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION! ATK Mohun Bagan manager Antonio Habas brings in Bradden Inman and Glan Martins for Manvir Singh and Jayesh Rane, respectively.

64' SHOT! Roy Krishna finds Jayesh Rane at the edge of the box. The Mohun Bagan forward hits a good shot towards goal but OFC keeper Kamaljit Singh palms the ball away.

62' FOUL! Carl McHugh takes out Odisha captain Steven Taylor during an ATK Mohun Bagan attack. OFC regains possession. ATKMB hasn't been able to get shots on target here.

59' WHAT A CHANCE! Nandhakumar Sekar with another wonderful opportunity. His Odisha FC teammate Marcelinho was trying to play a through ball to Diego Mauricio, who was offside. But the ball was deflected by an ATKMB defender towards Sekar who hit a shot way above the post.

56' GOAL DISALLOWED! This was actually an own goal. OFC's Cole Alexander buried the ball past his own keeper Kamaljit Singh. HANDBALL! However, ATKMB's Manvir Singh had handled the ball during the buildup to the goal.

54' SHOT! OFC forward Diego Mauricio receives the ball in midfield. He looks on either side and decides to have a shot on target. But the ball goes straight to ATKMB keeper Arindam.

51' CHANCE! Mohun Bagan midfielder Javier Hernandez takes the set-piece. He sends in an amazing ball but Odisha's Cole Alexander heads it over the crossbar.

49' YELLOW CARD! Hendry Antonay is booked for a terrible tackle on Prabir Das. This should have been a penalty!!! Odisha is so lucky here. Antonay's first tackle was a brilliant one. But his second one was inside the box. The referee awards a free-kick just outside the box though.

47' CHANCE FOR OFC! Nandhakumar Sekar with another move on the left flank. He sets himself up to send in a cross. However, he's dispossessed as ATKMB regains possession.

THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!

ATK Mohun Bagan was the better side in the first 20 minutes of the match. Antonio Habas and company dominated possession and kept pressing high.

However, Stuart Baxter will be the happier of the two managers as his Odisha FC side has come close to scoring several times. Forty-five minutes to go. Stay tuned!

AND IT'S HALF-TIME!!!

45+2' TWO MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME TO BE ADDED ON AT THE END OF THE FIRST HALF! Odisha FC has clearly had the better chances in the game so far.

45' MOHUN BAGAN CHANCE! Habas' team works out a brilliant move on the left flank and Roy Krishna is at the end of a cross. Due to pressure from an OFC defender, the Fijian striker heads the ball over the crossbar.

42' ONE MORE OFC SET-PIECE! Marcelinho has been extremely busy tonight. Another great delivery. Odisha captain Steven Taylor is at the receiving end of it. He heads the ball towards a dangerous area inside the penalty box. Once again, the ATKMB defence clears the ball away.

39' CLOSE! Nandhakumar Sekar gets the ball on the left flank and he passes it to Hendry Antonay, who crosses the ball into the box. Diego Mauricio jumps and heads the ball towards the target. But the ATKMB defence is alert.

36' WHAT A CHANCE! This should have been 1-0 OFC. Marcelinho took a short corner this time around. Cole Alexander received the ball and sent a wonderful cross into the box. Defender Jacob Tratt had only ATKMB keeper Arindam Bhattacharja to beat but he heads the ball wide. It was an absolute sitter.

34' ANOTHER CORNER FOR OFC! Laishram Singh and Diego Mauricio are working extremely well in tandem. They are earning set-piece after set-piece here. Odisha has dominated Mohun Bagan in the last few minutes.

32' CORNER FOR ODISHA! Marcelinho will take it as usual. He swings in the ball and OFC defender Jacob Tratt goes for the header but he isn't able to make a clean contact as ATK Mohun Bagan wins a goalkick.

29' It's time for the drinks break!

26' Mohun Bagan has completed more passes and touches so far. It also has a better success percentage during attacks. On the other hand, the Odisha defence has looked solid.

23' CHANCE! ATK Mohun Bagan striker Roy Krishna with a good chance here. But the Odisha defence stays solid and averts the danger. Surprisingly, ATKMB has dominated most of the game so far. The team is used to play on the counter.

20' FREE-KICK FOR ODISHA! Marcelinho will take the set-piece. He whips in the ball but it is cleared away by the ATKMB defence. The referee spots an infringement inside the box and stops play. OFC loses possession.

16' CORNER FOR ODISHA! Nandhakumar Sekar made a brilliant move on the left flank as he evaded and opposition player and sent a cross into the box. But Jayesh Rane came to Mohun Bagan's rescue by heading the ball out of play. The corner was a poor one as OFC loses possession.

13' INJURY! Marcelinho is still on the floor. His fall looked bad. The Odisha FC physio is on the field tending to his midfielder. The Brazilian goes off the field. However, he returns to the middle after receiving treatment much to the delight of manager Stuart Baxter.

11' YELLOW CARD! ATK Mohun Bagan defender Tiri goes into the referee's books for a mistimed tackle on Odisha FC playmaker Marcelinho. Free-kick for OFC!

9' FREE-KICK FOR MOHUN BAGAN! Javier Hernandez will take it. He smashes the ball straight into the OFC wall and wastes a good opportunity as this set-piece was close to goal.

6' FOUL! Free-kick for Odisha FC. ATKMB's Carl McHugh comes up with a silly tackle on Cole Alexander. He gets away without a booking.

3' CLOSE! Odisha goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh received a back pass from one of his teammates and almost made a mess of it. As he attempted to clear the ball, Roy Krishna intercepted it. However, the Mohun Bagan striker wasn't able to control the ball as OFC gets a goalkick.

2' The game has been played mostly in midfielder so far. But ATK Mohun Bagan has had most of the possession. Antonio Habas' side has started the outing brightly.

7:30 PM: AND IT'S KICKOFF TIME!

The players are out and the toss is done.

7:10 PM: Can Odisha FC claim its first victory of ISL's seventh season tonight?

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Odisha FC has a draw and a loss in two ISL 2020-21 matches so far.

 

6:50 PM: ATK Mohun Bagan players taking part in their pre-match training drills.

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ATK Mohun Bagan players train ahead of their game against Odisha FC at the Fatorda Stadium on Thursday.

 

6:30 PM: The team line-ups are out!

ATKMB XI: Arindam Bhattacharja, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Pritam Kotal, Prabir Das, Tiri, Carl McHugh, Jayesh Rane, Javier Hernandez, Manvir Singh, Roy Krishna.

OFC XI: Kamaljit Singh, Hendry Antonay, Cole Alexander, Marcelo Pereira, Diego Mauricio, Gaurav Bora, Shubham Sarangi, Jacob, Nandhakumar Sekar, Steven Taylor, Laishram Singh.

6:15 PM: Odisha FC is featuring in its second ISL season, while the newly-formed ATK Mohun Bagan unit is playing its first edition. Here are the players to watch out for and other important stats to know ahead of today's fixture. ( FULL STORY )

6:00 PM: Odisha is winless in the season so far after losing its opening match 1-0 against Hyderabad FC and holding Jamshedpur FC to a 2-2 draw. ATKMB might field a changed XI as Habas has been trying to figure out who among David Williams and Edu Garcia can partner Roy Krishna better upfront. Here's how the two teams could line-up. ( READ MORE )

5:45 PM: How did the teams fare in Gameweek 1 of ISL-7? Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad review the first round of fixtures on the 'Full Time Show'

 

ISL 2020-21 points table

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The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) will mark the return of major league competition in India after the nationwide lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak was first imposed in March.

The seventh edition of the ISL got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.

The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following SC East Bengal's inclusion, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

MATCH PREVIEW:

ATK Mohun Bagan will be looking to utilise the confidence of winning two successive matches at the start when it takes on Odisha FC at the Fatorda Stadium on Thursday.

The ATK Mohun Bagan side, which preserves a big majority of the squad that lifted the ISL crown under coach Antonio Habas last season, seemed to have brought forward the cohesiveness and form that helped it triumph. This was evident in the way it got the better of Kerala Blasters in the first match and then went on to win the battle of nerves easily against traditional rival East Bengal. A third straight win will see ATKMB rising to the top again.

In contrast, Odisha FC is winless and is currently situated at the bottom half of the standings with just one point from two games. Odisha FC came from behind to secure its first point of the campaign against Jamshedpur FC but Stuart Baxter’s side needs to tidy up its defence which has been vulnerable at times.

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Roy Krishna, the top scorer for ATK last season, struck from the start and has already scored once in both the outings of the side. The Kolkata giant, which has got all its three goals so far from open play, will once again be looking to use its robust offensive against its new opponent. Aware of the might of his opponent, Baxter spoke about keeping things tight at the back.

“You respect them because they have good and experienced players. While throwing players forward, we have to be aware of the fact they get into the game quickly when we are spread out. We have to make sure we are aware of that and make it difficult for them. More than that, it's going to be up to the players on the day to make sure we take away the spaces they want and we defend well one-versus-one,” Baxter said. Odisha FC will have to be sharp at the front too as it is against a side that has kept clean sheets in both its outings.

ATK Mohun Bagan has some injury problems with Michael Soosairaj virtually out of the tournament and Spanish attacking-midfielder Edu Garcia also nursing an injury. “Edu Garcia has some injury problems and hopefully he will recover in three-four days. We are confident as a professional squad and we have a plan and will go to the field with that,” said Habas before the match.

- THE SQUADS -

ATK MOHUN BAGAN FC: Arindam Bhattacharja, Dheeraj Singh, Arsh Shaikh, Aryan Niraj Lamba, Avilash Paul, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, Subhasish Bose, Sumit Rathi, Boris Singh Thangjam, Edu Garcia, Javier Hernandez, Carl McHugh, Glan Martins, Michael Soosairaj, Jayesh Rane, Pronay Halder, Bradden Inman, Michael Regin, Sahil Sheikh, Ningombam Engson Singh, Md. Fardin Ali Molla, Roy Krishna, David Williams, Manvir Singh

ODISHA FC: Kamaljit Singh, Ravi Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Ankit Bhuyan, Steven Taylor, Jacob Tratt, Shubham Sarangi, Gaurav Bora, Hendry Antonay, Kamalpreet Singh, George D'Souza, Mohammad Dhot, Saurabh Meher, Cole Alexander, Nandhakumar Sekar, Paul Ramfangzauva, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Vinit Rai, Thoiba Singh, Isak Vanlalruatfela, Jerry Mawihmingthana, Boaringdao Bodo, Lahrezuala Sailung, Marcelo Pereira, Manuel Onwu, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Diego Mauricio, Laishram Singh.