ISL 2020-21 highlights: ATK Mohun Bagan beats Jamshedpur FC 1-0

ISL 2020-21, ATKMB vs JFC Updates: Get all the Indian Super League news, score and commentary from the game between ATK Mohun Bagan and Jamshedpur FC.

This is Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 match blog of the encounter between ATK Mohun Bagan and Jamshedpur FC which was played at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday.

Indian Super League coverage for the day is done and dusted. Tomorrow, Mumbai City FC will take on Bengaluru FC in match 95 of the tournament. Until then, it is good night from us!

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ATK Mohun Bagan playmaker David Williams takes home the 'Winning Pass of the Game' award for his assist during the only goal of tonight's game, while his teammate and striker Roy Krishna, who scored that goal, claims the 'Player of the Match' honour.

ATKMB head coach Antonio Lopez Habas: In the first half, we did not play well. We could not win those second balls. But we improved in the second half and won the match. That is exactly what we have been doing this season. We have a defensive formula and that's been extremely efficient. We don't need to score a lot of goals because we keep clean sheets every now and then. I'm very proud with the performance of my players. We want to claim the top spot in the Indian Super League standings this year. Arindam Bhattacharja and Roy Krishna are like my children and I can't really pick a favourite among the two. I'm really happy for them.

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JFC manager Owen Coyle: We certainly didn't deserve to lose today. It was a great header from Valskis. That was one of the best saves (by Arindam) I've seen in my career. The game was evenly poised. There was a mistake towards the end and we had to pay for it. I'm extremely disappointed. We want to win the remaining six points. If we replicate today's performance without the errors, we can do that. However, Mohun Bagan is an amazing team. We need to learn from them and improve in the final third. Passing is a very important aspect of football. Even if you're tired, you need to produce those long balls. They did that and claimed the three points.

Post match reaction from both the camps coming up next.....

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

Meanwhile, Jamshedpur FC stays sixth with 21 points from 18 games. Owen Coyle's JFC was undone by a solitary error as Antonio Habas-managed ATKMB bagged a 11th victory of the season.

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So yet another late Roy Krishna goal gives ATK Mohun Bagan the full three points as the team replaces Mumbai City FC at the top of the 2020-21 ISL standings, with 36 points from 17 matches.

AND IT'S FULL-TIME! FINAL SCORE: ATK MOHUN BAGAN 1 - 0 JAMSHEDPUR FC!!!

90+3' FREE-KICK FOR JFC! Nerijus Valskis takes the ball in his hand after David Williams fouls Mohammad Mobashir just outside the box. However, Jamshedpur's poor set-piece execution hands Mohun Bagan the possession.

90' Five minutes of stoppage time has been added on at the end of the second half! One last throw of the dice from Coyle as he brings on Nicholas Fitzgerald to replace Aitor Monroy in the middle.

88' YELLOW CARD! Jamshedpur FC midfielder Alexandre Lima goes into the referee's book for a silly tackle on the goal scorer Roy Krishna. ATKMB manager Antonio Habas has a word with the fourth official.

85' GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! ROY KRISHNA SCORESSSSS!!!! ATK MOHUN BAGAN 1 - 0 JAMSHEDPUR FC!!!!!!!!! This was another Krishna goal via another David Williams assist from midfield. Krishna got to the ball before Jamshedpur FC skipper Peter Hartley and smashed it past T. P. Rehenesh with his left foot.

83' JFC SUBSTITUTION! Owen Coyle replaces Seiminlen Doungel with Mohammad Mobashir. The Jamshedpur FC head coach looks extremely animated on the sidelines.

80' WHAT A CHANCE! Jamshedpur FC striker Nerijus Valskis almost started celebrating here. But Arindam Bhattacharja pulled off one of the saves of the tournament to deny the Lithuanian forward, who came up with a brilliant header.

77' AND IT'S TIME FOR THE FINAL DRINKS BREAK OF THE MATCH!

75'  FREE-KICK FOR ATKMB! Marcelinho will take this one too. He smashes the ball onto the wall. The ball is deflected away for a corner. David Williams sends a decent cross into the box but the Jamshedpur FC defence clears the ball from danger.

72' TWO MORE CHANGES! This time, ATK Mohun Bagan manager Antonio Lopez Habas makes the substitutions. Carl McHugh and Manvir Singh make way for Pronay Halder and Javier Hernandez in the middle.

69' ATKMB has dominated the second half when it comes to the passing and attacking stats. However, there's been only one shot on target the entire game. Both teams have struggled to be clinical up front.

66' CROSS! Marcelinho sends a low cross into the box for ATK Mohun Bagan. Roy Krishna loses his marker and gets to the ball. The Fijian striker's shot on target is a weak one as Rehenesh collects the ball with ease.

63' TUSSLE! ATKMB's Tiri and JFC winger Farukh Choudhary battle hard for the ball. There's shirt pulling from both the players. In the end, Farukh goes down and Jamshedpur FC wins a free-kick.

60' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION! Jamshedpur FC manager Owen Coyle makes two changes. He brings on Nerijus Valskis and Isaac Vanmalsawma to replace David Grande and William Lalnunfela on the field.

57' FOUL! Another bad tackle from an ATK Mohun Bagan player here. Roy Krishna high boots Stephen Eze in an attempt to win the ball close to the box. The referee blows his whistle but no booking this time.

54' YELLOW CARD! This is the first booking of the match. ATKMB's Carl McHugh brings down JFC midfielder Aitor Monroy in midfield. The Jamshedpur physio rushes into the middle to treat his player.

51' WHAT A SAVE! This was a wonderful team move from ATK Mohun Bagan. Manvir came up with the final shot on target. But T. P. Rehenesh was alert as he makes yet another save tonight.

48' CORNER FOR ATKMB! David Williams will take this one from the left. He delivers a brilliant cross at the near post. However, Stephen Eze comes to Jamshedpur FC's rescue as he clears the ball away.

THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!

The scores are tied 0-0 and we have forty-five minutes left in match 94 of the 2020-21 Indian Super League. Stay tuned!

Nothing much to separate the two teams right now. ATK Mohun Bagan might just have a slight edge over Jamshedpur FC so far. But there are no goals to show tonight.

AND IT'S HALF-TIME! SCORE: ATK MOHUN BAGAN 0 - 0 JAMSHEDPUR FC!!!

45+2' David Williams and Laldinliana Renthlei battle to win the ball. The Jamshedpur FC full-back does well to thwart the ATK Mohun Bagan attack in the end.

45' Two minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half! Marcelinho takes a corner for ATK Mohun Bagan and the cross evades everyone in the middle and goes out for a throw-in for Jamshedpur FC.

42' FOUL! The referee awards Jamshedpur FC a free-kick after Pritam Kotal elbows David Grande in midfield. No cards from the official yet. There have been no clear-cut chances so far.

39' SAVE! David Williams lets one fly from long for the Mariners. But Rehenesh anticipates the trajectory of the ball and dives at the right time to push it away from danger.

36' CHANCE FOR ATKMB! Today's centurion Lenny Rodrigues sends a long ball into the other half. But JFC keeper T. P. Rehenesh runs forward and collects the ball successfully. Roy Krishna was so close here.

33' INJURY! Farukh Choudhary goes down to the ground after a tackle from Roy Krishna. The referee awards a free-kick to Jamshedpur FC. The winger is fine to continue as well.

30' AND IT'S TIME FOR THE FIRST HALF COOLING BREAK!

27' CLOSE! Roy Krishna tries to control a ball from his teammate Subhasish Bose. But he's unable to do it. Jamshedpur Fc immediately begins a counter-attack. But a tactical foul stops play.

24' CHANCE FOR JFC! Alexandre Lima sends a cross towards Seiminlen Doungel from the left flank. Doungel jumps high and connects with a decent header. However, the ball rolls out of play.

21' FREE-KICK FOR JFC! Aitor Monroy will take this one as well. The referee awarded the set-piece after Manvir Singh handled the ball. ATK Mohun Bagan still holds the slight edge.

18' Manvir Singh and Ricky Lallawmawma get into a battle on the right wing. Manvir initially gets past Ricky but the JFC defender tracks back and sends the ball out for an ATKMB throw-in.

15' CROSS! Pritam Kotal with a good run forward for ATK Mohun Bagan on the right flank. His cross into the box is headed on target by David Williams. After a deflection off a defender, goalkeeper T. P. Rehenesh collects the ball.

12' FREE-KICK FOR JFC! Aitor Monroy will take this set-piece for the Men of Steel. Roy Krishna takes his position in the single-player wall. Monroy's cross attempt is blocked as the Mariners regain possession.

9' COLLISION! Jamshedpur FC forward David Grande and ATK Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja collide while trying to win the ball. The referee gives a foul against the JFC man.

6' CORNER FOR ATKMB! There was a penalty appeal from Roy Krishna after a Peter Hartley tackle. But the referee only awards a corner. David Williams will take the set-piece, however, the Jamshedpur FC defence clears the ball away with ease.

3' Good early pressure from ATK Mohun Bagan here. A win will take Antonio Lopez Habas' side to the top of the 2020-21 ISL standings above Mumbai City FC, which will have a game in hand though.

7:30 PM: AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

7.00 PM: Nerijus Valskis, who missed the last game due to injury, returns to the bench for Jamshedpur. Owen Coyle names an unchanged XI from the win over Chennaiyin FC.  Just one change for ATKMB; Pritam Kotal replaces Prabir Das at right-back.

6.30 PM: The team news is in

ATK Mohun Bagan XI (4-4-2)

Arindam Bhattacharja; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Subhasish Bose; Manvir Singh, Lenny Rodrigues, Carl McHugh, David Williams; Marcelinho, Roy Krishna

Jamshedpur FC XI (4-2-3-1)

T.P. Rehenesh; Laldinliana Rentheli, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Ricky Lallawmawma; Alex Lima, Aitor Monroy; Seiminlen Doungel, William Lalnunfela, Farukh Choudhary; David Grande

6 PM: Here's how the two teams could line-up on the night.

ATK Mohun Bagan predicted XI (4-4-2)

Arindam Bhattacharja; Prabir Das, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Subhasish Bose; Manvir Singh, Lenny Rodrigues, Pronay Halder, Javier Hernandez; Marcelinho, Roy Krishna

Jamshedpur FC predicted XI (4-3-3)

T.P. Rehenesh; Laldinliana Rentheli, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Ricky Lallawmawma; Alex Lima, Aitor Monroy, Mobashir Rahman; Seiminlen Doungel, Nerijus Valskis, Farukh Choudhary

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MATCH PREVIEW:

ATK Mohun Bagan will be going full throttle against Jamshedpur FC at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday as it gets a chance to dislodge Mumbai City FC from the top of the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) standings, even if for a short period of time.

ATK Mohun Bagan has definitely done well presenting an organised defence to remain among the top four teams all through the season so far. Antonio Lopez Habas’ team has done a fine turnaround in the last few outings, where it showed a lot of sharpness and success in the attack.

“The team is good, the team is confident. We are in the best way. Now we have to focus on the last four matches in case there is the opportunity to win the regular league. Every game, we focus on the next opponent,” Habas laid out the target for his side.

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However, the one thing that may be inspiring Jamshedpur was the 2-1 win it managed in the previous meeting against Mohun Bagan in the first phase of the league.

“When you get to the business end of the season, these are the games that I used to look forward to as a player. To play against the best players and the best teams. Tomorrow, we have the opportunity to do that. We are playing against a very good side, a side that we know well  and have tremendous respect for," said Jamshedpur FC coach Owen Coyle.

In order to repeat its previous success against Bagan, Coyle needs his attack to fire. Jamshedpur was fortunate in escaping with a win in the previous round where it managed to beat Chennaiyin FC with a last minute goal.

“The lads have been tremendous, the character and spirit they have shown. They have taken six points from the last nine. But now we have to keep picking up points so that's what we need to do,” said Coyle about his teams’ chances of making it to the play-offs.

A win for Owen Coyle's side will clear the possibility of securing a top-four slot. A loss on the other hand will make it extremely difficult for it.

“I don't want to talk about the past. All matches are different. All matches are difficult. Now we have to play this match like it is the last,” Habas said looking to continue his team’s recent successes.

ATK Mohun Bagan will be banking on the likes of Roy Krishna and Marcelinho in the attack to get the necessary points for a place at the top.

ATK Mohun Bagan is a point adrift of Mumbai City FC collecting 33 points from 16 matches. On the other hand Jamshedpur FC, which is placed sixth with 21 points from 17 matches, has been struggling for goals and has managed to score just four in their last seven matches.

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