ISL 2020-21 highlights, ATKMB vs MCFC: Ogbeche goal gives Mumbai City 1-0 win vs ATK Mohun Bagan

ISL 2020-21, MCFC vs ATKMB: Bartholomew Ogbeche's second half goal gives Mumbai City a 1-0 win over ATK Mohun Bagan at the Fatorda Stadium.

Mumbai City players celebrate Ogbeche's goal against ATK Mohun Bagan.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Welcome to Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 blog of the ATK Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City FC clash.

That's all for tonight. NorthEast United and Bengaluru FC, who are on a long winless run, have another chance to get their campaigns back on track.

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Sergio Lobera "Very proud and happy. Not easy being unbeaten in 9 games. Important is performance and implementing the style of play in a short time. [On winning despite Jahouh's absence] I have a very good squad and happy with team. Not about individuals, Raynier and Borges did an excellent job Important is collective work. [On if defence was better in absence of Jahouh] I think it's difficult to say that. We worked and did very good job. The back line did well. To find the balance was not easy and I am happy with the balance we struck with attack and defence today."

Antonio Habas, "First half didn't find piece of play and difficult in flanks. They didn't have much chance. We were better and improved in 2nd half. I am very angry with situation that led to goal because our player was injured and they didn't put the ball out."

Williams "We were beaten by a better team tonight. There was a lot of niggly stuff. If we played football like the past before the break then we should be okay. We had a little longer break than we liked. The break allows you to reset and calm down ourselves. We can't make excuses because they were the better team. [On McHugh's absence] I hope he will be back because he is important for us. He has a big presence in the air at the back and as a leader. I hope he will be back next game."

Ogbeche "Tough team to play against but resounding victors of the night. I knew I would get the chance and I knew I shouldn't squander. It was a superb pass from Boumous. They are valuable points. If you drop points you could put yourself in unnecessary pressure. We cant take the foot of the gas table because we could find ourselves in a difficult position later on."

Mumbai and Mohun Bagan are the top two teams after the halfway stage this season. Here is the full points table

It's a 1-0 win for Mumbai City at the top of the table clash. Mumbai opens up a five-point gap at the top between itself and ATKMB. ATKMB falls to the same scoreline it has inflicted upon so many other teams this season. Ogbeche, who was set to possibly be replaced right before the goal, scored with what was his last touch of the game. And what a touch that was!

FULL-TIME. That challenge brings about another scuffle involving Vikram and Arindam. The youngster and the experienced pro are having a go at each other and are having to be separated by teammates.

95'+6' Arindam with a crucial block to stop Vikram from playing in a cross for Mumbai's second. That's the final action on the night.

90'+4' Scuffle outside the ATKMB box after Cy is pushed to he ground by Bose. Lot of shouting and shoving going on at the moment. Hernan is booked here for his part.

90'+2' CHANCE! ATKMB corner and Tiri rises high to meet it but can't get his header on target.

Five minutes of added time

90' MCFC SUB: Boumous OFF, Vikram ON

The 3 points to Mumbai could prove significant in the race for the AFC Champions League spot.

The goal has expectedly brought about more urgency from Mohun Bagan in search of that equaliser.

85' MCFC SUB: Bipin OFF, Vignesh ON

83' From the corner, ball falls in front of an ATKMB player near the goal but his shot is blocked as well.

82' Santana brings down Williams down the right channel. Free-kick falls into the path of Williams, who makes room to his left and fires it at goal but Fall is in the way of that shot!

80' ATKMB SUB: Hernandez OFF, Inman ON

78' Play is underway.

75' Drinks break taken.

73' SAVE! Le Fondre nearly with the second! He picks up the deflected cross outside ATKMB box and looks to slot it past Arindam, but is thwarted.

72' MCFC SUB: Ogbeche OFF, Le Fondre ON

69' GOAL! ATKMB 0-1 MCFC! Ogbeche! What a stunning finish into the top corner! Garcia was bodied inside Mumbai's half which led to the break by the away side. Boumous drives the ball into the ATKMB box and plays a backheel to find Ogbeche free on the left and the striker curls it into the top corner!

68' Raynier gives the ball away in midfield but Mohun Bagan can't capitalise on the break as it conceded possession again.

65' Cy goes down inside the ATKMB box while looking to cut inside. Referee says no penaly.

Tiri appears winded from being sandwiched in the coming together between Arindam and Ogbeche.

61' Cy Goddard swings in a cross from the right and Arindam flies out to push the ball away from the head of Ogbeche.

58' CHANCE! Halder wins the ball in midfield and slips in a through ball for Edu Garcia and he hits the post! Amrinder was flat-footed in goal but he ends up collecting the rebound.

55' Ball over the top from Raynier to chase down for Bipin, who ends up fouling Pritam as they challenge for the ball.

52' Foul outside MCFC box for ATKMB. Garcia's effort draws a save from Amrinder.

 

49' Prabir races onto a long ball in challenge with Mandar, who ends up fouling the wingback. Yellow card for Mandar.

47' Halder is booked for pulling back Ogbeche using his arm.

46' Second half is underway. ATKMB changes: Manvir, Glan - OFF, Prabir, Halder - ON

SECOND HALF

STAT: Arindam has been at his best with a strong save percentage of 89.28% and is yet to concede a goal from open play this season.

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HALF-TIME. ATKMB has managed to halt Mumbai from scoring in the first half for the first time in 7 matches. MCFC has dominated play and came out firing at the start but Mohun Bagan has shut out the away side. Now it will be the turn of ATKMB, which has scored nine of its 10 goals in the second half. Mumbai can score in the second half as well, it has six goals in the final 45 minutes of games.

45'+4' Arindam is okay to continue after a medical check. Some hold up here with the drop ball outside the ATKMB box. That's finally resolved and the referee immediately blows for the whistle.

45'+3' Arindam is down after he comes out to clear a freekick. He clashes with a MCFC player. ATKMB bench is not happy with that.

45'+1' With one swift move between Ogbeche and Boumous, the latter finds Bipin in space down the left. Bipin goes for a left-footed shot again but this time Pritam makes the block.

Two minutes of added time.

45' Cy holds off attention from the right, comes inside and plays the ball to Bipin outside the box. The Indian takes a left-footed shot which goes wide of goal.

42' High boot from Manvir against Borges and the referee awards a freekick against ATKMB.

38' ATKMB win the ball back and it with one swift move is into the MCFC box. Manvir on the break and he plays the ball into the left, where a cross is played into Krishna, whose header fails to test Amrinder.

38' Mumbai is moving the ball from side to side but is unable to find the space past ATKMB's packed defence.

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Mumbai's possession count is up to 67 per cent...

34' Williams and Ogbeche with a coming together and a freekick is awarded to ATKMBA. Ogbeche looked to nutmeg the Aussie but Williams closed his legs in time.

30' Drinks break taken.

29' ATKMB wins the ball outside its own box and looks to hit MCFC on the break. Williams picks up the ball and looks for the pass over the top for Krishna but the striker is offside.

26' Fall and Williams involved in a tussle for the ball here. Fall shoves down Williams with one push before smashing the ball straight at the fallen Aussie.

23' ATKMB is slowly getting itself back here. Having a short spell with the ball with Pritam released down the right in space. His cross to Krishna inside the box is cut out.

18' More attack through the left. Mandar with a cross which Jhingan puts behind for a corner. ATKMB can't get hold of the ball here. Corner cleared away as another MCFC attack begins.

14' MCFC in charge in the early stages with Bipin whipping in dangerous crosses into the box. Tiri with some composure to chest down a fierce cross to his partner Jhingan to clear it away.

11' SCRAMBLE AT THE GOALLINE! MCFC on the attack through the right with Cy playing in Amey down the byline. His cross is squared into the area where MCFC players look to bundle the ball into the net but are somehow denied. Arindam with a save on the goalline.

9' Boumous cuts inside ATKMB's box but his shot lacks power and is straight at Arindam.

7' Raynier with a foul on Javier inside MCFC's half. Edu stands over the freekick and whips it in but Ogbeche heads it away. Ogbeche is back in his own half again to win the ball off Javier to set MCFC away in attack.

5' Period of possession for MCFC sees Borges playing Bipin down the left and the winger putting in an inviting cross into the box but Tiri is there to clear it.

2' Challenges flying in and players getting stuck in the opening two minutes.  Martins with a foul on Boumous with a late tackle.

1' ATKMB gets the match underway from left to right.

FIRST HALF

7.25 pm: Both teams make their way out to the middle.

A rare start for Ogbeche, just his fourth this season in 10 matches. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

Edu Garcia is among the most creative midfielders in the ATKMB XI. He starts alongside Javier Herandez today. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

6.50 pm: Two changes for Mumbai. One forced change in form of Cy Goddard coming in for the suspended Ahmed Jahouh. Interesting selection up top with Bartholomew Ogbeche replacing Adam le Fondre, who is on the bench.

6.45 pm: Three changes for ATKMB. McHugh, Prabir, Sahil - OUT. Martins, Javier Hernandez, Manvir - IN. Javier Hernandez returns to the team for the first time since December 3 against Odisha FC.

6.30 pm: The team news is in

ATK Mohun Bagan XI (4-4-2)

Arindam Bhattacharja; Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Edu Garcia, Javier Hernandez, Glan Martins, Manvir Singh; David Williams, Roy Krishna.

Mumbai City FC XI (4-2-3-1)

Amrinder Singh; Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Hernan Santana, Mandar Rao Dessai; Rowlin Borges, Raynier Fernandes, Cy Goddard, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh; Bartholomew Ogbeche

ATKMB has the best defensive record (3 goals conceded) this season. Jhingan and Co have managed seven cleansheets from nine matches. Can they stop Mumbai City from scoring? - ISL/Sportzpics

 

6.10 pm: Mumbai City has scored the most goals (10) in the first half of the matches this season, while ATKMB has conceded just once in the opening half.

5:50pm: Here's how we think the two sides could line up today:

ATK Mohun Bagan predicted XI (3-5-2)

Arindam Bhattacharja; Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan.Prabir Das, Carl McHugh, Edu Garcia, Pronay Halder, Subhasish Bose; David Williams, Roy Krishna.

Mumbai City FC predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Amrinder Singh; Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Hernan Santana, Mandar Rao Dessai; Rowlin Borges, Raynier Fernandes, Cy Goddard, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh; Adam Le Fondre

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Here is the full points table

ATK Mohun Bagan, Mumbai City face off in clash for top spot

Two of the most consistent sides so far in the 2020-21 season of Indian Super League (ISL) – Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan – set up a clash for a place on the top of the current standings, at the Fatorda Stadium on Monday.

As the tournament approaches the half-way stage, the top sides of the league would like to seize the initiative before the second half of the season.

The current leader Mumbai City FC has scored 16 goals so far and also proved to have the best goal scoring ability with a goal conversion rate of 15.84%. It has scored continuously in the last eight games. This makes the clash interesting as Mohun Bagan has a very good defence having maintained seven clean sheets in nine games. What makes it more important is the fact that Mohun Bagan is yet to concede a goal from open play this season.

The ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Lopez Habas did not wish to follow the indications offered by statistics. “I don't think that Mumbai is a team that only attacks. They are good in progressional play as well as in counter-attacks. It is very difficult to stop their team because they always play forward but I don't think it is just a match between attacking and defending because football is all about it,”Habas said.

“The importance of a match depends on the moment. At present it is a match between the first and second teams. Maybe two or three weeks later, the match may not have the same importance but the idea presently is to play with all intensity,” Habas added.

Making a switchover from a successful side like FC Goa, the Mumbai City FC coach Sergio Lobera has kept his team unbeaten following a defeat in the opening round. But Lobera preferred to treat the match as a mid-season clash and did not wish to attach any more importance.

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“I think it is going to be important but not a crucial game. It is just halfway and in this competition anything is possible. Anything can change in short time in the league . Most important thing is now to keep our focus and improve our game,” said Lobera, whose team is currently leading the current standings with 22 points from nine mathes.

Mohun Bagan is just behind with 20 points gained from its nine outings. Though there are no injury concerns for the Spaniard, he will miss the services of Ahmed Jahouh, who received his second red card of the season.

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