ISL 2020-21 Semifinal Highlights: ATK Mohun Bagan beats NorthEast United 2-1 to cruise into final

ISL 2020-21 Semifinal Highlights: ATK Mohun Bagan beat NorthEast United 2-1 to advance to its maiden Indian Super League final.

David Williams

ATK Mohun Bagan's David Williams celebrates with Roy Krishna after scoring against NorthEast United FC during their ISL 2020-21 semifinal clash on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Welcome to Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 match highlights of the ATK Mohun Bagan vs NorthEast United FC match that is being played at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday.

That brings us to the end of our ISL coverage for the day. We will be back on March 13 when ATK Mohun Bagan takes on Mumbai City FC, in what will be a maiden final for both teams. Until then, it's goodbye!

Post match quotes -

ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Habas: "The team had a good character today. The team, in the first 45 minutes, was a lot of superior to the opponent and maybe we had chances to score 2-3 goals. I think the team absolutely deserves to be in the final."

MATCH REPORT| ATK Mohun Bagan beats NorthEast United, through to final

NorthEast United FC interim head coach Khalid Jamil: "The team worked very hard and I am very proud of them. Today's result is my mistake, it was a tactical one. The first half we didn't start very. We added another striker, (Deshorn) Brown in the second half and played a 4-4-2 formation and and we put pressure. From that we tried to play long balls from the wings and I think this clicked for us.

I am very proud of the boys and I want to thank the management."

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ATK Mohun Bagan's Roy Krishna on Manvir Singh: "He's a very quick learner. His attitude in training is great and all credit goes to him. He takes our advice and shows it on the field. he is a good kid and always listens to experienced players."

[On facing Mumbai City in the final] "The last time we were not up to it. It will be a different mind game this time and we will be up to it from the first minute."

While NEUFC had the majority vote, one of our panelists got his prediction of an ATKMB 2-1 win absolutely right. Watch to find out who is our in-house 'Paul the Octopus.'

 

ATK Mohun Baagn's David Williams: "It was a very satisfying win. We worked five months for this without fans and without our families. It's been a difficult difficult situation to come all this way an d we can't give up. We kept going and were disappointed two weeks ago but the whole squad dug in deep today. This guy (Krishna) keeps giving to the tean. Everyone did really well and the defence was strong as well."

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ATK Mohun Bagan progresses to its maiden Indian Super League final with a 2-1 (3-2 aggregate score) victory over NorthEast United FC.

The Mariners will now face Mumbai City FC, in what was a repeat of the last game of the league stage, in the summit clash on March 13.

SOME KEY STATS

- An Antonio Habas led side has never lost a game in which David Williams has scored
- This is NorthEast United FC's first loss in 12 games, it is also Khalid Jamil's first defeat at the club
- ATK Mohun Bagan has not lost a single game this season after scoring the opening goal
- The Highlanders won 10 penalties this season, the most in the competition
- Habas, the ISL's most successful coach with two titles, now has a chance to make it three

Antonio Habas' side went ahead in the 38th minute through David Williams' strike and doubled its lead when Manvir Singh scored a belter 30 minutes later. VP Suhair nodded home a goal in the 74th minute to bring NorthEast United FC back in the contest and Luis Machado had a golden chance to equalise, but he skied his penalty strike much to the dismay of the Highlanders faithful.

The Mariners endured a few anxious moments towards the end but held on to secure the massive win. 

FULL-TIME: ATK Mohun Bagan 2 - 1 NorthEast United FC

90+6' NorthEast launch another attack but it's too little too late as the referee Rahul Kumar Gupta blows the full-time whistle.

90+6' Habas is booked for kicking the ball away. Quite unnecessary from the Spaniard.

90+5' What a chance that was for Regin! Krishna does all the hardwork as he fights off Ashutosh and lays it on a plate for Regin, who misses the goal by a huge margin.

90+3' Nervous last minutes - Lambot's strike takes a deflection and NorthEast United wins a corner. A chance is created from the second ball but Ashutosh is ruled offside.

90+2' Late change for ATK Mohun Bagan - Michael Regin comes on for Lenny.

90' Five minutes to be added on.

89' Manvir scorches down the right and tries to squeeze the ball it into the goal but can't beat the NorthEast United custodian.

87' Changes for both sided - Britto PM comes on for Suhair, while Jayesh Rane replaces Williams for the Mariners.

86' Another chances goes begging for NorthEast United. Suhair's shot from the right falls kindly for Ashutosh and he tries to curl it in but can't keep it on target.

86' Krishna strides into the final third and has five white shirts ahead of him. Camara makes a strong challenge to win the ball.

84' Change for ATK Mohun Bagan - Javi Hernandez comes off for Prabir Das.

83' Machado misses it! He skies his shot from the spot and the chance goes begging.

81' PENALTY! Bose catches Sylla on the back and the Highlanders have won a penalty!

STAT: Antonio Habas' side has never lost a game in which David Williams has scored.

78' Free-kick right on the edge of the area for NorthEast. Lenny makes a silly challenge on Machado.

74' SUHAIRRRRRRRRRR! NorthEast United is back in this one! Suhair nods it home to reduce the deficit! Lambot fires a looping header from a corner and Arindam makes a mess of a simple save as he tips it onto his crossbar. The deflection lands for Suhair, who scores with a diving header. ATK Mohun Bagan leads 2-1 with less than 15 minutes to go!

71' Gallego, who had a fairly muted game, makes way for Brown. The Highlanders now have two strikers up front in Sylla and Brown. Can they do the trick?

70' Second change for NorthEast United FC - Deshorn Brown replaces Federico Gallego.

68' MANVIIIIIIIR. WHAT A STRIKE THAT IS! Krishna is the architect once again as he plays a lovely through ball to release Manvir on the right. The youngster cuts into his left foot, weaves past two defends and rifles it past the 'keeper to double ATK Mohun Bagan's lead.

Manvir Singh

ATK Mohun Bagan's Manvir Singh exults after scoring against NorthEast United FC during their ISL 2020-21 semifinal clash on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

66' That's a shocking miss from Javi. Krishna plays an inch-perfect for Javi and the Spaniard, from three yards out, blasts it into the side-netting.

64' First change of the evening - Benjamin Lambot comes on for Dylan Fox.

62' Ashutosh with a goal-saving block! Williams chips it exquisitely for an unmarked Krishna in the box. Krishna tries to control the ball, it clips the bottom of his boot, bounces off the 'keeper and rolls goalwards before Ashutosh makes a stunning last-ditch clearance.

60' Quite the "face-off" here between Machado and the assistant referee.  Machado's demonstrations don't win him the throw-in.

58' Lambot and Brown are discussing gameplays on the sidelines. Will the duo come on?

56' Machado's ferocious half-volley from the right is well blocked by Arindam. NorthEast United FC has come out firing on all cylinders in this second half!

53' Ashutosh makes a spirited run on the right flank and crosses it into the box but there's no Highlander at the end of it.

51' Lalengmawia with a late tackle on Jhingan, but there's no malice there.

49' What a rollicking start to this second half! Here's a stat that the ATK Mohun Bagan fans will rejoice - The Mariners have never lost a game this season after scoring first.

47' Off the post! Gallego drills a low cross into the box and Suhair strikes it well on the turn but is agonisingly denied by the woodwork! Arindam attempts to clear the ball and it falls to Gallego once again. He flashes another fine cross across the box but there's no white shirt attacking the ball.

46' KICK OFF! And the second half gets underway.

After one of the craziest games in ISL history last night, our soothsayers are being cautious with their predictions. While NEUFC has the majority vote, our panel still feels crunch games are Antonio Habas' territory.

 

An outright dominating attacking display from ATK Mohun Bagan sees the Mariners go into the half-time interval with a 1-0 lead. Antonio Habas' side stamped their authority from the get-go and took the lead through David Williams in the 38th minute.

NorthEast United had a couple of  half chances but was forced onto the backfoot for the majority of the opening 45. The Highlanders have a Herculean task ahead if they are to extend their unbeaten run under interim head coach Khalid Jamil.

HALF-TIME: ATK Mohun Bagan 1 - 0 NorthEast United FC

45+2' What a chance! Machado whips in a delicious cross for Lalengmawia but the youngster miscues his header. Bose is there at the far post to clear the danger. 

44' Krishna plays it to Javi and the Spaniard has a go....but skies it. Manvir, who was free on the right, would have perhaps been a better option. Two minutes to be added on.

43' Gallego takes a free-kick from 50-odd yards out but overcooks it.

41' How did he miss that? Javi floats a peach of a free-kick into the box and McHugh, completely unmarked, misses a free header! A glorious chance wasted there.

38' WILLIAMS SCORES FOR ATK MOHUN BAGAN! Lenny finds Krishna in the centre of the pitch and he threads a delightful ball for Williams. Ashutosh lets Williams run inside of him and the Australian busts the net with a fantastic finish.

David Williams

ATK Mohun Bagan's David Williams celebrates scoring against NorthEast United FC during their ISL 2020-21 semifinal clash on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

37' Bose bombs down the left flank and feeds a lovely ball for Krishna. The striker takes a couple of touches and goes for the near post, forcing a strong save from the 'keeper.

33' NorthEast United has scored 10 goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half this season. Can the Highlanders find the opener?

31' The free-kick is taken short and Krishna tries to thread it for Williams but can't find a way past the defence. The players now head into the water break.

30' Mashoor Mashoor Mashoor....he clips Krishna in the face and gets booked.  Free-kick to ATK Mohun Bagan from a very promising position.

27' Mashoor is the guilty party yet again as he lunges in but fails to win the ball, allowing Krishna to run away with it. The Fijian lets one rip from outside the 18-yard box but it fizzes off-target. Krishna ought to have done better there.

25' Moment of madness from Mashoor - he looks set to let the ball roll out of play but then pulls it back in with a tame pass inside the box. The NorthEast defence manages to scamper to safety.

23' Arindam with a fantastic save! A flick on from Sylla sees Machado pick up the ball and storm into the final third. The Portuguese's venomous strike is tipped over by Arindam.

19' ATK Mohun Bagan looks like a completely new unit from the first leg. The return of Jhingan and Tiri in defence has made a massive difference and McHugh is now able to operate freely in midfield. The Mariners have been the dominant side since kick-off.

15' Sylla comes within inches of the opener! The Guinean makes a powerful run down the centre and shoots from the edge of the box but his strike serves off target.

14' Bose fires a thunderous strike straight at Subhasish and the 'keeper does well to make the block.

12' ATK Mohun Bagan has been all over the NorthEast United defence so far. The Highlanders have been forced to sit back and hold fort.

9' Williams! He takes on Fox, makes room for himself and gets a shot off but fails to trouble the 'keeper.

After one of the craziest games in ISL history last night, our soothsayers are being cautious with their predictions. While NEUFC has the majority vote, our panel still feels crunch games are Antonio Habas' territory.

 

7' STAT: ATK Mohun Bagan scored around the half hour mark in the first leg, but the Mariners have managed only six goals in the opening half this season.

5' Another attempt on goal from the Mariners! McHugh tries to curl one into the far corner but Mashoor heads it away.

4' Javi swings in a corner and Williams gets on the end of it but can't redirect it on goal!

3' OFF THE POST! Superb close control from Krishna on the right to draw in the markers before releasing Javi in the centre. The Spaniard drives forward and drills a low shot from distance which smacks against the bar and comes out!

1' NorthEast United kicks off from right to left. Williams volleys a shot from distance but it goes harmlessly over the bar.

FIRST HALF

7.24pm: Both teams make their way out to the middle. NEUFC players walk out in their white away kit.

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ATKMB's Marcelinho is dropped to the bench for the second leg. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

7 pm: Two changes for Mohun Bagan. Sandesh Jhingan and Tiri are back in the line up with Prabir Das and Marcelinho making way. Two changes for NorthEast United as well. Nim Dorjee and Benjamin Lambot drop to the bench for Mashoor Shereef and Idrissa Sylla. Deshorn Brown is named in the matchday squad after missing the first leg.

6:30pm: TEAM NEWS!

ATK Mohun Bagan

Arindam Bhattacharya, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Subhasish Bose, Lenny Rodrigues, Javier Hernandez, Carl McHugh, Manvir Singh, David Williams, Roy Krishna.

NorthEast United FC

Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Gurjinder Kumar, Mashoor Shereef, Dylan Fox, Ashutosh Mehta, Khassa Camara, Federico Gallego, Lalengmawia, Luis Machado, Idrissa Sylla, VP Suhair.

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Mumbai City players celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out against FC Goa.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6pm: Here's how we think the two sides could line-up today -

ATK Mohun Bagan Predicted XI

Arindam Bhattacharya, Subhasish Bose, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Prabir Das, Carl McHugh, Marcelinho, Lenny Rodrigues, David Williams, Roy Krishna, Manvir Singh.

NorthEast United FC Predicted XI

Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Gurjinder Kumar, Benjamin Lambot, Ashutosh Mehta, Nim Dorjee, Khassa Camara, Federico Gallego, Luis Machado, Lalengmawia, VP Suhair, Deshorn Brown.

5:45pm: ATK Mohun Bagan is playing in its maiden semifinal as a new entity following the merger between ATK and Mohun Bagan.

The ATK - Mohun Bagan merger may have seemed like a match made in heaven with the 2019-20 ISL and I-League champions primed to forge a winning partnership in the country's top division. However, from a controversial jersey to references to the former ISL entity, this acquisition has had a rocky debut year.

Here's an episode from The Full Time Show podcast where our reporters discuss the merger and why Mohun Bagan fans took to the streets with #RemoveATK chants.

5:30pm: MATCH PREVIEW

NorthEast United FC will be looking to pick up from where Idrissa Sylla had left off by scoring the equaliser in the added-time against ATK Mohun Bagan, in the first leg of the semifinal II of the Indian Super League.

The Guinean striker, who came in as a late 67th minute substitute, kept the hopes alive for NorthEast with his spectacular header that saw the match ending 1-1. The second leg of the semifinal, which comes up in Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday, is expected to relieve the action in the same intensity as NorthEast and Mohun Bagan look to secure their maiden entry to the final.

Ironically ATK’s stupendous record of winning three titles in the previous six seasons stands void after it merged with Mohun Bagan.

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Antonio Lopez Habas, who took ATK to the title conquest in the previous season, will have to realign his forces in search of a fresh record which he needs to script for the new entity, Mohun Bagan, on this occasion. The cause of worry for Habas may be the fact that his team’s otherwise impregnable defence has been struggling recently.

 The team had conceded just 11 goals in 18 matches but failed to keep that tidiness in the last three games where it has conceded five and has also remained winless in the process. Mohun Bagan will be banking on the creativity of its attacking trio - David Williams, Roy Krishna and Marcelinho – once again to contribute in a more prolific manner.

Realising the need to get his team back in the winning form Habas hoped his boys will rise up to the challenge in the decisive second-leg. “There is no pressure. It’s all about a big opportunity and this opportunity wouldn’t come again. We have to give our best and enjoy the semi-finals,” Habas said.

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For NorthEast’s interim head coach Khalid Jamil everything has been quite upbeat as his team remained unbeaten in the last 10 matches. “We have to focus on getting the result as it is a do-or-die game,” Jamil said. “I have told the boys to enjoy this pressure. Both teams have to fight for a result because there is no ‘away goal’ rule this time. So, it is the same for our opponent as well,” Jamil added.

The key to NorthEast’s good form in the second phase of the league has been the success of its attack where the likes of play-maker Federico Gallego, Luis Machado (their top-scorer with seven goals) and Deshorn Brown have done a great job. Jamil will be hoping that his attack starts converting chances early to realise the path to the final.

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