ISL 2020, SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan highlights: Krishna, Manvir goals give ATKMB 2-0 win vs SCEB

ISL 2020-21, ATKMB vs SCEB: Roy Krishna and Manvir Singh's strikes in the second half gave ATK Mohun Bagan a 2-0 win over SC East Bengal at Tilak Maidan in Vasco (Goa).

Roy Krishna celebrates his goal for ATK Mohun Bagan against SC East Bengal.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Welcome to Sportstar's ISL blog of the match between SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco (Goa).

We are on to the weekend's clash. It could have been Albert Roca going up against his former club Bengaluru FC and assistant Carles Cuadrat, before FC Barcelona came calling. But there is some elements of Roca set in place at Hyderabad FC as it looks to defend its 100 per cent record against the Blues, who are looking for the first win of the season. The talking points will be live soon on the site. Until then, its good night from us.

MATCH REPORT | Krishna, Manvir power ATK Mohun Bagan to derby win over SC East Bengal

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It's been a whirlwind start to the ISL season with matches coming in one day after another. If you happened to miss the action from the first gameweek, Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad have reviewed the first five matches in our 'Full Time Show' podcast.


Habas at the presentation, "I think the team had good performance. We were better than the opponents tonight and I have to congratulate my team for that. In my team, I don't have prejudice about Indian or foreign players. He has fantastic potential. We are vry happy with him. Today, he was fantastic and he is a good professional."

Robbie Fowler at the presentation, "You have seen a glimpse of what kind of team we can be. We can cause problems to other teams, We weren't overawed against the team who were champions last year. There is ot to improve on despite this poor result. It was our first gae together and we didn't have pre-season game which showed. First 45 minutes were good and we got better. In terms of performance it wasn't that bad. Staff and management will look to build confidence. [On if EB has the squad strength] Who told you we were looking for a marquee striker? Don't believe every humor you hear. We have the squad what we got. It's tough with the squad we got and we were the last team to put a squad together. We will go again."


FULLTIME. Bragging right and three points for ATK Mohun Bagan. Manvir on his knees after the whistle. The Bagan fans on the fan wall are happy with the result. It wasn't a thrilling affair to match the build-up of the game but it had its moments in what was a fresh chapter in the historic rivalry. ATK Mohun Bagan was characteristically ATK Mohun Bagan with its dogged defence, hitting on the break and Roy Krishna's lethal feet. ATK Mohun Bagan moves top of the table after the win after two victories in two.

90' +2' Manvir, again on the break, runs in from the right to the centre over 45 yards but his shot from outside the box is not on target.

90' +1' Angou goes for the spectaculr from distance but he can only find the stands.

Four minutes of added time

90' ATKMB SUBS: Krishna, Prabir OFF; Sumit Rathi, Inman ON

87' Tiri goes into Jhingan after a push from Pilkington on the back.

85' GOAL! Manvir Singh with a memorable strike!  Game Over! ong ball down the right channel for him to run onto and he shakes off his marker. He has all the time on the right to check, cut on to his left foot and rifle a shot into the left top corner! He lies on his backside with his arms loft.

84' ATKMB SUB: Javi OFF, Glan Martins ON

82' SAVE! Pilkington with a curling effort from outside the box and Arindam needed a diving effort at full stretch to push it behind for a corner. Arindam did well to redeem himself after his back pass was intercepted by Pilkington inside the box. Tiri had to cover and block the threat.

81' Passing from both teams have been sloppy. East Bengal failing to break through the lines to meet their forwards.

Ten minutes left for East Bengal as it pushes on for the equaliser.

79' SCEB SUB: Angou ON, Loken OFF

Final drinks break of the game. Can East Bengal somehow manage to get a point from this game?

75' Tiri goes down with a nudge from Pilkington. Freekick in favour of Mohun Bagan.

71' Yellow card for Narayan Das for climbing over Roy Krishna to win the header. Narayan can't quite understand what he did wrong there. McHugh, yet again, misses his header as he peeled away to back post to meet the free-kick.

69' Yellow card for Pritam for pulling down Rafique by his hip.  Nervy moment at the back for Mohun Bagan as Arindam rushed out of his box to sweep out a long ball. Luckily for him, the ball fell at the feet of his own player.

Roy Krishna makes history in the latest chapter of the Kolkata derby. READ

SCEB SUB: Balwant OFF, Rafique ON

65' McHugh's leaps high to meet the corner kick but he can't dorect it towards goal.

ATKMB SUBS: Jayesh, Williams OFF; Halder, Manvir ON

63' Maghoma makes room on the left side and fizzes a fierce shot with his left foot. If he managed to keep it on target it would have needed some save from Arindam.

59' Sublime flick from Pilkington to set EB on a counter. Balwant gets a ball on to his left foot inside the box but he blazes over with his volleyed effort. Time for Jeje to come on?

58' SCEB SUB: Abhishek Ambekar comes on for Rana Gharami

56' Javi with a mazey from the left into the middle but he had too many bodies to get past and ends up running into traffic.

54' Jhingan cleans up Surchandra with a tackle. No card though.

Fowler is in conversation at the bench for a plan B to get back into this game. Rafique is given last minute instructions from the tactics manual before coming on.

49' GOAL! ROy Krishna is the man again for Mohun Bagan! Another left-footed goal for the Fiji striker. He loves a big game. Javi does well to attract two men outside the box and his pass is deflected by Steinman to Krishna, who takes a touch and smashes it straight down the middle. What was Debjit doing there. He should have definitely got a hand to that.

48' Long ball played by Tiri for Krishna to chase down but it's too long for him to get on to the end of.

46' ATK Mohun Bagan begin the second half from left to right.

A tense first 45 minutes with both teams having some good moments. SC East Bengal had the best chance of the half but the EB 'keeper Debjit had to be alert and pull off a sharp save to keep out the ball from going into his team's net.  Robbie Fowler's East Bengal has dominated possession here and the passing from the back will need some work over the course of the season.

Here's the Robbie Fowler interview where he spoke with Shyam Vasudevan on his signing for EB, his coaching style and more.



45' +2' Maghoma wins a corner in the final seconds of the first half. Poor corner and ATK Mohun Bagan regroup to deny any space for Pilkington to have a shy at goal from distance. The referee blows the whistle for the half-time break.

2 times of added time

45' Rane gives away the ball with a backheel and ends up fouling Steinman from behind in trying to win possession back. He is booked for that challenge.

42' Good spell of possession play from Mohun Bagan ends with Jayesh Rane balzing over into the stands from distance. He has the capability of a spectacular now and then.

38' Chance for Balwant! Surchandra twists away from his marker on the right and hooks in a cross into the six yard area which needed an EB forward to nod it into goal. Balwant comes in behind Pritam but he doesn't get the right connection.

Bhaichung Bhutia is on the fan wall screen and he seems engrossed.

36' SAVE! Javi somehow conjures an opportunity inside EB's box and draws a one-handed save from Debjit to push it behind for a corner.

33' Some fortune for Meiti as the ball drops onto his path and he cuts on to his left foot for a shot. The shot, however is deflected behind for a corner. The short corner falls into the six yard box but luckily for Mohun Bagan, no EB players are around to get on to it.

Drinks break taken.

30' Chance for East Bengal. Narayan Das hooks in a high cross into the ATKMB box which needed Maghoma to direct his header on target. He mistimes his leap and ends up putting his header off target.

29' ATKMB getting a foot-hold into this game courtesy of some sloppy passing from the back by East Bengal. Prabir's teasing cross into the face of the goal needed Debjit to get a finger tip on to push it away from danger.

26' Wing-back Prabir makes a darting run inside East Bengal's box and his cut-back needed a crucial block from Fox.

24' Maghoma, playing as the right forward in the 3-4-3 formation, does well to track back the run of Javi and earn a foul for EB.

22' Balwant goes into the referee's note-book. Yellow card for catching the leg of Javi.

60 per cent possession for East Bengal

20' Pilkington with a left-footd drive from distance and Arindam collects it low to him.

17' Meiti cuts in from left and plays in an inviting across across the face of goal for wing-back Surchandra to get at the end of. There is too much pace on the ball and the ball runs behind for a goal-kick.

14' Pritam Kotal and Tiri with superb full-stretch interceptions to deny Balwant runs at goal.

11' Foul on McHugh for a high boot by Steinman. Free-kick from over 40 yards out.  Jayesh Rane's effort from distance is blocked. Williams is played down the channel and puts in a fizzing low cross, which is too quick for Krishna to get on to and Debjit collects with both hands.

7' Early shout for a penalty inside ATKMB's box. Pilkington went down inside the box with Tiri seeming to catch his legs. Referee says no penalty. Tiri thought Pilkingotn went down too easy and expresses his displeasure to the forward.

5' ATKMB is looking for the long balls down the channel, the flick on headers to chase on. East Bengal seeking to progress the ball out from the back with its centre-backs.

It looks like three at the back for East Bengal. Neville, Fox and Gharami are the three central defenders.

2' Corner for ATK Mohun Bagan. The flat corner is cleared away from the EB box.

1' It's kick off at Tilak Maidan. East Bengal play from left to right. It seems a bit surreal with no supporters in the stands.

East Bengal players get into a huddle with skipper Fox leading the team talk.

The players observe a moments silence in honour of Indian football legends Chuni Goswami and PK Banerjee, who passed away earlier this year.

All the hype and build-up over the Kolkata derby will come down to the next ninety minutes. There is more at stake than just the bragging rights.


7.25 pm: ATK Mohun Bagan players make their way out first in their away colours (white). East Bengal players join them out in the middle in their famous Red and Gold kit.

7.20 pm: In absence of any established official records, the painstaking private endeavours of the researchers are providing impetus and glory to the iconic Kolkata derby rivalry. Did they first play in 1921 or 1925? READ more to find out.

7.15 pm: Habas has made two changes to his line-up from the win over Kerala Blasters. Jayesh Rane replaces Halder and Subhasis Bose comes on for the injured Soosairaj.

7.10 pm: Antonio Habas: "Players know it's a an important match. We don't need to tell it to them. We are playing in Goa and no supporters, so it's different. This match is important for us. We have prepared for East Bengal."

7.05 pm: Here are the players from both sides who have featured in a Kolkata derby before. READ

7 pm: ATK Mohun Bagan is in the safe hands of Antonio Lopez Habas. His teams may not make you move to the edge of your seats but he knows what it takes to get the job done in the ISL. He has two titles in three seasons in India. How did he lead ATK to the ISL title last season and how would you compare it with the success from 2014? READ

There will be many first-timers in this unique Kolkata derby. Sandesh Jhingan will be one of them. ISL/Sportzpics


6.45 pm: Looks like Robbie Fowler has ditched his preferred 3-4-3 formation for a four-man defence in a 4-2-3-1. Danny Fox will captain the side. Balwant Singh, who played for ATK last season, will lead the line with Anthony Pilkington likely playing behind him as the second striker in the no. 10 role. Youngster Loken Meitei and Maghoma will add width down the flanks.

Robbie Fowler has named his first starting XI in the Indian football. What do you make of the team news? - ISL/Sportzpics   -  ISL/Sportzpics


Here's are the starting XIs

SC East Bengal XI (4-2-3-1)

Debjit Majumder; Scott Neville, Daniel Fox, Rana Gharami, Narayan Das; Matti Steinman, Surchandra Singh; Jacques Maghoma, Anthony Pilkington, Lokon Meiti; Balwant Singh

ATK Mohun Bagan XI  (3-5-2)

Arindam Bhattacharyya; Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan; Prabir Das, Jayesh Rane, Javi Hernandez, Carl McHugh, Subhasish Bose; Roy Krishna, David Williams

6.22 pm: Team news is just a few minutes away now.. ATKMB will not have Michael Soosairaj in its line-up and possibly the rest of the season. READ

6.15 pm: East Bengal finished as runner-up in the last season's I-League but it has undergone a sea of changes in the playing and coaching staff during the off-season. So what can we expect from the club in its debut ISL campaign? Amitabha Das Sharma analyses its strengths, weaknesses and its new signings in this season preview. READ

6.05 pm: There is a fair amount of interest for the match no. 8 of the ISL...

East Bengal has arrived in the Indian Super League... Photo: ISL/Sportzpics


6 pm: Here is Sportstar's predicted XIs for today's clash -

SC East Bengal predicted XI (3-4-1-2)

Debjit Majumder; Scott Neville, Daniel Fox, Mohamed Irshad; Samad Ali Mallick, Matti Steinman, Yumnam Singh, Abhishek Ambekar; Anthony Pilkington; Jacques Maghoma, Jeje Lalpekhlua

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

Arindam Bhattacharyya; Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan; Prabir Das, Pranoy Halder, Javi Hernandez, Carl McHugh, Subhasish Bose; Roy Krishna, David Williams

We have got you covered for your fantasy SC East Bengal-ATK Mohun Bagan XI. Captaincy pick: Roy Krishna.

5.45 pm: East Bengal has an air of unfamiliarity about its set up with its late entry into the ISL. But there is no mistaking its coach Robbie Fowler, the former Liverpool FC great. He has limited coaching experience under his belt but did manage to make an impression in Australia last year with the Brisbane Roar. So what will he bring to the Red and Golds this season? Shyam Vasudevan spoke to the Englishman upon his unveiling in October. READ

5.35 pm: In a rivalry spanning a near century, both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan have faced each other over 350 times. There have been many memorable goals, moments and matches to pick out from. Do you remember Bhaichung Bhutia's famous hat-trick in the 1997 Fed Cup semifinal at a record attendance Salt Lake Stadium and the story behind it? Here are Amitabha Das Sharma's top five derby picks. - READ

5.15 pm: One of the most important dates in the Indian football calendar, the day of Kolkata Derby, returns after a prolonged break. So far a preserve of the I-League in the national format, the clash of the Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan has changed its habitat to be a part of the Indian Super League from this season.

This transformation is the result of a metamorphosis in the two teams’ ownership pattern but the change does little to dent the intensity of the rivalry that is almost a century old now. Acknowledged as the biggest and the oldest footballing rivalries in the continent, the Kolkata Derby is certainly going to be a big asset for the country’s top league in terms of popularity.


ISL 2020-21 points table

In this special Full Time Show podcast, we take a look at the history and memorable matches of the Kolkata derby and what the inclusion of ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal means to the Indian Super League (ISL).


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Arindam Bhattacharyya (ATKMB); Prabir Das (ATKMB), Sandesh Jhingan (ATKMB), Daniel Fox (SCEB), Abhishek Ambekar (SCEB), Samad Ali Mallick (SCEB), Yumnam Singh (SCEB), Javi Hernandez (ATKMB), Anthony Pilkington (SCEB), David Williams (ATKMB), Roy Krishna (ATKMB)


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.

ISL 2020 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+