ISL 2020-21: Gallego's sublime strike powers NorthEast past ATK Mohun Bagan

ISL 2020-21: NorthEast United FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 to climb to the fifth spot in the Indian Super League standings.

Federico Gallego

NorthEast United FC's Federico Gallego celebrates scoring the winning goal against ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

NorthEast United FC came up with a fine second half performance to beat second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) clash at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday.

The victory sees NorthEast jump to the fifth spot in the standings with 18 points from 13 matches, while ATK Mohun Bagan remains in second place with 24 points.

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ATK Mohun Bagan had a greater control over the ball but failed to convert the opportunities in the first half, which remained bland without much happening in the attacking zones on either ends.

The Kolkata club's play-maker Javier Hernandez got close on a Roy Krishna cross in the eighth minute but the Spanish midfielder failed to keep his attempt on target.

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Krishna had a chance in the 22nd minute but it was not sharp enough. NorthEast had its first chances off Luis Machado, whose attempt was blocked by ATK Mohun Bagan custodian Arindam Bhattacharja.

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The second half saw a more purposeful approach from the two sides and yielded in more end-to-end action. NorthEast United took the lead off a counter-attack near the hour mark when Machado found the net.

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The Portuguese striker got the goal rather controversially as he pushed ATK Bagan defender Tiri with his elbow to clear his way to the goal. Interestingly, the assistant referee's flag was raised but the on-field referee overlooked it.

NEUFC players celebrate Luis Machado's goal against ATK Mohun Bagan.   -  sportzpics

 

ATK Mohun Bagan found the equaliser through Krishna, who was assisted by substitute Komal Thatal, in the 72nd minute. Antonio Habas' side could have gone ahead six minutes later but a goal-line block from Nim Dorjee denied Thatal.

NorthEast regained the lead off a fine angular strike from Federico Gallego in the 81st minute and held on to pick up its second successive victory after a series of winless outings.