ISL 2020-21, NEUFC vs ATKMB Highlights: Gallego scores stunner as NEUFC beats ATKMB 2-1

ISL Live, ATKMB vs NEUFC Live Football Streaming: Get the Indian super league live score updates between ATK Mohun Bagan and NorthEast United FC from Fatorda Stadium.

Updated : Jan 26, 2021 22:28 IST

Federico Gallego celebrates NEUFC's second goal against ATKMB.
Federico Gallego celebrates NEUFC's second goal against ATKMB.

Federico Gallego celebrates NEUFC's second goal against ATKMB.

This is Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 highlights of the NorthEast United FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan clash being played at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa.

That brings us to the end of our ISL coverage for the day. We will be back tomorrow when Kerala Blasters takes on Jamshedpur FC. [ PREVIEW ]. Until then, it's goodnight from us!


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Here's what the teams had to say after the match:

Goal scorer Luis Machado

On the result: I think we all played a fantastic game and everyone in the team worked hard for it. I think we deserved the win.

On adjusting to coaching changes: For us its important to reach the playoffs. It doesn't matter if its Gerard (Nus) or Khalid (Jamil).

On his favorable position: I am comfortable playing anywhere in the front line and help the team as much as I can.


ATKMB coach Antonio Habas

On the team's performance: We were better in the first half and missed few chances, but in the second half the referee didn't get his decision right. It completely changed the match for us.

On Machado's contentious opening goal: I think it was a foul ( by Machado on Tiri in build-up to the goal), the linesman had his flag up but we didn't get the free kick. I think we didn't have any luck. I don't understand why he (referee) had to allow the goal to stay when the linesman had put the flag up.

On substituting David Williams at half-time: David Williams had a muscle problem, so we had to replace him at half-time.

On Roy Krishna breaking his goal drought: It was good for Roy (Krishna) to get the goal, but it''s disappointing to lose the game.

NEUFC interim coach Khalid Jamil

On the result: Everybody worked hard and we deserved the result. It was a collective effort.

About Gallego and Machado dropping deep: Gallego and Machado are very brilliant and have the experience. I told them to play their natural game. That's how they scored the goals and I am very happy.

About NEUFC's play-off chances: We are only thinking about the next game and we are playing against one of the best teams in ISL next (Mumbai City FC).


An crucial three points for NEUFC and a frustrating day for ATKMB. Intensity seemed to on the back burner in the first half but a contentious goal from Luis Machado in the 60th minute set the tone for drama late in the second half. The winger muscled Tiri off the ball as the linesman put his flag up for a foul as Machado finished past Arindam Bhattacharja. However, the referee was in a good position to see the tussle and allowed the goal to stay. Roy Krishna scored the equaliser in the 72nd minute, latching on to a superb through pass from Carl McHugh. However, Federico Gallego made all the difference when he cut in from the left side and curled the ball into the back of the net in the 81st minute to make it 2-1.

The win left NorthEast to fifth in the standings with 18 points from 13 matches while ATKMB misses a chance to close the gap between itself and table topper Mumbai City FC which is six points clear.

90+7' Habas looks on shaking his head as Tiri is seen clutching his thigh. An injury to the centre-back could mean disaster for ATKMB at this stage of the season. However, he continues as he bends the ball at the far post in what is the last kick of the match as Subhasish has no problem collecting it.

90+5' Close! Pravot Lakra makes a solo run into the box and crosses at the far post where Rochharzela is waiting but is unable to direct his header in the right direction. That could've been the game.

90+2' Rathi tries to cross at the near post but Subhasish is good position to collect the ball. Thatal catches Dorjee on the shin as the referee awards a free kick to NEUFC but Gallego's delivery is poor which is collected easily by Arindam.

90' Machado does down after Rane catches him on the back with his boot, trying to win a header. The referee dishes out a yellow card for defender as the fourth official announces seven minutes of added time.

88' Sylla motors away through the centre as he exchanges passes with Gallego but is taken off the ball by Jayesh Rane. The duo have looked menacing all through out the game.

85' More Drama! Krishna goes down inside the box after coming in contact with  goalkeeper Subhasish Roy as he appeals to the linesman for a penalty. He stares in disbelief as the flag stays down.

81' GALLEGO SCORES! An absolute beauty from Federico Gallego. He receives the ball on the edge of the area, cuts to his right and bends the ball around two men inside the box to find the net. Arindam has no chance! That's Gallego's second goal in the last four games. He also has 3 assists.

77' Blocked! NEUFC backline is all over the place. Krishna finds himself in space inside the box and pulls the trigger but Mashoor Shereef puts in a crucial block to deny him. The Highlanders are unable to clear the ball as Haldar takes a stab at the goal which is cleared off the line by Dorjee.

75' Another close chance! Haldar works the ball on the right side and plays it to Rathi who sends a low cross into the box for Krishna who makes a run through the centre, but loses balance to miss the chance.

72' KRISHNA EQUALISES FOR ATKMB! Brilliant ball from Hernandez. The Spaniard recieves the ball from Kotal in the centre and threads the ball through a crowd of red shirt for Krishna who pounces on it and stabs home from close range.

70' Off the post! The corner from Gallego falls for Suhair who heads the ball at the near post but his shot comes off the woodwork.

68' SAVE! NorthEast is full of confidence after the opener. Machado finds Kamara in space in the centre as the midfielder sends a rasping drive which had Arindam scrambling to his left to clear it away for a corner.

66' Dylan Fox seems to have pulled a muscle as he goes down after making a clearance. Khalid Jamil has no option but send in Benjamin Lambot as his replacement.

63' The ATKMB dugout is furious that the referee had allowed NEUFC's goal to stand. However, the official was in perfect position when Machado took Tiri off the ball.

Luis Machado wins back the ball from Tiri on his way to the goal.

60' What's happening! A poor pass from Tiri is straight at Gallego who puts Machado through to the goal as the linesman puts his flag up. Tiri goes down after he is muscled off the ball by the winger who takes his shot and finishes past a helpless Arindam. The referee has a chat with the linesman and awards the goal for NEUFC. NEUFC has the lead!

58' Kotal is freed up on the right side by Haldar as he sends a low cross into the box which is hacked away for a corner by Dorjee. The set piece from McHugh is easily cleared away by NEUFC defence.

55' NorthEast wins a free kick after Machado is clipped by Rathi. Gallego sends a looping delivery at the far post but Aridam rushes in to punch it away to safety. A poor clearance from Haldar falls for Gallego who tries to go for a long-ranger and misses the target by a mile.

52' Good play from the Highlanders. Brown makes a solo run on the right side and puts Suhair through. The forward crosses at the far post which headed away by Pritam Kotal. Manvir gets into the act at the other end as he finds Rathi who crosses to Krishna at the far post. The Fijian takes the shot after a good touch, but manages to blast it over the post.

50' Gurjinder gets a yellow card for running into Prabir over the header. ATKMB moves the ball quickly as Manvir tries to cut in from the left and pulls the trigger. However, his shot was tame and easily dealt by Fox.

48' Manvir gets his first touch in a dangerous area on the left as he is fouled by Dorjee. Hernandez curls the ball at the far post but its too high for McHugh. ATKMB recycles the ball as Pranoy Halder collides into Gallego in the centre which earns him a warning from the referee.

46' ATKMB begins the second half. We have a surprise substitution at half time as David Williams is taken off by Habas for Manvir Singh.


The half began in cagey manner which saw ATKMB dominate the possession but being unable to create any meaningful chances. Prabir Das, Roy Krishna and David Williams all came close but struggled with placement often dragging their shots wide. NEUFC looked to hit its opponent on the counter and Deshorn Brown's spectacular piece of skill, which followed a superb passing move from Gallego and Suhair, landed on top of the goal in the 38th minute. Prabir, missed the best chance of the half, when was unable to reach Williams' squared pass across the face of the goal in the final minute of the added time.

45+2' MISS! That was the best chance at either ends so far. David Williams is played on side as the Australian cuts past Fox and squares the ball for Prabir who makes the run into the box. However, the Indian is unable to get to the ball despite putting in a desperate slide.

45' Both the coaches are animated on the sidelines after the teams cancel each other out in the midfield. Rathi loses the ball to Brown but manages to get it back.

43' Chamara takes his time wiping the ball with care before sends a throw deep into the box as the referee chalks out his effort. Krishna is down on the pitch clutching his knee after clashing with Apuia but he looks fine as Hernandez stands over the free kick. Williams takes the set-piece instead but overhits as NEUFC has a goalkick.

41' Chance! ATKMB is starting to work a way around the NEUFC defence as David Williams plays a through ball to Hernandez who tries to find the top corner from the byline and misses it narrowly.

38' Absolute brilliance from the Highlanders! Gallego puts Suhair through on the left with a cheeky backheel as as the forward crosses into the box for Brown who chests it over Jhingan and has the pace to overtake him on the turn. The forward tries to lob Arindam as the balls lands on the roof of the net. ATKMB breathes easy.

36' Rathi makes a run down the left flank and cross into the box which is cleared away by Shereef. Hernandez's corner kick is not accurate as Machado clears it away to safety.

32' Shot! The game is heating up. Arindam is called into action for the first time as Machado finds himself in space on the left as sends a stinging shot at the near post which is palmed away by the goalkeeper. Gallego latches on to the clearance but is unable to find the back of the net.

30' Chance! ATKMB gets its best chance to break the deadlock as a corner from Hernandez falls for Krishna, who is free on the edge of the box. The striker sprints to the byline and cuts it back across the face of the goal as Subhasish palms it away as the defenders scamper to clear it away.

28' So far the Mariners have tried to make way through the centre and left but have come out second best against a disciplined NorthEast defence.

26' Antonio Habas trudges impatiently on the sidelines as ATKMB struggles to keep possession. A series of fouls by Prabir and Javi in the attacking half leads to a free kick for NEUFC.

24' Rathi battles for the ball on the left with Dorjee and clips by the NEUFC full-back. The referee awards a free kick to NEUFC which is a wayward punt by goalkeeper Subhasish.

22' Prabir bends a dangerous ball into the box as Krishna attacks it with venom. However, his shot is wide after it comes off Fox and ATKMB has a corner which is dealt easily by NEUFC.

20' NEUFC wins the first corner of the match after Gallego's run through the centre is blocked by Jhingan. Gallego delivery at the near post is flicked on by Brown as it falls for Dorjee who pokes it wide off the post. Good chance wasted.

18' Brown makes a run into the box and plays Machado in space on the left. However, the winger's return pass is poor and Jhingan flicks it away.

16' Suhair is let down by a poor touch after Gallego feeds him the ball on the right side. NEUFC has a good chance to surprise ATKMB defence on the counter.

13' ATKMB ups the pressure in the attacking half as Jhingan wins the ball in the midfield and lays it to Hernandez who heads it but finds no support on the flanks.

11' Brown, Apuia and Gallego combine as Machado makes a run from the left. Tiri does well to clear the danger.

8' Direct play causing NEUFC all sorts of problems! McHugh plays a lofted ball from the center as Roy Krishna brings it down and reaches the byline. He cuts it back for Javi Hernandez inside the box who is unable to control it as the ball bounces away for a goalkick.

5' NEUFC makes its first foray into the box as Machado tries to find the far corner but is blocked by Sumit Rathi.

3' Good opening play by ATKMB. David Williams steals the ball on the right and plays a through ball to Prabir Das who makes the run but is unable to get on the end of it. Roy Krishna is played off side by the NEUFC defence before the pass comes from the right hand side. The Fijian is exasperated by the linesman's decision but there's nothing to complain.

1' NorthEast United begins the proceedings from right to left. Nim Dorjee gives away a free kick in the centre for ATKMB.

7.20 pm: The players are out on the pitch for warm-up. Just few more minutes to kick-off!

NEUFC's new signing Deshorn Brown (Centre) goes through the warm up drills ahead of the ATK Mohun Bagan clash.

7.10 pm: NorthEast United FC talisman Federico Gallego, who was sparingly used in the opening half of the season, has found his rhythm in the past few match earning a place in our team of fortnight. More on that here - Gallego leads midfield ISL Team of the Fortnight

Midfielder Federico Gallego will be the key for NorthEast United's attack.

6.55 pm: Interim coach Khalid Jamil has been tweaking his line-ups ever since taking over the reigns from Gerard Nus. Deshorn Brown, who joined from Bengaluru FC, makes his first start for his new side in place of Idrissa Sylla. Full-back Nim Dorjee gets the nod ahead of Ashutosh Mehta.

OUT: Idrissa Sylla, Ashutosh Mehta IN: Deshorn Brown, Nim Dorjee

6.50 pm: Antonio Habas Lopez has named a much-changed XI from the 1-0 win against Chennaiyin FC and has switched to a back four with full-back Sumit Rathi replacing Subhasish Bose. In the attack, David Williams comes in for Manvir Singh.

OUT: Edu Garcia, Sahil Sheikh, Manvir Singh, Subasish Bose, IN: Sumit Rathi, Pranoy Halder, David Williams, Prabir Das

6:30pm: Team News!

NEUFC goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury gears up for the clash against ATK Mohun Bagan.

NorthEast United FC XI (4-3-3): Subhasish Roy; Mashor Shereef, Dylan Fox, Gurjinder Kumar, Nim Dorjee; Lalengmawia, Khassa Camara, Federico Gallego, V.P. Suhair,  Luis Machado, Deshorn Brown

ATK Mohun Bagan XI (4-4-2):  Arindam Bhattacharja, Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Sumit Rathi; Prabir Das, Pranoy Halder, Carl McHugh, Javier Hernandez; David Williams, Roy Krishna (C).

OUT: Edu Garcia, Sahil Sheikh, Manvir Singh, Subasish Bose, IN: Sumit Rathi, Pranoy Halder, David Williams, Prabir Das

6:15pm: From Bengaluru's winless run to the latest in transfers and KP Rahul's impressive week, here are the major talking points from the week gone by -

6.00 pm:  It all started well for the league's youngest manager, Gerard Nus. But results have not gone his way in recent times, which have ultimately led to his departure from NEUFC -


5.45 pm:

Here are our predicted XIs

NorthEast United FC (4-3-3)

Gurmeet; Ashutosh Mehta, Benjamin Lambot, Dylan Fox, Gurjinder Kumar; Khassa Camara, Rochharzela, Lalengmawia; VP Suhair, Federico Gallego, Deshorn Brown

ATK Mohun Bagan (3-4-3)

Arindam Bhattacharja; Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan; Subhasish Bose, Carl McHugh, Javier Hernandez, Jayesh Rane; Roy Krishna, David Williams, Manvir Singh


Follow Sportstar's full coverage (Latest news, Interviews, Features, Points table, Quiz, Videos) of ISL 2020-21 .

The seventh edition of the Indian Super League 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 the inclusion of SC East Bengal, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020: Points Table


NorthEast United FC will be banking on the newfound confidence following its win in the previous round when it meets the currently second placed ATK Mohun Bagan FC in an Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) fixture at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday.

Immediately after seeing off its Spanish coach Gerard Nus earlier this month, NorthEast United ended a seven-match winless streak by beating Jamshedpur in its 12th outing of the League. This saw an increment in its position in the standings but NorthEast will have to contend with a more successful opposition in Mohun Bagan which already seven wins to its credit.

With the tournament already in the second phase of the contest, NorthEast needs to find more success to be in contention for a play-off slot. The goal scoring part, an area where the team drew huge arrears, seems to be solved with the arrival of Deshorn Brown from Bengaluru FC. The Jamaican player got one of the two goals in the win against Jamshedpur.

“It's a different style to what Bengaluru play. I think we will get more scoring opportunities here. I like the style and it will do better for me in the long run as well. The difference is that these guys, they tried to penetrate down the middle as compared to Bengaluru. At Bengaluru, they try to go out wide and play crosses, but the delivery of the crosses is not great which makes it really difficult for the strikers to score,” Brown said on the eve of the match against Mohun Bagan.

Brown found a good ally in one of the team’s old timers, Federico Gallego, who made both the assists in the goals against Jamshedpur. “They (Mohun Bagan) are a good team but any team can beat any team. We just have to get going from the beginning and things will happen,” Brown added with assistant coach Alison Kharsyntiew nodding in consonance.

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