ATK's second battle away from home
11th October 2016
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Mumbai City FC Starting XI : Roberto Volpato Netto, Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Lucian Goian, Gerson Vieira, Aiborlang Khongjee, Sehnaj Singh, Pronay Halder, Krisztian Vadocz, Boithang Haokip, Leo Costa, Matias Defederico
Atletico de Kolkata Starting XI : Debjit Majumder, Pritam Kotal, Arnab Mondal, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo, Prabir Das, Bikramjit Singh, Borja Fernandez, Javier Lara Grande, Ian Hume, Sameehg Doutie, Juan Belencoso
After our first away victory against Kerala Blasters, ATK walked onto Mumbai soil with a positive attitude. The game saw our marquee player, Postiga cheering on for his team from the stands as Belencoso lead the attack.
The game formation stood at 4-2-3-1, similar to previous games with just two changes being made by our head coach, Jose Molina which saw Bikramjit Singh and Juan Belencoso in the Starting lineup with Abinash Ruidas, Stephen Pearson and Lalrindika Ralte making their way into the game during the second half.
The game saw both teams plunge into attacks with also a few cards waved for both sides.
The first half started off with a Mumbai City FC onslaught but our defenders Kotal, Mondal, Tiri and Prabir and our goalie Majumder stood their ground. As the game kept rolling, ATK returned the favour as Lara continuously troubled the opponent’s defence with his crosses and strikes.
The first yellow card of the game was awarded to Mumbai City FC’s defender Aiborlang Khongjee in the 22nd minute for his tackle on Prabir Das. This was soon followed by a yellow card for Bikramjit Singh in the 24th minute. A few minutes later, Mumbai City FC took the lead as Matias Defederico slipped in a goal from within the box courtesy of an assist from Aiborlang Khongjee. This is when we saw the red and white brigade retaliating with strikes from Doutie and Lara.
At the half hour mark, the ATK defence stumbled after a Tiri and Borja collision saw Borja having to be escorted off the field in a stretcher for treatment. This did not dampen the spirit of the team as what followed was a series of attacks up front and it wasn’t late before Borja returned to the pitch.
The team almost witnessed a goal in the closing five minutes of the first half as Ralte took down Doutie and gifted us a free kick just outside the box. Javi Lara took the free-kick and with precision crosses the ball to Belencoso who heads it just too far away from the post.
With three minutes added in the first half, both teams tried to make it count but the first half ended in favour of Mumbai City FC.
Mumbai City FC 1:0 Atletico de Kolkata
The second half of the game kicked off with an early double substitution where Bikramjit Singh and Ian Hume made way for Abinash Ruidas and Stephen Pearson respectively. The team started off by threatening the home team from both flanks and eventually saw Pronay receive a yellow card for his rough challenge in the 54th minute. ATK’s attack gained momentum which was evident from the charge by Lara and Borja.
Doutie had a chance at scoring his second goal this season during the 64th minute after he tried to chip in a goal at close range, however, his attempt sailed above crossbar and into the stands.
As the game progressed, both sides and Pronay was awarded his second yellow card of the game which led to his dismissal with the home team reduced to ten. The game changed as we took control with repeated attacks from Stephen Pearson and a volley by Borja, the home defence began to crumble. Sehnaj Singh took down Javi Lara and picked up a yellow card for his tackle.
With just ten minutes left until the final whistle, ATK kept the pedal to the metal and in the 82nd minute, a stunning strike by Javi Lara converted from an assist by Borja powered it into the net earned his name on the scoresheet and equalised the game. After this, it was the chants of the away fans that encouraged our boys.
The last few minutes of the game witnessed the ATK squad attempt to snatch three points from the home side. Five minutes of added time featured a yellow card for Doutie and smart defensive tactics by debutant Abinash Ruidas.
The referee blew the final whistle and ATK bagged one point from their away game in Mumbai and our captain, Borja earned the title of becoming the first player in the Indian Super League to cross the 3000 minutes mark.
FT Scoreline: Mumbai City FC 1:1 Atletico de Kolkata
Full time stats:
Possession: MUM 38% - 62% ATK
Attacking Index: MUM 30% - 70% ATK
Shots: MUM 4 - 4 ATK
Shots on target: MUM 4 - 6 ATK
In the after match Awards, ATK bagged three awards:
Amul Fittest Player of the match: Borja Fernandez
Hero of the Match: Javi Lara
As the team returns home, catch them live in action at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on the 16th of October against FC Goa.