ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan, Mumbai City play out fierce draw
Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan played out a 1-1 draw in an ISL VIII match at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday. David Williams gave ATK Mohun Bagan the lead in the ninth minute but an own goal by Pritam Kotal in the 24th minute restored parity for Mumbai. Both teams had their chances in each half but could not produce the winner. The result means Juan Ferrando’s men could not break into the top-four, remaining fifth with 20 points from 12 games.
Mumbai’s winless run stretched to seven.
ATK Mohun Bagan looked in control from the kick-off and it did not take them long to nose ahead. The brilliant Liston Colaco was hacked down on the left channel but despite green and maroon shirts’ loud appeal, the referee did not give a free-kick. Mourtada Fall then passed the ball to Ahmed Jahouh who dilly-dallied with Hugo Boumous pressing him hard. Williams latched on to the loose ball, skipped past rival goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz and put it past him.
Colaco proved to be a menace for the Mumbai City FC defence. ATK Mohun Bagan kept knocking on the door as Colaco found the wall thrice to underline his dominance.
Mumbai tried hard to wrestle back the advantage and saw the ball for a brief period in which Cassio Gabriel’s attempt was thwarted by Tiri but Kotal failed to keep out a Bipin Singh cross, deflecting the ball into his own net.
After the cooling break, Williams had a chance to double his tally but his sharp header from a Colaco free-kick came off the woodwork. Nawaz then had a moment to forget when he charged out of his area in an attempt to head the ball clear but could only manage to send it as far as Boumous but the Frenchman was closed down by blue shirts.
Kiyan Nassiri, who scored a breathtaking hat-trick coming off the bench against SC East Bengal in the Calcutta Derby the other day, replaced Ashutosh Mehta in the 85th minute.