This is Sportstar’s ISL 2020-21 match blog of the Kolkata derby between ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal which was played at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday.
The 2020-21 Indian Super League coverage for the day is done and dusted. Tomorrow, second-placed Mumbai City FC will look to close the gap to the top when it takes on Jamshedpur FC at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco da Gama. [MATCH 100 – PREVIEW] Until then, it’s good night from us.
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SCEB midfielder Jacques Maghoma: I think we played well today. Any derby is always big and today we missed our fans. We were the better side after the first half equaliser. But we failed to capitalise on it. If you see the goals we conceded tonight, ATK Mohun Bagan didn’t run through us. We committed a few costly errors and ended up on the losing side. We could have scored more goals in the second half but that’s been the story of our season. We need to regroup, pick ourselves up and work hard to win the last two games. We can improve.
ATKMB head coach Antonio Habas: I’m very proud of my players. It’s about the positivity in the side. Five wins in a row is not easy. I’m not thinking about the Shield yet but it’s good to be on top of the table. Again, the Kolkata derby is the biggest football match of the country. So, beating SC East Bengal two times in a season is a great thing. Roy Krishna is a special player. David Williams complements him well. We have another game against Hyderabad FC in two days. So we need to move on from this and keep executing our plan to perfection.
Post match reaction from both the camps coming up next…..
Antonio Lopez Habas’ ATKMB moves five points clear at the top of the 2020-21 ISL standings, with 39 points from 18 outings. Meanwhile, SCEB stays ninth with 17 points from the same number of matches. It has games against NorthEast United FC and Odisha FC to go in the tournament.
Goals from Roy Krishna, David Williams and Javier Hernandez give ATK Mohun Bagan a 3-1 victory in the second Kolkata derby of the Indian Super League. SC East Bengal pulled one back through a Tiri own goal but that was not enough for Robbie Fowler’s side to salvage anything from this fixture.
AND IT’S FULL-TIME! FINAL SCORE: ATK MOHUN BAGAN 3 – 1 SC EAST BENGAL!!!
90+2′ Five minutes of stoppage time has been added on at the end of the second half! ATK Mohun Bagan’s Prabir Das comes in to replace Manvir Singh on the field.
89′ GOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!! JAVI HERNANDEZ SCORES!!! ATK MOHUN BAGAN 3 – 1 SC EAST BENGAL!!!!! Roy Krishna did all the hard work here. The Fijian striker won the ball on the right flank and moved to the edge of the box. He chipped the ball into the box as Javi Hernandez headed it past SCEb keeper Subrata Paul.
86′ SAVE! Jacques Maghoma passes the ball to Bright Enobakhare, who enters the box after dribbling past a couple of ATK Mohun Bagan players. But his shot from a narrow angle is saved well by shot-stopper Arindam Bhattacharja.
84′ CHANGE! SC East Bengal’s stand-in manager Tony Grant finally makes a substitution tonight. He decides to bring on Aaron Amadi-Holloway to replace Matti Steinmann in the middle.
81′ FREE-KICK FOR SCEB! Anthony Pilkington wins a set-piece for the Red and Gold Brigade after Pritam Kotal brought him down in midfield. However, SC East Bengal isn’t able to capitalise on the situation.
78′ This match has been defined by a few mistakes from either sides. There has not been much to separate to two Kolkata giants so far. Last but not the least, it is absolutely pelting at the ground right now. The rain is getting heavier by the minute.
75′ AND IT IS TIME FOR THE FINAL DRINKS BREAK OF THE MATCH!
72′ GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!! DAVID WILLIAMS SCORES!!!!!! ATK MOHUN BAGAN 2 – 1 SC EAST BENGAL!!!! This was a pure gift. SCEB keeper Subrata Paul made a decent save and rolled the ball to Matti Steinmann, who in turn passed it to Daniel Fox. The East Bengal skipper’s short pass at close range was intercepted by ATKMB striker Roy Krishna who set up David Williams. The Australian forward found the back of the net with a wonderful finish.
70′ CORNER FOR ATKMB! Javier Hernandez will take this one. He sends a cross into the box. The ball takes a deflection off a SC East Bengal player and goes out for another ATK Mohun Bagan set-piece.
67′ SUBSTITUTION! ATK Mohun Bagan manager Antonio Habas decides to bring on Javier Hernandez to replace Marcelinho on the field. The Mariners gaffer looks tensed on the sidelines.
65′ BOOKING! Sandesh Jhingan comes up with a poor foul on Pilkington. The referee immediately shows the ATKMB centre-back a yellow card. Pilkington has a brief argument with Jhingan.
62′ BLOCK! SCEB full-back Narayan Das does well to get in the way of a Roy Krishna shot. McHugh receives the ball after the rebound and smashes it over the goalpost.
60′ YELLOW CARD! This is the third booking of the night. After Bright (SCEB) and McHugh (ATKMB), SC East Bengal forward Anthony Pilkington goes into the referee’s book for a mistimed tackle.
57′ COUNTER-ATTACK! Manvir Singh tries to execute a low cross into the box from the right flank. But Daniel Fox clears the ball and it falls straight to Bright Enobakhare, who rushes forward. However, ATKMB regains possession after a while.
54′ FOUL! Lenny Rodrigues takes down SC East Bengal defender Ankit Mukherjee in midfield. The referee doesn’t hand out a card, only awards SCEB a free-kick.
51′ SHOT! ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder Carl McHugh sends a header towards Williams, who controls the ball well and fires it. But his attempted shot goes way over the crossbar.
48′ CHANCE FOR ATKMB! David Williams tries to find Roy Krishna with a pass. But it goes straight to SCEB goalkeeper Subrata Paul. Raju Gaikwad did well to apply pressure on Krishna here.
THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!
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Roy Krishna gave ATK Mohun Bagan the lead as expected. But SC East Bengal was gifted a equaliser via a Tiri own goal. The second Kolkata derby of the Indian Super League is headed for an exciting finish. There are forty-five minutes to go. Stay tuned!
AND IT’S HALF-TIME! SCORE: ATK MOHUN BAGAN 1 – 1 SC EAST BENGAL!!!
45+2′ Raju Gaikwad has been constantly troubling ATKMB with his long throws from the right wing. This time Pritam Kotal heads the ball out for a SCEB corner. However, Maghoma’s delivery isn’t a good one.
44′ Three minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half! Manvir Singh receives a long pass from the other half. He takes a decent touch and lets one fly from long. But the ball hits the stands.
41′ OWN GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!! TIRI WITH THE MISTAKE!!! SC EAST BENGAL 1 – 1 ATK MOHUN BAGAN!!!!! Raju Gaikwad with another long throw for SCEB. The ball went straight to Tiri. But maybe because he was blocked by his own teammate Sandesh Jhingan, he couldn’t view the ball properly as he slotted it into his own net.
39′ SHOT! Roy Krishna tests SCEB goalkeeper Subrata Paul with a decent shot from a narrow angle. Sarthak Golui should have been much more alert here.
36′ This Roy Krishna vs Daniel Fox duel has been intense so far. Just when Marcelinho was trying to find his ATKMB striker with a neat pass, Fox made another intervention.
33′ Despite conceding the goal, SC East Bengal has almost matched ATK Mohun Bagan’s possession and passing stats. It is only attacks in the final third that has let down SCEB.
30′ AND IT IS TIME FOR THE FIRST HALF COLLING BREAK!
27′ FOUL! ATK Mohun Bagan defender Pritam Kotal elbows SC East Bengal’s Bright Enobakhare during a tussle for the ball. The referee awards SCEB a free-kick now.
24′ VERY CLOSE! David Williams sends a through-pass for Marcelinho into the box. But the ATKMB playmaker’s shot on target is saved by Subrata Paul. He could have passed the ball to Roy Krishna instead.
21′ CHANCE FOR ATKMB! Manvir Singh releases Lenny Rodrigues forward on the right flank. Lenny Rodrigues attempts a low cross into the middle. But SCEB centre-back Daniel Fox makes a crucial interception.
18′ YELLOW CARD! SC East Bengal striker Bright Enobakhare is booked by the referee for a silly foul on ATK Mohun Bagan’s Subhasish Bose. This was on the follow-through.
15′ GOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!! ROY KRISHNA SCORES!!! ATK MOHUN BAGAN 1 – 0 SC EAST BENGAL!!!!! As SC East Bengal was attacking with numbers forward and a high line behind, Tiri recovered possession for ATKMB and sent a long ball towards Roy Krishna, who controlled it well. He then sprinted towards goal, dribbled past the goalkeeper Subrata Paul and found the back of the net.
13′ CORNER FOR SCEB! Jacques Maghoma will take it. His cross into the box is cleared away by the ATKMB defence. Narayan Das gets to the ball and supplies another ball from long. Arindam Bhattacharja collects this one.
11′ SHOT! Bright Enobakhare takes the ball forward for East Bengal. He moves past Pritam Kotal with ease and heads towards goal. Bright then evades Tiri and takes a shot on target. But the ball is deflected away for a set-piece.
9′ THROW-IN FOR SCEB! East Bengal defender Raju Gaikwad goes for a long throw into the box. But there’s a headed clearance in the middle for ATKMB. Sourav Das receives the ball and has a shot, which misses the target by quite a bit.
6′ VERY CLOSE! Roy Krishna dribbled past a few SCEB players to enter the box. But the ATK Mohun Bagan striker’s shot on target was blocked by Raju Gaikwad. The rebound fell to Subhasish Bose who supplied a good cross from the left. However, Manvir Singh wasn’t able to get to the ball.
3′ Good start from ATK Mohun Bagan here. David Williams with a very early chance. The SC East Bengal defence was struggling to clear the ball away.
7:30 PM: AND THE MATCH BEGINS!
7.24 PM: Both teams make their way out to the middle.
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6.30 PM: The team news is in
ATK Mohun Bagan XI (4-2-3-1)
Arindam Bhattacharja; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Subhasish Bose; Carl McHugh, Lenny Rodrigues; David Williams, Marcelinho, Manvir Singh; Roy Krishna
SC East Bengal XI (5-3-2)
Subrata Paul; Ankit Mukherjee, Sarthak Golui, Daniel Fox, Raju Gaikwad, Narayan Das; Sourav Das, Jacques Maghoma, Matti Steinmann; Anthony Pilkington, Bright Enobakhare
6.05 PM: Here’s how the two teams could line-up.
ATK Mohun Bagan predicted XI (4-2-3-1)
Arindam Bhattacharja; Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Pritam Kotal, Tiri; Carl McHugh, Lenny Rodrigues; David Williams, Marcelinho, Manvir Singh; Roy Krishna.
SC East Bengal predicted XI (5-3-2)
Subrata Paul; Ankit Mukherjee, Sarthak Golui, Daniel Fox, Raju Gaikwad, Narayan Das; Sourav Das, Jacques Maghoma, Matti Steinmann; Anthony Pilkington, Bright Enobakhare.
We have also got you covered for your fantasy ATKMB-SCEB XI.
Captaincy pick: Roy Krishna, Vice-captain: Bright Enobakhare.
Combined ATKMB-SCEB XI
Arindam Bhattacharja (ATKMB); Pritam Kotal (ATKMB), Sandesh Jhingan (ATKMB), Daniel Fox (SCEB), Narayan Das (SCEB); Jacques Maghoma (SCEB), Matti Steinmann (SCEB), Lenny Rodrigues (ATKMB); Bright Enobakhare (SCEB), Roy Krishna (ATKMB), Manvir Singh (ATKMB).
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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.
There is an uncharacteristic sense of disengagement as two of the oldest rivals of Indian football – ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal – remain poles apart in the current standings of the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21). This sets an uncanny backdrop for the iconic Kolkata Derby which will see its second edition of the season at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday.
The two traditional rivals have seldom remained so distanced in the long history of their strife and the fans on the either side will wish that the difference does not become a factor in the derby clash, which has always been a riveting contest of emotion and nerve.
ATK Mohun Bagan, which downed Jamshedpur FC by a solitary goal in its previous outing, is currently perched at the top of the table with 36 points from 17 matches. And with barely three rounds remaining, The Mariners are one of the favourites to walk away with the League Winners’ Shield.
In stark contrast, SC East Bengal has dropped to the bottom half and is placed ninth with 17 points gained from as many matches. The team made a poor start and eventually dropped out of the contest failing to recover much in the later stages.
What makes the contest even more significant is the fact that it has entered the 100th year of its existence. Recent research done on the basis of newspaper reports found that the two teams officially met for the first time on August 8, 1921 in Cooch Behar Cup, a tournament that went off circulation quite some time ago. This fact has also been acknowledged by the ISL, which welcomed the two legacy clubs in its fold this season.
ATK Mohun Bagan would definitely be looking to repeat the first phase’s success (2-0) it had against the traditional rival and cement its position on top. On the other hand, SC East Bengal will be playing for prestige while looking to provide its fans the opportunity to brag about something this season. Ironically, one of the most-watched events in Indian sports will have to go without the fans on the stands once again owing to the existing pandemic situation.
“The derby is different. The attitude of the players, the level of pressure is different than other matches because you have the possibility to change the season with one victory. It is a dangerous match for us,” ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Habas said on the eve of the match. “We will be looking for three points like we have done in other matches. It is important for us to stay on top,” Habas added.
SC East Bengal looks a better prepared side compared to what it was when it took on Mohun Bagan in its debut ISL game.
“The first derby was a bit unfair on us, given our preparation time. It was more of a start of a new journey as most players hadn’t played the ISL before. You can look at our campaign in two halves. Every day is a learning day here,” SC East Bengal assistant coach Tony Grant said. Grant will remain in command in the derby as head coach Robbie Fowler will have to sit out owing suspension.
“This derby has got a lot of history and memories. We know how much the derby means to the people. Hopefully, we can do our fans proud,” Grant added.
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