ATK Mohun Bagan recorded a 2–1 win over NorthEast United in the second leg of the semi-finals.© ISL
ATK Mohun Bagan, in their first year as a combined unit, reached the Indian Super League final on Tuesday with a 2–1 win over NorthEast United in the second leg of the semi-finals at Margao, Goa. With this win, the Mariners secured a blockbuster title against League Shield Winners Mumbai City FC. The Green and Maroon Brigade won the two-legged game with a 3–2 aggregate. The result also means that Bagan made it to the 2022 AFC Cup qualifying stage after finishing second in the league and qualifying for the finals. Their opponents in the final, Mumbai City FC, have sealed the Asian Champions League spot.
David Williams (38 ‘) continued his superb form in the play-offs by scoring yet again while Manveer Singh (68’) scored the second goal before VP Suhair (74 ‘) returned a goal for the Highlanders. Given.
Bagan took a completely different approach from the first phase. He had 16 shots in the first half but only three on target. It took them just three minutes to warn.
However, the Kolkata team took the lead in the 38th minute and when Roy Krishna fielded Williams, who was fast enough to defeat the Highlanders’ defenders with a quick pace. After entering the box, the Australians hit home. This ensured that the plantation went breathless with their noses in front.
Northeast bounced back strongly in the second season and dominated the first 15 minutes. They created opportunities and tested the keeper, but could not find the level they were looking for. Federico Gallego and Suhair were rejected by Arindam.
But Bagan soon regained control and found a second goal from a quick counter. The NEUFC set-bag was cleaned by Bagan and Krishna was quick to launch the attack from outside his own box. The Fijian played a long ball from Manveer, who broke away from the opposition defenders and shot the keeper.
NEUFC pulled a goal back just before the cooling break. The goal came from a set-piece. Machado was killed in a corner, attacked by Benjamin Lambot. Arindam missed the ball completely before hitting the post and Suhir was in the right place to score it.
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