ISL 2020-21 ATK Mohun Bagan beat East Bengal 2-0 to win ISL’s first ever Kolkata Derby. Roy Krishna again performed a star act for Mohun Bagan to outlast the arch-rivals.
Krishna, who had scored ATKMB’s lone goal against Kerala Blasters in their campaign opener, struck in the 49th minute before Manvir Singh killed the contest in the 85th minute with a solo effort.
With two wins on the trot, ATK Mohun Bagan led the table with six points, followed by Northeast United FC.
It was a typical Antonio Lopez Habas’ style of play that panned out on the field as ATKMB were slow to get off the blocks before taking control of the game.
Their defence, helmed by Tiri, put up a disciplined show to return with a clean slate for their second successive match.
For Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, who built the SC East Bengal in less than a month’s time, it was a disappointing start to his coaching stint in India as he was let down badly by his striker up front.
As the sole striker, Balwant Singh was wayward up front and missed a sitter at the hour mark when he blasted over the bar just in front of the net.
They had the better ball possession but looked thin up front, leaving too much to do for their vice-captain and former Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington.
Plenty to prove as a coach in the ISL, Fowler went in for a defensive 4-3-2-1 formation with Narayan Das, Scott Neville, Daniel Fox and Rana Gharami in the backline.
Habas, the most successful ISL coach, was predictable in his approach, bringing back David Williams alongside Krishna, while Pritam Kotal, Tiri and Sandesh Jhingan guarded the goalmouth.
As in their last match against Kerala Blasters, ATKMB struggled to get going initially, while SCEB made some fine attacking moves but lacked the finishing touches.
The first opportunity came in the seventh minute when Anthony Pilkington brilliantly broke through the defences from the left but only to trip on his way inside the box.
Balwant had another brilliant chance in the 38th minute from a Surchandra Singh cross but the striker hit it past the far post.
ATKMB had their first real chance just a minute before with Javier Hernandez on the target but Debjit Majumder came on his way as the first half saw a stalemate.
Like in the last match when he struck the winner after the changeover, Krishna broke the deadlock and this time with a powerful left-footer past a diving Majumder.
It was Jayesh Rane who made a dashing run on the left and sent in a through ball to Hernandez before Krishna took control of the ball for a clinical finish.
SCEB almost got an equaliser in the 83rd minute with Pilikington firing in from the left but ATKMB custodian Arindam Bhattacharja stood tall and ensured another clean sheet for Habas’ side.
A minute later, Manvir chased a ball from the midfield and made a fine run, beating the SCEB defence before firing past Majumder and sealing three points from the big match.
The red-and-gold brigade wore black armbands in memory of the Argentine legend Diego Maradona who died of heart attack on Wednesday.
Before the kickoff, both the teams observed one minute’s silence in honour of Indian football stalwarts P K Banerjee and Chuni Goswami who died this year.
ISL 2020 Points Table
|5||Mumbai City FC||2||1||1||0||1||0||3|
|11||SC East Bengal||1||0||1||0||2||-2||0|
ISL 2020: Here is the East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan Live Score and Commentary
Full Time: The referee blows his whistle to indicate the end of the game. The bragging rights of Kolkata go the way of ATKMB as they win this encounter 2-0.
90+2′- A very poor pass by the SCEB player and Manvir Singh could have made that 3-0. He gets on top of the poor pass and runs hard towards the edge of the box. Shoots but his shot has too much in it and it flies over the post.
90′- 4 extra minutes have been added on
87′- There’s cause for concern in the ATK Mohun Bagan ranks here, as Tiri and Jhingan have a nasty collision with each other. Both players are on the floor.
Pilkington with a curling effort from outside the box and Arindam needed a diving effort at full stretch to push it behind for a corner.
81′- Passing from both teams have been sloppy. East Bengal failing to break through the lines to meet their forwards.
80′- Final ten minutes of the match left!
East Bengal are slowly, but surely, running out of ideas in this game. They need more from the players around Pilkington.
Another change for SCEB as Loken Moirangthem Meitei is done for the night and Wahengbam Angousana Luwang replaces him.
75′- Mandatory colling break!
We have the cooling break in the second half now. Fowler has a big team-talk coming up now, as he looks to inspire a comeback.
73′- East Bengal go straight up the other end, and they now have a corner, as Rafique looks to find Pilkington in the box but Tiri gets in the way.
72′- Yet another chance gone!
71′-Yellow card for Narayan Das
Das gets booked for climbing over Roy Krishna to win the header. Narayan can’t quite understand what he did wrong there. McHugh, yet again, misses his header as he peeled away to back post to meet the free-kick
69′- Yellow Card
Yellow card for Pritam for pulling down Rafique by his hip.
68′- Mohun searching for that second goal which will get them a cushion. Carl Gerard McHugh receives the ball outside the box and looks to shoot but his shot is wayward and goes out for a goalkick.
65′- Substitution for East Bengal!
.too make a change now as Balwant Singh is done for the evening and he makes way for Mohammed Rafique.
63′-Chance for McHugh!
That is a massive opportunity with a free-header from the corner, but the Irishman’s header across goal has gone wide.
59′- Balwant Singh squanders another chance for MB!
54′ Jhingan cleans up Surchandra with a tackle. No card though.
53′- Yellow Card!
Maghoma goes into the referee’s book now. East Bengal give the ball away in their attacking third. Javi then breaks with the ball, and Maghoma brings him down on the halfway line.
The deadlock has been broken and it is ATKMB who have taken the lead. It their super striker, Roy Krishna who has once again found the back of the net A massive goal in this game and one of the biggest goal in Krishna’s career.
46′- We are back for the second half of the Kolkata derby and ATKMB get us underway in this half.
Half Time: East Bengal 0-0 Mohun Bagan
45′- Two extra minutes have added on
45′-Yellow card for Rane!
Jayesh Dilip Rane fancies getting into the referee’s book and he does so courtesy of a rash foul. The ball is with Ville Matti Steinmann and he is looking to move it forward but Rane clips his shins and fouls him. The referee runs across and cards him.
41′- Bagan are trying to take the sting off the game here. They have been under pressure from an excellent East Bengal performance so far.
40′- Rana Gharami gets the ball outside the penalty box. He decides to test his shooting skills but he skies this one over the post.
38′- Another chance goes begging for East Bengal!
A great ball but the finishing was missing! Surchandra Singh Chandan sends in a cross towards the penalty spot. Balwant Singh is there and he does well to poke his leg out and make contact but the contact is not clean and it just goes past the far post.
36′- Clinical save from Delhi
A throw-in is taken by ATKMB. The ball finds its way to Francisco Javier Hernandez Gonzalez who does well to take a touch and drill a shot to the left of the keeper. Debjit Majumder is up to the task and makes a vital stop to send it out for a corner.
34′- First corner for East Bengal
They get their first corner of the game. They take it short instead, and pass it around before a cross is whipped in by Narayan Das. The defenders do well to clear this one out.
30′- Cooling Break!
It’s time for the cooling break in the first half. Robbie Fowler will be happy with his side’s first 30 ISL minutes.
29′-Chance for East Bengal
Narayan Das hooks in a high cross into the ATKMB box which needed Maghoma to direct his header on target. He mistimes his leap and ends up putting his header off target.
26′- Wing-back Prabir makes a darting run inside East Bengal’s box and his cut-back needed a crucial block from Fox
25′- Missed Chance!
Prabir Das receives the ball in the right channel and pushes the ball forward, he drills a low cross into the box but Daniel Fox is ever present and he clears this one out.
22′- Yellow Card- Balwant Singh
Balwant Singh is the first man to go into the referee’s book. A ball is there to be won and he goes for it but in the process, ends up fouling Francisco Javier Hernandez Gonzalez and the referee decides to card him.
20′- Pilkington with a left-footd drive from distance and Arindam collects it low to him.
17′- Meiti cuts in from left and plays in an inviting across across the face of goal for wing-back Surchandra to get at the end of. There is too much pace on the ball and the ball runs behind for a goal-kick.
14′-Jacques Maghoma plays a quick one-two with a teammate in midfield. He is able to as he crosses the ball towards the left flank but isn’t able to find a teammate
Francisco Javier Hernandez Gonzalez is down on the ground as he is fouled by a East Bengal player.
9′-Prabir Das has hit the top of the crossbar!
Das played down the right flank, and had space for a first-time cross, which he didn’t hit well enough. But the ball hit the crossbar, with Debjit scrambling.
6′- Excellent footwork from EB man
Surchandra Singh Chandan gets the ball on the left flank in his own half. He nutmegs his marker and is able to run forth with the ball. He passes it to Jacques Maghoma on the same side but a defender is able to win a throw-in for ATKMB.
2′- Roy Krishna runs ahead from the left flank and tries to cross it to his teammate inside the 18-yard box but it is cleared away by a SCEB defender.
1′- Kickoff and we are underway! East Bengal starts off the proceedings from the middle.
The flip of the coin goes SCEB’s way. Daniel Fox chooses to kick off proceedings. His team will be kicking from left to right.
A minute’s silence to pay tribute to two Indian Football legends, in Chuni Goswami and PK Banerjee.
National Anthem being played!
The players have walked out of the tunnel and we are just minutes away from kickoff!
Looks like Robbie Fowler has ditched his preferred 3-4-3 formation for a four-man defence in a 4-2-3-1.Danny Fox will captain the side. Balwant Singh, who played for ATK last season, will lead the line with Anthony Pilkington likely playing behind him as the second striker in the no. 10 role. Youngster Loken Meitei and Maghoma will add width down the flanks.
Team News: Lineups are out
SC East Bengal Playing XI
The Stage is set for tonight’s Kolkata Derby. Have a look!
SC East Bengal predicted XI (3-4-1-2)
Debjit Majumder; Scott Neville, Daniel Fox, Mohamed Irshad; Samad Ali Mallick, Matti Steinman, Yumnam Singh, Abhishek Ambekar; Anthony Pilkington; Jacques Maghoma, Jeje Lalpekhlua
ATK Mohun Bagan predicted XI (3-5-2)
Arindam Bhattacharyya; Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan; Prabir Das, Pranoy Halder, Javi Hernandez, Carl McHugh, Subhasish Bose; Roy Krishna, David Williams
We have got you covered for your fantasy SC East Bengal-ATK Mohun Bagan XI. Captaincy pick: Roy Krishna.
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HEAD TO HEAD:
Total Matches Played: 369
East Bengal won: 129
Atk Mohun Bagan: 119
East Bengal vs Atk Mohun Bagan
– Recent Form
SC East Bengal: W D D W W
ATK Mohun Bagan: W N N N N
# When and Where to watch East Bengal vs Atk Mohun Bagan
When does East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan kick off? Friday 27th November, 2020
When does East Bengal vs Atk Mohun Bagan kick off time? 7:30 PM IST
Where is East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan being played? Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama
Where can I get tickets for East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website
What TV channel is East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan on in the India? This match will not be televised live in the UK but will be shown live on Star Sports in India.
Where can I stream East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan in the India? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK but those in India can stream it via Disney + Hotstar and Jio TV
DREAM11 Predictions for SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan:
CAPTAIN: Roy Krishna
VICE-CAPTAIN: Daniel Fox
GOALKEEPER: Arindam Bhattacharja
DEFENDERS: Daniel Fox, Tiri, Samad Mallick, Sandesh Jhingan
MIDFIELDERS: Javi Hernándes, Mohammed Rafique, Pronay Halder, Anthony Pilkington
FORWARDS: Roy Krishna, Jeje Lalpekhlua
ATK Mohun Bagan come up against East Bengal in their second game of the season, with their opponents being the only side yet to begin their Indian Super League campaign. Lots of intrigue surrounds East Bengal heading into this season with them being coached by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler. The appointment of Fowler has seen them bring in some well-known faces from the English Championship such as Danny Fox and Anthony Pilkington. However, it make take a couple of matches for the East Bengal squad to fully gel and with ATK Mohun Bagan high on match fitness and full of confidence following their opening game, the visitors should hope to pick up at least a point in this one.
SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan Possible Playing11:
East Bengal: Debjit Majumder; Gurtej Singh, Daniel Fox, Scott Neville, Samad Mallick; Matti Steinmann, Mohammed Rafique, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Anthony Pilkington, Jacques Maghoma; Jeje Lalpekhlua.
ATK Mohun Bagan: Arindam Bhattacharja; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri; Prabir Das, Pronay Halder, Javier Hernandez, Carl McHugh, Subhasish Bose; Roy Krishna and David Williams.
Predicted Winner: East Bengal 2-0 Atk Mohun Bagan