Football

Stunning Roy Scores 2 In Fightback

The Fijian international completed an emphatic comeback for the Kolkata side when he latched onto a loose ball in the 87th minute to bend it into the far corner.
02 Feb 2021 12:36
Stunning Roy Scores 2 In Fightback
Hero of the match, Roy Krishna (right) celebrates with a teamte after scoring his second and winning goal for ATK Mohun Bagan at Fatorda Stadium on January 31, 2021. Photo: Indian Super League

He celebrated wildly like never before.

Roy Krishna took off his ATK Mohun Bagan jersey and danced at the Fatorda Stadium yesterday.

And deservedly so after the Siberia, Labasa native led a stunning fightback scoring twice in the 3-2 win over Kerala Blasters FC.

Staring at a definite defeat after being down 0-2 in the 51st minute, Krishna struck when it matters in a script dream comeback.

In the matter of six minutes, the Mariners turned the game around as Manvir Singh’s lobbed pass in the 59th minute allowed Marcelinho to lift it over Albino Gomes and in the 65th minute a handball by Kerala skipper Jessel Carneiro inside the box allowed Krishna to equalize from the spot.

The Fijian international completed an emphatic comeback for the Kolkata side when he latched onto a loose ball in the 87th minute to bend it into the far corner.

On turning the game around, Krishna told Sportstar: “We had this belief from the pre-season itself. We had to get the goal despite being down and it’s great that we got the result we wanted.”

Krishna said he enjoyed playing with Brazilian midfielder Marcelinho who made his debut yesterday.

“It’s good to have him. He is more comfortable on the ball and it was great playing with him,”Krishna said.

He refused to take credit for the win as described by Sportstar as an incredible day of football.

“I think we had better wins in the season where we got a goal in the final minutes of the match,”Krishna said.

 

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ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Lopez Habas said the Kolkata –based club absolutely deserved to win

“I am satisfied with the result. We didn’t have a good performance in the first half. After that, we had a fantastic second 45 minutes. I think that we absolutely deserved this score,” he said.

When asked whether his team were under pressure after going two goals down, Habas said: “Balance is the magic word in football. I prefer winning 1-0 than a draw. We don’t have a team that will score 4-5 goals per match. We have to control the result. If one goal is necessary to win this, it is perfect for us.”

Meanwhile, Kerala Blasters head coach Kibu Vicuna was unhappy with the final result. “We had a bad moment. I am very frustrated and disappointed. Now, we have no time to think about the match, we have to correct things. In two days, we have to play against Mumbai City FC.

“I am proud of the players. They are doing the best that they can.

“We didn’t deserve to lose. It was a game that we wanted to win.”

 

Nine players received yellow cards overall at the toe end of the game. The win keeps ATKMB second in the ISL table while cutting down Mumbai City FC’s lead to 3 points at the top while Blasters stay ninth on 15 points.

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