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Roy’s Mariners Reach ISL Final

The result also means that ATK Mohun Bagan have made it to the 2022 AFC Cup qualifying stages by virtue of finishing second in the league and also because they are one of the finalists.
11 Mar 2021 13:41
Roy’s Mariners Reach ISL Final
Roy Krishna (left) embraces David Williams for scoring the first goal for ATK Mohun Bagan in the 2-1 win over NorthEast United in the ISL semifinal at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on March 9, 2021. Photo: ISL

Fijian striker Roy Krishna helped ATK Mohun Bagan reach the final of the 2020/21 Indian Super League.

A spirited ATK Mohun Bagan overcame the challenge of NorthEast United FC 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate) in the second-leg match of the second semifinal at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Tuesday and will take on Mumbai City FC in the summit clash on Saturday.

The first-leg match between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw.

While the Kolkata giants will play the final of the competition for the first time in their history, their coach Antonio Habas will make his third ISL final appearance. Interestingly Habas has never lost a final.

Since Khalid Jamil took charge of the Highlanders, this is the first time the club has lost. Until the second leg of the play-offs, NorthEast United were unbeaten in 11 matches out of which 10 were under the Indian coach.

The result also means that ATK Mohun Bagan have made it to the 2022 AFC Cup qualifying stages by virtue of finishing second in the league and also because they are one of the finalists.

Their opponents in the final, Mumbai City FC, had earlier sealed the Asian Champions League (ACL) spot as they ended the league stage as the top ranked team.

The Mariners took the lead in the 38th minute when Krishna sent a through pass to David Williams to score.

The Fijian international struck again in 68th minute after change of ends, though the Highlanders looked determined to make their way back into the match. ATK Mohun Bagan piled on more misery on them. Krishna was quick to initiate an attack from outside his own box.

He played a long ball to Manvir, who got away from the opposition defenders and shot smartly past United custodian Subhasish Roy Chowdhury before VP Suhair pulled one goal back for the Highlanders.

Edited by Simione Haravanua

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