ATK Mohun Bagan win Kolkata derby

Emami East Bengal – 0 ATK Mohun Bagan – 1 (Sumit Passi (OG) 45+2’)
Kolkata, Sunday, August 28, 2022:

ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) won the famous Kolkata
derby, courtesy a Sumit Passi own-goal, over their arch-rivals Emami East Bengal (EEB) in a Group
B game of the 131stIndianOilDurand Cup, in front of a capacity 60,000 plus crowd at the Vivekananda
Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), here on Sunday evening. ATKMB were the more dominating team
in the match while EEB also had their chances, but remained goalless after three games in the
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ATKMB gaffer Juan Ferrando fielded an unchanged eleven from the derby while EEB coach
Stephen Constantine made as many as five, some forced, due to injuries to players like Ankit
Mukherjee and V.P. Suhair. EEB were the home-side on the day wearing their traditional Red &
Gold while ATKMB were in their away white flannels.
After a somewhat cautious and understandably nervous start by both sides, it was ATKMB that got
the first real chance of the game, when Ashique Kuruniyan broke through from the left in the 16th
minute, displaying some sublime skills to weave in past a couple of EEB defenders, but his effort
from close on the left, lacked direction. It was then the turn of Liston Colaco who had a wayward
effort from distance in the 26th
In the 34th
, EEB’s Spanish defender Ivan Gonzalez got hold of a loose ball just about 10-yards inside
the ATKMB half and unleashed a pile-driver which made ATKMB keeper Vishal Kaith dive fullstretch, but it flew comfortably away from goal.
As the half looked to be headed towards a stalemate, ATKMB found their goal in the 2nd minute of
injury-time, when a seemingly harmless corner by Liston, bounced awkwardly in front of EEB
keeper Kamaljit and hit Sumit Passi, to deflect inside.
EEB began the second half with intent from get go with coach Constantine making three changes,
bringing in Aniket Jadhav, Cleiton Silva and Himanghsu Jangra in place of Angousana, Eliandro
and Jerry.
Aniket immediately found an opening, but his volley from inside the box was off target. Then Sumit
Passi got at the end of a free-header but he too missed the target.
ATKMB hit back immediately in the 54th minute, with Liston and Ashique combining beautifully
in the middle and post a defensive lapse, the latter found himself in front of Kamaljeet. To the
keeper’s credit, he made himself big and brought off a fine save.
In the 57th, ATKMB won a free-kick which Hugo Boumous floated in and Florentine Pogba got
behind the loose ball, but his shot was saved from the goal-line by Cypriot defender Charambalos
Kyriacou, who had given away the free-kick in the first place.
At the hour mark, both coaches made changes. ATKMB rested Boumous and brought on Manvir
Singh in attack while EEB brought on Amarjit Kiyam in place of Souvik Chakrabarti. ATKMB then
slowly but surely began taking control of the midfield with some fine play by Man of the Match
Carl McHugh in particular.
A goal however eluded both teams and ATKMB picked up the points to the joy of their supporters.
The Group however still stands open with all of the five teams, yet to confirm their knockout berths