ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan begin off with 1-Zero win over Kerala Blasters | Soccer Information

BAMBOLIM: Of their new avatar, ATK Mohun Bagan kicked off the seventh season of the Indian Tremendous League on a excessive, defeating Kerala Blasters by a solitary objective on Friday.
Fijian hitman Roy Krishna, who was ATK’s high objective scorer with 15 targets final season, struck the all vital objective after a 67-minute impasse to present the all vital three factors for the green-and-maroon brigade.
The Yellow Brigade enjoying with a heavy defensive lineup of 4-2-3-1 managed to thwart ATKMB all through the primary half however after the hour mark they left a free ball because the Fijian Worldwide pounced on it with a relaxed and composed end.
All eyes had been on the 131-year-old legacy membership Mohun Bagan as they had been making their ISL debut following their ‘marriage’ with three-time defending champions ATK.
The match had an attention-grabbing sub-plot as Kibu Vicuna, who had guided Mohun Bagan to their fifth I-League title final season, sat within the reverse dugout in KBFC jersey, whereas essentially the most profitable ISL coach Antonio Lopez Habas was on the helm of ATKMB.
Habas named a predictable 3-5-2 lineup with their star signing Sandesh Jhingan helming the defence in his first outing after a prolonged damage layoff of greater than 12 months.
ATKMB had a dominant first half and made some early inroads with Roy Krishna lacking an early probability, whilst KBFC loved extra ball possession within the first 45 minutes.
KBFC, who had been the designated house group, appeared extra threatening and got here out with an attacking intent within the second-half.
However KBFC had been made to pay for it as Roy Krishna made amends for his three misses within the first half together with his poacher objective to turn into the distinction between the 2 sides.
That objective was sufficient for ATKMB to sink Kerala Blasters’ hearts.

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