An injury-time winner from Roy Krishna helped ATK Mohun Bagan protected a hard-fought victory over Odisha FC, in the Indian Super League Season 7 at the Fatorda Stadium on Thursday. Krishna (90+5”), netted his third goal in as many games to verify the Mariners climbed to the top of the ISL table. Both teams made one change to their line-ups. Manvir Singh, making his 50th appearance, was once handed his first start for the Mariners while Diego Mauricio started upfront for Odisha FC. The first half proved to be a cagey affair but both sides failed to seize their chances and take the lead.
ATKMB dominated the early exchanges and constantly raided the opposition box. Alternatively, Odisha did timely to shut down the spaces and retain things tight at the back.
Despite the dominance displayed by Habas’ side early on, it was once Odisha who missed a great possibility to go ahead after the break.
A well-worked set-piece routine throughout the 38th minute saw Cole Alexander beat in a dangerous cross into the box. Jacob Tratt, unmarked, got to the end of it but failed to receive his header on track.
Despite the overlook, Odisha FC kept knocking on the door only for ATKMB’s defense to thwart the danger.
Habas’ side also had a big possibility to break the impasse just before the break. Subhashish Bose whipped in a teasing cross in the box for Krishna. The striker got in between two defenders but his header went over the bar.
The second one half was once entertaining with both sides threatening one another.
It was once Stuart Baxter’s side that started strong after the break but were once again, unable to penetrate the ATKMB defense. The Mariners also had their chances but were not clinical in front of goal.
But just when it gave the impression of the game would be heading for a draw, a perfectly executed set-piece throughout injury time helped Habas’ men protected the three points.
Tiri sent the ball into the box and Sandesh Jhingan flicked the ball towards goal, which was once headed in by Krishna. The result ensured Odisha FC’s winless run continued.
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