Two thousand kilometres away from their common stomping floor, it was ATK Mohun Bagan with a 3-Zero scoreline, leaving SC East Bengal out of solutions within the first episode of the Kolkata derby within the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) on the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Saturday.
Roy Krishna (12′) saved his file of scoring in every derby intact as Manvir Singh (14′) and Liston Colaco (23′) ensured the job was carried out midway by the primary interval itself. In the 372nd version of the 100-year-old rivalry, the Mariners have now received it 123 occasions, edging more and more nearer to the Red and Golds’ 129.
While SC East Bengal began with 4 recognised centre-backs, ATK Mohun Bagan had none of their enjoying XI. AFC Ajax academy graduate Darren Sidoel made his first begin for SC East Bengal as Daniel Chima was dropped. Antonio Habas selected to go in with the identical aspect which trumped Kerala Blasters on the opening day.
It was SC East Bengal who appeared brilliant proper off the whistle. They even examined the Bagan defence with an early nook kick, principally unaware of the incoming storm.
Bagan marauded the precise channel to bang two targets inside 100-odd seconds. Manvir first discovered Pritam Kotal by who crossed first-time into the field. The harmful Roy Krishna was left unmarked and the Fiji worldwide had no bother swinging a right-footer on the volley previous Arindam’s far-side to interrupt the impasse inside simply 12 minutes.
Architect of the primary purpose, Manvir, wasted no time placing his aspect two to the great. Fresh off the European Championship, Joni Kauko took benefit of SC East Bengal’s Achilles Heel – their left aspect of defence. Kauko laid it off for Manvir contained in the field who slammed dwelling, this time on Arindam’s nearside.
Arguably, the deal was sealed within the 23rd minute. Liston Colaco picked up his spoon to hitch in on the feast. Arindam, sadly, got here off his mark onto the sting of the 18-yard-box however solely spilled his assortment. Liston, picked up the items and with an empty web on the angle, packed within the third of the evening.
Arindam quickly needed to be introduced off as he was injured within the course of. Jose Manuel Diaz additionally threw Amarjit Singh Kiyam into the combination. SC East Bengal appeared bereft of concepts because the Mariners saved piling on the assaults, with some nice possibilities going amiss.
The Red and Golds exhausted their 5 adjustments with greater than half-hour to go. Adil Khan, Amir Dervisevic and Chima, all had been introduced in however the gulf at school was extensive.
Kauko remained central to ATKMB’s plan of dictating play from midfield as his teammates saved on squandering possibilities to increase the lead. Substitute goalkeeper Suvam Sen was spectacular.
With two wins from two, ATK Mohun Bagan jumped to the highest of the desk, two factors away from Jamshedpur FC. They function in a repeat of final season’s ultimate with Mumbai City midweek whereas SC East Bengal play Odisha FC subsequent.
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