ATK Mohun Bagan came out victorious against unbeaten Bengaluru FC in a feisty encounter at the Fatorda. ATK Mohun Bagan went into the game hoping to clinch all three points and they managed to do it, thanks to a brilliant strike from the Australian striker David Williams. The narrow 1-0 win for the defending champions saw Bengaluru FC face their first defeat of the season.
ATK Mohun Bagan were on the front foot in the early stages of the match and created numerous chances but failed to convert them. Playing with three forwards, they had creativity in their attack and put the Bengaluru defence into stern test. The opening goal came from a thunderous strike from just outside the box by David Williams. The Australian opened his account for the season after dribbling past a couple of defenders and putting it past Gurpreet into the top corner.
The defence did ever so well for ATK Mohun Bagan as they managed to get another clean sheet. With just 3 goals conceded in 7 matches, only Mumbai City FC has not conceded more than that. Bengaluru lacked a clinical target man as Deshorn Brown failed to make things happen in the final third . Sunil Chhetri and Cleiton Silva couldn’t manage to create chances and finish them. ATK Mohun Bagan took advantage of some poor defending and defended well in the later part of the game to bag the win. With this win, ATK Mohun Bagan find themselves in the second position just behind Mumbai City FC who have the same number of points and Bengaluru FC remain in the third spot.
Now, on to the player ratings :
ATK Mohun Bagan :
Arindam Bhattacharya – 7
The custodian had little to do, but was quick to react to some snapshots and crosses which could’ve been key chances for Bengaluru.
Pritam Kotal – 7
Playing in his natural right back position, he was solid with his tackling and positioning. Gave Sunil Chhetri a tough fight.
Tiri – 7.5
The Spanish defender was once again rock solid at the back. Now playing in a 2 man central defence he made a good partnership with Jhingan.
Sandesh Jhingan – 7.5
Was influential in the defence and marked Brown and Opseth tightly that Bengaluru weren’t able to create chances to their forwards. He had 11 clearances which was the highest of his team.
Subashish Bose – 7
An improved performance at his natural left back position. Thwarted attacks from the left hand side and made occasional runs along the flank.
Carl McHugh – 8.5
Held the midfield brilliantly. Made key passes and made the assist for Roy Krishna. The work rate was commendable and did his job defensively as well.
Pronay Halder – 7
Another solid performer at the holding midfield position. He had 83% pass accuracy and maintained the tempo of his team’s midfield.
Edu García – 7.5
Was able to create a lot of chances, but couldn’t flourish in the final third. But he had a good game playmaking with 81% passing accuracy.
Manvir Singh – 7.5
The Indian international worked hard for a third goal this season. He put up a good fight against Rahul Bheke and Manvir’s work rate was visible right till the end of the match.
David Williams – 9
A match winning performance from the Australian as he bagged his first goal of the season. He was also incisive in the final third linking up with the midfielders. His goal is a delight to watch.
Roy Krishna – 8
Although he didn’t score, his attacking mindset and workrate were commendable. He was there to poach on any loose ball and was keeping the Bengaluru defence on their toes.
Jayesh Rane – 6.5
Came on in the second half to fit into the midfield.