ATK Mohun Bagan began their Indian Super League campaign with a thumping 4-2 win over Kerala Blasters. A commanding performance in the first half and a stunning goal in the second half was enough to puncture the Blasters.
ATK Mohun Bagan 4-2 Kerala Blasters : The Game
The game started off with ATK Mohun Bagan running all over Kerala Blasters. Continous Press, continuous long balls and menacing passes left the Tuskers scampering behind the ball. Within the first 3 minutes, ATK had 3 shots on target and a well deserved goal.
Liston Colaco’s corner nearly gave them the lead as the Blaster threw bodies to keep the resulting nod off the line. Colaco passed the resulting corner to Hugo Boumous at the edge of the penalty box. The former Mumbai City FC player chipped the ball into the 6-yard box. The ball found it’s way though the defence, a diving Roy Krishna, goalkeeper Albino Gomez and into the goal.
The teams switched roles after that goal as the Tuskers pressed deep, gaining possession in dangerous area. The effort payed off as a R.K.Praveen found himself down the wing. He cut back and chipped in a perfect ball to Sahal Abdul Samad. Sahal took a perfect first touch with his chest and half-volleyed it into the near post.
Things went haywire for Kerala when Boumous and Krishna went all the way from the half-way line to the penalty box with a set of skillfull one-twos. Krishna made a run behind the defence while Boumous laid a defence-splitting pass into the box. Gomez decided to go for a lunge to halt Krishna which resulted into a penalty. Krishna held his nerve and put the keeper the wrong way by slotting it into the right.
Boumous made it 3 before half-time, when he cleverly faked Bijoy Varghese to set himself through on goal before sneaking it in between the keepers legs. Colaco made it 4 when he curled in an absolute beauty into the far corner. Kerala pulled one back with Pereryra’s sliding goal but it was too late.
Goal Of the Game
There is no question about this. Liston Colaco’s ice cold finish was from another planet. Kerala started off the second half on a promising note but the quality of Colaco’s strike was enough to diffuse any hope the Tuskers had. Liston Colaco, Take a Bow.
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