ATK Mohun Bagan began their Indian Super League campaign with a clinical 4-2 win over rivals Kerala Blasters. A commanding performance in the first half and a stunning goal in the second half was enough to finish off the Blasters.
ATK Mohun Bagan : Player Ratings
Formation : 4-3-3 which shifted into 5-3-2 as the game progressed
Goal-Keeper : Amrinder Singh (5/10)
Defender : Pritam Kotal (6/10), Deepak Tangri (6/10), Carl McHugh (7/10), Subhasish Bose(7.5/10)
Midfielders : Hugo Boumous (8.5/10), Lenny Rodrigues (6.5/10), Joni Kauko (6.5/10)
Forwards : Manvir Singh (6/10), Pranoy Krishna (7/10), Liston Colaco (7.5/10)
Substitutes : David Williams(6/10), Kiyan Nassiri(6/10), Prabir Das(6/10), Bidyananda Singh(6/10)
Kerala Blaster : Player Ratings
Formation: 4-4-2 which shifted into 3-5-2 as the game progressed
Goal-Keeper : Albino Gomes (4/10)
Defenders : Jessel Carneiro (5/10), Bijoy Varghese (6/10), Marko Lešković (7/10), Harmanjot Khabra (6/10)
Midfielders : Sahal Abdul Samad (7/10), Jeakson Singh (5.5/10), Adrián Luna (7.5/10), Rahul Kannoly Praveen (6.5/10)
Forwards : Jorge Pereyra Díaz (6.5/10), Álvaro Vázquez (5/10)
Substitutes: Prasanth Karuthadathkuni (5/10), Ayush Adhikari (6/10), Sandeep Singh(6/10), Chencho Gyeltshen (7/10)
ATK Mohun Bagan 4-2 Kerala Blasters : Player of the Match
While Kerala struggled to find any footing throughout the game, ATK were oozing with class. A number of exciting performances across the pitch meant that this would be a hard one to choose. Reminding us that he has not changed one bit since last season, Hugo Boumous was the Player of the Match.
The former Mumbai City FC player played against ATK Mohun Bagan in the finals last year. This season, he took less than 3 minutes to announce his arrival at the club. A deceiving chip found it’s way past a swarm of players before bouncing into the net to give Mohun Bagan the lead over Kerala Blasters.
His teasing ball to Roy Krishna forced goal-keeper Albino Gomez to foul Krishna which led to the resultant penalty. To round up his performance of the night, a piece of solo brilliance gave Kolkata their 3rd before half-time.
After recieving the ball, he feinted to send Bijoy Varghese behind him. Then, holding off string physical pressure from the towering centre-back, he confused the keeper when he set himself up for a cross. With trap set, Hugo sneaked the ball through the keepers legs to complete his memorable debut.
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