ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) took a moment after Saturday’s soaking, which loosened a piece of the stadium’s roof, flattened the wall on the pitch and led to a 51-minute break to orient themselves. At that time, the Bashundhara Kings twice hit the same vertical. But once Liston Colaco put them on the road, the ATKMB swept past the 4-0 Bangladeshi champions and remained alive in the AFC Cup. D matches could take place after a strong storm, Colaco was an unstoppable force. His first ATKMB hatter scored four goals in this competition after 12 goal posts in the Indian Super League. The fast and sharp Colaco kept running to defend the Bashundhara Kings, causing them nightmares every time. And he was clinical in front of the gate. So when Bishwanath Ghosh slipped, Colaco stayed where he was to meet Carl MacHugh’s lobby, not taking a step and knocking home. “The first goal gave us confidence,” he said after ATKMB lost to Gokulam Kerala FC 2: 4 on Wednesday. The way ATKMB circulated the ball that led to the goal did not seem to lack confidence, but it could not be better to boost confidence than to score against a team that did not lose in the AFC. Cup. If McHugh’s weighted pass opened the score, one from Joni Kauko increased the lead. The Finnish national team turned left, but played the ball in the middle to deflect the Colaco scooter, made a trick that forced Anisur Rahman to lose his balance, and then threw the goalkeeper to score. With 38 minutes played, Colaco could have brought this one home for Manvir Singh as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high. As at the beginning, when Robson da Silva’s direct kick touched the hand of ATKMB goalkeeper Arsh Anwer, preferred by Amrinder Singh, and hit the vertical before Md Rimon’s amazing left-footed volley hit him, Bashundhara Kings started the second half with a Yeasin Arafat shot. which Anwer had an important hand. That was in the 51st minute. Two minutes later, Colaco completed his hat-trick. Kauko pushed Singh into the area and after the defender Khaled Shafiei slipped into the penalty area and found Colac, who scored with two touches after Roy Krishna created the area by pulling down the defender. Colaco received a thrilling exclusion from the crowd, which Ferrando called “fantastic” for enduring the downpour and never relieving himself in singing “Mohun Bagan, Mohun Bagan”. David Williams finished off the night after 77 minutes. This move began with finding Subhasish Bose on the left. In addition to the goalkeeper, Ferrando received Tiri Sandesh Jhingan for the injured, replaced Lenny Rodrigues with Deepak Tangri and started with McHugh instead of Williams. They all made solid changes. With Kauk placing the center of the field, McHugh suppressing movements, and Jhingan guarding the backline, the ATKMB never allowed the game to get out of control. “We’ve read a lot of things they’ve said about us over the last two days. Today, the players talked on the pitch, “said Ferrando. Gokulam Kerala lost Cornelius Stewart’s 50-minute goal after a pass from former La Liga midfielder Tana, who helped Maziya beat Gokulam Kerala 1-0 in the second match. The result means that all teams are alive and enter the last day of play on Tuesday with three points from two matches. ATKMB leads the lead thanks to a better goal difference (+2).
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Dhiman Sarkar has been working in Kolkata and has been a sports journalist for more than two decades. He writes mainly about football.
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