Heavyweights Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan showed their full repertoire but ended up going dry with a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League game at PJN Stadium in Fatorda here on Thursday. David Williams opened the scoring for ATKMB in the ninth minute, but an own goal by Pritam Kotal in the 24th minute restored parity for Mumbai. Both teams had plenty of chances in each half, but were unable to produce a winner. The result means ATKMB failed to break into the top four, remaining fifth with 20 points from 12 games.
Mumbai’s scoreless run stretched to seven games, while the reigning champions remained sixth in the standings with 19 points from 13 games.
ATKMB looked under control from the start and it wasn’t long before they were snooping ahead. The brilliant Liston Colaco was hacked on the left channel, but despite the loud appeal of green and maroon shirts, the referee failed to give a free kick.
Mourtada Fall then passed the ball to Ahmed Jahouh, who made a dilly-dilly drop with Hugo Boumous pressing hard on him. Williams clung to the loose ball, skipped past the keeper and slid past him.
Colaco proved to be a threat to the defense of Mumbai City FC as he made constant trips and looked menacing every time he bombed forward. ATKMB kept knocking on the door as Colaco found the wall three times to underline his dominance.
Mumbai tried hard to regain the advantage and saw the ball for a short period when Cassio Gabriel’s attempt was thwarted by Tiri, but Kotal failed to stop a cross from Bipin Singh, forcing the ball into his own net. was pushed.
After the cooldown, Williams had a chance to double his score, but his sharp header from a Liston Colaco free kick that fell on him after hitting the wall came off the woodwork.
Mohamad Nawaz then had a moment to forget as he stormed out of his area trying to head the ball away, but only managed to send the ball as far as Boumous, but the Frenchman was blocked by blue shirts.
In the second half, Mumbai took on Diego Mauricio, who made an unforgettable debut for the Islanders ahead of Igor Angulo. Shortly afterwards, Boumous went wide after Manvir Singh sent in a low cross from the right and Williams sold a cute dummy. On the other side, Angulo headed wide from Jahouh’s cross.
On the hour, Mumbai’s new signing Lallianzuala Chhangte noticed for Vikram Pratap Singh and was almost immediately in the thick of it when he tapped a ball from Gabriel into Angulo’s path, but his header was saved well by Amrinder Singh .
Kiyan Nassiri, who recently scored a breathtaking hat-trick from the bench against SC East Bengal in the Kolkata Derby, replaced Asutosh Mehta in the 85th minute as both sides looked for the winner.
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