Krishna’s late strike wins it for ATK Mohun Bagan | Football News – Times of India

It was at the last throw of the dice when ATK Mohun Bagan were awarded a free-kick near the centre circle in dying seconds of the game. The Kolkata side – Roy Krishna to be specific – made that count as they recorded a solitary-goal victory over Odisha FC in their Indian Super League encounter at Fatorda Stadium on Thursday.
Tiri floated it into the box, which Sandesh Jhingan cushioned towards Krishna and the Fiji marksman jumped to head in. Rival custodian Kamaljit Singh got a hand, which did not help.
The Odisha backline did well to keep Krishna quiet for the better part of the encounter but given an inch, he took it a mile.
It was Krishna’s third goal in as many matches and ATK Mohun Bagan’s third-straight victory as they moved to nine points. Odisha will be disappointed and they stay on one point.
Had ATK Mohun Bagan not won, referee Ajitkumar Meitei’s decision to not award them a penalty in the 50th minute when Prabir Das clearly looked to have been tackled inside the box by Hendry Antonay, would have been a major talking point. They were given a free-kick on edge of area instead.
Both teams made a change each to their starting XI. Antonio Lopez Habas brought in Manvir Singh for David Williams with the Kolkata side starting with four foreigners. Odisha’s Stuart Baxter drafted in Diego Mauricio for Manuel Onwu.
It was a tactical battle from the word go with the two teams trying to keep things as compact as possible, waiting for a mistake from the other side.
Odisha started showing more enterprise with Gaurav Bora, Premjit Singh, Mauricio and Marcelinho trying to make things happen and they should have been ahead in the 35th minute. Cole Alexander swung it in for unmarked Jacob who failed to keep it on target from close.
Baxter’s side again created a scare from a set-piece late in the half.
The game opened up a bit after the change of ends and the green-and-maroon side had reasons to feel hard done by the referee’s decision not to give them the spot-kick.
Six minutes later, the ball was in the Odisha net through Alexander’s scuffed clearance. However, the ‘own goal’ was ruled a handball by Manvir.
Both sides had half chances after that but it always looked like a game where one goal would win it and Krishna did it for the ‘home’ team.

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