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ISL: NorthEast United beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1

New Delhi, Jan 26 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/26/2021 12:05:45 PM IST

A fulfilling outing for Federico Gallego highlighted with an assist and a spectacular goal helped NorthEast United FC down ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday. Gallego had a part to play in Luis Machado’s opener (60’) before Roy Krishna (72’) equalised for the Mariners. Gallego’s 81st minute curler settled things for NorthEast, News18 reported.

The first half was a cagey affair, illustrated by the fact that both teams had only one shot on target each at the end of it. It was ATKMB who kept more of the ball and looked the more threatening throughout the first half, but that was not to say that NorthEast did not have their chances. Just after the half-hour-mark, Bagan keeper Arindam Bhattacharja was forced to make a save after Machado received the ball from Gallego and took a shot.

The opening goal when it came arrived in controversial circumstances. ATKMB defender Tiri gave away the ball cheaply as it bounced off Gallego and ran loose behind the defence. Tiri found himself in a race with Machado to get to the ball first. The Spaniard, though, took a tumble after a shoulder push from Machado and the linesman’s flag went straight up. Referee Crystal John, however, did not stop play and Machado duly slotted it past Arindam. Despite vigorous protests by Bagan, John allowed the goal after consulting the linesman.

ATK Mohun Bagan were able to equalise after over ten minutes of going down. A low ball from Carl McHugh outside the box found Krishna unmarked at the far post. The Fijian was never going to miss a simple tap in. After the goal, it looked like ATKMB would go on to find the winner, but Gallego had other plans. With just under ten minutes left, the Uruguayan curled one from outside the box and it went in after bouncing off the upright.

There was a late penalty call for Bagan after Krishna went down in the box under pressure from NEUFC keeper Subhasish Roy, but the referee awarded a goalkick.

WEDNESDAY’S MATCH 

Kerala Blasters Vs 

Jamshedpur: 7:30 pm 

STANDINGS AS ON JAN 26 
Club M W D L Pts
Mumbai City FC 13 9 3 1 30
ATK Mohun Bagan 13 7 3 3 24
FC Goa 13 5 5 3 20
Hyderabad FC 13 4 6 3 18
NorthEast United FC 13 4 6 3 18
Chennaiyin FC 14 3 7 4 16
Bengaluru FC 13 3 5 5 14
Jamshedpur FC 13 3 5 5 14
Kerala Blasters FC 13 3 5 5 14
SC East Bengal 13 2 6 5 12
Odisha FC 13 1 5 7 8

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