Dishing out a ruthless efficiency, ATK Mohun Bagan thumped Odisha FC 4-1 to slender the hole on leaders Mumbai City FC within the Indian Super League, right here on Saturday.
The consequence meant the Mariners closed the hole with Mumbai to 3 factors, whereas Odisha’s top-four likelihood is all however over.
The opening half proved to be a cagey contest however two high-quality objectives from both facet meant the rating line was all sq. on the break. Cole Alexander’s equaliser for Odisha (45+1′) was sandwiched between two objectives from Manvir Singh (eleventh, 54th) earlier than a quick-fire brace from Roy Krishna (83rd, 86th) led Bagan to their ninth win of the season.
Bagan confirmed intent early on and opened the scoring with their first shot on course.
Manvir, receiving the ball on the fitting flank from Krishna, reduce inside on his weaker foot earlier than curling his shot on the far submit, which snuck in after kissing the woodwork.
ATKMB continued to assault after the opener however lacked the innovative within the last third. They usual one other nice probability to double their tally within the fortieth minute however keeper Arshdeep Singh got here to Odisha’s rescue.
Krishna held up the ball across the fringe of the field and laid a go for Marcelinho, who noticed his first-time shot blocked by Arshdeep out for a nook.
After dominating their opponents for a lot of the session, the Mariners thought they might be heading into the break with the scoreline of their favour however Alexander had different plans, scoring a surprise aim within the dying minutes of the primary half.
Paul Ramfangzauva tried his luck from distance however his long-range effort got here off the upright. Pritam Kotal cleared it away however gifted the ball to Alexander, who positioned his shot in direction of the far nook, leaving ATKMB keeper Arindam Bhattacharja with no probability.
ATKMB started the second half with extra intent, determined to seize the lead once more. And it was Manvir once more who helped them do this after combining properly with Krishna.
The Fijian shrugged Alexander off the ball and fed the Indian on the fitting. Manvir drilled his shot onerous and low, this time together with his proper foot as Arshdeep let the ball slip in regardless of getting his arms to it.
ATKMB had been awarded a penalty late on when Alexander dealt with the ball within the field. Krishna made no mistake from the spot-kick to place the consequence past Odisha’s attain.
But the Fijian wasn’t carried out but, including one other aim to his identify. Manvir flicked the ball in direction of Krishna, who beat Shubham Sarangi and raced into the field earlier than discovering the web.