Mumbai City FC snap Atletico de Kolkata’s unbeaten run, jump to top of ISL 2016 table

Mumbai City FC jumped three places to go top of the ISL table with 11 points from three wins, two losses and two draws.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: October 26, 2016 1:20 pm
Mumbai City FC, Mumbai City, Mumbai ISL, Indian Super League, ISL, ISL 2016, Atletico de Kolkata, ATK, ATK ISL, Diego Forlan, Forlan, football, football news, sports, sports news Diego Forlan scored his first goal from open play to beat Atletico de Kolkata. (Source: PTI)

Star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan struck a late goal as Mumbai City FC snapped Atletico de Kolkata’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory and jumped to the top spot in the Indian Super League football on Tuesday.

Mumbai captain and marquee player Forlan, a former Atletico Madrid and Villareal star with more than 100 caps for
his country, scored the all-important goal in the 79th minute to help his side record their third win in seven matches.

With Tuesday’s win at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Mumbai jumped three places to be at the top spot of ISL table with 11 points from three wins, two losses and two draws, pushing NorthEast United to the second position. NorthEast have 10 points from six matches.

This was Forlan’s second goal in the tournament after he scored from the spot in Mumbai’s 1-0 win against NorthEast at home on October 7.

For ATK, it was their first loss in six matches and they are now on third spot with nine points from two wins, three
draws and one loss.

The first half was a very entertaining end-to-end contest but neither team was successful to get the goal. Mumbai had a wonderful chance to take the lead in the 33rd minute but ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder made a vital save as he palmed over a ferocious shot by Sony Norde.

The home side started the second half brightly by introducing Bidyananda Singh, who whipped in some dangerous
crosses in. After that, both the teams settled down and the match looked heading for a stalemate. But then came the game changing moment in the 79th minute when 37-year-old Forlan put in Norde’s deflected shot-cum-cross into the back of the ATK net. This was Forlan’s first goal from an open play.

ATK got a chance at the very end when they earned a free kick at the edge of the Mumbai box. Javier Lara took it and
his powerful shot was on target but only to see Mumbai keeper Albino Gomes making a diving save.

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First Published on: October 25, 2016 9:42 pm
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    Partha Chakraverti
    Oct 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm
    ATK pla. Mumbai;br/gt;ATK under new coach Molina forgot to score field goals. Of late they started relying on penalty conversions. There is no positive striker in the team. Postiga is there in the mix but by name only. I am at a loss to understand as to why the team is retaining a player like him when he is unable to deliver - for second year running. He is too injury-prone a player to be able to come to any help to the team except warming the bench. If ATK harbours any hope of moving to the last four it has to get a positive striker. It is time that the teams sheds players like Postiga and invest in some other player who will deliver. After all it costs to bear with Postiga.The team think -tank better think it over.

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