ATK Mohun Bagan scored two second-half goals to secure a 2-0 victory over East Bengal in the first-ever Kolkata Derby of the Indian Super League (ISL). Roy Krishna scored the opener in the 49th minute while substitute Manvir Singh wrapped up the victory with a late second goal.
The win also takes ATK Mohun Bagan to the top of the ISL 2020-21 table. For East Bengal, playing their debut ISL match, it was a disappointing outing, but Robbie Fowler and Co. will look to turn things around when they face Mumbai City FC on December 1.
Full-Time Score: East Bengal 0-2 ATK Mohun Bagan
ATK Mohun Bagan pick up their second win on the bounce with a 2-0 win over their arch-rivals in the first-ever ISL Kolkata Derby.
90+4' Surchandra Singh with a late chance to pull a goal back for East Bengal but fails to reduce the deficit.
90+2' Manvir Singh almost scores again. Brilliant show of pace and power again by Manvir, but this time the finishing is missing.
90' Still 2-0 to ATK Mohun Bagan. The second goal seems to have jolted East Bengal as ATK Mohun Bagan seem firmly in the drivers' seat. Four minutes of added time signalled by the officials.
85' Score: East Bengal 0-2 ATK Mohun Bagan
Manvir Singh with a beauty! The youngster picked up the ball near half-line, beat Narayan Das for pace to get into the box. He cut in from the byline, side steps a couple of players and finished it all off with a powerful shot past Debjit.
85' Goal....... Manvir Singh doubles ATK Mohun Bagan's lead.
84' Substitution for ATK Mohun Bagan
In: Glan Martens
Out: Javi Hernandez
75' More trouble for East Bengal. Loken Meitei is down with an injury and may be unable to continue. Wahengbam Luwang replaces him as the Red and Golds look for an equaliser.
83' CHANCE... Pilkingtin again with a curler from range but Debjit redeems for his earlier error with a brilliant save to keep his team in the lead.
82' ATK Mohun Bagan living dangerously. Arindam;s clearance is intercepted by Pilkington but Tiri bails him out with a timely clearance.
80' Score: East Bengal 0-1 ATK Mohun Bagan
Last ten minutes of regulation time left for East Bengal to salvage something from the first ISL Kolkata derby.
72' Narayan Das goes in the book for a heavy challenge on Krishna. ATK Mohun Bagan come close to doubling their lead from the resulting free-kick. Javi Hernandez's set-piece finds its way to an ATK Mohun Bagan player at the far post but Pilkington stayed with his man and forced the header wide.
The game has opened up considerably in the past five minutes, with chances for both sides.
70' Score: East Bengal 0-1 ATK Mohun Bagan
East Bengal pushing hard for an equaliser but ATK Mohun Bagan look solid at the back.
65' Another change from East Bengal
In: Md. Rafique
Out: Balwant Singh
63' Double substitition from ATK Mohun Bagan
In: Manvir Singh, Pronay Halder
Out: David Williams, Jayesh Rane
63' Pilkington stamping his authority on the game. The Irishman again does well to create a shooting opportunity for Maghoma from range. The midfielder blazes his shot over the crossbar.
60' Balwant squanders big chance
Brilliant opportunity for Balwant Singh to bring East Bengal level. Some great work from Pilkington in midfield set the move rolling before Balwant found himself with space for a shot inside the ATK Mohun Bagan Box. The Indian striker ends up skying his effort into the stands.
57' Substitution for East Bengal
Robbie Fowler makes he first substitution of the match.
In: Abhishek Ambekar
Out: Rana Gharami
53' Maghoma gets booked.
49' Score: East Bengal 0-1 ATK Mohun Bagan
The ball broke kindly for Roy Krishna at the edge of the East Bengal box. The lethal Fijian made no mistakes and rifled the ball into the bottom corner, giving Debjit no chance.
Roy Krishna scores to put ATK Mohun Bagan in the lead.
45' Second-half kicks off
Both teams are back on the field. No changes from either team.
Half-time: Close Match.....
Robbie Fowler's East Bengal side has given a good account of themselves against ATK Mohun Bagan, featuring a large chunk of last season's title-winning ATK squad. The Red and Golds have seen more of the ball but both sides have been roughly even in terms of chances created.
45+2' Half-time Score: East Bengal 0-0 ATK Mohun Bagan
The referee blows the whistle for half-time with both sides deadlocked at 0-0. Everything to play for in the second half.
45' Two minutes of added time signalled by the referee.
40' Score: East Bengal 0-0 ATK Mohun Bagan
The game has opened up in the last few minutes with both sides showing more adventure. A goal towards the end of the first half can be a huge advantage for both teams.
38' A chance on the other end
Surchandra Singhi's probing cross eludes the ATK Mohun Bagan defence. Balwant Singh only needed the right connection to steer it goalward from almost point blank range, but the touch wasn't quite the one he needed. Still 0-0 in Goa.
36' Big save by Debjit
Javi Hernandez shows some nifty ball control and gets his shot on target. Debjit had a save to make and the East Bengal custodian tipped it out for a corner at full stretch.
30' Score: East Bengal 0-0 ATK Mohun Bagan
Both sides still even at the half-hour mark.
Maghoma had a good chance just before the break as he got his head to a Narayan Das cross, but his effort was wide.
25' It opens up for Pritam Kotal with space just outside the box. The ATK Mohun Bagan defender drags his shot way wide.
22' Yellow Card: East Bengal's Balwant Singh is shown the first card of the match for a foul on Javi Hernandez.
20' Score: East Bengal 0-0 ATK Mohun Bagan
East Bengal have had the lion's share of possession in the contest, with 60 per cent ball possession. Both goalkeepers, however, have had little to do so far.
19' Pilkington has a crack at goal from outside the box, but the shot is straight at Arindam Bhattacharjee. Easily collected by the ATK Mohun Bagan goalkeeper.
16' Some neat passing moves by East Bengal down the left flank, but the final cross has let the Red and Golds down so far.
13' Plenty of attacking intent from both sides but the moves are falling apart in the final third. Jacques Maghoma has been at the centre of things for East Bengal. ATK Mohun Bagan is looking for early runs from Krishna up top.
9' Close.... Prabir Das' attempted cross from the right flank clips the crossbar before going out.
7' First real chance of the game goes East Bengal's way. Anthony Pilkington shows some quick feet in the box but goes down after a challenge from Tiri just before pulling the trigger. East Bengal players look to the referee for a penalty but the referee waves it off.
5' East Bengal settling in well and moving the ball around well.
2' First corner of the match goes to ATK Mohun Bagan but its short and cleared at the near post.
7:30 PM IST - Kick-off, East Bengal 0-0 ATK Mohun Bagan
East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan is underway in Goa after a one-minute silence as homage to late Indian football Olympians Chuni Goswami and PK Banerjee.
7:15 PM IST - Habas vs Fowler: A battle of contrasting styles
Robbie Fowler is known to play possession-based football, while Habas has seen a lot of success in Indian football courtesy his pragmatic counter-attacking style.
For instance, in their 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC in the ISL 2020-21 opener, ATK Mohun Bagan had 40 per cent possession. They also completed just 60.3 per cent of the passes - the worst among any team in the first matchweek of ISL 2020-21.
Habas’ brilliance lies in converting the limited possession into wins and Fowler will have his work cut out for him against the experienced Spaniard whose tactics, on paper, seems to be the perfect counter to his own strategy.
We have been waiting for this match and we are glad the match is here. The boys are pumped for the big match - ATK striker Roy Krishna.
7:00 PM - Half-an-hour to kick-off
6:35 PM - East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan name starting line-ups
Both coaches have named their respective starting XIs for the crunch ISL clash.
ATK Mohun Bagan Starting XI
Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal (C), Prabir Das, Tiri, Subhasish Bose, Carl McHugh, Jayesh Rane, Francisco Javier Hernandez Gonzalez, David Williams, Roy Krishna
East Bengal Starting XI
Debjit Majumder (GK), Narayan Das, Daniel Fox (C), Scott Neville, Rana Gharami, Loken Meitei, Anthony Pilkington, Matti Steinmann, Surchandra Singh, Jacques Maghoma, Balwant Singh
Habas makes changes, Jeje on the bench for East Bengal
Antonio Lopez Habas has made three changes to the starting line-up he put up against Kerala Blasters FC in the ISL 2020-21 season opener. Subhasish Bose replaces Michael Soosairaj, Jayesh Rane comes in place of Pronay Halder. Up front David Williams will partner Roy Krishna instead of Edu Garcia.
Fowler, meanwhile, has gone for Scott Neville, Daniel Fox, Jacques Maghoma, Anthony Pilkington and Jacques Maghoma as his five foreigners in his first outing as coach in India.
Jeje Lalpekhlua finds a place on the bench for East Bengal.
East Bengal Subs: Sankar Roy, Md. Rafique, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Wahengbam Luwang, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Ningthoukhongjam Rohen Singh, Abhishek Ambekar, Haobam Tomba Singh, Mohammed Irshad
ATK Mohun Bagan Subs: Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Sumit Rathi, Manvir Singh, Brad Inman, Avilash Paul, Glan Martins, Michael Soosairaj, Regin Michael, Boris Singh Thangjam
6:00 PM IST - 90 minutes till East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan kicks off
5:45 PM IST - East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan Derby means a lot for the players
ATK Mohun Bagan defender Sandesh Jhingan, despite being in the forefront of Indian football for decades is all set to get his first taste of the Kolkata Derby.
East Bengal captain Danny Fox, meanwhile, will have a lot of hopes riding on him during Indian football's 'Boro Match.
5:25 PM IST - Jose Ramirez Barreto: There’s a lot of history in the Kolkata Derby
Having spent almost 11 years playing for Mohun Bagan, Brazilian attacker Jose Barreto transcended into a local hero for Mohun Bagan fans over the years. He is also regarded as one of the best foreigners to have plied his trade in India.
Like Bhutia, the Brazilian is excited at the prospect of the Kolkata derby being played in the ISL for the very first time.
When you enter a derby, you look back a lot at the history. I have played a lot of derbies, so I know what the pain and joy of winning or losing the derby was - Jose Barreto.
5:00 PM IST - Bhaichung Bhutia: Huge pressure on both East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan
Indian football great Bhaichung Bhutia knows a thing or two about the Kolkata derby, having turned up for the big match in both East Bengal’s Red and Gold and Mohun Bagan’s Green and Maroon.
Bhutia has been a hero in many derbies, particularly for East Bengal during his playing days.
There will be pressure on both clubs to win not only the derby but also the tournament. When you play for either of the clubs, the only demand from them is to win and to be champions, nothing less than that. The pressure and the expectations will be huge on both clubs. - Bhaichung Bhutia.
4:45 PM IST – Sourav Ganguly: It’s a festival every time East Bengal and Mohun Bagan play
A life-long football fan, former Indian cricket team great and ATK Mohun Bagan co-owner Sourav Ganguly recollects the nostalgia of the Kolkata Derby.
4:30 PM IST – East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler prepared for crunch ISL debut
In charge of East Bengal, former Liverpool great Robbie Fowler is slated to make his coaching debut with the crunch Kolkata derby. The Englishman, however, is prepared for the challenge.
We've prepared properly and right. We know it's been a really short time in pre-season but we accept and adapt to whatever is in front of us. We know that the fans are with us in spirit. So we'll go out there and perform the best we can and try and just focus on the game - Robbie Fowler.
4:10 PM IST – ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Lopez Habas hails ‘special match’
ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Antonio Lopez Habas is the ISL’s most successful coach ever. The Spaniard – a two-time ISL winner – has seen his share of big matches in India but understands, the tie against East Bengal is something ‘special’.
I think the derby is a special match, especially during the week before and after the match. It is an important match for me because I know the intensity in Kolkata and the opinion of the supporters – Antonio Habas.
East Bengal (SCEB) face off against ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) in match 8 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Goa, today. The match will mark East Bengal’s long-awaited ISL debut.
The hugely-anticipated encounter will see Indian football’s most iconic rivalry – East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan - play out on the ISL stage for the very first time. The kick off will be at 7:30 PM IST.
Keep up to date with what is sure to be a momentous day by following all the action here throughout the day.
East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan head-to-head record
East Bengal and Mohun Bagan’s rivalry goes back a 100 years and has headlined Indian football since East Bengal’s inception in 1920. Over the years, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan have faced off in nearly 367 matches, with East Bengal winning 129 times while Mohun Bagan has won 118 times.
Mohun Bagan has merged with ATK and is playing in ISL 2020-21 as ATK Mohun Bagan, but the essence of the epic rivalry remains the same. ATKMB won their opening match in ISL 2020-21 against Kerala Blasters FC courtesy a Roy Krishna goal.