East Bengal and Mohun Bagan renewed their age-old rivalry on the football pitch, this time in the Indian Super League (ISL), on Friday evening at Tilak Maidan, albeit in new avatars and it was Fijian star Roy Krishna who scored the first goal of the match with a ferocious left-footer.
After an exciting first half which saw SC East Bengal dominate possession, the Red and Golds were expected to start the second on a positive note. Indeed they made more number of passes and kept about 58% of the ball in the first 45 minutes.
But ATK Mohun Bagan had different ideas in the second half. Following a brisk start, Javi Hernandez had worked the ball into the attacking third but he lost possession under pressure. The loose ball fell into the path of Krishna, about 2 feet outside the penalty box.
With East Bengal’s defenders closing down quickly, Krishna had to decide quickly. But you know, give him and inch of space and he will capitalise. Within a fraction of a second, Krishna gathered the ball and unleashed a venomous left-footed shot. East Bengal’s custodian Debjit Majumder dived to his left only to watch the ball roll past the goalline!
Second half substitute Manvir Singh then added another goal late in the second half to seal the fate of the match!