Goa: A 90th-minute goal from Bipin Singh completed an Indian Super League double for Mumbai City FC, as the League Shield winners defeated ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the competition’s play-off final on Saturday.
Bipin capitalised on a last-gasp goalkeeping error from ATK Mohun Bagan’s Arindam Bhattacharya to stroke home the winner after being supplied by Bartholomew Ogbehce, who showed great poise to set up what proved to be the decisive goal.
Mumbai City’s late winner came after the two sides had traded goals in the first half, as Sergio Lobera’s side became the second team in Indian Super League history to win the playoffs having finished on top of the regular season table.
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ATK Mohun Bagan began assertively in the decider, hitting the woodwork via a Javier Hernandez free-kick in the 12th minute, then going ahead six minutes later, as Roy Krishna’s pressing, coupled with some sloppy touches in the Mumbai defence, allowed David Williams to hammer home the opening goal from just inside the penalty area.
The lead lasted for just over 10 minutes, however, with ATK Mohun Bagan’s Spanish defender Tiri unwittingly heading the ball into his own net after trying to cut out a speculative long pass from Mumbai City’s Ahmed Jahouh.
The high-stakes contest saw Amey Ranawade taken away in an ambulance after the Mumbai City defender received a suspected head knock late in the first half, with his condition later reported as stable.
Hugo Boumous skied a gilt-edge chance for Mumbai shortly after the interval, and the drama continued when ATK Mohun Bagan had the ball in the net after a goalmouth scramble at the hour mark, only for it to be chalked for an offside call on Krishna, and the Kolkata side would rue their misfortune in the dying moments.
The decisive goal came in the final minute of normal time, with 70th-minute substitute Ogbeche seizing on Bhattacharya’s positional miscalculation before skipping past two defenders and teeing up Bipin, who duly steered the ball into the net to seal a historic win for Mumbai.
Bipin’s goal also marked the successful completion of the competition, which saw a total of 115 matches played behind closed doors in Goa, with Mumbai City set to be rewarded for their success with a place in the 2022 AFC Champions League.
Photo: Indian Super League
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