Mumbai City beat Bagan 2-0, e-book AFC Champions League spot
IMAGE: A victory over ATK Mohun Bagan was all that Mumbai City FC wanted to safe their first League Winners Shield and a spot within the AFC Champions League. Photograph: ISL/Twitter
Mumbai City FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-0 within the closing league encounter of the Indian Super League, on Sunday, to e-book a spot within the coveted AFC Champions League subsequent season.
Sergio Lobera’s facet comfortably received after first-half targets from Mourtada Fall (seventh minute) and Bartholomew Ogbeche (thirty ninth).
Despite shedding the highest spot to Mumbai, ATK Mohun Bagan will nonetheless harbour hopes of salvaging their season with a second successive Hero ISL title.
Being the crew with essentially the most targets from set-pieces this season, Mumbai drew the primary blood in a similar way, scoring with their first shot on the right track.
Ahmed Jahouh’s free-kick fell to an unmarked Fall, whose angular header gave Mumbai the lead.
The Mariners took management of the sport quickly after conceding however have been pressured to make a substitution within the nineteenth minute with Prabir Das changing the injured Sandesh Jinghan.
Chances have been far and few in between after the opening objective however it was from one other set-piece that Mumbai doubled their benefit. Hernan Santana’s free-kick rattled the underside of the crossbar and Ogbeche pounced on the rebound, heading into an empty web.
Mumbai began the second-half shiny, piling up strain on the Bagan defence. The Mariners, however, hardly examined Mumbai keeper Amrinder Singh regardless of dominating possession after the break.
The crossbar proved unfortunate for Bagan once more, denying Prabir a objective across the hour mark. The substitute lined up a shot from a distance that beat Mumbai keeper Amrinder however the ball fizzled out after hanging the body.
Antonio Lopez Habas’ facet went all out within the closing phases of the sport, hoping to script a comeback however Mumbai’s backline stood agency, defending in numbers.
FC Goa maintain Hyderabad FC to goalless draw, qualify for semis
IMAGE: FC Goa joined Mumbai City FC, ATK Mohun Bagan and NorthEast United FC within the semi-finals. Photograph: ISL/Twitter
FC Goa performed out a goalless draw towards Hyderabad FC to turn out to be the fourth and final crew to qualify for the semi-finals of Indian Super League on the Fatorda Stadium, in Margao, on Sunday.
Hyderabad FC went into the match needing a win to make the semi-finals, however FC Goa ensured that they saved a clear sheet to earn a vital level that cemented a top-four league stage end for the Gaurs.
Both the groups failed to break the impasse within the first half.
Ivan Gonzalez made a vital interception in stoppage time to deny Hyderabad FC a objective and seal the fourth spot for the Gaurs.
Neither facet managed to create something of notice within the first half because the defenders have been on high and seemed stable whereas coping with any form of hazard that got here their method. FC Goa loved extra possession, however Hyderabad FC have been territorially superior.
Manuel Marquez’s males spent plenty of time in FC Goa’s half with out getting in behind the Gaurs’ backline. They may have additionally capitalised from just a few set-pieces, however FC Goa held agency and averted any hazard that got here into their field.
FC Goa got here out for the second half trying extra optimistic. Creating clear-cut probabilities although have been nonetheless troublesome to come by as each the edges struggled to produce their finest within the opposition final-third.
Hyderabad FC upped the ante in quest of a objective because the match entered its final quarter-hour of regulation time. They spent plenty of time camped close to FC Goa’s field however the Gaurs managed to get our bodies behind the ball and defend resolutely.
Hyderabad FC had an enormous probability of taking the lead within the eighty fifth minute when a Joao Victor ball into the field was simply past the attain of Joel Chianese and substitute Liston Colaco, each of whom have been desperately making an attempt to get on the top of the cross.
FC Goa went up the opposite finish and noticed substitute Devendra Murgaokar charged with the ball from the left into the field and lower onto his proper foot earlier than failing to hit the goal along with his shot.
James Donachie then headed an FC Goa nook marginally above the crossbar within the final minute of regulation time.
Hyderabad FC additionally had a golden alternative to win the match in damage time when Gaurs custodian Dheeraj Singh may solely parry substitute Roland Alberg’s shot right into a harmful space within the six-yard field.
Colaco seemed like he was about to put the rebound into an empty web, nevertheless, Ivan Gonzalez made a vital interception to deny Hyderabad FC.
Adil Khan additionally had a nervy second in direction of the top of the match as he nearly headed the ball into his personal web. However, Dheeraj rescued Adil by tipping the ball over the crossbar for nook as FC Goa held on for a draw.
Mumbai City face FC Goa; ATK Mohun Bagan tackle NorthEast United in ISL semis
Mumbai City FC, ATK Mohun Bagan, NorthEast United FC and FC Goa have certified for the play-off phases of the Indian Super League beginning March 5. Mumbai City FC will play their two-legged semi-finals towards fourth-placed FC Goa.
ATK Mohun Bagan, who completed second within the league stage, will lock horns with third-placed NorthEast United FC.
All play-off video games will kick-off at 7:30 PM (IST) and will likely be broadcasted reside on the Star Sports Network, Hotstar and Jio TV.
Friday, Mar 5 – FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC. Fatorda
Saturday, Mar 6 – NorthEast United FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan. Bambolim
Monday, Mar 8 – Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa. Bambolim
Tuesday, Mar 9 – ATK Mohun Bagan vs NorthEast United FC Fatorda
Saturday, Mar 13 – Final Fatorda.
I-League: TRAU beat Sudeva Delhi 3-2
Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) edged previous Sudeva Delhi FC 3-2 to seal their spot within the top-six of the Hero I-League in Kalyani.
Nandakumar Singh’s facet got here again twice from a objective down earlier than discovering the winner within the 82nd minute.
TRAU appeared to be the higher attacking facet, however it was Sudeva who took the shock lead within the seventeenth minute.
William Pauliankhum lower in from the correct flank earlier than sending a curling shot into the left backside nook from simply inside the realm, stunning TRAU keeper Soram Poirei and his defence.
TRAU saved pushing, they usually discovered their equaliser on the thirty sixth minute when Bidyashagar Singh tapped in Joseph Olaleye’s cross from the correct into an empty web.
Riding on the boldness from the objective, Bidyashagar took the matter into his personal arms.
Sudeva took the lead for a second time on the forty first minute. TRAU failed to clear their traces as Abhishek Ambekar’s cross fetched a weak clearance from Dinesh Singh.
The ball fell completely within the path of Shubho Paul, the youngest participant on the pitch, slotted it previous Soram Poirei. Sudeva lead TRAU 2-1 at half time.
Sudeva had a golden probability to seal the sport within the fiftieth minute, however William Pauliankhum hit his strike on the mistaken facet of the objective after Mahesh Singh’s darting run.
TRAU continued to assault and levelled the scores for the second time as Phalguni Singh headed Shahbaaz’s pleasant cross previous Sachin Jha within the Sudeva objective.
However, the Red Pythons saved pushing and Joseph Olaleye received them the match on the 82nd minute after Sachin Jha spilt Tursunov’s shot from shut vary.
Aizawl clean Chennai City
Aizawl FC picked up very important three factors within the race to keep protected from relegation as Yan Law’s facet defeated Chennai City FC 3-0 with targets from Lalmuanzova, Malsawmtluanga, and Lalremsanga after Chennai’s Vladimir Molerovic missed a penalty within the second half.
With each Mohammedan SC and TRAU successful earlier within the day, Aizawl FC have been left reeling as their hunt for the highest half of the desk concluded.
With this win, Aizawl FC are tied on factors (15) with RoundGlass Punjab FC.
However, the People’s membership can’t make the lower for the highest six due to a head-to-head situation the place they misplaced to RoundGlass Punjab FC 0-1 on the opening day of the Hero I-League season.
The groups which have certified for the highest half of the Hero I-League that may battle for the title are Churchill Brothers FC Goa, Real Kashmir FC, TRAU, Mohammedan SC, Gokulam Kerala FC and RoundGlass Punjab FC.
Meanwhile, with Indian Arrows and Sudeva Delhi FC having immunity, the groups that may battle to keep within the I-League subsequent season, excluding these two are — Aizawl FC, Chennai City FC, and NEROCA.