ATK Mohun Bagan beat Kerala Blasters 1-0


Panaji: ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) helped Kerala Blasters to the seventh season of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) played at the GMC Stadium in Bombolim on Friday with the help of their Fijian forward Rai Krishna in the 67th minute. Defeated 1-0. ATKMB have won against the Blasters in the season opener after a long time. Earlier, these two teams had clashed in the season opener three times. The Blasters had won twice while one match was drawn. Three-time champion ATKMB started the season with a win this time. However, the first half did not result in a goal. In the case of child possession, the Blasters won this half, but ATKMB tried more on the post. ATKMB suffered the loss of Michael Susairaj in the 14th minute. Two yellow cards were shown in this half. In the first 39th minute, Prannoy Haldhar of ATKMB and Idu Garcia of the same team were shown in the 42nd minute. There was no major attack from both the teams in the first 15 minutes. The Blasters were playing a defensive game and taking advantage of this, ATKMB created a good chance in the fourth minute. This opportunity was made on the corner taken from the left side. Rai Krishna took a free shot but could not succeed. Similarly, in the ninth minute, ATKMB’s Prabir Das tried to make a chance through a cross shot from Wright Flank but he went straight into the hands of the keeper. Michael Susairaj also created a chance in the 11th minute but he too could not succeed. Michael got hurt in the 12th minute. It will be known later whether the injury is serious but Michael had to go off the field and thus ATBMB was forced to field Subhashish Bose in the 14th minute making an unforeseen change.


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