ISL 2022-23: ATKMB secure last-gasp win as NEUFC fall just short of first point

Liston Colaco celebrates scoring against NorthEast United FC during their ISL clash on Thursday.
Liston Colaco celebrates scoring against NorthEast United FC during their ISL clash on Thursday.
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ATK Mohun Bagan secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over NorthEast United and moved up into second place in theIndian Super League (ISL) on Thursday.

Liston Colaco broke the deadlock in the 35th minute before Aaron Evans equalised in the 81st minute at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. But Subhasish Bose then scored the winner in the 89th to secure the last-gasp win.

This result took ATK Mohun Bagan up into second place with 10 points while NEUFC remain at the bottom of the table.

Juan Ferrando did not make any changes to the starting line-up from the XI that snatched a point in Mumbai on Sunday. NEUFC made four changes as Marco Balbul switched from a 5-3-2 to a 4-3-2-1. Imran Khan and the Gogoi brothers - Pragyan and Parthib - were included in the line-up as Jithin MS and Matt Derbyshire dropped to the bench.

NorthEast United FC created the first chance of the game via Parthib just 15 seconds after kick-off. The young striker could not get a proper touch on the ball before Pritam Kotal put it out for a corner. On the counter, Dimitri Petratos buried the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was chalked off because the ATKMB striker had strayed offside.

Five minutes past the half-hour mark, ATKMB breached the NorthEast United FC defence. Hugo Boumous pounced on Parthib's misplaced pass in midfield and advanced towards goal before finding Colaco with a perfectly weighted through ball. The winger aimed for the far post and finished it with aplomb.

Ten minutes into the second half, Pragyan tried his luck from range, but his effort was partially blocked by Ashish Rai as the stray ball fell to Parthib right in front of goal. The teenager came tantalisingly close to scoring but didn't. Two minutes later at the other end, Petratos beat the offside trap but missed his effort.

Drama ensued in the final ten minutes of the game. Jon Gaztanaga's glancing header allowed Aaron Evans to score the equaliser with a diving header in the 81st minute. But the Highlanders had their hearts broken in the 89th minute when Petratos' cross was met by Bose's accurate diving header that handed ATKMB all three points.

ATKMB will next play FC Goa next on November 20 while NEUFC will get a break during the next matchweek before hosting Mumbai City FC on November 25.