ATK Mohun Bagan thus became the first Indian club in AFC Cup history to top the group and advance to the knockout stage after losing their first group stage match.
That’s it ! We top Group D after a five-star performance from the boys. 💚♥️#ATKMohunBagan #JoyMohunBagan … https://t.co/z3OX0FNm4D
— ATK Mohun Bagan FC (@atkmohunbaganfc) 1653411130000
Joni Kauko (26′ 37′) played the main role for Juan Ferrando’s men so that there was no shock on the last day.
Kauko produced a well-placed finish from the edge of the box to put ATK Mohun Bagan in the lead.
Then, Kauko entered the box to chase a ball, took it under his control and put a nice shot into the back of Maziya’s net to secure a two-goal cushion for his team.
Returning from the locker room, Roy Krishna (56th) received a ball from a cross from Subhasish and returned to goal to regain his team’s two-goal lead.
Just two minutes later Subhasish (58), who provided the assist for the third goal, put his name on the scoresheet with a neat finish from a Liston Colaco free-kick to make it 4- 1 in favor of the Mariners.
Thank you for your incredible support Mariners!🙏 We look forward to entertaining you again. #ATKMohunBagan… https://t.co/WEtRWpXhpp
— ATK Mohun Bagan FC (@atkmohunbaganfc) 1653412800000
Carl McHugh (71st) added Bagan’s fifth goal of the night before Tana completed her brace with a well-placed header from inside the box.
Tana scored Maziya’s two goals in the 45th and 73rd minutes respectively.
ATKMB and Bashundhara finished on the same points. But ATKMB qualified for the interzone semi-finals based on a head-to-head record.
Under tournament rules, head-to-head results come first to decide which team advances when the teams are tied on points. ATKMB had beaten Bashundhara earlier.
Gokulam Kerala Loses to Bashundhara Kings Defeat
Earlier in the day, defending I-League champions Gokulam Kerala suffered a 1-2 loss to Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings.
Captain Robinho was outstanding for the Bangladesh champions, scoring a brilliant goal and setting up another.
With all four teams in the group starting the final matchday with three points, Gokulam Kerala and Bashundhara had it all to play for and both came close to scoring within five minutes, Robinho seeing off a wide deflected effort from one end, and Jithin PM closing in on the other.
But the Bangladeshi side took the initiative from then on, racking up 14 shots on three in the first half, seven of which were taken by the lesser-known Robinho, who forced Rakshit Dagar into a brilliant save on 27 minutes as the Pressure was mounting on the Kings’ I-League opponents.
The Brazilian was virtually a one-on-one attack for Bashundhara at times, and the only surprise when he opened the scoring in the 36th minute was the brilliance of the strike, as he weaved his way past a pair of defenders before completing a sensational 20-yard effort, which will surely rank among the goals of the tournament at the end of the season.
Robinho then turned provider, floating in a delightful cross from the left side, with Marong’s pounding header too much for Dagar to handle in the 54th minute.
Gokulam Kerala then carved out a lifeline for himself when Jourdain Fletcher fired a low shot into the net past Mohammed Jassim’s cross with fifteen minutes remaining.
As Fletcher hammered a free kick against the crossbar in the 90th minute, the Kerala side pushed hard to equalize but their failure to find it spelled the end of their AFC Cup campaign.
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