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ISL: NorthEast United break ATK Mohun Bagan fort for 2-1 win | Football News – Times of India




Federico Gallego has been the go-to man for NorthEast United FC for the most of two seasons. And on Tuesday, the Uruguayan curled in a superb shot from outside the box to earn the Highlanders their second successive victory in the Indian Super League by beating ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 at Fatorda Stadium in Goa.
It was a winning debut for Khalid Jamil, who could be on the sidelines as the head coach for the first time after completing his quarantine, and saw his team climb a rung to fifth place on the league table with 18 points from 13 matches. ATK MB, however, rued the chance to close in on the six-point gap with leaders Mumbai City but are still a chief contender for the playoff spot.
After a scrappy first half that saw both teams trying to find their rhythm and working for a breakthrough, the game opened up with the change of ends.
In the 60th minute, a wrong pass from the dependable Tiri gave the ball away to Luis Machado inside the ATK MB half. The Portuguese pushed the Spaniard to a fall, and in what appeared to be a foul, dashed into the box to put the ball past a helpless Arindam Bhattacharya at the goal to give NEUFC the lead.
While the assistant referee had raised the flag on the collision, the referee overruled the decision inspite of protests from Antonio Habas’s camp and Machado’s fourth goal of the season stood.
But it was not long before the Kolkata giants got back into the game, thanks to a poaching finish from Roy Krishna, who was left unmarked in the NEUFC box in the 72nd minute. His seventh goal of the season put an end to the Fijian’s recent slump in the strike department.
But for a side that boasts of conceding the least number of goals so far, there was misery on the day in the form of Gallego. The midfielder got a pass from substitute Rocchazela in the 81st minute outside the ATK MB box and dislodged a shot that beat the defenders and a crouching Idrissa Sylla and swerved into the far end of the net past a diving ATK MB custodian.
While Habas’s men frantically searched for an equaliser in the dying moments, it was NEUFC that clinched the three points on offer.


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