Mumbai and ATK settle for the point each after a goalless draw
Mumbai City FC and ATK played out a goalless stalemate in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Saturday.
In what turned out to be a lukewarm battle, neither team fashioned enough chances to deserve all three points and played out only the second goalless draw this season. The point gained sees Mumbai City and ATK remain at their respective positions in fourth and sixth respectively.
The first chance of the match fell for the visitors when Everton Santos got behind the Mumbai defense and pulled it back for Komal Thatal inside the box. However, the youngster miscued his shot altogether with only Amrinder Singh to beat in goal.
The home side saw a lot of the ball but struggled to create any openings. For ATK, Santos looked threatening each time he was on the ball. However, Mumbai did well defensively to thwart ATK from making inroads.
For ATK, Ricky Lallawmawma ensured that the dangerous Arnold Issoko was kept under check as the Congolese hardly had any impact in the first half.
It was a half where both teams were ineffective in the final third as neither goalkeeper was tested.
Mumbai City did come out with intent at the start of the second half and forced a couple of chances. In the 49th minute, Rafael Bastos found Paulo Machado after getting on the end of a cross from Issoko. But Machado´s effort was blocked away.
Bastos then shot over from a promising position before Machado miscued his effort following a quick counter-attack.
The pace of the game slowed down as the half wore on as clear-cut chances came at a premium. In the 78th minute, Amrinder Singh was forced into action to keep out Manuel Lanzarote´s on-target free-kick. Subhasish Bose then called Arindam Bhattacharya into action with a belter from distance that the ATK goalkeeper had to parry over the bar.
Lanzarote was then left frustrated three minutes later after his appeals for a penalty after being taken down inside the box by Sehnaj Singh fell on deaf ears.
But that was about it as far as chances went as the teams settled for a point.
Full-time: Mumbai City 0-0 ATK
90+3: Yellow card Raynier Fernandes
90+1: Yellow card Gerson Fraga Vieira
90: Four minutes added on.
87: Substitution for ATK, Manuel Lanzarote Bruno OFF Noussair El Maimouni IN
80: Substitution for ATK Balwant Singh OFF Hitesh Sharma IN
80: Substitution for Mumbai City, Rafael Bastos OFF Matías Mirabaje Correa IN
75: Substitution for Mumbai City, Anwar Ali OFF Pranjal Bhumij IN
67: Substitution for Mumbai City, Ongnam Milan Singh OFF Raynier Fernandes IN
63: Yellow card Anwar Ali
61: Substitution for ATK, Komal Thatal OFF Jayesh Rane IN
46: Second half kick-off
Half-time: Mumbai City 0-0 ATK
45: Two minutes added on
1: First half kickoff
ATK Subs: Majumder (GK); Sena, Lyngdoh, El Maimouni, Rane, Hitesh, Babalj.
ATK line-up: Arindam Bhattacharya (GK); Ricky Lallawmawma, John Johnson, Andre Bikey, Ankit Mukherjee; Pronay Halder, Gerson Vieira; Komal Thatal, Manuel Lanzarote, Everton Santos; Balwant Singh.
City Subs: Ravi (GK); Vignesh, Klisura, Pradhan, Mirabaje, Raynier, Bhumij.
Mumbai City line-up: Amrinder Singh (GK); Joyner Lourenco, Lucian Goian, Anwar Ali, Subhasish Bose; Milan Singh, Paulo Machado, Sehnaj Singh; Arnold Issoko, Moudou Sougou, Rafael Bastos.