ATK Mohun Bagan beat FC Goa 2-1 in a Hero Indian Super League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.
Brilliant performances from Liston Colaco and Roy Krishna helped Mohun Bagan win. Juan Ferrando returned to take on his former side FC Goa as Mohun Bagan head coach and Colaco (23rd) gifted him with a fine strike in the first half.
It was his fifth goal of the season, the most by any Indian in this edition. Krishna (56th) took a 2-0 lead early in the second half before Jorge Ortiz scored in the 81st minute but it was not enough in the end.
The result meant Mohun Bagan continued their resurgence under Ferrando, moving up to third on the points table with 14 points from eight matches. Meanwhile, FC Goa finished eighth with the same number of points from eight matches.
Mohun Bagan, however, were enjoying possession of the lion’s share and got their reward in the 23rd minute despite a moment of individual brilliance.
Sparkling Colaco, causing Goa all sorts of trouble for some time, got hit on the ball on the left channel near the halfway mark.
The 23-year-old took a few steps forward and then fired off a rocket of a hit that went past the keeper and into the back of the net.
In disbelief, Ferrando had his hands on his head, his mouth wide open as Hare and Maroon rode forward riding that piece of magic.
At the half-hour mark, Jorge Ortiz forced a good save from a free-kick to Amarinder, but the half had already gone to Liston for his fine strike, and Mohun Bagan took a 1–0 lead at the break. logging in.
The Mariners doubled their advantage soon after the restart, with Krishna driving home a Hugo Baumus lob from the edge of the box for the first time. Goa never really got hold of the game after going down two goals before Amarinder’s mistake helped them back into the game.
As the ball went into the net, Ortiz’s weak left leg was inexplicably dropped by Amarinder. Goa had a solid throw in the throw by Mohun Bagan and took three points.