And that is that! The Indian Super League 2020-21 truly belonged to Mumbai City FC, and this time, Sergio Lobera had the last laugh as the winning coach. It was a season which saw 298 goals and 62 clean sheet all in all. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the ISL knockout stage matches as much as we did. That's all for now. Until next time, it's goodbye and good night!
Highlights, ISL 2021 Final, Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Bipin Singh goal sees Mumbai claim first ISL title
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MCFC 2- 1 ATKMB
FULL TIME!!! AAAAND MUMBAI CITY FC ARE ISL CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME! What an incredible season this has been for the team from Maharashtra, and their players are all smiles and they have all the reason to.
ATK's major blunder came in the form of Tiri's own goal, had that been avoided, the situation of the match would have been lot more different.
ATKMB have been decimated by Mumbai City FC!
MCFC 2- ATKMB 1
90: GOOAAAAAAAL!! Mumbai leave it late! Ogbeche maintains the ball and runs forward, crosses a brilliant pass to Bipin Singh waiting inside the box, who finishes off in style! 2-1 for Mumbai and this might be it!
MCFC 1- 1 ATKMB
HALF TIME! Something of an uneventful ending to the first-half of the ISL final, with Ranawade going off the field after being stretchered off to the ambulance following a collision with ATKMB's Manvir Singh. The Mumbai bench looks worried, and its not-so-good signs for the Islanders.
All in all, it's been a lively first-half, with Mumbai City winning 61 percent of ball possession. Tiri's blunder was costly, and that means there's still all to play for in the second-half.
Join us in a few minutes for the second-half!
MCFC 1- 1 ATK Mohun Bagan
29: OWN GOAL! A major blunder from ATKMB's Tiri as he heads the ball past his own team's goalkeeper! This is a goal gifted to Mumbai! The Islanders are right back in it!
Mumbai City 0-ATK Mohun Bagan 1
24: GOAAAAL! ATK Mohun Bagan take the lead on the back of a brilliant shjot from David Williams! He's nailed that shot, and he's assisted by none other than Roy Krishna!
Roy Krishna dislodged the ball from Jahouh and Williams gets the loose balll to smash past Amrinder Singh.
AAAANDD WE'RE UNDERWAY! Mumbai City FC kick-off the first-half from right to left in this ISL final.
ATK Mohun Bagan starting XI: Arindam Bhattacharja (Goalkeeper), Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Subhasish Bose, Carl McHugh, Javier Hernandez, Lenny Rodrigues, Manvir Singh, David Williams, Roy Krishna.
Mumbai City FC starting XI : Amrinder Singh (Goalkeeper), Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Hernan Santana, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Ahmed Jahouh, Rowllin Borges, Raynier Fernandes, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh, Adam Le Fondre.
A very warm welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Indian Super League 2020-21 final between Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan. The Islanders are eyeing their maiden ISL crown after reaching their first-ever final, but face an uphill task in a defensively-formidable ATKMB. Stay tuned as we bring you the team news.
LIVE NEWS and UPDATES
Sergio Lobera: It's important for the team, not only for me. I want to thank the players and the whole Mumbai City family. We deserve to enjoy this moment.
It was a difficult situation at halftime, with Amey's situation. I told the players to focus on the game, because Amey is strong. We hope he recovers as soon as possible.
The level of Indian players is key to win the trophies. We need to work with these players, because they learn every day, and if you give them the opportunity, they will take it like Bipin did today. It's a team goal though, but I'm proud of all my players.
Amrinder Singh: Bipin has been performing consistently this season. When a new coach comes in, it's difficult to adjust, but he did it so well. I've never seen his performance suffer, and that's why he got the goal. In matches he does so well.
It's a great feeling to finish top of the table, and then continue the level in the playoffs. It's not easy to maintain the level throughout. After winning one trophy, we still had it in us to keep going. I'm really proud of all the boys.
Adam le Fondre: I think we deserved this win. This is for Amey. It was a horrible injury. They came out with a high press. But once we got the flow. It's the icing on the cake. I came to India from Australia to win trophies. I knew the vision of CFG and liked it immediately, I liked the the coach's vision.
Bartholomew Ogbeche: First and foremost, I need to give all praises to God. I'm just happy, it hasn't really sunk in. I'm really really proud of the whole team and the efforts we've put in. I just let Bipin score, and it was the best decision I could have taken. I'm so proud to be a part of this team.
We were a little affected by Ameya's injury at half time, but I hope he's fine. We said we would do it for Ameya. After his injury, it was tough for us to get our heads back into the game but we were able to turn our focus around. ATK is a difficult team to play against, but we didn't lose our composure. We struck when we needed to.
Not too long ago, it was Mumbai Indians that won, and now it's Mumbai City, so Mumbai rules the world.
Margao: As many as 114 games, 295 goals, 87,811 passes and 7307 tackles later, the Indian Super League 7 will culminate with a heavyweight summit showdown between Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan on Saturday.
The match that lends meaning to every single touch taken so far, in what has been an exciting ISL season, will be played at the Fatorda Stadium.
When Mumbai City FC take on ATK Mohun Bagan in the summit clash, there will be no more complex equations in play. The winner takes home the trophy. It's as simple as that.
Few would argue that there is a better candidate for the final than these two — both Bagan and Mumbai have been head and shoulders above the rest throughout the season.
Both the teams come into the final with identical records — 12 wins and just 4 defeats in the league stage.
Despite a nervy penalty-shootout win over FC Goa in the semi-final, it will be Mumbai who head into the final full of confidence.
They did the double over Bagan in the league stage, the latter of those victories handing them the League Winners Shield.
For Mumbai, this will be a first-ever final, but coach Sergio Lobera, and a handful of his players have been here before when FC Goa lost to Bengaluru FC in 2018-19. The team though has looked confident under Lobera.
"They (ATK Mohun Bagan) are a very good team with good players and have the momentum. But the most important thing now is to put the focus on ourselves and try to do our best.
"We have no specific plan, only small details about the opponent. We need to work 100 percent on our style of play," said Lobera.
There will be few selection dilemmas for Lobera, with the exception of figuring out Mandar Rao Dessai's replacement. The Goan will miss the final due to suspension.
In the other corner, there is Bagan, buoyed by Antonio Habas' almost superhuman record in knockout games. He has already tasted glory twice and has a chance to create history by winning his second straight title and third overall.
On the eve of the final, the Spaniard sounded as focused as ever. "We have to compete and our idea is to win against our opponents. My team is prepared for winning," he said.
Habas dismissed that previous results had no bearing on the match but that his side was braced for a tough test.
"We have to analyse the match and control (our chances of) victory than (try to) control the way they play. The opponent will play and maybe, we have will difficulties."
The match will also decide the fate of the golden boot and golden glove winners.
While Bagan striker Roy Krishna and Goa's Igor Angulo are tied on 14 goals for the golden boot, a goal on Saturday will hand the award to the Fijian, who has played more minutes than the Spaniard.
The race for the golden glove award is between Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh and ATKMB's Arindam Bhattacharja. Both the players have 10 clean sheets to their name. At the moment, Arindam is in pole position, having conceded fewer goals.
With inputs from PTI
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