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Highlights, ISL 2021 Final, Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Bipin Singh goal sees Mumbai claim first ISL title

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Highlights, ISL 2021 Final, Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Bipin Singh goal sees Mumbai claim first ISL title

Both the teams come into the final with identical records — 12 wins and just 4 defeats in the league stage. ISL

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Mar 13, 2021 - 22:07 (IST)

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!  

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:58 (IST)

THE BIG MOMENT FOR MUMBAI CITY! The MCFC squad enters the stage to collect their winners' medal, and eventually the ISL trophy!

The Mumbai City FC players hold aloft the trophy! 

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:55 (IST)

The players of ATK Mohun Bagan collect their runners-up medals. 

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:54 (IST)

List of award winners: 

Golden Glove Award: Arindam Bhattacharga (ATKMB)

Golden Boot Award: Igor Angulo (FC Goa)

ISL Emerging Player of the League: Apuia 

Winning Pass of the League: Alberto Noguera

Hero of the League: Roy Krishna

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:49 (IST)

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.

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:46 (IST)

David Williams: It's disappointing. I don't want to talk too much about the situation. It's hard to take in at the moment. Congratulations to Mumbai City FC. We've got to win together, lose together as a team.

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:46 (IST)

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.

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:45 (IST)

Bipin Singh: Scoring the winning goal was memorable, it feels great. The coach gave me the confidence to keep the ball and play, he said it's okay if I miss, it's important to keep going.

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:42 (IST)

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.

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:41 (IST)

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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