It wasn't the defeat but the manner in which India surrendered to UAE which raises a question on the work coach Igor Stimac has done so far with the team.
Such was their performance that Igor Stimac's side did not even get a single shot on target in one of the most forgettable encounters in recent times.
India conceded a goal in the 42nd minute with Chinglensana Singh's clearance crossing the goal-line after hitting goalkeeper Amrinder Singh who started the match instead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
ISL 2020-21: Premier League great Alan Shearer praises Manvir Singh, Liston Colaco, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy
He has included the three Indian youngsters in a combined list of his top 10 goals scored across the ISL and Premier League this season.
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David Williams (38') continued his fine form in the playoffs by scoring yet again while Manvir Singh (68') added the second before VP Suhair (74') pulled a goal back for the Highlanders.
ISL 2020-21: From Kerala Blasters' Sahal Abdul Samad to ATK Mohun Bagan's Manvir Singh, Indians who impressed in league stage
As the curtains are drawn on the league phase of the 2020-21 ISL season, the time is perhaps ripe to delve deeper into the standout Indian performers from each team and the impact they had on their respective sides’ journeys.
ISL 2020-21: ATK Mohun Bagan come from behind twice to play out thrilling draw against 10-man Hyderabad FC
The result effectively means that Bagan will have to wait for either Mumbai City FC to drop points in their next game or deny the Islanders a win in their last game to secure the League Winners Shield.
The result meant the Mariners closed the gap with Mumbai to three points, while Odisha's top-four chances are all but over.
ISL 2020-21: Use of foreign players in key positions hurting India’s chances of producing spine of national team
While it would remain advisable for the Indian team to be pragmatic and not get caught up in every tactical trend used abroad, identifying and developing players in key positions with an eye towards the future must be prioritised considering the current dilemma.
The duo of Roy Krishna and Manvir Singh looked threatening up front but missed a flurry of chances, while veteran Subrata Pal pulled off some fine saves under the Hyderabad post to keep a clean score-sheet in the first-half.
Krishna (90+5'), netted his third goal in as many games to ensure the Mariners climbed to the top of the ISL table.
Krishna, who had scored ATKMB's lone goal against Kerala Blasters in their campaign opener, struck in the 49th minute before Manvir Singh killed the contest in the 85th minute with a solo effort.
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With the upcoming season of the Indian Super League just days away, we at Firstpost.com take a look at how defending champions ATK Mohun Bagan stack up.
Antonio Lopez Habas who had guided them to the title in the inaugural ISL in 2014, was back at the helm at the start of 2019 following two tumultuous years, which witnessed four coaches with the team finishing ninth and sixth in the standings
ISL 2019-20: Chennaiyin FC within touching distance of final after putting four past FC Goa in rampant second-half display
After a goalless first half, goals from Lucian Goian, Anirudh Thapa, Eli Sabia and Lallianzuala Chhangte delivered the goods for Chennaiyin and secured a crucial lead ahead of the second leg fixture away from home
I-League 2019-20: Substitute Telem Suranjit Singh's late goal sees Indian Arrows claim upset win over Churchill Brothers FC
Reaping the benefits of the tactical brilliance of head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh, the substitutes of the Arrows proved to be the game-changers
FC Goa dominated the proceedings for the most part of the match but both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances before second-half substitute Manvir (68th) headed in the decisive goal
Indian football coach Igor Stimac hails '29-year-old' Sunil Chhetri, says Indian captain is doing his best
Asked if he has found any player in India who can replace Chhetri in the future, Stimac said, "I don't know why people mention about replacing Sunil, he is not going anywhere. He is fit and doing his best. He is very valuable to us. His body is like a 29-year-old.
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Defensive chaos, misfiring forward line — Oman exposes India's oblivious approach
India host Qatar in March before playing Afghanistan and Bangladesh in June. Another draw against Qatar followed by victories against the two minnows would be enough to take them to the Asian Cup qualifying third round.