ISL 2020-21 Semi-final 2 1st Leg HIGHLIGHTS NorthEast United FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan Live Updates: NorthEast United FC draw 1-1 with ATK Mohun Bagan as they play the first leg of the second semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Saturday. There is no home or away goal rule this time in the ISL and hence, this scoreline means the second leg of the semi-final is very well-poised. Idrissa Sylla headed home off Machado’s ball late in the stoppage time to equalise for NorthEast United FC. Machado was through on goal and Arindam comes outside the box to close Machado down. Arindam gets the ball ever so little but catches Machado after that. Possible red card? NorthEast United FC had a great chance in the stoppage time of the first half with Ashutosh Mehta getting his head to Gallego’s free kick but it took the top of the bar and went over. David Williams scores a delightful goal to give ATK Mohun Bagan the lead. It’s been a lively game so far but also cagey. Both teams have been successful in creating half chances but are there’s yet to be a shot on target. Antonio Habas has pull all his firepower up front in to the starting line-up. For NEUFC, a new formation is in place with Deshorn Brown injured. In the first leg of the first semi-final, Mumbai City FC and FC Goa played out an exciting 2-2 draw.
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In the two matches between these sides in the league stage, they have a 1-1 record. The first game was won 2-0 by ATK Mohun Bagan with Roy Krishna finding the back of the net and Benjamin Lambot scoring an own goal. This was when Gerard Nus was NEUFC’s coach. The second match between these two took place on January 26 when Khalid Jamil had taken the reigns and the Highlanders won 2-1. Luis Machado had first scored in the 60th minute before Krishna equalised in the 72nd minute. However, NEUFC’s Federico Gallego scored the winner in the 81st minute.
Jamil has remained unbeaten in the nine games, recording six wins and three draws and he will now look to carry on the momentum when his team clashes against ATK Mohun Bagan. “All the players have worked very hard. Because of them, we have reached here. I never think about the nine matches. It’s about right from the first game. The boys have worked hard and I am very proud to be their coach,” Jamil said.
Bagan coach Antonio Habas is winless in three first leg ISL semifinals, losing 2 and drawing 1. For ATK Mohun Bagan, the last three games cost them the League Winners Shield. “NorthEast United have had a good ISL season. It’s a very difficult team because they have good players in defence, central midfield and good players in attack,” said Habas.