The Mariners are now level on points with Bashundhara Kinga and Gokulam Kerala FC, who have a game in hand.
ATK Mohun Bagan picked up their first win of the AFC Cup 2022 group stages with a dominant 4-0 victory over Bashundhara Kings at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. In a game that was delayed for over 45 minutes because of excessive rain, it also rained a lot of goals!
Liston Colaco scored a stunning hat-trick (24’, 33’, 53’) and David Williams also scored a fourth (77’) to help ATK Mohun Bagan get a big win and keep their dream of progressing to the knockout stages alive. Here are our player ratings for the game.
Arsh Anwer (GK) – 7.5
Anwer replaced Amrinder Singh for the game and was fortunate not to concede in the first half. Saw two Bashundhara Kings’ efforts hit the post in the first half and was well beaten for both efforts. Made a few superb saves in the second half to earn his first clean-sheet in the AFC Cup.
Prabir Das – 6.0
The ATK Mohun Bagan right-back was too eager to make an impact, causing some frustrating mistakes at times. Moved the ball forward well, but lacked the final product. Outwitted a few times on the defensive side, but otherwise did a fine defensive job to keep his side’s backline sturdy.
Pritam Kotal – 6.5
Kotal looked much more assured of his ability with national teammate Sandesh Jhingan beside him and always looked to be really alert at the back. Maintained nice positioning to ensure the Bashundhara Kings strikers were not allowed any free space. Won a lot of key duels and kept his teammates on their toes to help his side get the clean-sheet.
Sandesh Jhingan – 7.0
Jhingan brought some much-needed composure to ATKMB’s backline and ensured that the Gokulam Kerala disaster wasn’t repeated again. Maintained a really solid defensive line and also made some crunching challenges to recover possession and see off threat from the visitors.
Subhasish Bose – 8.0
Bose was challenged by Bashundhara Kings trying to create the majority of their attacks through his side, but he held his resolve in the rain. Subhasish constantly kept on producing timely challenges to ruin a lot of moves and keep his side safe. Rounded off a solid performance with a nice assist for Williams’ strike.
Deepak Tangri – 7.5
Tangri held his own in some difficult conditions for the Mariners. Moved the ball around really well and his clever positioning allowed him to make some key interceptions and recoveries. Stopped a lot of fast breaks and pressed the opposition players really well to frustrate the visitors.
Carl McHugh – 6.5
The Irishman provided some much-needed support for his backline and protected them quite strongly. Won a lot of duels in midfield, but was also ousted on a few occasions. Moved the ball along well and ensured ATK Mohun Bagan’s backline wasn’t as exposed as it was in the last game.
Joni Kauko – 7.0
Kauko thrived in a more advanced attacking role, being able to dictate the attacking tempo for his side. Produced a sweet assist with a fantastic defence-splitting pass for Liston’s second goal. Created some nice chances and also pressed the opposition players to ensure his side’s dominance on the attacking front.
Manvir Singh – 6.0
Manvir had a frustrating outing in the first half, despite playing in a more familiar central role. He was able to trouble the defenders by making some smart movements past the defensive line, but lacked the composure to create anything. Found his resolve in the second half, overpowering his man to set up Liston’s third goal.
Liston Colaco – 10
Colaco was on fire on a rainy night at the Salt Lake Stadium and did not let the conditions deter his efforts. Was quite lucky for the first, pouncing on an error to put his side forward and then made an expert run before rounding off the goalkeeper for his second.
Tormented defenders with his mazy runs and also provided defensive contribution in a complete performance. Capped off his hat-trick with a well-taken strike in the second half.
Roy Krishna – 5.0
Krishna is still getting his form back for the Mariners and produced a relatively quiet effort against the Kings. Struggled to trouble the goalkeeper with any challenging shots on goal and was only able to create one decent chance for Liston in the second half.
David Williams – 7.0
The Australian forward brought an added goalscoring threat from the bench and delivered as his coach wanted, needing two tries to score, but getting his side’s fourth goal in a compelling fashion.
Ravi Bahadur Rana – 5.5
The youngster looked sharp with his movement and had a huge scoring chance late on, but was not able to convert even after rounding the goalkeeper.
Kiyan Nassiri – N/R
Made some nice runs, but unable to create anything big towards the end.
Sumit Rathi – N/R
Ensured his side were able to keep the clean sheet with a nice late cameo.
Mohammad Fardin Ali Molla – N/R
The striker made his AFC Cup debut for ATK Mohun Bagan, but didn’t have too many minutes to make an impact.