Subhasish Bose, Carl McHugh and Roy Krishna scored the other goals in for ATKMB.

ATK Mohun Bagan marched into the knockout stages of the AFC Cup 2022 with a 5-2 win over Maziya S&RC in a thrilling encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Tuesday. Joni Kauko (26’, 37’) scored a first-half brace to give them an early advantage, while Roy Krishna (56’), Subhashish Bose (58’) and Carl McHugh (71’) all got into the act. Pedro Placeres (45’, 73’) scored both of Maziya’s goals.

Here are the ATK Mohun Bagan Player Ratings for the game.

Arsh Anwer – 6.0

Arsh wasn’t really put under that pressure because of how many goals his side scored, but made some sharp saves nonetheless. Couldn’t really do much on either of the goals.

Prabir Das – 5.5

Prabir tried to create some chances with his crosses, but they weren’t really accurate enough to set up anything big. Looked a bit shaky defensively and was taken off due to injury.

Pritam Kotal – 6.0

Kotal partnered Jhingan to keep things relatively calm down the middle, ensuring that Maziya weren’t able to create much through his side. Did his job relatively well to help his side get the win.

Sandesh Jhingan – 7.5

Jhingan marshalled his backline expertly, cutting out a lot of Maziya’s swift attacks and putting his own pace to good use. Made five clearances and won four key duels, coming up with clutch challenges to avert danger and ensure Maziya never go on top of his side.

Subhasish Bose – 8.0

Subhasish continued his bright AFC Cup campaign with another solid outing on both sides. Picked up a great assist for Krishna’s goal and then scored a really nice goal with a smart finish from a set-piece, Quite solid defensively too, making two clearances and two interceptions.

Carl McHugh – 7.5

McHugh sat ahead of his defence to keep things ticking just right from his deeper midfield role. Moved the ball around really efficiently and came up with some key challenges to dispossess Maziya’s players as well as press them really nice. Capped off his performance with a goal – seeing his attempt deflect into the back of the net.

Deepak Tangri – 5.0

Tangri struggled to break down Maziya’s attacks through the middle. However, he was able to win the key duels in midfield. Horribly gave away the ball to start the move leading to Maziya’s goal and was subbed off early in the second half.

Manvir Singh – 6.5

Had a decent outing in a more comfortable central area. Frustrating at times by losing the ball, but made up with a smart flick-on to assist Kauko’s second goal. Perhaps a bit unlucky not to get another assist, but his clumsiness made for some annoying moments.

Joni Kauko – 9.0

The Finland midfielder was charged up for the game and made an impact when needed the most. Pounced on a defensive error to power home the opener before getting his second after showcasing some great movement and finishing. Set up a few nice chances with his brilliant defence-splitting passes and kept ATKMB”s attacking fire lightened all game long.

Liston Colaco – 7.0

Liston was relatively mellowed down as compared to the last two games, but still produced some thrilling moments with his fiery movement down the left. Got into a lot of nice positions with his thunderous runs and set up Subhashish’s goal with a pinpoint free-kick. Unlucky not to get another goal.

Roy Krishna – 8.0

After being unable to do so in the last few matches, Krishna was determined to get among the goals. Pressed the Maziya goalkeeper sharply to help force the first goal and his movement in & around the box tormented everyone. Finally got his goal with a well-taken finish from close range and was unfortunate not to get more, hitting the bar after a nice effort in the second half.

Substitutes

Lenny Rodrigues – 6.0

Lenny replaced Deepak Tangri to help maintain a more reliable midfield line, ensuring that his side didn’t give away cheap goals.

David Williams – 6.5

The Australian forward was quite active during his outing, creating a few nice chances with his clever passes.

Subrata Paul – N/A

The experienced goalkeeper got his ATK Mohun Bagan debut, getting a few minutes on the pitch towards last bit of the game.

Abhishek Dhananjay – N/A

The youngster was sharp with his movement, but unable to get into anything big.

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