The victory helped the Mariners advance to the AFC Cup main round.
ATK Mohun Bagan comfortably beat Bangladeshi side Abahani Dhaka 3-1 in the playoffs of the AFC Cup. Coming from a 5-0 win over the Sri Lankan side Blue Star SC, ATK Mohun Bagan took a two-goal lead in the first half through a David Williams brace.
The visitors tried to respond in the second half through a goal from Daniel Colindres. However, another goal from Williams completed his hat-trick and sealed the deal for the Kolkata-based side.
Here are the player ratings from the game.
Amrinder Singh – 6.0
Amrinder didn’t have a lot to deal with in the first hour of the game. However, as soon as Abahani upped the ante, Amrinder and Co. started looking nervy with the ball. His position while defending the goal could have been better.
Pritam Kotal – 7.0
Pritam Kotal was great at winning aerial duels at both the ends of the pitch for ATK Mohun Bagan. The Indian international came close to scoring for the home team in the second half with his header.
Tiri – 6.5
Mohun Bagan defender Tiri was pulled away from his position and couldn’t track back in time for the goal of Abahani Dhaka. The former Jamshedpur FC defender was otherwise sharp and contained the Bangladeshi side.
Subhasish Bose – 6.0
Subhasish Bose could have done better to prevent the shot from which Abahani scored. The former Mumbai City full-back didn’t really contribute much in the offensive half of the pitch, even though a lot of ATK Mohun Bagan’s attacks developed from the left.
Prabir Das – 8.5
Prabir Das was perhaps the best Indian player on the pitch. His explosive runs and crossing were a constant threat from the right. He finished with an assist, but could have had more had Joni Kauko scored with his volley attempt.
Liston Colaco – 7.5
Liston Colaco played the through ball for Joni Kauko to get the first goal of ATK Mohun Bagan. However, Colaco was at times too slow with his decision-making.
Deepak Tangri – 7.0
Tangri played a quiet first half before rising to prominence in the second. His through ball for Manvir Singh could have brought the two-goal lead cushion back for the Indian side. However, like it was throughout the game, Manvir was disappointing with his final ball.
David Williams – 9.5
Williams scored three goals, but could have easily scored three more. The Bangladeshi team were no match for the Australian forward’s pace, as he easily found himself in several 1v1 situations with the visiting goalkeeper.
Hugo Boumous – 9.0
Hugo Boumous could be judged as the best player of the match if we talk about the overall performance. ATK Mohun Bagan’s Boumous was consistently threading through balls between the Abahani Dhaka defenders for fun. He also helped his side see through the nervy moments when the visitors upped the ante.
Manvir Singh – 6.0
Manvir Singh looked out of sorts throughout the game. Nothing that the Indian striker tried to pull off came through. It just wasn’t his day and the forward cut a sorry figure for most of the game.
Joni Kauko – 8.0
Joni Kauko assisted the first goal after having been played by Liston Colaco on the left. He could have scored a goal of his own, but his volley attempt didn’t have the necessary power in it.
Kiyan Nassiri – 8.0
Kiyan Nassiri had an instant impact on the game after he came on. He received the ball on the touchline in the mid-third and ran towards the box, beating two defenders before cutting back and taking a shot.
However, his shot was just off target. After that, he had the right half of Abahani’s defence pinned back.
Bidyananda Singh – NA
Bidyananda Singh came on with Kiyan Nassiri, but didn’t see the ball as much as the 21-year-old Indian winger.