Several Indian players from the visitors impressed on the night.
ATK leaped back to the top of the Indian Super League table with a hard-fought 0-2 win over Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday. First half goals from Pronay Halder and a stunner from Michael Soosairaj handed the rock-solid Kolkata outfit all three points, starting off their 2020 in delightful fashion.
Here are our Indian player ratings for the game:
Mumbai City FC
Amrinder Singh- 5.5
Amrinder had a topsy-turvy night. Pulled off an exceptional stop to deny Javi Hernandez’s free-kick, also making a few other commendable stops. But, he was too slow to react to Pronay’s shot and was unable to do anything about Soosairaj’s stunner.
Souvik Chakrabarti- 4.5
Sauvik started in place of Sarthak Golui, but didn’t do the best to prove that he deserves a place in the starting lineup. ATK targeted moving through his side, with both goals coming through it. Was ousted too easily in the air by Roy Krishna for Soosairaj’s goal. Taken off before the hour mark.
Pratik Chaudhari- 3.5
Pratik was solid aerially, but completely crumbled against ATK’s fast-paced attacks. Was easily wrong-footed on many occasions, especially for the first goal, when David Williams skipped past him to assist Pronay.
Was tormented by Krishna and looked very nervous defending against them. Got booked in the second half and was embarrassed by Soosairaj afterwards to sum up a dismal night.
Subhasish Bose- 6.5
Subhasish was perhaps the better of Mumbai City’s defenders, making some crunching challenges and six crucial clearances. He kept Prabir quiet whenever he came forward and was probably Mumbai’s biggest attacking threat with his brilliant looping crosses, but just couldn’t get the assist he deserved.
Rowllin Borges- 5.5
Rowllin was pretty compelling with his distribution, boasting an impressive 87% passing accuracy and was industrious as well, having made three tackles, four interceptions and three blocks. But, he couldn’t read ATK’s attacks that well, being easily ousted on some occasions to expose the defence.
Raynier Fernandes- 5.5
Raynier displayed a lot of flair with his silky movement, showcasing sublime trickery to drive his side forward. He tried his best to create chances, but was not able to make any definitive contribution. Nevertheless, he was diligent with his distribution and kept things ticking for the Islanders.
Bidyananda Singh- 5.0
Bidyananda tried some fancy stuff after coming on, but was unable to really influence any chance for his side in the second half.
Md. Rafique- N/A
Rafique added a bit more energy to the game, but was unable to really inspire any kind of comeback for Mumbai City.
Arindam Bhattacharya- 7.5
Arindam looked agile between the posts, looking determined to keep the hosts frustrated. He made a few solid saves in the first half, but really kicked things up a notch when put under pressure in the second.
Made a brilliant save off Larbi’s powerful header and Modou Sougou’s attempts, making six saves in all total. Deserved his clean-sheet.
Prabir Das- 6.5
Prabir continued to struggle against Diego Carlos, being outwitted on too many occasions. Thankfully, his mistakes weren’t fatal and he became stronger after a shaky start, making 10 clearances and two interceptions. Was not as effective going forward.
Pritam Kotal- 8.0
Kotal seems to have become better as a centre-back, putting in a pretty good shift in the middle. He kept Amine Chermiti frustrated, making timely challenges. He made 11 clearances, two interceptions and four blocks to fend away trouble. Also made a crucial goal-line clearance in the second half to preserve his side’s comfort level.
Sumit Rathi- 8.5
The youngster had a big job dealing with the dangerous Sougou, but put in another brilliant performance keeping his threat nullified. Rathi wasn’t afraid of the physical challenge, getting into right positions to make 10 clearances and three interceptions.
Also made a solid block in the second half and ended up bossing Mumbai City’s attackers. Deservedly named Man of the Match after a performance which solidifies his starting place at ATK.
Pronay Halder- 6.5
Halder was a bit reckless with his challenges and was caught wrong-footed on occasions. However, his distribution was quite nice and he surprisingly crept into the final third to score a clever opener. However, he ended up damaging his hamstring in the process, getting injured yet again and being substituted immediately afterwards.
Jayesh Rane- 7.0
Rane brought plenty of unpredictability to ATK’s attacks with his intelligent forward runs and impressive dribbles. Tested Amrinder with an ambitious low shot early on and brilliantly skated past a few defenders before setting up Krishna, later in the first half. Brought a lot of bite with his constant pressing and tackling as well.
Michael Soosairaj- 7.5
Soosairaj came on for the injured Halder and was drafted to his natural left wing role. He tormented Mumbai with his clever running and scored a stunning goal by curling the ball into the net from a difficult angle.
Turned Pratik inside-out later in the second half, but his ball couldn’t be converted by Krishna. He looked a menace whenever dribbling through the left, putting in a memorable performance from the bench.
Jobby Justin – 6.0
Justin came on for the injured Williams and was alert in driving ATK forward in a few counter-attacks against Mumbai City. However, he couldn’t get a shot in and mostly had to put in defensive work to preserve his side’s lead.
Sehnaj Singh- 6.0
Sehnaj helped add a bit more legs for ATK, harrying Mumbai with his physicality and moving the ball forward well. Helped ATK get the comfortable win in the end.