There were a couple of good individual performances for the Mariners too.
Mumbai City FC scripted history as they became the first Indian Super League team to win the League Winners’ Shield and also lift the title by defeating ATK Mohun Bagan to win the final. The Islanders left it late as Bipin Singh came up with the winner to leave the Mariners in despair.
It was a very cagey affair with both sides having chances to go ahead in the game. But, ATK Mohun Bagan lacked that composure in their defence and therefore two mistakes at the back led to their downfall against Mumbai City.
Here are the player ratings from the Indian Super League 2020-21 final:
Mumbai City FC
Amrinder Singh: 6.5
The Mumbai City custodian did not have a good first half, as the goal that he conceded went through his hands. He was also sloppy with his passing. But, the custodian redeemed himself with a flawless second half as he came up with a stunning save to deny Javi Hernandez.
Amey Ranawade: 5.5
The youngster did not have the best start to the game, as he was kept busy with both Roy Krishna and David Williams drifting wide and even getting in behind at times. But, the huge shock came when he collided with Subhasish Bose and was not able to get up. He was rushed to the hospital as he could not even stand properly.
Mourtada Fall: 6.5
Fall was outfoxed a few times by Krishna in the first half, but in the second he dominated the backline and did not allow Krishna or Williams to get in behind. His commanding nature was more evident in the second half.
Hernan Santana: 7.0
The Spaniard was crucial in initiating build-ups from the back and he even covered up for Fall early on in the game. He could do very little to avoid the goal they conceded. But, he forced Arindam Bhattacharya to come up with a great save to deny him from a free-kick from close range.
Vignesh Dakshinamurthy: 6.0
The left-back had a very average outing, as he offered little to nothing in attack, which is actually his area of strength. He was kept busy by Manvir Singh who made some great runs down the channel.
Ahmed Jahouh: 6.5
The Moroccan midfielder had a mixed bag of a first half where he was guilty of conceding the first goal, but also laid on the pass which led to the equalizer. It took him a little time to settle and get composed, but as the game went on he started controlling the midfield and gave Mumbai City the upper hand against ATK Mohun Bagan.
Rowllin Borges: 6.5
The consistent Rowllin Borges did not have the best of starts just like his midfield partner Ahmed Jahouh. But, he still managed to keep the ball moving and create an opening for the Islanders. His second half performance was much better, as he had more composure and control on the ball.
Raynier Fernandes: 6.5
The crafty midfielder started on the right flank and often dropped deep to support the likes of Rowllin and Jahouh in the build-up. Raynier created two chances and was very busy as he had a 81% passing accuracy.
Hugo Boumous: 7.0
It looked like Boumous kept his best for the finale. He was relentless in the final third and would rue the chances that he missed. He kept the ATKMB defenders on their toes and had some excellent chances to score.
Bipin Singh: 8.0
The 26-year-old winger has been excellent for Sergio Lobera’s men. But, his best goal came in the finale as it was the winner. He was a constant threat on the left flank as he troubled Pritam Kotal throughout the game. Was rightly adjudged the Hero of the Match.
Adam le Fondre: 6.5
The Englishman did create an early chance for Bipin, which could have been a penalty but was not given. Nevertheless, Le Fondre found pockets of space in the final third and brought the likes of Boumous, Bipin and Raynier into the game. He was replaced by Bartholomew Ogbeche in the second half.
Mohamad Rakip: 6.5
Replaced the injured Ranawade at right-back and it turned the odds in Mumbai City’s favour. Rakip’s added pace allowed him to deal with the pace of Williams and Krishna, which meant that Fall had more time to get back into his position. The youngster played his role really well.
Bartholomew Ogbeche: 6.5
The Nigerian forward made the difference after coming on for Le Fondre. He forced Arindam to make a mistake and then kept his cool to setup Bipin who was in a better position.
Cy Goddard: N/A
Came on for Boumous late in the game and did not have much of an impact.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Arindam Bhattacharya: 5.0
Two mistakes in the final which led to goals dampened Arindam’s achievement of winning the Golden Glove. The custodian had a horrible day at the office on the most important night, leading his side being on the wrong end of the result.
Ever since the Hyderabad FC match, Tiri has not been the same player for the Mariners. During the game, there were some instances in which it felt like the backline lacked proper communication and both goals were a result of that. Although he kept Le Fondre quiet, the own goal levelled things.
Sandesh Jhingan: 6.0
Just like the entire ATK Mohun Bagan defence, there was a clear lack of communication in both cases as they conceded two self-inflicted goals, Jhingan failed to impose his commanding presence and marshall the backline.
Subhasish Bose: 6.0
Subhasish who is known for his excellent overlapping runs and crossing did not have that attacking impetus in the game. It might be a strategy of Antonio Habas to sure up the defence, but it did cut out that extra option up the field.
Pritam Kotal: 5.5
Despite being solid throughout the season, Pritam Kotal also did not have the best of nights. He was constantly troubled by Bipin as he struggled to keep up with his pace. In addition, he also brought him down in the penalty box early on and was lucky that the referee didn’t point to the spot.
Lenny Rodrigues: 6.0
Lenny did not have the best day at the office as he gave away possession several times, which is very uncharacteristic of him. He was also wayward with his shooting and failed to give Habas the control that he needed.
Carl McHugh: 6.5
The Irishman had a decent outing in the final, as he had a great first half where he did not allow Jahouh to control things. He was good at retrieving balls and breaking Mumbai City’s rhythm. He created two chances and had a good pass completion rate.
Javi Hernandez: 7.0
The Spaniard looked very lively as he struck the bar twice and also forced a great save out of Amrinder. He also came up with the free-kick where Rakip kicked the ball in on his own goal, but it was disallowed due to offside. He was one of the standout performers for the Mariners, but just did not have that bit of luck.
Manvir Singh: 7.0
Manvir worked really hard throughout the game, he made some dangerous runs down the right channel and also tracked back to help his defenders. He created four chances, which is a testament to his performance on the big night.
Roy Krishna: 7.5
The talisman was involved in most of the attacking build-ups for ATKMB. It was due to his relentless pressing that Williams got the opportunity to take the lead. Krishna was relentless throughout the game, but Mumbai City’s defence tightened up in the second half and did not allow him much space.
David Williams: 7.5
Williams carried his great form from the semi-finals to the final. He scored a thumping goal past the Mumbai City goalkeeper to hand ATK Mohun Bagan the lead. He worked hard and came up with some blocks as well during set-pieces.
Jayesh Rane: N/A
Replaced Lenny with five minutes remaining and had only two touches of the ball.
Came in for Javi in the dying moments of the match and did not have much of an impact.