Sahal Abdul Samad and Liston Colaco opened their season’s goalscoring accounts on the night.

ATKMB started their Indian Super League (ISL) season in emphatic fashion with a thrilling 4-2 win over Kerala Blasters. The Mariners scored the first ISL goal in the third minute itself, when Hugo Boumous’ attempted cross went all the way into the goal.

The Blasters bit back with an impressive equalizer from Sahal Abdul Samad in the 24th minute to bring things back to level terms. However, the Mariners rallied to take the lead again through Roy Krishna’s penalty three minutes later, before Boumous added another by nut-megging Albino Gomes in the 39th minute.

ATKMB youngster Liston Colaco scored a fantastic goal to make it 4-1 in the 50th minute, before Jorge Pereyra Diaz scored his maiden ISL goal to pull one back for Kerala Blasters in the 69th minute. Here are the player ratings for the game:

ISL 2021-22 M1 Highlights: ATK Mohun Bagan Vs Kerala Blasters

ATK Mohun Bagan (by Uttiyo Sarkar)

Amrinder Singh – 5.0

Left rooted and unable to react properly for both the goals.

Pritam Kotal – 6.5

Acted like ATKMB’s defensive leader, making key clearances and blocks to avert danger.

Carl McHugh – 4.5

The Irishman threw his weight around to try to hassle the strikers. But, his positioning was questionable, especially for the Kerala goals.

Subashish Bose – 6.0

Had to cover for Liston to play as a centre-back cum left-back, but was composed and cleared away danger time and again.

Manvir Singh – 6.5

Worked hard to maintain a strong shape on his side. Contributed on both sides and struck the bar with a thumping effort in the second half.

Deepak Tangri – 6.0

An energetic, aggressive figure to keep up the tempo in midfield. But, his aggressiveness almost got him in trouble at times.

Lenny Rodrigues – 4.5

Surprisingly sloppy in possession and caught napping for both the Blasters’ goals.

Joni Kauko – 7.0

An industrious figure in the Mariners midfield, winning key duels and making crunching tackles to trouble the opponents. Lacked the creative bite.

Liston Colaco – 7.0

Almost invisible initially but burst into life in the second half, producing an excellent top corner finish. Looked unsettled as a wing-back and much more dangerous when given attacking freedom.

Hugo Boumous – 9.0

An emphatic debut for ISL’s most expensive player. Tormented Kerala with his movement and creativity, delivering some brilliant passes. Bit lucky with his mazy first goal, but showed impressive strength and control for his second.

Roy Krishna – 7.5

The Fijian terrorized Kerala’s backline with his smart movement and link-up play. Took his penalty well and setup Liston’s strike, but needs to glisten his finishing.

Substitutes

Prabir Das – 6.0

Tidy and lively.

Bidyananda Singh – 6.0

Moved the ball around pretty well.

David Williams – 5.5

Ineffective in short cameo.

Kiyan Nassiri – N/A

Made his ISL debut.

Kerala Blasters (by Harigovind Thoyakkat)

Albino Gomes – 5.0

A disappointing day in the office. Conceded four goals but that was not entirely his fault.

Harmanjot Khabra – 5.0

Good during attacks, gave many pinpoint crosses. But equally poor in defence.

Marko Leskovic – 5.5

Led the defence well for a debutant, but passing and distribution has to improve.

Jessel Carneiro – 5.5

Did well in attack like Khabra, but was relatively disappointing in defence.

Rahul KP – 6.0

Assist on his season opener, made a good impact on the right wing when he was playing. Has an injury concern which may worry fans.

Jeakson Singh – 6.0

Had to do all the hard work in midfield, because Sahal often left him alone.

Sahal Abdul Samad – 6.0

Goal on his season opener, tried to create some chances too. But, he didn’t really fulfill his role of a midfielder.

Jorge Pereyra Diaz – 6.5

Goal on his season opener, Kerala Blasters’ best attacker of the night.

Adrian Luna – 6.0

Worked hard in possession and tried to create chances. Good set-piece-taker, as proven by his free-kicks and corners.

Alvaro Vazquez – 5.5

Very unselfish, almost too unselfish as he kept trying to find teammates instead of shooting. Not acceptable from the team’s first-choice striker.

Substitutes

Prasanth Karuthadathkuni – 6.0

Confident and impressive as Rahul’s replacement. Showed a good work-rate too.

Ayush Adhikari – 5.5

Played for only a short time, but was more effective than Sahal in midfield.

Sandeep Singh – 5.5

Khabra’s replacement and a much-better option at right-back. However, he didn’t play for long.

Chencho Gyeltshen – 5.5

Was quick and impressive on the left flank, he also created a chance that nearly resulted in a goal.

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