Full Time: Atletico De Kolkata 3-2 Mumbai City FC.
The first leg of the semi final ends with advantage Kolkata. They win 3-2 and it was a deserved victory; they were more potent upfront and did an able job at the back defending their lead. Mumbai won’t be distraught after this loss, knowing that their 2 away goals could just prove crucial come the second leg in Mumbai on Tuesday night.
90+4′Iain Hume gets in behind the defence after a great ball over the top but he’s dragged his shot wide
90+2′ Atletico have brilliantly negated the threat of Mumbai in the last 20 minutes. Forlan’s red card definitely playing a part in that.
90′ 4 minutes added on
88′ Doutie, one of ATK’s best players tonight goes off for Beloncozo.
87′ Fantastic run by Defederico thwarted only by an unfair challenge on him.
84′ ATK looking solid at the back as they look to see out the victory.
81′ Facundo Cardozo coming on for Leo Costa. And Javi Lara makes an appearance in place of Postiga.
79′ Doutie wins another free kick. He’s been impossible to mark for the Mumbai players today.
78′ Offside! Sahmeeg Doutie with a brilliant run and shot. The follow up came to Postiga who puts the Ball in the net but from an offside position.
77′ Sehnaj Singh goes into the book for a high challenge on Rui Das.
76′ Ruidas, the newcomer, on for Didika sends a cross in but it’s comfortable for Amrinder.
74′ RED! Diego Forlan is sent off after a second yellow card. Rash and unnecessary tackle and he knew he was off straight away.
73′ Didika’s cross marshalled out by Anwar. He’s been busy tonight.
70′ Atletico have held on to the lead well in the second half.
67′ Ball sat up well for Ralte but he can’t control his first time strike.
66′ Defederico immediately adding some energy into the Mumbai midfield.
63′ Matias Defederico comes on for Mumbai. Cafu is off.
61′ The home side again get in a good crossing area with Doutie. It’s a corner again.
59′ Meanwhile, Kolkata counter after a great ball by their keeper. Iain Hume gets on the end of Doutie’s cross but flicks it wide.
58′ Forlan’s delivery is good but ATK messily get it cleared.
57′ Chhetri gets a knock on the face but he’s fine. Mumbai get a free kick in a great crossing position again.
56′ Leo Costa shoots from outside the box but it rolls out for a goalkick.
54′ Hume almost connects again! ATK keeping the pressure on as Hume chases his hat trick.
53′ Iain Hume with an angling header well saved by Amrinder. Corner.
52′ Tempers flare between Sereno and Forlan but the referee pacified the situation.
49′ Good cross across by Forlan to Chhetri but the Indian striker can’t connect to the half volley.
48′ Diego Forlan controlling play for Mumbai early in the second half.
46′We have kick off again! Aiborlang Khongjee comes on for Sena Ralte who was so close to being sent off on multiple occasions in the first half.
It’s half time! And what a half of football that was! The half begins and ends with goals for ATK. In between, there were three more goals, two of them for Mumbai. It’s been an incredibly exciting game so far, with both sides attacking with great intent. Mumbai shouldn’t be heartbroken; a game like this seems bound to see more goals.
45+3′ Iain Hume to take. GOALLLL! Hume coolly slots past Amrinder.
45+2′ Penalty! Postiga wins a penalty for Atletico after Ralte fouls him. Is there a second yellow coming for him? No! Just a penalty.
45+1′ 2 minutes added on.
45′ Forlan sees ATK’s keeper off his line and attempts to chip him. Shot’s on target but can’t beat him.
43′ A shot now from Leo Costa goes over.
41′ Incredible game so far. Atletico never stopped and deservedly find themselves level.
39′ GOOOALLL!!! Hume finishes off! A ball played in by Ralte is then set up for Hume to smash in. 2-2!
38′ Disappointing effort from Postiga fails to even reach the box.
36′ It’s been an exciting half of football so far. Kolkata seeing more of the ball again now.
33′ A wayward shot from Postiga managed to go out for a corner.
31′ A yellow card now for Sena Ralte for Mumbai. That was a nasty challenge from the Mumbai left back.
28′ Borja with a quickly taken cross first time that gets deflected off for a corner.
26′ Mumbai looking the better side now in midfield.
23′ Didika Ralte gets a yellow card now too.
21′ Borja tries his luck from distance from the following free kick. Not too far off.
20′ Cafu goes in the book for the first yellow card of the game.
19′ GOALLLL! Gerson now scores! Diego Forlan floats a lovely ball in and Gerson brilliantly heads in from an unmarked position.
18′ Gerson earns a free kick in a good crossing position for Mumbai.
16′ The game settling down now after both teams have found their feet.
13′ Mumbai have grown into the game after the first few minutes.
11′ A great response from Mumbai, as ATK’s lead lasts only for a few minutes. They now have a crucial away goal.
10′ GOOOALLLL!!!! Leo Costa finds a little bit of space in the box to fire a shot away to equalise for Mumbai! 1-1.
9′ Another ball over the top played for Hume to chase but Amrinder comes out and gathers this time.
7′ Ball crossed in towards the box for Iain Hume. Can’t quite connect but very good intent from the Canadian Early on.
5′ Kolkata have taken a huge early advantage and look the better, hungrier side. Only the 2nd first half goal Mumbai have conceded this year.
3′ GOOOALLL!!! ATK takes lead ! A cross from Borja headed by Didika Ralte , loops the ball up and past a diving Amrinder Singh! Kolkata score!
1′ ATK are in straight away but Hume was just offside. Contentious call.
1′ Kick off!
6:56 pm The players are out on the pitch, so is Neeta Ambani as formalities are being completed pregame.
6:50 pm Atletico have been a rather consistently solid side so far under Molina, and will be looking for a win in front of their home fans.
6:48 pm With moments to go for kick off, the visitors would want a repeat of the corresponding league game when Forlan had given Mumbai a late victory.
6:45 pm Team sheets are out.
6:40 pm Mumbai are in the playoffs for the very first time, but after finishing on top of the pack in the league stage, they head into the semis as the team to beat. Under a tactically astute Alexandre Guimaraes.
6:36 pm Atletico de Kolkata are no strangers to the ISL playoffs, being the only team to reach the last four every season; they even won the title in 2014. They may have lost their winning coach from that year, Antonio Habas, but Jose Molina has kept his troops just as competitive and hard to beat, with Kolkata losing just two games all season, the fewest among all teams.
6:30 pm Today we see former champions Atletico De Kolkata who are in the semis for the third straight time face off against Mumbai City FC, who find themselves at the this stage for the first time.
6:23 pm Hello and welcome everyone to this hugely exciting first leg of the Hero Indian Super League 2016 semi finals.
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