Amazing defense by the goalkeepers; Hyderabad FC-ATK Mohun Bagan draw 0-0
Hyderabad, March 9: The first leg of the second semi-final of Hero Indian Super League 2022-23 (ISL) turned out to be a tight affair. Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan were the two teams with the best defenses in this year’s edition of Hero ISL. Despite the support of the home crowd, defending champions Hyderabad FC could not score. ATK Mohun Bagan put up an incredible performance. Especially the goalkeepers of both teams were right today. Vishal Kaith and Gurmeet Singh both blocked fine goals. ATK Mohun Bagan’s 7 on-target attempts were saved by Hyderabad goalkeeper Gurmeet, while Mohun Bagan’s goalkeeper Vishal saved 3 on-target attempts. ATK Mohun Bagan held the upper hand and their two easy attempts failed to finish the match goalless. Now the two teams will meet again on March 13 in Kolkata.
When both the teams reached the semi-finals in the previous edition of Hero ISL, Hyderabad entered the final with a 3-2 goal difference. They won 3-1 at home. Mumbai City FC had to lose to Bengaluru FC in the semi-final leg 1 at home yesterday. So today Hyderabad FC was seen playing with little care at their home ground. In the 7th minute, Borha Herrera made a fine effort on a pass from Halicharan Nursery, but Hyderabad could not get it. In the 11th minute, Nursery, Joel Chinizi opened Hyderabad’s account with a powerful play, but goalkeeper Vishal Kaith made a superb save. 3 minutes later, another fine pass from Nursery created an easy scoring opportunity for Herrera. Just as Herrera was about to take a shot, ATK Mohun Bagan’s Subhashish Bose made a strong save.
Hyderabad continued to attack and Mohun Bagan’s defense remained equally strong. In the 25th minute, defender Subhashish prevented Nursery’s long range effort from going into the net. In the 26th minute, Liston Colaso missed a chance to score on a counter attack from Manveer Singh’s cross. Mohun Bagan’s game gradually blossomed and they got their first on target effort in the 33rd minute. It was easily blocked by Hyderabad goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh. In the 38th minute, Mohun Bagan was faced with grass. Dimitri Petratos’ free kick was headed in by Subhashish and Pritam Kota sent it into the net. But, the ball bounced off the goal post and after that Kotal’s second attempt also failed. It was the easiest chance for Mohun Bagan.
Hyderabad scored 8 tries (2 on target) in the first half while Mohun Bagan scored 3 (1 on target). However, both teams had to settle for a goalless draw. After the interval, Mohun Bagan came close to scoring once again in the 52nd minute as they maintained the consistency of the game. A mistake by the Hyderabad defenders would have been costly. Ashish Rai had an on-target effort, but goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh saved it and the Hyderabad fans came to life. In the 55th minute, Hyderabad’s Mohammed Yasir’s on-target effort failed to hit the post. In the 61st minute, despite players like Hugo Boumos, Petratos in the penalty area, Manveer Singh missed the chance to give Mohun Bagan the lead. Manveer’s colleagues were displeased with these efforts. This was Mohun Bagan’s second easy chance of the match. Gurmeet blocked Manveer’s on target attempt.
As the match progressed towards the final stages, the stakes were increasing. Hyderabad suddenly started to play aggressively, but Mohun Bagan’s defense stood shoulder to shoulder. A quality game was witnessed by both teams and both goalkeepers made excellent saves for their respective teams. Vishal Kaith’s two saves in the first half proved crucial for Mohun Baga, but it was Hyderabad FC’s Gurmeet Singh who had 6 on-target efforts thwarted. Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Vishal Kaith has kept 11 clean sheets this season and equaled Gurmeet Sandhu’s 2019-20 record. In the 90th+5th minute, Petratos’ on-target attempt was blocked by Gurmeet and the match ended in a goalless draw.
Result : Hyderabad FC goalless draw Vs. ATK Mohun Bagan.
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