Atletico de Kolkata qulaify for their second final in three seasons. The brawl at the end of the game took the shine off a very competitive game of football, do join us tomorrow for the coverage of the second semi-final between Kerala Blasters and Delhi Dynamos.
This is me, Soumalya Moitra signing off, do tweet me your thoughts about the game @soumalyamoitra7
That's it! A BRWAL has broken out after the game, Thiago went all beszerk on Pritam Kotal and left the Bengal fullback bleeding.
90+2' Borja uses all his experience, takes the ball into the corner.
87' THAT WAS THE CHANCE. The freekick is played onto Norde who squares it only to see it mishit, the ball eventually falls to Jackichand, who shoots over.
84' Goian with an incredicle run, but his shot is blocked by Sereno. The ball falls to Belencoso, and he channels his inner Usian Bolt as he sprints past Sena Ralte, and takes Kolkata way way up the field.
82' Defederico has been taken off for Cafu. Interesting one.
80' Surrisingly (or not), Atletico de kolkata have held on quite comfortably in this half. They probably have had the better chance to break the deadlock as well.
77' Good sweeping keeping by debit, he comes and collects a floater from Defederico which could have potentially been dangerous.
74' Good play by Belencoso (finally), he makes Goian make a unnecessary challenge. The freekick by Lara is into the feet of Pearson who agonisingly shoots over. BIG CHANCE.
72' Atletico de Kolkata are still holding their own, another freekick from Javi Lara. Not a lot of bodies in the box, the ball loops from the head of Gerson and into the non-chalant arms of Amrinder.
71' First chance for Thiago, from athrough ball from Suni Chhetri, but he is just offside. Boy does a REAL center forward make a defence.
70' Vadcoz is taken off much to his dismay, he kicks the shells off the water carriers. Thiago comes on for him.
67' Lovely turn of pace by Jackichand, who goes past Keegan and crosses, but again is well defended. The corner is also cleared away easily, but finally this is some consistent spell of pressure for Mumbai City FC.
64' A lovely collect from the corner by Debjit Majumdar, who takes a hell lot of pressure off the Atletico defence with that.
63' Leo Costa with a lovely drive, but unfortunately for him, it is a few rows too far back.
59' What a lovely ball Borja to the feet of Javi Lara on the right wing, Javi Lara squares the ball for Belencoso who stops his run to everyone's surprise and dismay.
57' Freekick in a promising position for Atetico de Kolkata. While the freekick was being taken, Gerson dropped in the box, and gradually got up. Javi Lara with a lovely ball into the box, it falls to Belencoso, who doesn't react and the ball hits his stomach.
54' Mumbai City FC take off Sehnaj and bring on Jackichand, avery attacking move from Mumbai City FC.
50' Atletico de Kolkata are breaking up the play very well in midfield, the men from Mumbai haven't been able to take advantage of their numerical superiority. Patience is the keyword.
49' Borja is so calm on the ball, he is the perfect leader you can have, given his experience in the League.
47' Lovely play by Defederico on the right hand side of the Mumbai City FC attack, he goes in-between Keegan and Ralte, but he doesn't catch his shot properly, and that allows Ralte to collect it easily.
46' Sony Norde cuts inside from the left, shoots onot the goal. Easy for Debjit Majumdar who collects the ball.
45' We are back for the second half, Atletico de Kolkata start us off. Ruidas has gone off for Keegan.
HT: The biggest talking point of the game has inevitably become the sending off. But, till then Atletico de Kolkata looked comfortable on the ball, espeically after the frantic first few minutes. Mumbai City FC have showed flashes of what they're capable of, but haven't made enogh opportunities. It will be an interetsing second half.
Tweet me your probable scorelines @soumalyamoitra7 , I had gone for a 0-0.
45+1' Ruidas gets carded for tripping a Mumbai City player from behind, Atletico de Kolkata players need to keep their head right here. They're still a goal up.
45' Borja has gone to the center back position, Tiri has gone to left back. In-between everything there was a lovely drive by Gerson, well handled by Debjit.
43' Robert gets SEND OFF!! The ATK left back trips Defederico on th right, when he had already run past him. The referee sends him off for a second yellow card.
41' Alexandre Guimarães gets involved in Robert taking too much time for a throw-in, the referees have to come in and intervene. Emotions running high. Too high perhaps.
39' Corner for Mumbai City FC, crossed into the front post by Defederico, Sunil Chhetri dives and tries to defelect it, ends up glancing it for Vadcoz who heads it just wide.
38' A really rough tackle (rough because I have no clue how else to describe it) by Pritam Kotal who takes both the feet from under Sony Norde.
35' Ohh dear, Debjit, he comes for a freekick at the edge of the box, and gets lost under the ball (and under people way way taller than him). The ball fortunately for the Kolkata man loops over th abar for a goalkick. He needs to just stay on his line sometimes.
32' Another lovely ball from the left by Ruidas, he crosses invitingly for Belencoso, who didn't seem to have any conviction in his run, and almost lets the ball pass by him. Not good (yes, I don't like him).
31' Atletico de Kolkata with a very very patient move, the ball finally comes to Ralte, but the ball is gathered well by Amrinder.
27' I really like Javi Lara in the number 10 position, he is one of those who plays at his own pace, and hits those 70 yards passes really well. The move though, channels to Ruidas who sends an inviting ball into the box, Ralte volleys, but is blocked.
26' Ruidas nutmegs Sehnaj Singh on the right, but the right back uses his body well and earns a freekick.
24' Ralte has come on for Atletico de Kolkata.
23' Sony Norde with magic feet on the left, he jinks in and then out and crosses to the back post, unfortunately for him there was no one waiting there.
NOOO! Looks like that's the game for Bidyananda Singh, I really wanted to see the 19-year-old. He seemed to have tweaked something when going for that volley.
19' What a LOVELY cross by Ruidas into the middle, Bidyananda goes for the spectacular volley, but hits nothing but thin air.
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