ATK Mohun Bagan progressed to the inter-zone semifinal playoff of the AFC Cup with a 5-2 win over Maziya SC. The Kolkata giants completed as winners of Group D with six factors, stage with Bashundhara Kings, however progress on account of their superior face to face and objective distinction.
ATKMB got here into the sport with the data that they wanted all three factors and had been gifted the opening objective within the twenty sixth minute. Some glorious urgent from Roy Krishna noticed Kiran Chemjong within the Maziya objective pressured right into a panicked clearance, which fell straight to Joni Kauko on the sting of the field. The Finnish midfielder made no mistake with a composed, curled end into the web.
ATKMB doubled their lead going into the break, with Kauko netting his second after latching onto a headed flick-on by Manvir Singh. An arrowed end into the underside nook adopted, with ATKMB in cruise management. Maziya pulled one again seconds earlier than half-time with Tana discovering the web from Cornelius Stewart’s move. Krishna restored ATKMB’s two-goal lead 10 minutes into the second half, tapping house Subhasish Bose’s cross.
The competition was successfully over two minutes later, as Liston Colaco’s in-swinging set piece supply discovered Bose in acres of area within the field and the defender nudged it into the web to make it 4-1. Carl McHugh made it 5-1 within the 71st minute, along with his deflected effort from the sting of the field trickling into the web.
Tana grabbed his brace with a wonderful guided header two minutes later, thus finishing the scoring. ATKMB noticed out the remainder of the sport to progress as Group D winners in entrance of a sizeable crowd on the Salt Lake stadium.
Earlier, Gokulam Kerala had been eradicated after struggling a 1-2 defeat by the hands of Bashundhara Kings. Robinho opened the scoring within the thirty sixth minute, with the Bangladeshi league champions going into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Nuha Marong doubled the lead ten minutes into the second half. Gokulam, who wanted nothing wanting a win to progress, pulled one again by means of Jourdaine Fletcher within the seventy fifth minute, however had been unable to get the 2 targets they wanted within the closing quarter-hour of the sport.
The I-League champions thus completed third in Group D with three factors, after defeating ATK Mohun Bagan 4-2 of their debut AFC contest. ATKMB will face the winners of Group J, that includes Jap SC, Chao Pak Kei, Tainan Metropolis and Lee Man FC, within the inter-zone semifinal playoff.