Uruguayan Federico Gallego scored a spectacular objective and supplied an help to assist NorthEast United beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 in an Indian Tremendous League match right here on Tuesday.
Gallego had an element to play in Luis Machado’s opener (60th) earlier than Roy Krishna (72nd) equalised for the Mariners. Gallego’s 81st minute roller settled issues for NorthEast.
The primary half was a cagey affair, illustrated by the truth that each groups had just one shot heading in the right direction every on the finish of it.
NorthEast caught to defending their space and didn’t have too many accomplished passes within the opposition half. ATKMB had their first likelihood in as early because the eighth minute. Krishna discovered Javi Hernandez by a cut-back however the midfielder’s shot was extensive.
It was ATKMB who saved extra of the ball and regarded the extra threatening all through the primary half, however NorthEast did have their probabilities.
Simply after the half-hour-mark, ATKMB keeper Arindam Bhattacharja was compelled to make a save after Machado obtained the ball from Gallego and took a shot.
The Mariners practically went forward on the stroke of half time as David Williams, after getting the ball from Hernandez, tried to seek out the onrushing Prabir Das, who missed it by inches.
The opening objective got here in controversial circumstances. ATKMB defender Tiri gave away the ball cheaply because it bounced off Gallego and ran free behind the defence. Tiri discovered himself in a race with Machado to get to the ball first. The Spaniard, although, took a tumble beneath stress from Machado and the linesman’s flag went straight up.
Referee Crystal John, nonetheless, didn’t cease play and Machado duly slotted it previous Arindam. Regardless of vigorous protests by ATKMB gamers, John allowed the objective after consulting the linesman.
NorthEast practically doubled their lead quickly when Gallego curled in a beautiful cross throughout the face of the objective. Mashoor Shereef was capable of get on the tip of it, however his looped header struck the submit and bounced again into the play.
Nonetheless, the lead lasted simply over ten minutes as a low ball from Carl McHugh exterior the field discovered Krishna unmarked on the far submit. The Fijian was by no means going to overlook a easy faucet in.
After the objective, it regarded like ATKMB would go on to seek out the winner, however Gallego had different plans. With slightly below ten minutes left, the Uruguayan curled one from exterior the field and it went in after bouncing off the upright.
There was a late penalty name for ATKMB after Krishna went down within the field beneath stress from NEUFC keeper Subhasish Roy, however the referee awarded a objective kick.