Being the first team to qualify for the playoffs, Atletico de Kolkata took the field against Mumbai City FC to test their bench strength. It was a tie which had little significance for either of the teams as Nicolas Anelka’s men had been robbed of any chance to reach the top four.
Nevertheless, the visitors took advantage of the sluggish exhibition from the defending champions to register their first ever away win in the Hero Indian Super League. With a brace from Sony Norde and a penalty from Sunil Chhetri, Mumbai edged Atletico de Kolkata to win 3-2.
The win took Mumbai City FC to the sixth spot with 16 points while Atletico de Kolkata are at the top of the league ladder with 23 points. Both teams have completed their league engagements.
Mumbai City had an early chance with Sunil Chhetri involved, but Kolkata defence thwarted the attempt and then the goalkeeper Calatayud was on hand to keep the slate clean.
Atletico de Kolkata launched a counter-attack in the ninth minute, but Hume’s attempt missed the target by a whisker. There was another chance in the 16th minute when Jaime Gavilan played a ball over the Mumbai defence which saw Sameegh Doutie in the clear but it was overconfidence writ large on the attempt as he skied the shot. There was another chance from a miss pass which Hume had ample time to find the empty net, but his first-time effort went over the bar. Mumbai goalkeeper made a mess of a pass which fell directly to the Canadian and Paul breathed a sigh of relief as Hume’s wayward attempt did not cause any harm.
Mumbai City took the lead in the 26th minute through the meandering Sony Norde. The Haitian winger played a ball to Selim Benachour which he controlled well and then split the defence to play it back for Norde who was left unmarked by the Atletico de Kolkata defence. Norde made no mistake as he dispatched the ball past goalkeeper Catalyud Sanchez.
Kolkata equalised at the stroke of half time when Mohammad Rafique was blocked illegally by Pavel Cmovs, resulting in a penalty. Hume stepped up and converted to draw his team level in the first half.
In the second session, Norde proved to be the constant threat which Atletico de Kolkata could not deal with. Mumbai City was themselves awarded a penalty in the 81st penalty when Tiri was adjudged to have brought down Aguilera inside the box. Sunil Chhetri assumed the responsibility of the resultant penalty and converted with ease to give his team the lead.
Kolkata, however, drew level for the second time as they found the mark in the 90th minute. A long ball from the centre saw Arata bring it down and then hammer in an unstoppable left-footer past Subrata Paul.
It seemed Mumbai City were being denied of an away win again until Norde and Benachour combined again to notch the match-winner with only seconds left on the clock.