Atletico de Kolkata reach the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 after the second leg of their semifinal match against Mumbai City FC finished 0-0. The visitors suffered a huge blow as defender Robert Lalthlamuana was sent off for a dangerous tackle, but they showed great character to stop the visitors from scoring. Mumbai City lost the first leg 2-3. Catch live football score of Mumbai City FC vs Atletico de Kolkata ISL 2016 second leg semis here. (SCORES and UPDATES)
20:58 hrs IST: Atletico de Kolkata will now face the winner of the second semifinal between Delhi Dynamos and Kerala Blasters on December 18 in Kochi.
20:55 hrs IST: Atletico de Kolkata reach their second Indian Super League final after beating Mumbai City FC 3-2 on aggregate.
20:54 hrs IST: It’s a scrappy end to the match as trouble ensues on the field after the final whistle.
20:49 hrs IST: Third consecutive corner for Mumbai City FC. But, no success for the hosts.
20:45 hrs IST: 5 minutes left. The Atletico de Kolkata defence have shown great character tonight. Can they protect their lead?
20:42 hrs IST: Defederico takes his umpteenth shot of the match, but it is again off target.
20:40 hrs IST: 10 minutes to go. Can Mumbai City FC produce a late moment of magic or Atletico de Kolkata will enter their second ISL final?
20:35 hrs IST: A good chance for Atletico de Kolkata, but the shot misses the target!
20:29 hrs IST:
20:27 hrs IST: Solid run by Jackichand Singh down the right flank, but the cross was too weak to cause any trouble.
20:23 hrs IST: Mumbai City FC players are going for long range shots, but the finishing has been quite dismal so far.
20:20 hrs IST: 30 minutes left in the game and Atletico de Kolkata lead 3-2 on aggregate.
20:19 hrs IST: Big chance for Atletico de Kolkata, but they were unable to complete a brilliant counter-attack.
20:17 hrs IST: Substitution for Mumbai City FC as Jackichand Singh comes on for Sehnaj.
20:15 hrs IST: Fifth corner of the match for Mumbai City FC, but the hosts were unable to take any advantage.
20:12 hrs IST: First leg’s hero Iain Hume is warming up for Atletico de Kolkata.
20:07 hrs IST: A solid shot by Sony Norde, but it missed the target by quite some margin.
20:04 hrs IST:
19:54 hrs IST: It’s half time! The score remains 0-0 with Atletico de Kolkata leading 3-2 on aggregate against Mumbai City FC.
19:47 hrs IST: Plenty of tackles in the game and Atletico de Kolkata midfielder Rui Das receive a yellow card.
19:42 hrs IST: Red card for Robert Lalthlamuana as he receives his second booking of the match. Is it going to be the deciding factor of the match?
19:38 hrs IST:
19:35 hrs IST: Yellow card for Atletico de Kolkata defender Robert.
19:34 hrs IST: It seems that Mumbai City FC are already missing their marquee player Diego Forlan as their finishing looks quite tame.
19:30 hrs IST: A good chance for Atletico de Kolkata, but the shot was blocked by the Mumbai City FC defender.
19:26 hrs IST: Yellow card for Atletico de Kolkata midfielder Borja for a dangerous looking tackle.
19:22 hrs IST:
19:19 hrs IST: Atletico de Kolkata lead 3-2 in aggregate, but Mumbai City FC will be taking heart from the fact that they have 2 away goals to their name.
19:13 hrs IST: 13 minutes gone. Mumbai City FC have seen quite dangerous till now, but the score remains 0-0.
19:07hrs IST: That’s a bad miss from Chhetri. A lofted through ball leaves Chhetri clear and one on one with Atletico goalkeeper Debjit Majumder. Shoots straight at Majumder who parries it away.
19:01hrs IST: Sonny Norde makes a run past Pritam Kotal, wins a corner for Mumbai City.
18:59hrs IST: Mumbai City have conceded three goals at home this season, the least of any team. On the other hand, Atletico have raked in five points from away matches this season, the most by any team.
18:58hrs IST: With Forlan absent, onus will be on India’s highest goal-scorer Sunil Chhetri to control the flow.
The Uruguayan striker who won the Golden Boot at FIFA World Cup in 2010 was sent off in the first-leg with two yellow cards and will sit out of the all-important return clash. Four of Forlan’s five goals have come at Mumbai Football Arena and Mumbai City FC have not won a single game when Forlan has sat out, including a 1-1 draw against Atletico de Kolkata in Mumbai.
It’s not all gloomy for Mumbai. They have enjoyed a stellar campaign at home and much of it has come down to their ability to defend well. They have conceded just three goals at home, the least among all teams, and their tally of four clean sheets at home is also the most by any team.
Atletico de Kolkata are the only team to have qualified in all three editions of the ISL and will be keen to make up for their disappointing semi-final loss against eventual winners Chennaiyin FC last season.
The visitors will have an advantage as they need only a draw to book their tickets for Sunday’s grand finale in Kochi.