Playing 0-0 at home, you can’t be happy, Hyderabad FC coach Manolo Marquez told official broadcasters, acknowledging that his team has had more victories (seven) away than at home. They are champions, and it’s hard to win here, ATK Mohun Bagan coach Juan Ferrando said. Having won nine times in Calcutta this season, including one win over Hyderabad FC, Ferrando doesn’t mind that result either.
Playing away, ATK Mohun Bagan sat deep and looked for space behind Hyderabad FC defenders. It didn’t happen, but they had their best chance at the end of the first half. The first was a free kick by Dimitri Petratos in the 35th minute that Manvir Singh headed into the corner, but under pressure and almost from the goal line Pritam Kotal converted the ball.
Using the right channel through Mohammad Yasir, Hyderabad started the game faster, and in the 11th minute Vishal Kotal needed such a good save to beat off Joel Chianese’s header that the forward touched his forehead in a bewilderment. Javier Siverio’s header was too close for Kite, and then Subhasish Bose had to strain to knock the ball out of Chianese’s hands.
In the 55th minute, Yasir’s piledriver hit the post, but even after the break the visitors could have scored. Goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh blocked both shots, but Ashish Rai and Manvir Singh could have done better by passing to better placed teammates. Hyderabad FC introduced Bartolomeu Ogbeche on the hour mark, but under Slavko Damjanovic, ATK Mohun Bagan’s backline kept the ISL’s top scorer at bay.