ISL Firstmatch 2014

The inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament will be held from October 12 to December 20, 2014. There will be 8 city-based teams in the league.

Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos FC, FC Goa, Northeast United FC (Guwahati), Kerala Blasters (Kerala), Atletico de Kolkata, Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City are the teams.

Matches will be played on home/away basis with the top four qualifying for the two-legged semi-finals. In all 61 matches will be held across 8 venues.

The first match will be played at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium, between home team Atletico de Kolkata and Mumbai City FC.

Venues – DY Patil Stadium (Mumbai), Indira Gandhi Stadium (Guwahati), Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai), Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Delhi), Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda), Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi), Salt Lake Stadium (Kolkata), Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium (Pune).

ISL founding chairperson Nita Ambani declare the Indian Super League 2014 open as Sachin Tendulkar and Priyanka Chopra look on at Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata.

Its been a rollicking start to the ISL in front of the packed atmosphere and the tournament promises a lot already. Kolkata are all smiles and so is Sourav Ganguly.

Final Score: Atletico de Kolkata 3-0 Mumbai City FC (Fikru Teferra Lemessa 28′, Borja Fernandez 69′, Arnal Llibert 90+’2′)

The Indian national anthem rings around the stadium and following that is the rapturous crowd cheering the local team. Predictions: Atletico de Kolkata 1-2 Mumbai City FC.

United States referee Michael Penso will be the main man with the whistle. Luis Garcia will captain Atletico de Kolkata while Kolkata lad Syed Rahim Nabi carries the armband for Mumbai City FC. The stage is set and we are less than a minute away from beginning of a new era in Indian Football.

KICK-OFF: Mumbai City FC get us underway!

2′: YELLOW CARD – Mumbai City FC: Captain Syed Nabi goes into the book for a cynical tackle and rightly so. The first yellow card of the competition!

7′: Attempt on Target – ATK: We have our first shot on target and its the home side that do so with Sahni going one-on-one with Paul. But the custodian is quick to come off his line and block the shot.

ATK are dominating right from the start as Peter Reid looks tensed. His side are unable to retain possession and are under pressure from the home side!

8′: Fikru bullies Cmovs aside with his power and races towards goal. He crosses the ball towards an onrushing Sahni but Raju is there to clear the ball.

9′: Attempt on Target – ATK: Luis Garcia, the former Liverpool star smashes a volley towards goal as MCFC defenders are caught watching. Subrata Paul is there to make the save and keep Reid’s side in the game. Clearly Reid would have been hoping for Freddie Ljungberg to be fit and Anelka to be available.

12′: Free-kick – ATK: Letzelter brings down Sahni in his own half and Atletico have a free-kick.  Nothing comes out of it and Mumbai win a throw on the right flank.

15′: Mumbai are settling in and trying to retain possession. They are yet to make an attempt on goal. Diego Nadaya or Lalrindika Ralte, who will be the live wire for Peter Reid’s side?

17′: Mumbai register their first shot but it is deflected off Josemi for a corner. The away side are looking to turn the screw and have now won a free-kick.

18′: YELLOW CARD – Mumbai City FC: Raju Gaikwad. Oh dear! Another yellow card for the visitors, a silly one to pick up to be honest. Mumbai had a free-kick which Ralte delivered. Gaikwad was at the end of it but he handles the ball instead of heading it; poor choice by the 24-year-old.

21′: Offside – ATK- Fikru: The Ethiopian striker is caught offside by Mumbai defence as Luis Garcia tries to put him through on goal.

24′: YELLOW CARD – Atletico de Kolkata: Fikru is the first ATK player to go into the books after going in hard on Letzelter.

28′: GOAL – ATLETICO DE KOLKATA LEAD: Fikru LEMESSA scores the first goal of the match after being put through on goal by Borja Fernandez. There was considerable gap between the two centre-backs and Fikru chips the ball cleverly over the onrushing Paul. And its celebrations for the home side!

30′: YELLOW CARD – Mumbai City FC: Jan Stohanzl – Peter Reid would have been expecting goals galore from his side but it’s Yellow Card fest instead. Stohanzl is the third player to get into the referee’s books for a needless foul on Josemi. Referee is not gonna keep the cards in his pocket.

32′: YELLOW CARD – Atletico de Kolkata: Ofentse Nato this time! The Botswana international lunges for the ball as Ralte manages to nick the ball away and draw a foul, nearly 30-yards out. Pavel Cmovs takes the free-kick and it’s a good shot on goal but it is straight at Chowdhury, who gathers the ball easily.

34′: Fikru tries to win a penalty after inviting a challenge from the onrushing Raju. The referee deems it too theatrical and waves play on. Meanwhile, ATK retain possession and a cross towards Sahni flies wide for a goal-kick.

37′: Attempt – Off-target – Mumbai City FC: Ralte attempts a hopeful shot from 35-yards out but fires the ball way too wide. Trouble for Mumbai City as Syed Nabi is down injured with some problem in his ankle. And the referee calls for a stretcher.

39′: Substitution – Mumbai City FC: Nadong Bhutia is brough on in place of Syed Nabi. He has twisted his ankle and looks completely devastated. What can MCFC’s youngest player bring to the team now?

45′: Free-kick – Mumbai City FC: Diego Nadaya is brought down near the 25-yard mark clumsily by Mondal. The Argentinean takes it but his shot is straight at the wall and brings no harm. Mumbai try to attack but the ball is straight into the hands of goalkeeper Chowdhury.

HALF-TIME: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Mumbai CityFC (Fikru Teferra Lemessa)

Nadaya of Mumbai City FC fights for the ball with Rey of Atletico de Kolkata during the opening match of the ISL soccer tournament at Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata


46′: Atletico get us underway and will be looking to add a second goal. Mumbai City FC make a substitution with Tiago Ribeiro making way for their latest signing Andre Moritz.

Atletico de Kolkata look strong and highly organised while Mumbai City FC look shapeless. Could be something to do with the fact that Raju Gaikwad hasn’t trained a lot with the squad while Freddie Ljungberg and Nicolas Anelka are unavailable. What will Peter Reid tell his players at half-time? How can he revive the player’s morale given that Nabi too was stretchered off with injury.

48′: Mortiz looks to make an instant impact with a beautiful cross towards Bhutia. But Josemi outmuscles the 20-year-old and the Chowdhury collects the ball and clears his lines.

50′: Attempt – On-target  – Mumbai City FC: Diego Nadaya this time tries an audacious effort from 30 yards away after receiving the ball from Moritz. He doesn’t get enough power and Chowdhury dives to collect the ball.

51′: Free-kick – Mumbai City FC: Moritz once again looks to make an impact and wins a foul just outside the Atletico box. The Brazil-born midfielder takes the free-kick and it is deflected for a corner. Nothing good comes off the corner for Peter Reid’s side.

52′: Attempt – Off-target – Mumbai City FC: Diego Nadaya once again tries to make an impression from far away. But his shot isn’t even on target this time and flies way too wide.

53′: Attempt- On-target – Mumbai City FC: Jan Stohanzl tries to go for glory despite the presence of Lalrindika on the edge of the box. The Czech Republican powerless shot is easily collected by Chowdhury.

54′: Raju Gaikwad in trouble as he tackles Jofre Mateu. He completely misses the ball and the referee gives the Indian ONE LAST CHANCE before sending him off. Remember he is already booked.

58′: Peter Reid’s side are turning the screw and Moritz’s introduction appears to be the game-changer. Panic ensues in Atletico defence and a panicked Franco mishits the clearance for a corner. Mumbai City FC look to make something out of it but the referee blows the whistle for a foul on Josemi.

62′: Substitution – Atletico de Kolkata: Jakub Podany is brought on in place of Jofre Mateu. Mumbai City FC too make a change Raju Gaikwad is taken off and Peter Costa is brought on.

64′: Oh dear! Mumbai City FC medics on the field once again. Fikru is sent through on goal but the ball rolls towards the goalkeeper. Fikru lunges and collides with the onrushing Paul. Clearly a needless one from the Estonian striker. Both players were down for a brief period and now thankfully are back on their feet.

68′: Mumbai are looking to launch an attack as Peter Costa finds space down the right. He crosses the ball for one of his players to be at the end of it but Chowdhury comes off his line and collects it; sending the home crowd into cheers!

74′: Free-kick – Mumbai City FC – Lalrindika Ralte is brought down by Sahni 35-yards from goal. The number 20 goes for goal but the shot swings wide! Peter Reid wonders what his side will conjure with less than 16 minutes plus added time on the clock.

77′: Attempt – On Target – Atletico de Kolkata: Luis Garcia does well to beat Costa on his left hand side. The 36-year-old Spaniard delivers a magnificent cross towards Sahni, who heads the ball towards goal. Subrata Paul is equal to it and parries it away! ATK are looking for a third goal!

79′: Mumbai City FC have a free-kick and its absolutely waste from Andre Moritz. Sanju Pradhan is being prepared to come on for Ateltico.

81′: Nadong Bhutia tries to conjure an attack for Mumbai City FC but he cannot out muscle Podany. Substitution for Atletico de Kolkata – Sanju Pradhan comes on for Sahni.

83‘: Cmovs’s shot is deflected and comes off the head of an Atlectico’ defender Josemi’s head and goalkeeper Subasish Chowdhury parries the ball over the bar, in what was evasive action from the keeper.

85: Mumbai are desperate for a goal and hold a lions’s share of the possession here and Atletico skipper Luis Garica is off and Arnalt Libert and the former Barcelona and Liverpool winger receives a thunderous applause.

89: Fredrich again shows his experience as a wave of players try to breach his territory but the German veteran is calm under pressure and snuffs out the danger and clears the ball. Fatigue also takes it toll on players on the astro turf as time ticks towards the end of the match.

90+2: GOAL!! Mumbai  are probing and they are caught in the counter with a flood of Kolkata players rushing to the opposition territory and its a goal. It was a three on one situation and Arnal Llibert simply has to tap the ball into the net and the final whistle is blown. Loud cheers as the first match of the ISL ends in a resounding 3-0 victory for the home side.

Final Score: Atletico de Kolkata 3-0 Mumbai City FC (Fikru Teferra Lemessa 28′, Borja Fernandez 69′, Arnal Llibert 90+’2′)


Atletico de Kolkata Won By 3-0 Over Mumbai City FC.