Hero ISL 2020-21: Best XI from the semi-finals
Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan will battle it out in the final of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 on Saturday after overcoming FC Goa and NorthEast United FC in their respective semi-final matches. The Islanders were held to 2-2 draw in the first leg before playing out a goalless draw in second and had to rely on penalties to get past the Gaurs. The Mariners, meanwhile, drew the first leg 1-1 but beat the Highlanders 2-1 in the second leg to secure their spot in the final. Here, we look at a combined XI of the top performers from the semi-finals based on player ratings.
The Mumbai City FC goalkeeper kept an important clean sheet in the second leg before the Islanders prevailed in the penalty shootout. Amrinder Singh managed six punches and two clearances in the second leg and made a combined seven saves in both legs.
Ivan Gonzalez was suspended for the first leg between Mumbai City FC and FC Goa, but the Spaniard played in the second and was crucial at the back, helping his side keep a clean sheet before losing to the Islanders on penalties. Gonzalez was the Hero of the Match and made four clearances as well as three blocks, besides boasting a passing accuracy of 78%.
The Senegalese defender scored Mumbai City FC’s second equalising goal in their 2-2 draw against the Gaurs in the first leg and helped the Islanders keep a clean sheet in the second leg. Mourtada Fall also made a combined eight clearances and three successful interceptions over the two legs.
Hernan Santana returned to the starting line-up for the second leg of Mumbai City FC’s clash against FC Goa and was an integral part of their defence. He made four successful interceptions, two clearances, a block and had a good passing accuracy of 82%.
Amey Ranawade played in the second leg of Mumbai City FC’s semi-final clash. The fullback was a solid defensive presence with his three successful tackles and two successful interceptions. He also created one chance for his team.
Khassa Camara’s defensive contribution in the semi-finals against ATK Mohun Bagan kept the Highlanders in the hunt till the very end. He completed a combined five successful tackles as well as five successful interceptions over both legs and created one chance in the second leg.
Jorge Ortiz was FC Goa’s main creative force going forward in the first leg against Mumbai City FC. He won the penalty that was converted by Igor Angulo for the opening goal and created four other chances for his team. Although he was unable to have a similar impact in the second leg, Ortiz helped in defence with a block and a successful interception.
Hugo Boumous scored Mumbai City FC’s first goal in the opening leg and created two chances for his team in the game. He was one of their biggest threats in the second leg as well and contributed with three blocks in defence.
The Indian forward’s goal in the second leg helped ATK Mohun Bagan earn their spot in the final. Manvir Singh scored in the second half to double the Mariners’ lead over the Highlanders and also helped out in defence by tracking back tirelessly from the wide areas.
David Williams found the back of the net in both legs to help ATK Mohun Bagan to their maiden Hero ISL final. Williams also created three chances for the Mariners across the two legs and completed a combined three successful interceptions in those games.
Although Roy Krishna was unable to find the back of the net, all three goals scored by the Mariners over both legs were assisted by the Fijian. He managed to create a massive 11 chances for the Mariners in the second leg and a combined 14 for his team across both legs.