ATK Mohun Bagan began their Hero Super Cup campaign with an impeccable 5-1 victory against Gokulam Kerala FC in the opening fixture of Group C at the EMS Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode, in Kerala, on Monday.

Liston Colaco (6', 27') gave the Mariners a comfortable start with a brace and Hugo Boumous added the third goal at the stroke of halftime.

Manvir Singh (63') got on the scoresheet in the second half. Gokulam Kerala FC got their consolation goal through Sergio Mendigutxia (72') only for Kiyan Nassiri (94') to add another one in injury time as the Mariners registered a dominant performance.

ATK Mohun Bagan started the match on the front foot and got their noses in front in the sixth minute after Gokulam Kerala's Shibin Raj spilled the ball in his penalty area and Boumous set up Colaco, who rifled the ball in the top left corner to give the lead to Ferrando's men. The Mariners piled on the pressure and their efforts paid off after a long ball from Asish Rai was controlled beautifully from Colaco and the attacker rocketed his shot past Shibin from 35 yards out to score his second goal of the fixture.

After a flurry of attacks, the Mariners got their third goal of the first half after Nassiri pierced Gokulam Kerala FC's defence with a beautiful through pass and Boumous slotted the ball home easily to send his team into the halftime with a 3-0 lead.

The Hero I-League participants came out in the second half with more purpose as they made three changes in the playing XI. Substitute Vikas Saini's marauding run from midfield and a set-up for Mendigutxia brought Gokulam Kerala close to testing Arsh Shaikh in ATK Mohun Bagan's goal.

A moment of brilliance from Boumous led to the fourth goal as he sprinted onto a flick on by Colaco and smartly set up Manvir Singh, who brilliantly scored past Shibin to open his account for the Hero Super Cup.

Gokulam Kerala FC pulled one goal back in the 72nd minute after being awarded a free-kick. The midfielder flighted the ball at the back post for Bouba Aminou to head it across the goal and Mendigutxia headed it past Shaikh at the first post. There was more to come from the Mariners as a long ball from Shaikh found Nassiri, who got the fortunate touch as the ball rolled into the net.

After the comfortable win in the opening fixture of the Group C, ATK Mohun Bagan will take on Jamshedpur FC next on 14th April,2023.

Jamshedpur FC edge past FC Goa in an eight-goal thriller

The Men of Steel kicked off their Hero Super Cup campaign on a positive note with a stunning victory over FC Goa at the EMS Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode, later on Monday. An eight-goal thriller saw Jamshedpur FC walk away with the three points despite conceding first.

FC Goa found the early lead when they captialised on a Jamshedpur FC error. FC Goa forward Noah Sadaoui was quick to slip it past TP Rehenesh to give his side the advantage.

Jamshedpur were quick to respond as Rafael Crivellaro sent in a curling corner kick into the box which was nodded in by Pratik Chaudhari to bring his side back into the game.

Just 15 minutes later, the visitors extended their lead. A freekick right outside the box was smoothly struck by Crivellaro into the side netting which the FC Goa custodian was unable to get his hands to.

Right before the half-time whistle, the Men of Steel slotted in their third as a powerful strike from Pronay Halder took a deflection off Fares Arnaout and crashed into the goal.

Just minutes into the second half, the Men of Steel netted another goal through a quick freekick taken by Eli Sabia which was collected by Ritwik Das and supplied into the box. A perfectly positioned Rafael Crivellaro placed the ball into the back of the net to score his second of the night.

The defending champions did not back down as they came through with two goals of their own in quick succession as headed goals from FC Goa’s Iker Guarrotxena and Noah Sadaoui brought back hope to the Goan side.

In the final minutes of the game, Harry Sawyer sealed the deal for the Men of Steel as a saved attempt from the FC Goa custodian deflected off the Aussie forward into the back of the net.

An exhilarating clash between the two sides ended in Jamshedpur FC’s favour as they beat FC Goa for the first time in the Hero Super Cup and moved to the second position in Group C. Jamshedpur FC will be facing table toppers, ATK Mohun Bagan next on 14th April, 2023.