ATK Mohun Bagan scored in the stoppage time to win 1-0 against a stubborn Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Thursday.
Second-half substitute David Williams headed in a dramatic match-winner in the 90th minute to help ATKMB move to 24 points, just two points behind leaders Mumbai City FC.
The first half was evenly contested as both defences were at their best. Though there were few chances created, ATKMB was marginally the better team. Habas’ team sounded early warnings.
ATKMB enjoyed more possession, but play was mostly restricted to the midfield. Neither side was able to find the cutting edge in the box in the first session as they walked out goalless at the break.
While it was Sandesh Jhingan and Tiri for ATKMB, the defensive duo of Enes Sipovic and Tangri was brilliant for Chennaiyin at the back.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Kaith produced a top-class save to deny Hernandez from taking the lead through a freekick. Lallianzuala Chhangte’s 85th-minute corner nearly put Chennaiyin ahead. But Arindam Bhattacharja made a crucial save before the Chennaiyin players could get to the ball.
The match looked to be heading to a draw, but with minutes left, ATKMB took the lead from a set-piece. Hernandez crossed in a perfect inswinging corner and Williams headed in to spark dramatic celebrations in the ATKMB camp.