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ATK Mohun Bagan edged out defending champions Hyderabad FC 4-3 in a thrilling penalty shootout here on Monday to set up an Indian Super League summit showdown with Bengaluru FC.

The win also avenged ATK Mohun Bagan’s semi-final loss to Hyderabad FC in last season’s semi-final and the Mariners are a win away from lifting their ISL premiership. They face Bengaluru FC in Goa on Saturday.

Locked 0-0 in the first leg, the game from behind also saw a goalless stalemate after 120 minutes of football.

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In the ensuing penalty shoot-out, Vishal Kaith’s save from Javier Siverio’s spot-kick, followed by a miss from Bartholomew Ogbeche allowed Mohun Bagan to seal it with a Pritam Kotal spot-kick.

In the shootout, Kaith saved Siverio’s penalty before Ogbeche fired his spot kick on target. Brendan Hamill, who was brought on in the 114th minute, missed for ATKMB, but they had enough of a cushion to seal the win in a game they dominated. The shootout itself was a reflection of Hyderabad’s struggle throughout the game to get any shots to trouble their opponents.

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Mohun Bagan’s series of attacks tested Hyderabad FC for most of the match.

Glan Martins’ long range effort flew inches wide of the far post. From the goal kick, Gurmeet Singh played straight to Dimitri Petratos, who ran towards the goal and took a shot while an unmarked Kiyan Nassiri was waiting. Moments later, Manvir Singh cut in and swung the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Ten minutes into the second half, Hyderabad FC won a couple of corners but the closest they came was from Ogbeche’s shot, which ripped the outside of the net. At the other end of the pitch, a brilliant cross from Asish Rai went straight to Hugo Boumous, who sidestepped to force a save out of Gurmeet.

Slavko Damjanovic was solid at the back for the Mariners, but the defender came close to giving them the lead in the 81st minute when Petratos whipped in a free-kick and his shot went inches wide. Three minutes later, Siverio came forward to register what would be Hyderabad FC’s only shot on target with a tame header. The final attempt came from regulation time when Carl McHugh headed Federico Gallego’s corner kick over the bar.

In the eighth minute of the first period of extra time, Lalrinliana Hnamte came closest to breaking the time limit, when his shot from the airfield grazed the outside of the far post. Moments away from the extra time break, Nikhil Poojary’s crucial interception kept Gallego’s cross away from Liston Colaco, who was right in front of goal. Tired legs on both sides tried to force the issue in the second period, but the final score remained intact as the game went to penalties.


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