A 10-man Atletico de Kolkata sealed their place in the Hero Indian Super League final, after their goalless draw with Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday.
With a 3-2 win of their first leg encounter, ATK only needed a draw to enter the final, for their second time in three years.
Mumbai dominated both halves of the game but were unable to take advantage of a 10-man ATK during the second half, to overturn a one goal deficit needed to secure their place in the finals.
ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumber did well to keep out their 17 shots, four of which were on target, whilst ATK themselves only had one shot on target throughout the match.
The home-side were without their marquee player Diego Forlan, who was serving a one match suspension after receiving two yellow cards in their reverse match, with Sunhil Chhetri donning the captain’s armband in his absence.
The Uruguayan could have made a difference as this is the venue where he previously secured a superb hat-trick in the round robin stage.
The match ended similar to last season’s final with a ruckus between the teams after the final whistle had been blown, which head coaches, their support staff and match officials had to intervene in.
Mumbai City head coach Alexandre Guimaraes said of the incident: “I didn’t see what happened. I was trying to get some players out but I didn’t see what exactly happened (in the whole ruckus).”
Whilst ATK head coach Jose Molina was also unable to divulge details, he did say one of his players had come off for worse in the bargain.
“I can’t understand what happened. I don’t know who started it. In the dressing room we have a player with his eye (swollen). I hope the league can watch it again and analyse what happened because it is not good for anybody,” said Molina.