AFC Cup: ATK Mohun Bagan thrash Blue Star 5-0, seal play-off berth for group stage qualification

By H.JanGra April 12, 2022

ATK Mohun Bagan moved closer to AFC Cup group stage qualification with an emphatic 5-0 win over Blue Star SC of Sri Lanka at the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday.

Playing without some of their key players such as Sandesh Jhingan, Roy Krishna and Liston Colaco, the Juan Ferrando-coached side did not have any trouble whatsoever and pumped in three goals

Joni Kauko struck a double (24th, 39th), including one from a penalty, on either side of Manvir Singh's 29th minute strike to virtually seal their playoff berth.

Australian recruit David Williams (77th) and Manvir (89th) completed the route against the hapless Blue Star SC who struggled to put up a fight.

The Mariners will now face Abahani Limited of Dhaka on  April 19.

Without their star Fijian forward Roy Krishna who has flown back home after the death of a close family member, Hugo Buomous was sensational against the Blue Star defenders.

Blue Star midfielder Prince Boadu's handball gave ATKMB a penalty and Kauko converted it without any fuss to make it 3-0 at the break.

Manvir then set it up for Willimas to make it 4-0 with a low cross from the midfield.

Playing their first match at their home venue after the pandemic broke out, ATKMB were cheered on by close to 25,000 spectators.