ISL: Kolkata giants East Bengal lose 13 league games first time in club’s 102-year history
Indian Super League: ATK Mohun Bagan completed the double over rivals East Bengal in the 2022/23 season. East Bengal sunk to a new low after their loss on Saturday, 25 February.
ATK Mohun Bagan completed the double over arch-rivals East Bengal in the ISL 2022/23. (Photo: ISL)
By India Today Sports Desk: Kolkata giants East Bengal sunk to new low after losing their 13th game of the season in the Indian Super League. East Bengal, one of the oldest clubs in Asia lost to local rivals ATK Mohun Bagan, 2-0 at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday, 26 February. This was the first time that the club had lost 13 games in a league over the duration of a season in their 102-year history. Before this, East Bengal’s worst records came in 1928, a year that they were demoted from the premier division of Indian football after losing 12 games.
ATK Mohun Bagan maintained their recent dominance over East Bengal with a 2-0 win over the arch-rivals in the return leg Indian Super League derby at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Saturday.
After a goalless first-half, the Mariners took the lead through a 68th-minute strike from Slavko Damjanovic. Manvir Singh tried a cheeky back heel which the forward tried to head in but failed and the ball hit the post. The ball then rebounded to the feet of Damjanovic who tucked it home from a couple of inches out.
ATKMB then put the final nail in the coffin when Australian Dimitri Petratos struck from a rebound.
The Mariners thus extended their winning streak against East Bengal to eight matches, including the I-League clash in January 2020, when Mohun Bagan did not merge with ATK.