Kwame Karikari plays as Chennaiyin Rally to defeat ATK Mohun Bagan

Kwame Karikari in action during the ATK MB vs Chennaiyin game©ISL

Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith’s indiscretion and poor defensive organization on the break cost ATK Mohun Bagan dearly as Chennaiyin FC beat the hosts 2-1 in Kolkata on Monday in Kolkata, beating the hosts 2-1 from a deficit. It was Ghana striker Kwame Karikari who came on as a second-half substitute and turned the game on its head, first equalizing in the 64th minute and then setting up India international Rahim Ali for the winner in the 83rd minute . That came after Manvir Singh’s powerful left footed move in the 27th minute gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

Another defeat with a poor performance in the second half will now increase the pressure on Mohun Bagan’s coach Juan Ferrando, who is likely to get the boot at any time during the season as the team under him has simply underperformed.

However, Bagan started the game on a positive note as Manvir, who has fallen out of favor with national team coach Igor Stimac, played a brace with Dimitri Petratos before passing Chennaiyin goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar.

But in the second half, when Kwame was introduced, things quickly changed for Chennaiyin as there was more pressure in attack.

Such a move in the 63rd minute put Kwame within striking distance of goal, but goalkeeper Kaith’s tough tackle earned Chennaiyin a deserved penalty, which the Ghanaian converted himself.

While Bagan continued to attack, the offensive third clearly lacked penetrating power, but Chennaiyin countered against the flow of the game.

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Kwame caught a loose ball across the width and sprinted down before holding a cut for Rahim, whose skillful right footed found the left corner of the net to give his team the crucial lead.

Bagan had a chance in the final moments when substitute Liston Colaco’s free-kick was brilliantly parried off the edge of the 18-yard box by a diving Debjit.

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