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ISL 2021-22 Highlights ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bengaluru FC: ATKMB clinches 2-0 win against BFC; semis hope over for the Blues


Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of this evening’s ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa.

Full time! (ATK Mohun Bagan 2-0 Bengaluru FC)

90+5′ Chhetri tries to take a shot from a BFC corner but he is offside.

90+2′ BFC trying to find an opening to score a consolation but this ATKMB defence is just too well organised.  In a must-win match, the Blues do not even have a shot on target.

Six added minutes!

88′ ATKMB Subs: In: Lenny Rodrigues, Kiyan Nasiri and Gursimrat Gill Out: Joni Kauko, Kiyan Nasiri and Carl McHugh.

85′ GOOOAL! MANVIR SCORES ATKMB’s SECOND! Manvir makes room and shoots from distance. Lara Sharma gets a hand to it but cannot keep the ball from going into the net.

83′ Bhutia delivers a cross into the box from the right but Amrinder punches it away.

79′ Prabir delivers a good ball inside the box from a corner. ATKMB players claim Bhutia handled the ball but the referee does not give the penalty.

Match resumes!

Drinks break!

74′ Booking- Leon Augustine goes down inside the box. Everyone thought it was penalty but Leon sees yellow for diving.

71′ Booking- Yaya Banana shown yellow.

71′ Both players back on their feet and are okay to continue.

69′ A heavy clash between Subhasish and Yaya as both went for the ball. That is a painful one.

68′ ATKMB Sub: In: Prabir Das Out: Liston Colaco.

67′ Leon lobs a good ball to Cleiton who controls the ball with an amazing touch. He turns and takes a first time shot but balloons his effort over the goal.

62′ BFC Subs: In: Leon Augustine, Yaya Banana, Namgyal Bhutia and Rohit Kumar Out: Prince Ibara, Parag Shrivas, Ashique Kuruniyan and Ajay Chhetri.

60′ Roshan squares the ball to Sunil Chhetri, who takes a first time shot. Sandesh uses all of his body to make the block. It has come with a cost and Sandesh is hurt.

57′ Off the post- Kauko slips a great ball to Colaco, who takes the shot. The ball cannons back into play after hitting the post. ATKMB players claim there was a handball and want a penalty after the rebound but the referee does not agree.

54′ Chance- A great break from ATKMB- Manvir had the chance to pass it to Colaco, who was free but decided to go for goal himself. Alan Costa did great to make a block.

52′ Ibara, at full throttle, wanted to square the ball from the right but Tiri uses his experience to stop Ibara in his tracks and snatch the ball away from him.

50′ Booking- Bengaluru skipper Sunil Chhetri sees yellow.

48′ Plenty of time for BFC to come back into the match and it has done so quite a few times this season, but this is a well-oiled ATKMB team it is facing today.

46′ ATK Mohun Bagan kick off the second half.

SECOND HALF

Half-time. What a way for ATKMB to go into the break with a crucial lead.

45’+2′ BLIMEY! WHAT A GOAL FROM LISTON! Liston with his knuckleball technique rifles his free-kick into the top left corner of the goal! Lara Sharma had no chance.

45’+2′ Liston broguht down by Costa outside Bengaluru’s box after Tiri found the forward with a superb line-breaking pass.

Two minutes of added time

45′ Poor from Chhetri, who overhits his pass to Udanta as Bengaluru looked to make a counter.

43′ Long ball towrds Manvir but he is in a jostle with Costa and the assistant gives a foul against the ATKMB forward.

40′ ATKMB Sub: In: Deepak Tangri Out: Hugo Boumous

39′ Manvir lays it back for Liston. The latter twists and turns, looking for the perfect chance to pull the trigger, but Alan Costa’s challenge takes the ball away from him.

37′ Shot- Cleiton shoots first time from distance but the ball swings away from goal and goes out of play. It was always going to be a tough one.

36′ ATKMB has only one shot on target till now- it is the lowest under Juan Ferrando.

33′ Parag delivers a cross from the right flank but it is overhit and goes out of play.

Match resumes!

Drinks break!

31′ Cleiton delivers long to the far post. The ball finds Chhetri’s head but the BFC skipper cannot keep his effort on target.

30′ Bruno sends a good ball inside the box but Jhingan stands strong to head the ball out of play for a corner.

29′ Ibara looks okay to continue as play resumes.

28′ Prince Ibara is down injured and is being treated by the medical staff.

27′ Liston Colaco almost breaks clear but Ashique puts in a good challenge to pass the ball back to his keeper.

23′ It is an open game right now with both teams having a chance to attack in the final-third.

19′- Boumous delivers a good ball inside the box but it is cleared by the BFC defence.

15′ Shot- Cleiton with a good lay-off for Bruno, who shoots from distance. However, the effort is nowhere near the target.

14′ Roshan tries to send a good ball in from a BFC corner but ends up hitting the side-netting at the near post.

10′ Chhetri plays a good through ball to Bruno but the assistant referee raises his flag for offside. The replay shows that he was not.

7′ Ashique sends a good ball inside the box. Prince Ibara, unamrked, heads the ball towards goal but misses te target.

6′ Colaco does well to keep his shot on target but the ball goes straight to Lara. Easy save for the BFC keeper.

5′ Colaco is fouled by Ajay Chhetri. A freekick in a dangerous position.

4′ Ashique takes a shot from distance but it is blocked by Jhingan.

3′ Bengaluru (BFC) being pressed by ATK Mohun Bagan 9ATKMB) in the opening minutes of the game.

1′ Kick-off!

7:30 pm: And we are underway!

7:15 pm: What are the coaches saying?

Juan Ferrando on Bengaluru FC’s strong points: “The most important point is that Bengaluru FC have a clear plan in attack and defence. In attack with Cleiton Silva, they have three up-front, they control the space and they attack. If you watch the games during the season, they are continuing the same plan and in my point of view, it is a good plan because it is clear. And in defence, they are good because everybody’s working in pressing, in the timings. It’s not that two-three players are working, all the players are trying to pass and I think these two points are very important.”

Marco Pezzaiuoli on how the season has been for his team: “The analysis of the season only happens at the end. We played better football, scored a lot of goals. We have a different style, where we play higher and try to get the ball as soon as possible.

We’ve played a lot of youngsters as well, many players from the academy played in the ISL, which is a good change. When the club is investing in youth football, the coach needs to give the players an opportunity. Roshan has come out of your system, and it’s not the end of the line. We have many more youngsters coming through and they can be really good additions to the season.”

6:45 pm: STAT!

ATK Mohun Bagan has scored the highest number of goals (9) in the first fifteen minutes of the matches. Bengaluru FC, on the other hand, has conceded joint-most goals (7) in the opening fifteen minutes of the matches.

6:35 pm: Starting lineups out!

ATK Mohun Bagan: Amrinder(GK); Ashutosh, Tiri, Sandesh, Subhasish, Kotal(c); McHugh, Kauko; Manvir, Boumous, Colaco.

Subs: Shaikh(GK); Rathi, Gill, Prabir; Bidyananda, Soosai, Tangri, Lenny, Kiyan.

Coach: Juan Ferrando.

Bengaluru FC: Lara(GK); Roshan, Costa, Parag, Ashique, Bruno, Ajay; Udanta, Chhetri(c), Ibara, Cleiton.

Subs: Sharon(GK); Banana, Chaudhuri, Bhutia; Rohit, Lynghdoh; Bidyashagar, Leon, Siva.

Coach: Marco Pezzaiuoli.

6:18 pm: When both teams met earlier in the season!

 

6:00 pm: This is our predicted xi for tonight’s match!

ATK Mohun Bagan Predicted XI: Amrinder Singh (GK), Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Pritam Kotal (C), Joni Kauko, Carl McHugh, Lenny Rodrigues, Hugo Boumous, Manvir Singh, Liston Colaco.

Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Lara Sharma (GK), Pratik Chaudhari, Alan Costa, Namgyal Bhutia, Roshan Naorem, Bruno Silva, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Ajay Chhetri, Prince Ibara, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva (C).

5:47 pm: Head-to-head record!

Having met on three occasions in the Hero ISL, ATK Mohun Bagan has gotten the better of Bengaluru twice whereas Bengaluru FC hasn’t registered a single win against the Mariners. Its last outing ended in a 3-3 draw in Match 31, earlier this season.

MATCH PREVIEW

Bengaluru FC will take on ATK Mohun Bagan in another must-win game, at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday. The Marco Pezzaiuoli-coached side is currently sixth in the table with 26 points. Anything other than three full points in the penultimate match of the season will extinguish all hopes of a playoff spot.

ATKMB is relatively in a better situation, on 31 points with three games to go. But Juan Ferrando’s outfit has lost steam in the last two games, taking just two points against a maximum of six against Kerala Blasters and Odisha FC, denting its chances of securing the League Shield.

A top-four finish is however well within reach and a win against BFC will ease the nerves and clear the path.

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“We are playing one of the best teams of the competition,” Pezzaiuoli said, on match-eve. “Their coach has also changed the style of the team; they play more of possession football. [But] it is a 50-50 game. They have more experience and we have a good young squad that is very hungry.”

BFC bounced back well from two successive losses to Hyderabad FC and NorthEast United FC, beating Odisha in fine fashion. But one among the personnel who secured the victory, midfielder Danish Farooq, will be suspended for the clash.

ATKMB will be without striker Roy Krishna, who returned from injury recently but picked up a red card against Odisha. There are fitness concerns over fellow forward David Williams, who is recovering from an injury.

The last time the two sides met, they played out a 3-3 draw back in mid-December.

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For BFC, the result turned its season around, as the club went another eight matches without losing after having been defeated in four of the opening six fixtures.

For ATKMB, it was the last match of the Antonio Habas era, after which the Kolkata team embarked on a different journey under Ferrando. Sunday may not be as pivotal, but the stakes are high nonetheless.

Where can you watch the match?

The ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bengaluru FC match will start at 7:30pm and will be telecast live on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be live streamed in the OTT Platform, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.



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