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ISL semifinal SF2 live, Hyderabad FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Krishna scores to make it HFC 0-1 ATKMB


Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of this evening’s semifinal clash between Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

This is Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the pre-match buildup and minute-by-minute updates of this high-profile clash.

18′ GOOAAALALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Roy Krishna poaches the ball following a Colaco cross to put ATKMB in front

HFC 0-1 ATKMB

13′ Save! Kauko gets the ball in the penalty box off a through ball by Krishna and shoots, but Kattimani is there to make the first save of the match

12′ Ogbeche gets the ball, tries to dribble, but goes down to the ground. The refere does not give a foul as the play that follows has Kauko delivering a long ball for Liston who makes a sprint for the ball.

Liston goes down close to the box and his appeal for a foul is also not acknolwledged by the referee

10′ Liston makes a run along the left flank, crosses but Kattimani us there to catch it and get it back into play as Aniket makes a run and just before he could deliver a key pass to Ogbeche, ATKMB gets the ball back

9′ HFC is back playing from the back as Dorjee’s long ball is just too long to go out of play for a throw in

7′ Both the teams waiting for the opposition to be drawin out so that they can attack on the break. Colaco gets the ball into the final third and the final cross by Krishna from the right is headed out of danger by the HFC defence

6′ Krishna chases a long ball from Kauko in the box as Juanan heads it away

4′ Nim Dorjee chases David Williams, who makes a run into the HFC box and the ball eventually goes out of play for a throw in, which is played forward by Victor. ATKMB intercepts the ball and the match is back, being dominated in the midfield 

2′ ATKMB tries to play trinagular passes with Kauko and Colaco involved as HFC intercepts the pass to get back the ball

7:30 pm: Kick Off!

7:25 pm: The players are out on the field and have taken their positions for the National Anthem of India. HFC is in its ywllow home kit, while ATKMB starts in its white away kit.

7:10 pm: What are the coaches saying?

Manolo Marquez, Head Coach, Hyderabad FC: “When you reach the semifinals for the first time there’s a lot of excitement. The other part is how you can play. In my opinion, our team is full of young brave players. And I think they feel more happy than fear, but respect is always there. I think we will enjoy this historic moment for Hyderabad FC.”

“In terms of football, I think we are very good. In terms of physical condition, we will have to wait till the last minute. I think we are ready and prepared to play against a very good team.”

Juan Ferrando, Head Coach, ATK Mohun Bagan: “We’ll play against a very good team, we will play against a very good squad. Hyderabad FC come to the semi-final after an amazing 20 games this season. They will play without pressure, they would want to enjoy the playoff. They want to enjoy, they want to win, they have had a perfect season.”

“I’ve got a plan and it’s not possible to explain all this. But it is important to believe in ourselves, to keep the ball for us, to try and find the spaces, to try and play attacking football. This is the best plan against Hyderabad FC.”

6:50 pm: TEAM FORM – ATK Mohun Bagan has won two of its last five matches and has lost just once, earning eight points from a possible 15. Hyderabad FC, on the other hand, has won four of the last five matches, earning 12 points from a maximum of 15.

6:32 pm: Confirmed Starting Lineups are out!

Hyderabad FC Starting XI: (4-2-3-1) Laxmikant Kattimani (GK) — Akash Mishra, Nim Dorjee, Chinglesana Singh, Juanan — Joao Victor, Sauvik Chakrabarti — Mohammed Yasir, Javier Siverio, Aniket Jadhav — Bartholomew Ogbeche.

ATK Mohun Bagan Starting XI: (4-2-3-1) Amrinder Singh (GK) — Subhasish Bose, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal — Deepak Tangri, Lenny Rodrigues — Roy Krishna , Joni Kauko — David Williams

6:15 pm: Chance to break the duck for Hyderabad FC!

Hyderabad FC has not beat ATK Mohun Bagan ever, in its history and will look to change that in its third clash this season. In case you missed the highlights of the last two clashes this season, we’ve got you covered.

ISL 2021-22 Season Clashes:

6:00 pm: Here is how we think the two sides would lineup tonight.

Hyderabad FC Predicted XI: (4-2-3-1 Probable) Laxmikant Kattimani (GK) — Akash Mishra, Chinglesana Singh, Juanan, Nikhil Poojary — Sauvik Chakrabarti, Khassa Camara — Yasir Mohammed, Joel Chianese, Aniket Jadhav — Bartholomew Ogbeche.

ATK Mohun Bagan Predicted XI: (4-2-3-1 Probable) Amrinder Singh (GK) — Subhasish Bose, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal — Deepak Tangri, Carl McHugh — Liton Colaco, Joni Kauko, Manvir Singh — Roy Krishna

5:45 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD: Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan have met six times in the past and HFC has not been able to beat ATKMB even once. Four of the six fixtures have ended in a draw while the Mariners have won twice.

MATCH PREVIEW

The first leg of Indian Super League’s (ISL) second semifinal is expected to bring up an intense contest of tactical and technical skills when Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan face each other at Bambolim on Saturday.

The two sides have given enough display of their abilities while sealing the second and third spots in the final league standings. The play-offs will now be testing their mental strength and composure. The team handling the stress better will be getting a ticket to the title contest.

Hyderabad will be starting as the favourite despite making its first appearance in the play-offs. The team has earned a lot of admiration as it brought up a string of successful outings to stay on the top of the standings for a fair amount of time in the season.

Manolo Marquez, the Spanish head coach of the Nizams, showed the right acumen in managing his squad that scored the most number of goals (43) and conceded the second lowest (23) among the 11 sides in the fray.

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At the heart of its attacking force was the seasoned Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche, who leads the individual scoring chart with 17 goals. But a bout of COVID-19 infections in the squad spoiled its chances of finishing at the top.

ATK Mohun Bagan, the last year’s runner-up, has also done well but injuries to key foreigners like Hugo Boumous, David Williams and Roy Krishna hindered its progress towards the business end of the tournament.

The team found salvation in the performances of its Indian contingent in Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh and Subhasish Bose, who have consistently done well to see the team through to its second successive play-off qualification.

It now remains to be seen how the Spanish gaffer Juan Ferrando prepares his forces in the battle array against Hyderabad FC.

Where can you watch the match?

The Hyderabad FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan 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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