ATK Mohun Bagan clinched a 3-1 win against Hyderabad FC on penalties to book a berth in the preliminary stages of the AFC Cup at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode on Wednesday.
Dimitrios Petratos scored for ATK Mohun Bagan, while Joel Chianese scored for Hyderabad FC, with the match finishing 1-1 in regulation time.
Before extra time got underway, Hyderabad’s coach Manalo Marquez was given a red card. So he had to watch the rest of what was his last match with the club from the stands.
His players failed to give a perfect parting gift to him, as they made a mess of the penalty kicks.
Joao Victor and Petratos both scored their opening penalties for Hyderabad and ATK Mohun Bagan, respectively. However, it just went downhill from there for Hyderabad. It missed three successive penalties, with Sahil Tavora, Chianese, and Odei Onaindia all failing to find the net.
It came down to substitute Kiyan Nassiri to score the deciding penalty for ATKMB and the youngster did not fail to deliver, sending the Mariners to the AFC Cup preliminary stages.
Earlier in regulation time, it was Hyderabad, which looked more likely to score, as it pressed forward, created chances and shot towards the ATKMB goal at regular intervals. However, it was the Mariners who scored first, much against the run of play. From the right flank, Hugo Boumous cut into the box and gave a fine pass to Dimitrios Petratos, who slammed the ball into the back of the net.
But, shortly before the interval, Hyderabad equalised through Joel Chianese, who pushed the assist from Borja Gonzalez, from inside the box, gently into the bottom corner of the post.
(with inputs from Team Sportstar)
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