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MATCH REPORT: AFC Cup: ATK Mohun Bagan makes a fine comeback to beat Maziya
ATKMB faltered in the first half as it trailed 1-0 at the break courtesy of Ibrahim's goal however the second half was all about Habas' side.
Ashutosh Mehta made an immediate impact after coming on at the start of the second half and set up Colaco, who equalised for the Mariners.
The introduction of Hugo Boumous completely changed the game for ATKMB as he immediately made an impact after coming on, setting up Colaco, who almost scored a brace with his lobbed effort past Maziya keeper Mirzokhid. The initial lob was saved but Krishna capitalised on the rebound to give ATKMB, the lead.
Manvir, set up by Boumous, put the game to bed with his composed finish past Mirzokhid in the 77th minute.
ATK Mohun Bagan is now top of Group D with six points from two matches and will play Basundhara Kings on August 24.
Stay tuned for the match report!!
FULL-TIME!! MAZIYA 1 (Ibrahim 25') - 3 ATK MOHUN BAGAN (Colaco 48', Krishna 64', Manvir 77')
90+4' ATKMB SUB- Roy Krishna replaced by Abhishek.
90+3' Boumous showing some swagger inside the Maziya box as he tries to wriggle away from a couple of players but he is ultimately crowded out. Boumous manages to get the ball to Manvir whose shot is blocked.
90+2' Maziya trying to end the match on a positive note with planry of crosses inside the ATKMB box but the away side dealing with them fairly easily.
FOUR ADDED MINUTES!!!
90' CHANCE- A great ball in for Stewart from the left who found himself free inside the box but his header is wide. The second half has not been kind to him.
89' SHOT- Maziya captain Mohamed Umair takes a shot from distance but its nowhere near goal.
86' ATKMB SUB- Liston Colaco is replaced by Ningomba Engson Singh.
84' MAZIYA SUB- Amdaan Ali and Mohamed Umair replaces Mohamed Irufaan and Takashi Odawara.
80' BOOKING- Moosa Yaamin is booked for his tug at Hugo Boumous. ATKMB shouts red.
78' MAZIYA SUB- Hussain Nihaan is replaced by Ibrahim Waheed Hassan
77' GOOOAAALLLLLL!!!! ATKMB SCORES ITS THIRD!! ITS MANVIR!!! Boumous turns creator as he so often does and sends an inch-perfect pass to Manvir who got away and tucked the ball past Mirzokhid with a composed finish.
75' SHOT- Krishna was away after a great ball by Manvir from the right. He takes a shot but it is blocked.
72' Maziya has enjoyed more possession with 58% compared to ATKMB's 42% but it is the Mariners who have been done more with the ball.
69' Habas' substitutions have been spot on today- Ashutosh Mehta set up Colaco for ATKMB's first goal minutes within coming on. Hugo Boumous, another substitute, set up Liston for his shot, which ultimately led to Krishna's goal.
67' MAZIYA SUB- Aisam Ibrahim replaced by Naiz Hassan
64' GOAAALLLL!!! ATKMB TAKES THE LEAD!! ITS GOAL MACHINE ROY KRISHNA!! COMEBACK COMPLETED!! Liston would have got his brace but his lobbed effort is initially stopped by Mirzokhid but the rebound falls to Krishna, who puts it past the Maziya keeper who was off his line. Liston, who initially took the shot, was set up by substitute Hugo Boumous.
ATKMB SUB- David Williams and Deepak Tangri repplaced by Hugo Boumous and S.k. Sahil
61' SHOT- David Williams attempts a shot from long distance but the ball keeps soaring above goal.
58' SHOT- Maziya's Hamza Mohammad from the left flank, shifts it to his right and tries to curl the ball past Amrinder but his shot doesn't go as planned and Amrinder collects it without much fuss.
56' ATKMB resorting to its usual approach and has pegged itself back into its own half, soaking Maziya's pressure, waiting to counter at a suitable time. Maziya has to be careful of the threat.
53' Maziya gets a freekick around 25 yards from goal after Cornelius is fouled. Nothing comes off it as ATKMB clears the ball.
50' We saw Maziya find its rhythm after Ibrahim's goal. Now ATKMB, after being on the backfoot during the later stages of the first half, is looking dangerous again after Liston's goal.
48' GOOOAAAALLLL!!! ATKMB EQUALISE!!! LISTON SCORES!!! Liston attacked and attacked throughout the game and finally, he has a goal. What an impact by substitute Ashutosh Mehta, who sent in a great cross from the left. Liston positioned himself well and headed the ball home past a helpless Mirzokhid.
46' Maziya with a dangerous move at the very beginning of the second half as its goalscorer Aisam Ibrahim with a shot. However, it's wide of goal.
46' ATKMB SUB- Ashutosh comes in for Sumit Rathi
The conditions are tough out there in the Maldives national football stadium and it is surely the survival of the fittest as the minutes tick-on.
ATKMB started the match well with a direct attacking approach, unlike its tendency to soak pressure and counter. It almost paid off as Krishna found the net in the fifth minute but he was offside when the ball was played to him by Manvir from the right. Thus, the goal was cancelled.
Maziya gradually found its footing and in the 25th minute, displayed a great counter attack to grab a lead in the game. It was Aisam Ibrahim's goal but it was made by Cornelius Stewart who made a great run inside the opponent half.
Don't go anywhere. Live action awaits from the second half!!!
HALF TIME: MAZIYA 1- 0 ATK MOHUN BAGAN!!
45+1' Maziya putting pressure on ATKMB in the dying seconds of the first half. A searching ball inside the box but Pritam clears.
ONE MINUTE ADDEDD!!
43' Reckless play by the Maziya backline on the left as Liston grabbed a loose ball and sent a low-piercing cross into the box. Mirzokhid keeps his calm and collects the ball to break the pressure.
40' BOOKING- Maziya's Nihan sees a yellow for his clumsy challenge on Roy Krishna.
39' Tough conditions out there as the sweltering heat is apparent in the faces of the players on the pitch. We might see the match gradually fading in tempo during the later stages.
36' SHOT- Its Liston from the left again as he shoots at Mirzokhid. His shot is wide.
35' Liston brimming with exuberance but slightly immature in his gameplay as he is trying to do too much alone and ending up stuck in traffic. He needs to release the ball at the right time.
33' ATKMB's corner is poor and Maziya gets a goalkick.
33' A good spell of pressure for ATK Mohun Bagan as Maziya cannot seem to steer the ball into safety.
32' CHANCE- Liston with a great free kick at Maziya's goal. His shot was at a comfortable height for Mirzokhid who punches away.
28' CHANCE- That goal has stirred Maziya up. Its Cornelius from the right again initiating a great attack. However, his ball into the box not finding any finisher.
25' GOOAAALLL!!!! MAZIYA SCORES!! ITS AISAM IBRAHIM!!! A CLASSIC COUNTER ATTACK!! ATKMB had a freekick on the other end. David William's poor delivery allowed Maziya to clear easily. Cornelius Stewart darted forward and after a great run, delivered a beautiful low-ball to Ibrahim, who had a simple tap-in.
21' The two teams are split evenly possession wise- ATKMB's early pressure has petered out.
18' Maziya has done well defensively but has been sloppy from the midfield to attack transition play. Lots of loose passes giving away possession cheaply to ATK Mohun Bagan.
16' Its Manvir from the right again. His cross finds Krishna in space, who shoots at goal. The shot is blocked. Maziya's Odawara visibly angry at his team's defending.
14' Manvir is proving to be a menace on the right flank with his darting runs and searching crosses into the box. Maziya might want to keep him in check.
12' Maziya slowly finding its foot in the game, asking some questions to ATKMB's backline. It seems as if Maziya has taken a leaf out of ATKMB's book. It is soaking the pressure and trying to hit the Kolkata side on the counter.
9' Tricky corner for ATKMB to deal with. Pritam missed his kick and failed to clear, which led to Amrinder finding himself in a tricky position. The goalkeeper handled the situation well and sends the ball to safety.
7' BOOKING- Deepak Tangri brcomes the first player to go into the referee's book
7' ATKMB has made its intentions clear from the start. Direct, attacking play in the opposition half. Maziya slightly rattled and still hasn't found its rhythm.
5' GOAL RULED OUT!! OFFSIDE!! Maziya completely exposed as Manvir rolled in a great ball from the right, which Krishna tucked away in the far-corner of Mirzokhid's goal. He was offside.
2' ATKMB on the attack from the get-go. It has won a corner in the second minute of the match. Nothing comes of it as Maziya clears it with ease.
09:30 PM- AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!!!
09:00 PM- Throwback
ATK Mohun Bagan started its AFC Cup campaign with a victory against Indian Super League (ISL) rival, Bengaluru FC. With today's kick off just 30 minutes away, have a look at the highlights from the ATKMB's first match against Bengaluru.
08:45 PM- All about the numbers
Deepak Tangri had an impressive debut for ATK Mohun Bagan in its first AFC Cup match against Bengaluru FC. Have a look at his numbers
08:35 PM- LINEUPS ARE OUT!!!
ATK Mohun Bagan XI: Amrinder (GK), Pritam (C), McHugh, Sumit, Manvir, Lenny, Tangri, Subhasish, Liston, Krishna, Williams
Subs: Arindam, Avilash, Bidyananda, Sahil, Boumous, Engson, Ricky, Kiyan, Ashutosh, Abhishek
Coach: Antonio Lopez Habas
Maziya XI: Mirzokhid (GK), Odawara, Mahudee, Nihan, Hamza, Yaamin, Blanco, Irufaan (C), Ibrahim, Cornelius , Abdulla
Subs: Hussain, Zimam, Nahwaash, Amdhan, Asadhulla, Naiz, Junaid, Ibbe, Shifaz, Umair
Coach: Risto Vidakovic
On a high after a clinical performance in its opener, ATK Mohun Bagan would look for back-to-back success and move closer to qualifying for the knockout stage when it faces Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives in an AFC Cup group game here on Saturday.
Antonio Lopez Habas' Kolkata side beat fellow Indian club Bengaluru FC 2-0, registering more shots on target despite having only 32 percent possession.
A win on Saturday could put ATK Mohun Bagan on the verge of a knockout berth from Group D but Habas is keeping his focus only on the match.
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"We are going from match to match, and we have another opponent waiting," said Habas.
"It's the same idea to give absolute respect to the opponent and we will need to develop our football on the pitch. In football, you could have one bad day or situation that could change the outcome."
The Spaniard said his players will need to play with intensity throughout the 90 minutes.
"We know how they (Maziya Sports & Recreation) played with other teams, but we have to see how they will perform against us, because maybe they might play differently with a different behaviour."
The home side, on the other hand, is coming into the match after a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings.
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It fell to two first half goals against Bashundhara but head coach Risto Vidakovic is hoping to build on its second half performance to upset ATK Mohun Bagan.
"I've talked to the players, and we know that we didn't play our best game. We were too nervous, especially in the first half. After the first goal, the team was more nervous," Vidakovic said.
"It's not easy to be two goals down and turn everything, as it's too much pressure. But that game is in the past, and we have to focus on the future. We have another opportunity (against ATK Mohun Bagan) and we are going for it."
The winner of the four-team Group D will advance to the inter-zone semifinals against either FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan or FC Ahal of Turkmenistan from the central cone.