Durand Cup 2019, As it happened: Army Red, Indian Navy hold Bengaluru FC, ATK to draws

Tune in for live commentary and updates from the Durand Cup 2019 clash between Indian Navy and ATK being played at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of the 2019 Durand Cup fixture between Indian Navy and ATK. from the Salt Lake Stadium.

 

It's full-time and the Group B match ends 1-1. Both teams end with a point each with Mohun Bagan topping the table with 3 points. Indian Navy deserved the draw for its first half display. ATK threw everything at the opposition and was only able to find the equaliser courtesy a penalty after a handball.

Five minutes of added time...

88' GOAAAAAL for ATK! Prabir Das steps up and coolly slots it high into the left side as the 'keeper dives the wrong way. It's 1-1.

87' PENALTY for ATK! Willaim's shot strikes the hand of Vivekananda inside the box and the referee points to the spot!

85' Bodies everywhere. Indian Navy's Pradhesh is also taken off on the stretcher.

82' Benno Ba comes on Navy Blue's goal-scorer Harikrishna. Harikrishna is taken off from the field on a stretcher.

81' Ashish Pradhan rifles a shot on goal from range but the 'keeper has the shot covered and collects it with ease. Either side of the 'keeper and that would have been 1-1.

80' Ankit Mukherjee comes on for ATK. Thatal goes off.

69' Another free-kick outside Indian navy's box. This time on the right side. Cavin Lobo territory... It's Samte who takes it, and the ball just narrowly goes over the top right corner.

67' Second change for ATK. Midfielder Calvin Lobo comes on as Malswamzuala is taken off.

63' Harikrishna again, this time, tries to fashion a chance for himself with a run on the left flank. He takes a shot from a narrow angle, which doesn't trouble the 'keeper.

60' Another poor free-kick... this time from Gopi Singh who curls it high and wide.

60' Nearly a penalty for ATK. William is fouled at the edge of the penalty box and the ISL side has a free-kick.

54' Change for ATK. William Pauliankhum comes in for Ashish Jha as the Kolkata side seeks an equaliser.

46' The second 45 gets underway..

SECOND HALF

The referee blows the whistle for half-time and Indian Navy has a narrow lead.

36' Ashish Pradhan's free-kick for ATK from over 30 yards is way off target.

27' Pradeesh with a superb chance to put Navy 2-0 up! Inayath with a chipped ball from the right finds Pradeesh's run in behind ATK's defence. The attacker controls the ball and with only the goalkeeper to beat, hits it straight at Avilash Paul and the ball goes behind for a corner.

20' GOOAAAAL!! Against the run of play, Indian Navy takes the lead! Navy breaks on the counter and breaks the offside trap with a through ball to which Harikrishna races on to, rounds up the 'keeper and slots the ball into the net. Sarabjith Singh with the through ball.

18' Ashish Jha holds off the defender inside Navy Blue box and tries to direct the ball towards goal on the bounce, but his shot is starught at Bhaskar Roy.

12' Prabir Das' header from the corner is cleared off the goalline by Navy Blue. ATK has looked the dominant side thus far.

4' Malswamzuala cuts in from the right and takes a swipe from outside the box. His shot flies high over the bar.

1' Navy blue kicks-off from left to right.

FIRST HALF

Navy Blue: Abhishek Joshy, Harikrishna, Vivekananda, Jijo F, Britto PM, Pradeesh C, Novin Gurung, Muhammed Inayath, Anoop Pauly, Bhaskar Roy (GK), Sarabjith Singh

ATK XI: Gopi Singh, Komal Thatal, Avilash Paul (GK), Hitesh Sharma, Anil Chawan, Buanthunglun, Ashish Pradhan, Salam Ranjan Singh, Malswamzuala, Ashish Jha, Prabir Das

Indian Navy vs ATK

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The referee blows the full-time whistle and the game ends in a 1-1 draw. Army Red took the lead at the stroke of half-time through Liton Shil, but Bengaluru FC clawed its way back into the tie through Suresh Wangjam's 82nd minute penalty. Bengaluru had a couple of fine chances in the dying moments to snatch a win, but it wasn't mean to be as both sides ended up sharing the spoils.

90+6' How close was that? Suresh Wangjam has another chance to give his side the lead but his powerful right-footed drive from the edge of the box whizzes just past the post. So so close!

90+6' That should have been a penalty! Sairutkima makes a phenomenal run and is tripped, seemingly, inside the box, but the ref says nothing doing.

90+3' Army Red captain Suresh Meitei hacks Advait from behind and subsequently goes into the ref's book. That's his second yellow of the tourney and he will miss his side's next match.

90' We will have six minutes of added time. Plenty of time for a winner, I reckon?

89' It's a very well rehearsed corner routine, but Gursimrat's strike sails well past the goal.

88' Corner for BFC! Will this be the turning point of the tie?

85' Suresh has a chance to make it 2-1 to Bengaluru, but falters at the lasts second. A terrific through ball sees him surge towards the goal and he had just the 'keeper between him and the goal. However, he chooses to square it and just can't find his teammate. A wasted chance, this.

82' GOAL! Suresh Wangjam coolly converts from the spot and we're back on level terms! GAME ON! The 'keeper went the right way and managed to get a hand to the ball, but could not keep it out.

81' PENALTY TO BENGALURU FC! Bhutia races into the box and he ball is clearly evading him, but Alwin pulls him down and Bengaluru now has a chance to equalise.

78' Final change for Army Red: Alwin E comes on for Jain P.

75' Bengaluru continues to attack and throw men forward, but Noushad Moosa's men are finding it to tough to make their way past this resolute Amy Red defence.

70' We're down to the last 20 minutes and Army Red is holding on to its slender one-goal lead.

66' Herojit Singh has truly brought about a massive change in this Army Red side. He came on as a substitute and has been omnipresent since. He's contributed to attack and defence alike and has been the star thus far.

65' Change for Army Red: Randhan Meitei is replaced  by Christopher Kamei.

Bahadur is the side's second goalkeeper. The main 'keeper, Shanoos, was sent off in the previous game after he took out an Eats Bengal attacker in a 1v1 situation outside the box. Bahadur came on to replace him but there was little he could do as he conceded two goals in the 10-odd minutes he played.

61' Army Red goalkeeper Chandra Bahadur makes a sharp save. Parag plays a teasing cross into the box towards Advait, but Bahadur comes to his side's rescue.

58' Second change for Bengaluru, Lalrdindika, who had two glorious chances in the opening half, is taken off for Advait Shinde.

So the app showing the match has konked off and now we're left with no live stream. Oops.

50' SAVE! Bengaluru FC custodian Aditya pulls off a top save to deny Army's Jain from close range.

48' Namgyal Bhutia is fouled by Army Red captain Meitei and Bengaluru FC now has a freekick from 30-odd yards out.

46' KICK OFF! First change for Bengaluru - Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha comes on for Ajay Chhetri.

In other Indian football news, Mohun Bagan is trailing 1-0 to Peerless SC in the Calcutta Football League! My colleague Santadeep Dey has all the updates from that clash - follow it  LIVE HERE.

45+4' GOAL FOR ARMY RED! Sunil B makes a surging run into the box and blasts a low ball across the face of the goal. Liton Shil times his run to perfection and slots it home to give his side the all-important lead. Army Red has been the better side over the last 15 minutes and its efforts have finally bore fruit, seconds before the half-time whistle.

45+2' Just over the bar! Mukesh delivers a peach of a cross from the right and Meitei gets off a strong header, but just can't find the target.

45' The fourth official has signalled for four minutes of added time.

44' HOW DID HE MISS THAT? It's the substitute Herojit who's in the thick of things again as he has a golden chance to open the scoring. He's released down the left and he makes his way past his man and fires a shot, but only manages to find the side netting. That was surely the Army side's best chance of the game so far.

41' Yellow for Sairutkima. He tugs at a goalbound Liton's jersey, takes him out in the process and picks up a booking.

39' OFF THE POST! Army Red skipper Meitei has a fine chance but his shot strikes the post! Bengaluru FC have had more possession, but have struggled defensively.

35' The pressure is on the Army Red side as it's a must-win game for them. A loss today would see the team being knocked out of the competition!

32' What an instant impact he makes! Herojit receives the ball on the right and cuts into the box to unleash a curling left-footed beauty, but his shot misses the target by a whisker.

32' Uh oh, trouble for Army Red. Bikash Thapa has been taken off and is replaced by defender Herojit Singh.

26' The players head for a quick water break and its time for them to re-group.

22' OFF THE CROSSBAR! Biswa Darjee lets one rip from distance and beats the 'keeper, but the ball clatters against the crossbar and our wait for the opening goal continues. It's a stunning left-footed strike from the young man.

20' It's been a very interesting opening 20 minutes. Bengaluru FC had two great chances to go up, but Lalrindika failed to find the target on both occasions. Army Red also had its share of chances, but neither have converted so far.  

19' JUST WIDE! Lardindika wins the ball in the attacking third and blazes past two defenders to find himself in a 1v1 with the 'keeper, but his chip sails just wide of the goal.

15' End to end action here! Army Red are piling the pressure on the Bengaluru FC defence and it looks like we're not to far away from the opening goal.

14' What a chance for Bengaluru! A grounded cross finds Lalrdindika in the centre of the box and he just has the 'keeper to beat, but fails to connect and misses the shot altoghether.

12' Lovely move this from Mukesh. He dodges his way past three defenders and lays it up for Randhan at the edge of the box, but the shot fails to find the target.

9' First booking of the game. Parag and Roshan play a clever one-two, but the latter is hacked down in the attacking third. Army Red's Sushil receives a yellow card for the tackle.

7' Chance for Bengaluru! Lalrindika races down the flank and squares it for a teammate, but an Army defender manages to clear the ball in the knick of time.

5' This young Bengaluru FC looks mighty impressive! The boys look in great touch and their intricate passing looks very, very promising. Their build up play has been terrific so far.

3' First corner of the game and it goes Army Red's way. Bikash attempts a lob from the right, but its deflected for a flag-kick. Mukesh comes up with a fine cross from the right and Sushil leaps high to connect, but his header loops just above the crossbar.

1' KICK OFF!

So the Army Red side is relatively unchanged from its previous game. The one major change though will be the side's star striker Bikash Thapa's arrival in the starting XI and he will shoulder the side's goal-scoring responsibilities.

Not far from here, we also have a Calcutta Football League clash underway as Mihun Bagan begins its title defence against last season's runner-up Peerless SC. My colleague Santadeep Dey will bring you all the updates and you can follow that game LIVE HERE.

Here's the Army Red starting XI - Zothanpuia, Suresh Meitei, Sunil B, Sushil Shah, Jain P, Bikash Thapa, Mukesh Kumar, Kamardeep Singh, Yaikhom Randhan, Liton Shil, Chandra Bahadur.

Here's how Bengaluru FC will line up today - Aditya Para, Sairuat Kima, Edmund Lalrindika, Parag Shrivas, Biswa Darjee, Naorem Roshan Singh, Namgyal Bhutia, Ajay Chhetri, Suresh Wangjam, Leon Augustine, Gursimrat Singh Gill.

Reigning Indian Super League (ISL) champion Bengaluru FC will begin its Durand Cup campaign against Army Red this afternoon. Bengaluru has named a 'B' team for the tournament and will be without its stars in Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Udanta Singh to name a few. 

The Army team comes into the tie on the back of a 2-0 loss against East Bengal and will be eager to pick up points from this clash.

The Army Red side has five members from the Services team that won that Santosh Trophy this year, including influential striker Bikash Thapa, who scored the winner in the final. The team put up a strong fight against East Bengal and looked claim a draw, but two goals in he 85th minute and in stoppage time handed EB the win.

Here's are the results from all the Durand Cup matches so far:

Match 1) New signing Salva Chamorro struck twice in the first half for Mohun Bagan before it held onto a nervy 2-0 win over Mohammedan SC in the Durand Cup opener.

Match 2) Second half strikes from Jaime Santos Colado and Khangembam Bidyashagar Singh saw East Bengal earn a hard-fought 2-0 win over Army Red in their Durand Cup tie.

The group stage of the Durand Cup will be live streamed on Addatimes.