Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of this evening's ATK Mohun Bagan vs Chennaiyin FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa.
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Chennaiyin FC's unbeaten run continues as the side secures 1 -1 draw with ATK Mohun Bagan. The result sees Chennaiyin move to the third spot with eight points from four games, while ATK Mohun Bagan remains sixth with seven points from five matches.
FULL-TIME! ATK MOHUN BAGAN 1 - 1 CHENNAIYIN FC
90+2' The Mariners are shoring up in defence and it looks like Habas will be content with a draw today.
90' The fourth official signals for four minutes to be added on.
89' Yet another substitution as Boumous is replaced by David Williams.
87' Habas makes another change as Tangri is taken off for Lenny Rodrigues. A flurry of late changes - will we see a super-sub win the game?
86' Tangri goes down in a heap and appears to have injured his knee!
83' Second change of the evening for Chennaiyin as Mirlan Murzaev replaces Lukasz.
82' The change has been made as Liston comes off for Soosairaj.
80' Michael Soosairaj is ready to come on! Soosairaj has been out for a long while, having suffered an ACL injury in the opening game of the previous season.
78' Chennaiyin continues to take the game to the opposition in the closing stage of this game. There surely, surely, has to be one more goal in this game!
75' We're into the final quarter of the game and there's still nothing to separate the two sides! Chennaiyin has had the bulk of chances but hasn't had a lot of success in the opposition box, while ATKMB has largely been dependent on Krishna and Boumous in attack.
73' First change of the evening as Rahim Ali replaces Edwin.
67' Thapa has been the central figure in most of Chennayin's chances this evening. He makes another marauding run into the box and waits for support before laying it for Edwin. He fires a low shot that whizzes wide of the upright.
65' A fine passage of link-up play sees Thapa release Reagan down the right. He crafts a looping cross into the box but Lukasz's downward header is no good.
62' How did Kauko manage to miss that!?! A corner from the left falls at his feet but the Finnish star fails to convert.
61' Manvir receives Bumous' pass and makes a strong run down the right channel before drilling a powerful cross into the box. Vishal does well to parry it away.
58' That was not too far away from Edwin! Jerry squares it for Chhangte in the box, who chests it down and feeds it to Edwin. The 29-year-old lets one rip and it floats just above the crossbar.
55' Chennaiyin FC is seeing plenty of possession here and is moving the ball around really well.
52' David Williams is warming up. The Aussie had scored in both the games against Chennaiyin last season.
50' Chennaiyin is yet to defeat ATK Mohun Bagan in the ISL. Can the two-time champion side get the big W today?
48' Fantastic work from Krishna! He weaves his way past Narayan and Jerry to find Boumous. The Morrocan fires a snapshot that fails to trouble the 'keeper.
46' And the second half gets underway!
A bit of an ill-tempered end to the opening half as both teams go into the interval tied at 1-1. Liston put ATK Mohun Bagan ahead with a fine finish on the 18th minute but Chennaiyin struck back through Koman's sizzling strike at the stroke of half-time. Everything to play for in the second 45!
45+1' We have another squabble on the pitch here. Tangri runs into Koman, ATKMB players protest for a foul and a melee ensues. The referee does not book any players but the ATKMB physio is shown a red card for shoving away Edwin.
45' KOMAN SCORES FOR CHENNAIYIN! Thapa's throw-in from the right is not dealt with by the ATKMB defence and the weak clearance lands kindly for Koman, who rifles the ball into the bottom corner. A sizzling strike from the Hungarian! Two minutes to be added on.
43' Bit of a spat here as Boumous elbows Edwin while vying for a header, but the referee waves play on. Koman goes on to dispossess Boumous with a rash challenge and the ref awards ATKMB a free-kick.
41' Chennaiyin has won a staggering 10 corners but is yet to find a way past Amrinder! The coach Bandovic looks absolutely furious on the touchline.
39' Liston gets a warning from the referee here. He felt he was fouled by Jerry earlier and the linesman waved his flag but the referee felt otherwise. Liston protested ferociously but got nothing from the ref and then went on to foul a Chennaiyin player.
36' Liston pounces on Reagan's mis-timed header and bombs down the left but his first touch is a tad poor. He manages to win ATKMB a corner.
31' Chennaiyin has been piling the pressure on the Mariners defence and has came very close on a couple of instances but has just not been able to find the back of the net. Oh and Thapa displays yet another exquisite piece of skill as he nutmegs Tiri on the far corner.
29' Inches away from Thapa! Ashutosh plays a poor back pass and Chhangte latches on t it before squaring it for Thapa. The Chennaiyin captain times his run to perfection and gets ahead of his man, but his shot rolls just wide.
27' That's a nice bit of play from Chennaiyin. The Marina Machans work the ball around well and Koman receives it outside the box before firing a powerful strike that swerved off-target.
25' An interesting battle here between Reagan and Krishna. The Fijian does extremely well to win the ball off Reagan and the Chennaiyin defender, evidently unhappy, clips Krishna's ankle. Yellow for Reagan!
22' Tiri goes into the ref's book for a late challenge on Edwin. Free-kick to Chennaiyin from a very promising position.
21' Stopped on the goal-line! Chennaiyin comes back with a phenomenal move as Thapa nutmegs Bose before storming into the box. His cut back is cleared, but only as far as Edwin who strikes it really well. Bose makes up for the earlier error with a sliding save to clear the danger.
18' GOAAAAAAL! LISTON PUTS THE MARINERS AHEAD! An absolutely stunning goal from Liston as he finishes Krishna's delightful pass. The Fijian threaded an inch-perfect through ball that pierced through the Chennaiyin defence and Liston's shot struck the underside of the crossbar before finding the back of the net.
15' It's been an evenly contested opening quarter. Neither side really able to stamp its authority on the game just yet and the possession is pretty evenly shared.
12' Great work from Ashutosh. He tracks Chhangte's run to perfection and heads a long ball away for a corner. Chhangte would have had just the 'keeper to beat if Ashutosh had missed that!
9' A diagonal ball is floated into the box for Lukasz but Amrinder does well to collect the ball and cuts off the Polish striker's chance.
8' ATK Mohun Bagan has scored 33% of its goals in the opening 15 minutes of games. Will the Mariners continue the trend today?
6' Liston has a go from outside the box but it floats over the crossbar. Early warning signs for the Chennaiyin defence.
4' Tangri, who has just made a comeback after suspension, receives a caution from the referee for a foul on Koman.
3' Liston bursts down the left flank but Vishal races off his line to avert the danger.
1' KICK OFF! ATK Mohun Bagan dons its tradition green and maroon kits while Chennaiyin turns up in all whites.
7:25pm: Five minutes to kick-off - grab yourself some popcorn and get comfortable, for this promises to be a cracker of a contest!
7:15pm: STAT: Chennaiyin FC has never beaten ATK Mohun Bagan in the ISL! In the two matches they have played, ATK Mohun Bagan won one and managed a goalless draw in the other.
7:05pm: ATK Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Amrinder Singh, who won the League double with Mumbai City FC last year, will be playing his 100th ISL game today.
6:55pm: Two fresh faces in the Chennaiyin XI as Edwin Vanspaul and Lukasz Gikiewicz make their first starts. The duo replaces Mirlan Murzaev and Rahim Ali.
6:40 pm: Three changes for the Mariners as Tiri returns to the squad after recovering from an injury! Deepak Tangri also returns to the XI after a one game suspension. Liston Colaco also makes the line up after being benched the previous game.
IN: Tiri, Deepak Tangri, Liston Colaco | OUT: Sumit Rathi, Carl McHugh, Lenny Rodrigues
6:30pm: Team news!
ATK Mohun Bagan starting XI : Amrinder Singh; Ashutosh Mehta, Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Subhasish Bose; Deepak Tangri, Joni Kauko, Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh; Hugo Boumous, Roy Krishna
Chennaiyin FC starting XI: Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Ariel Borysiuk, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Anirudh Thapa, Vladimir Koman, Edwin Vanspaul; Lukasz Gikiewicz
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6pm: Here's how we think the two sides could line up today -
ATK Mohun Bagan predicted XI: Amrinder Singh; Subhasish Bose, Carl McHugh, Pritam Kotal; Liston Colaco, Deepak Tangri, Lenny Rodrigues, Manvir Singh; Hugo Boumous, Joni Kauko; Roy Krishna
Chennaiyin FC predicted XI: Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Ariel Borysiuk, Anirudh Thapa, Vladimir Koman, Mirlan Murzaev, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Rahim Singh
5:45pm: A win today for Chennayin FC would take the Marina Machans to the second spot on the league table, while a victory for ATK Mohun Bagan would see the side move to the third position. Here's the ISL points table n full -
- MATCH PREVIEW: Chennaiyin braces for ATK Mohun Bagan challenge -
Chennaiyin FC will hope to continue its unbeaten run in the Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) when it takes on ATK Mohun Bagan at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Saturday.
The former champion has won two games so far and played a goalless draw in its last game against SC East Bengal.
Even though CFC struggled to find the back of the net in its last game despite creating several chances, the team has been solid in defence, having conceded just one goal from three matches.
It is a strategy that the team will likely employ on Saturday as well and coach Bozidar Bandovic highlighted it as one of the positives to come out of the last game.
“I was happy defensively, in attack and even in set pieces, we were dangerous. But we need to improve in scoring the goal. The last pass, the last decision, we need to put the ball in the net,” said Bandovic on the team’s learnings from the last game.
ATK Mohun Bagan, on the other hand, comes into the game after two defeats and will need to find the winning form it showed in the opening two fixtures. The team will quickly need to shore up its defence as it has been leaking goals in its last two matches, something both Mumbai City FC and Jamshedpur FC exploited well to post convincing wins.
After the twin defeats, coach Antonio Lopez Habas said, “It is about bringing back the confidence of our side. I consider my players the best in the world. We have to continue with the same energy and demonstrate that we are the best."
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