Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Chennaiyin FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa. This was Aneesh Dey bringing you the pre-match buildup minute-by-minute updates of this high-voltage clash.
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Read match report: ISL 2021-22: ATK Mohun Bagan qualifies for semis with 1-0 win against Chennaiyin FC
Updated points table: ISL 2021-22 Points Table: Jamshedpur FC wins League Winners's Shield for the first time
Full time (Chennaiyin FC 0-1 ATK Mohun Bagan)
90+4' CFC Subs: In: Davinder Singh, Balaji Ganesan and Ninthoi Out: Jerry Lalrinzuala, Jobby Justin and Reagan Singh.
90+1' ATKMB plays a short corner and tries to create an opening to open the CFC defence, but fails to do so.
Four added minutes!
88' CFC was stringing a good move with some snappy passing but the move dissipates as Lukasz's pass to Pasha is too strong.
86' ATKMB Sub: In: Ashutosh Mehta Out: Subhasish Bose.
86' CFC Sub: In: Suhail Pasha Out: Rahim Ali.
85' Valskis goes for goal from a long-distance freekick. He keeps his effort on target but Amrinder saw the ball all the way. An easy gather for the ATKMB keeper.
84' CFC Sub: In: Lukasz Gikiewicz Out: Edwin Vanspaul.
83' CFC trying to play out from the back but gets crowded out as ATKMB players are effective with their press.
79' CFC keeper Samik completely missed the ball as Prabir Das crossed the ball from a corner. Thankfully, Koman is there to clear the ball.
75' ATKMB Sub: In: Kiyan Nassiri Out: Deepak Tangri.
72' Jerry's cross from the left alost reaches Valskis' head but Tiri gets a vital touch to take the ball away from the Chennaiyin forward.
70' Valskis gets at the end of Reagan's cross and heads the ball towards goal. However, it is a weak header and Amrinders catches it without much fuss.
68' ATKMB Subs: In: Prabir Das and Lenny Rodrigues Out: Liston Colaco and Joni Kauko.
65' Colaco sends a great cross inside the box. Manvir gets at the end of it but cannot get his shot away.
64' Off the post- Reagan's shot from distance takes a deflection and hits the post. The ball came back into play but luckily, ATKMB had players to clear the ball. Unlucky for Chennaiyin.
58' Jhingan recovers well to block Valskis' shot at goal. The defender could not read the flight of the ball initially as the cross was delivered inside the box.
57' Booking- Deepak Tangri of ATKMB sees yellow.
52' ATKMB dominating the ball currently with 62% possession. CFC is on the backfoot.
47' It is still anyone's game with the score 1-0 in ATKMB's favour. As things stand, the Mariners are level on points with league-leader Jamshedpur FC.
We are back for the second half!
Half-time (Chennaiyin FC 0-1 ATK Mohun Bagan)
45+3' GOOOAAL!! ATKMB SCORES!! ITS KRISHNA!! Kauko with a wonderful pass to Krishna who had made a good run. Krishan shot across goal and slotted the ball home past aa helpless Samik.
Three added minutes!
44' Shot- Reagan's intended cross goes horribly wide as he tried to wrap his foot around the ball and send it inside the box.
42' CFC with a wonderful opportunity to string a counter attack. Rahim Ali broke clear and all he had to do was pass the ball to Koman. But the ball got stuck under Ali's feet and his eventual pass was intercepted.
38' Kauko tries to cross inside the box from the right but Slavko does well to intercept the ball and clear the danger.
34' ATKMB trying to create an opening with some snappy passing in the final third but CFC keeping a compact defensive shape till now.
28' McHugh tries to lob the ball inside the box but sends it out of play after overhitting his pass.
24' Shot- Rahim Ali shoots from distance, which forces a save from Amrinder.
21' Krishna releases Liston with a nice through ball. Liston tries to get the better of his marker, Salam Ranjan but the latter stands his ground and snatches the ball away from Liston.
19' ATKMB enjoying more of the ball but CFC has not been shy in attacking its opponent's goal.
14' Shot- Liston cuts in and makes a surging run before getting his show away. It was a weak one and CFC keeper Samik gathers the ball easily.
10' Liston delivers a good ball inside the box from a corner. ATKMB players shout for a penalty but the referee waves away the protests.
7' Subhasish tries to slip a through ball to Manvir but Salam Ranjan puts in a good challenge to anticipate the ball.
5' Kauko tries to cross from the right flank but he loses possession after being crowded out by the CFC players.
3' Off the post- Early chance for ATKMB to clinch a lead as Krishna's shot cannons off the post and comes back into play.
7:30 pm: And we are underway!
7:06 pm: What are the coaches saying?
6:35 pm: Starting lineups are out!
Chennaiyin FC: Samik(GK); Jerry, Slavko, Salam, Reagan; Germanpreet, Edwin, Koman; Rahim, Valskis, Jobby.
Subs: Kaith(Gk), Dabas(GK); Devrani, Devender, Balaji; Meetel, Murzaev, Pasha, Lukasz.
Coach: Sabir Pasha.
ATK Mohun Bagan: Amrinder(GK); Subhasish, Sandesh, Tiri, Pritam; Tangri, McHugh, Kauko; Manvir, Colaco, Krishna.
Subs: Shaikh(GK); Rathi, Mehta, Prabir; Abhishek, Soosai, Lenny; Williams, Kiyan.
Coach: Juan Ferrando.
6:18 pm: When both teams met earlier in the season!
6:00 pm: Our predicted xi for tonight's match!
Chennaiyin FC Predicted XI: Debjit Majumder (GK), Ariel Borysiuk, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa (C), Germanpreet Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetel, Edwin Vanspaul, Mirlan Murzaev and Nerijus Valskis.
ATK Mohun Bagan Predicted XI: Amrinder Singh (GK), Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Subhasish Bose, Joni Kauko, Deepak Tangri, Manvir Singh, Roy Krishna, Liston Colaco and David Williams.
5:45 pm: Head-to-head record of both teams!
The two sides have shared the field thrice, with ATK Mohun Bagan winning once while the rest of the matches have been draws, including the 1-1 draw in Match 25 earlier this season, meaning Chennaiyin FC is winless against the Mariners.
ATK Mohun Bagan will be looking to extend its winning run and secure its second successive semifinal berth since joining the Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) when it takes on Chennaiyin FC at Fatorda on Thursday.
A win will also see ATKMB, which regained its winning touch after successive draws in the previous match against Bengaluru FC, close the gap on the top and improve its chances of claiming the maiden League Winner’s Shield.
The Kolkata giant has made great progress under Spanish coach Juan Ferrando and is unbeaten in 14 games, which is the second longest unbeaten run in the ISL. ATK Mohun Bagan is currently placed third with 34 points from 18 games and has a chance to close in on current table-topper Jamshedpur FC (37 from 18) and second-placed Hyderabad FC (35 from 19). A point from the next match against eighth-placed Chennaiyin FC will be enough to see ATKMB through the play-offs but it needs more than a draw to keep the hopes of winning the League Shield alive.
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Ferrando has been troubled by recurrent injuries to majority of his foreign attackers including Hugo Boumous, Roy Krishna and David Williams but what has kept the team afloat has been the fine form of his Indian forwards in Liston Colaco and Manvir Singh. And in the absence of the regular names in the creative zone, Finnish midfielder Joni Kauko has shepherded the team with his fine play-making abilities. ATKMB will be hoping that the attack combination comes good once again.
For two-time champion Chennaiyin FC, the season turned sour in the second phase where it managed to win just once in the last nine games (it lost five and drew thrice). Interim coach Sabir Pasha would be hoping that his side is able to conjure a surprise in its final outing and upset ATKMB’s applecart.
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