Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's semifinal clash between Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.
This was Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the pre-match buildup and minute-by-minute updates of this high-profile clash.
Post Match Comments:
Hyderabad FC 3-1 ATK Mohun Bagan
Hyderabad FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan for the first time in its history and goes into the second leg with a confortable two-goal margin with Ogbeche scoring the equaliser and Yasir getting his first goal this season.
90+3' Off the bar! Manvir makes a run along the right flank, passes to Kiyan, whose first touch gets the ball almost on target, but the woodwork denies him. What a chance!
90' Krishna chases the ball into the HFC box and Akash Mishra and he gets into a challenge, with the Fijian going down vehenmently appealing for a penalty. The refree disagrees and the ATKMB forward and the team's dugout is mortified. It did look like a legitiamte push from the HFC player
89' Yasir takes the free kick, off Kauko's foul and the ball goes out for a corner kick off a deflection from the ATKMB defence. The corner kick is eventually cleared by Kauko from the box.
86' Camara and Ogbeche pair up to progres the ball forward and the latter sticks to the ball, only to be fouled soon and earns a free kick, which is cleared by Subhasish
84' Substitution for HFC! In: Khassa Camara; Out: Javier Siverio
82' Chance! Prabir Das makes a brilliant run along the right flank and crosses for Manvir, who almost gets to it and eventually Kiyan gets the ball, only to be dispossessed soon
81' Double Substitution for ATKMB! In: Kiyan Nassiri, Prabir Das ; Out: Deepak Tangri, Sandesh Jhingan
78' Substitution Time! Another shot by Yasir as Deepak blocks it and now time for change for Hyderabad FC.
In: Halicharan Narzary, Sahil Tavora, Out: Aniket Jadhav, Souvik Chakrabarti
75' Miss! A corner kick for ATKMB, initially is fisted away by Kattimani and then Krishna steals the ball makes a run along the right flank to divert defenders towards him and crosses to Kauko, who shoots just wide in front of an open goal
72' Save! Liston makes a run into the box with Krishna carrying the ball into the final third, passing to to Liston on his left as Colaco shoots. Kattimani makes a key save and the ball is cleared by the HFC defence
71' ATKMB looks to be in mitigation mode after losing its key defender Tiri to an injury and will be lucky to get away with this scoreline at full time -- given HFC's attacking prowess and tempo at the moment
68' Hyderabad getting its tempo back now, playing clinical passes, playing one touch football. The Nizams have a lead, and a comfrotable one now
64' GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Yasir takes the corner kick and Siverio heads the ball into the net to score the third for Manolo Marquez's men
HFC 3-1 ATKMB
62' Substitution for ATKMB! In: Hugo Boumous, Out: Tiri
Tiri ran into a collision on the follow through with fellow defender Sandesh Jhingan and the Spaniard is carried off the field on a tretcher, wreathing in pain. A very sorry sight in football indeed.
58' GOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!! Hyderabad gets the ball in fornt of the box and Yasir goes for goal with a clinical shot from outside the box
HFC 2-1 ATKMB
55' Aniket steals the ball in the box after a defensive error by ATKMB, crossses for Siverio, but Jhingan tracks back to clear the ball for a corner. The corner kick that follows sees the ball headed out by ATKMB, which falls for Juanan and his touch gets the ball out for a goal kick
53' Double change for ATKMB! In: Manvir Singh, Carl McHugh, Out: David Williams, Lenny Rodrigues
52' Off Side! Colaco makes a run along the left wing, but the linesman had the flag raised with the Indian caught in the offside trap this time
50' Kauko makes a run into the box as Tangri spots him and crosses the ball, only to see Victor clear the ball away and a corner follows
49' Krishna gets the ball of a throw in, tries to make a forward run, but is locked by the yellow shirts and gets the ball back to his defence
47' ATKMB begins the second half with a high pressing style as HFC enjotys possession at the back. The match is back on level terms, thanks to Ogbeche's goal is the last moments of the first half
Second Half begins! No changes from either head coaches as the players take their positions after a huddle in the second half.
Hyderabad FC 1-1 ATK Mohun Bagan
A last minute equaliser by Ogbeche cancels Roy Krishna's goal to keep Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan all square mid-way in the second semifinal of ISL tonight.
45+2' GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Yasir delivers the cross from the corner kick, the ball falls into the penalty box melee and Ogbeche heads the ball into the net.
HFC 1-1 ATKMB
45+1' Another cross by HFC, this time by Aniket, another clearance by ATKMB. Ferrando must be proud with the defensive performance by his boys so far in this match
45' Free Kick for Hyderabad! Yasir takes the free kick which is headed away by Kauko. The ballfalls for Sauvik, whose cross is cleared as well.
44' Kauko gets the ball through despite being surrounded by two HFC players and looks to have picked up an injury. However, he is onto his feet soon
40' Hyderabad pressing high now, but its playing from the back sees Krishna chase the ball right to the edge of the box as the ball is somehow cleared by the HFC defence
38' Siverio takes the free kick and hits the wall the second time tonight.
36' Ogbeche makes a solo run from the midfield to the final third,dribbles four and then another, five ATKMB players, passes to Nim, who goes down after a foul. Free kick to HFC!
35' Victor gets the ball after a mistake by Lenny in the midfield and the Spaniard passes it for Siverio, whose backflick is inteecepted and then cleared by the ATKMB defence
34' As the match resumes after the break, Krishna, Kauko and Williams get together to get the ball up front, but the final pass by Williams is just too much for Colaco as the ball flies past the Indian foward
31' Time for a water break!
30' Hyderabad changing to a 4-4-2 formation with Siverio and Ogbeche acting as two attacking pivots in the final third, but no real chance has arrived for the boys in yellow yet
26' Foul! Krishna brings down Aniket as the latter goes down on the follow up and HFC gets a free kick from a scoring position. Siverio takes it which after a firm block by the wall is cleared away by ATKMB
25' Aniket flies in a cross from the left, and after a nimble touch by Subhasish, the ball goes outfor a corner kick. Yasir takes it, but after a set-piece attempt it is eventually cleared away and Manolo Marquez is furious with the play!
23' ATKMB has won seven out of 11 times after scoring first. Will this match see a similar fate, or will Hyderabad FC make a come back? Well, we will have to wait to find out.
22' Kotal takes the ball in front with a run along the right wing, but his ball after a pss to Kauko is stolen by Ogbeche eventulayy, who passes to Yasir. Yasir's cross is too high as it goes out for a goal kick
18' GOOAAALALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Roy Krishna poaches the ball following a Colaco cross to put ATKMB in front
HFC 0-1 ATKMB
13' Save! Kauko gets the ball in the penalty box off a through ball by Krishna and shoots, but Kattimani is there to make the first save of the match
12' Ogbeche gets the ball, tries to dribble, but goes down to the ground. The refere does not give a foul as the play that follows has Kauko delivering a long ball for Liston who makes a sprint for the ball.
Liston goes down close to the box and his appeal for a foul is also not acknolwledged by the referee
10' Liston makes a run along the left flank, crosses but Kattimani us there to catch it and get it back into play as Aniket makes a run and just before he could deliver a key pass to Ogbeche, ATKMB gets the ball back
9' HFC is back playing from the back as Dorjee's long ball is just too long to go out of play for a throw in
7' Both the teams waiting for the opposition to be drawin out so that they can attack on the break. Colaco gets the ball into the final third and the final cross by Krishna from the right is headed out of danger by the HFC defence
6' Krishna chases a long ball from Kauko in the box as Juanan heads it away
4' Nim Dorjee chases David Williams, who makes a run into the HFC box and the ball eventually goes out of play for a throw in, which is played forward by Victor. ATKMB intercepts the ball and the match is back, being dominated in the midfield
2' ATKMB tries to play trinagular passes with Kauko and Colaco involved as HFC intercepts the pass to get back the ball
7:30 pm: Kick Off!
7:25 pm: The players are out on the field and have taken their positions for the National Anthem of India. HFC is in its ywllow home kit, while ATKMB starts in its white away kit.
7:10 pm: What are the coaches saying?
6:50 pm: TEAM FORM - ATK Mohun Bagan has won two of its last five matches and has lost just once, earning eight points from a possible 15. Hyderabad FC, on the other hand, has won four of the last five matches, earning 12 points from a maximum of 15.
6:32 pm: Confirmed Starting Lineups are out!
Hyderabad FC Starting XI: (4-2-3-1) Laxmikant Kattimani (GK) -- Akash Mishra, Nim Dorjee, Chinglesana Singh, Juanan -- Joao Victor, Sauvik Chakrabarti -- Mohammed Yasir, Javier Siverio, Aniket Jadhav -- Bartholomew Ogbeche.
ATK Mohun Bagan Starting XI:(4-2-3-1) Amrinder Singh (GK) -- Subhasish Bose, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal -- Deepak Tangri, Lenny Rodrigues -- Roy Krishna , Joni Kauko -- David Williams
6:15 pm: Chance to break the duck for Hyderabad FC!
Hyderabad FC has not beat ATK Mohun Bagan ever, in its history and will look to change that in its third clash this season. In case you missed the highlights of the last two clashes this season, we've got you covered.
ISL 2021-22 Season Clashes:
- KBFC 1-1 JFC -- December 26, 2021 -- Kerala Blasters FC vs Jamshedpur Highlights
- JFC 3-0 KBFC -- February 10, 2022 -- Jamshedpur FC vs Kerala Blasters Highlights
6:00 pm: Here is how we think the two sides would lineup tonight.
Hyderabad FC Predicted XI: (4-2-3-1 Probable) Laxmikant Kattimani (GK) -- Akash Mishra, Chinglesana Singh, Juanan, Nikhil Poojary -- Sauvik Chakrabarti, Khassa Camara -- Yasir Mohammed, Joel Chianese, Aniket Jadhav -- Bartholomew Ogbeche.
ATK Mohun Bagan Predicted XI:(4-2-3-1 Probable) Amrinder Singh (GK) -- Subhasish Bose, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal -- Deepak Tangri, Carl McHugh -- Liton Colaco, Joni Kauko, Manvir Singh -- Roy Krishna
5:45 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD: Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan have met six times in the past and HFC has not been able to beat ATKMB even once. Four of the six fixtures have ended in a draw while the Mariners have won twice.
The first leg of Indian Super League's (ISL) second semifinal is expected to bring up an intense contest of tactical and technical skills when Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan face each other at Bambolim on Saturday.
The two sides have given enough display of their abilities while sealing the second and third spots in the final league standings. The play-offs will now be testing their mental strength and composure. The team handling the stress better will be getting a ticket to the title contest.
Hyderabad will be starting as the favourite despite making its first appearance in the play-offs. The team has earned a lot of admiration as it brought up a string of successful outings to stay on the top of the standings for a fair amount of time in the season.
Manolo Marquez, the Spanish head coach of the Nizams, showed the right acumen in managing his squad that scored the most number of goals (43) and conceded the second lowest (23) among the 11 sides in the fray.
At the heart of its attacking force was the seasoned Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche, who leads the individual scoring chart with 17 goals. But a bout of COVID-19 infections in the squad spoiled its chances of finishing at the top.
ATK Mohun Bagan, the last year’s runner-up, has also done well but injuries to key foreigners like Hugo Boumous, David Williams and Roy Krishna hindered its progress towards the business end of the tournament.
The team found salvation in the performances of its Indian contingent in Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh and Subhasish Bose, who have consistently done well to see the team through to its second successive play-off qualification.
It now remains to be seen how the Spanish gaffer Juan Ferrando prepares his forces in the battle array against Hyderabad FC.
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