ISL 2019, as it happened: Odisha, ATK play out goalless draw

Catch all the LIVE score, updates, commentary of the ISL 2019-20 match between Odisha FC vs ATK at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.

Odisha FC's first game in Bhubaneswar will be delayed due to the upgradation work at the venue. Instead, it will host ATK in Pune.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar/Rajeev Bhatt

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This is Aashin Prasad and I will be bringing you the action as it unfolds.

 

Nothing comes out of it and that's the end of the game. ATK will be happy with a point and will go top of the table. Odisha did all the hard yards but failed to get a rea goal-scoring chance to be hard done by.

Three corners in a row for ATK at the death.

90' + 2' - Corner for ATK leads to penalty appeaks for a handball. Referee says no, and replay shows the ball hit the chest of Narayan Das.

Yellow card to Diagne and Garcia after some melee in the box.

90' +1' - Three minutes of added time. Two ATK players go down inside the box but referee says no penalty.

89' - Hernandez with a cross from the left side which Garcia gets his head on to on the dive. He can't quite get the right power or direction to it as he would have liked on the dive.  The ball goes straight into the hands of Arshdeep.

Final change for Odisha. Jerry goes off for Romeo Fernandes. Four minutes left in this game.

Change for Odisha. Xisco comes on for Guedes with seven minutes to go.

81' - For once Sarangi comes second best on the night. Roy Krishna leaves the young defender on the ground but his shot from a tight angle is blocked by Diagne on the dive.

79' - Hernandez brings down Sarangi, who made a darting run from the left into the middle of the park. Yellow card for Hernandez.

Edu Garcia comes on for David Williams. Final ATK change.

77' - ATK gives away the ball outside its box which Jerry latches on to. He check to the left and takes a left-footed shot which is wayvard.

76' -  Don't usually spot him in the opposition box but Bikramjit is found in the area where he cuts in and takes a left-footed shot which is tame.

72' - Jayesh runs down the middle, cuts in left to evade a defender but his shot from outside the box is deflected into the hands of Arshdeep.

71' - Prabir Das is down with an injury. Seems to have had an awkward injury to his finger. The medical team gets him wrapped up.

Bikramjit Singh on for Daniel. First change for Odisha in the 69th minute.

67' - What a move from Odisha! Santana finds Jerry on the right with a diagonal before running on to the end of an inviting cross from the winger. His header, however, isn't on target and is cleared behind for a corner.

65' - Some indecision at the back from ATK leads to a corner kick.

63' - Jobby almost scored his first goal of his ISL career. From the corner, he heads it down which is swept off the line by Nandha.

62' - Hernandez goes for a shot from distance which is deflected behind for a corner.

There are three strikers on the pitch for ATK.

Soosairaj is replaced by Jobby Justin.  Second change for ATK

58' - Arshdeep makes an unforced erroe while passing out from the back due to pressure from ATK forwards. The loose ball falls to Williams, whose shot is in the end scuppered by Arshdeep.

55' - Sumit pulls down Jerry near the center circle which the referee spots. That should have been a yellow card but he fails to award that. There is a little bit of scuffle between Nandha and Prabir, who didn't hand over the ball to Odisha to take the free-kick immediately.

52' - Guedes with a shot on the half-volley after bring set up by Santana but its straight at the keeper, who punches it away.

49' - Hernandez blazes the ball over from a free-kick.

One change for ATK. 18-year-old Sumit Rathi comes on for his debut replacing Anas. He will slot in the left wingback role while Soosai moves over to the right side.

46' - ATK begins proceedings and Hernandez loses the ball in the middle.

We are back for the second half. Hopefully, we will see a goal or two in this 45 minutes.

There goes the half-time whistle. Both teams will be unhappy with how things have gone this far. Odisha will be irked by the penalty not given for it. Habas will want to rally his team to muster a better performance in the second half.

45 +1 ' One minute of added time. Hernandez overhits his free-kick from the right side which doesn't trouble Arshdeep.

43' - Williams creates space and lets one rip from distance which Arshdeep gets behind but his fumble costs a corner for Odisha. Nothing comes out of it though.

39' - ATK nearly lands a sucker-punch on Odisha! A simple move with Jayesh finding Williams' run on the left side. The striker puts in a quick cross into the box which Krishna almost gets on the end of. That would have been some goal if he turned that in.

36' - Sarangi is brought down in the box by Soosairaj and the referee immediately waves the calls away. Unbelievable! Both the commentators on air yell 'NO WAY!' and goes on to say the decision was an 'absolute disgrace!'

35' - Sarangi again gets the better of Soosairaj. Not much joy for Soosai in this role tonight.

31' - Nandha with a Cryuff turn which earns his side a free-kick. The crowd loved that.

29' - It's all Odisha in the last minute or so being camped in ATK's goal. ATK is desperatly clearing the ball out of the area.

27' - ATK nearly scores on the counter attack. Started by Hernandez down the right side before being finished by the same player inside the Odisha box but for the brave call from Arshdeep to rush out of the box and thwart the effort. David Williams with the perfect through ball to find Hernandez.

24' - Nandha is released down the left side and he has time to pick out three Odisha players in the ATK box. He hits a low, hard cross which Guedes fails to control.

20' - Sarangi does well against Soosai on the left flank. Soosai looks to cut in but Sarangi sticks out a leg to dispossess the wingback.

17' - Daniel, oh my! The striker almost scores a wonder goal! He cuts and jinks part three ATK defenders before applying a toe-poke shot off balance. Unluckily for him the shot is tame and its rolls into the hands of Arindam.

16' - Nandhakumar almost! He attacks the corner and gets the timing right on it but the direction is wrong.

15' - Prabir is alert in the right wing-back position against the tricky Nandhakumar. He cuts Nandha's flick to push it behind for a corner.

14'- Anas comes in clatters into Sarangi on the left side. The referee pulls out the yellow card. Sarangi is lucky to come out of that with no injury.

13' - Prabir Das does well in a one-on-one foot race with Nandhakumar and win ATK a goal kick.

12' - Hernandez and Krishan both takes turns to run through the Odisha defence but is stopped short by the bodies on the way. One could argue that Hernandez was brought down just outside the box which wasn't called.

8' - A few heavy touches here and there contributing to mistakes from both sides but nothing too costly. Odisha dominating possession while ATK looking to defend its lines well.

4' - Aridane with a lot of room in the middle of the park. With no ATK player closing him down, he takes his time and unleashes a drive which narrowly goes over the bar.

No real excitement in the stands from kick-off. One could expect that considering both teams aren't from this part.

2' - Soosai swings in a cross from the left side after a neat exchange between Jayesh and Krishna. The ball is deemed to have gone out of play.

1' - Odisha FC kicks off from right to left in its white kit. ATK in its black kit will most likely play in its usual 3-5-2 formation.

FIRST HALF

It's not quite home yet for Odisha FC. Here's the reason why Odisha FC is playing its first three home games in Pune. and not in Bhubaneswar. For Odisha FC Xisco drops to the bench while Daniel Lalhlimpuia starts alongside Aridane Santana. No Vinit Rai in midfield so Martin Guedes will likely pair up with Tebar in the pivot.

ATK is unchanged from the line-up it put out in its 3-1 win over Jamshepdur FC. In the five line-ups Antonio Habas has named this season, he has chosen from a pool of just 12 players. It's safe to say that Habas has settled on his first XI. Among the subs, Edu Garcia is knocking on the doors for a starting call with his three goals while coming off the bench.

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ATK starting XI: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Prabir Das, Agustin Iniguez, Carl McHugh (C), Javier Hernandez, Michael Soosairaj, Jayesh Rane, Roy Krishna, David Williams.

Odisha FC starting XI: Arshdeep Singh (GK), Shubham Sarangi, Narayan Das, Carlos Delgado, Diawandou Diagne, Marcos Tebar (C), Martin Guedes, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Nandhakumar Sekar, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Aridane Santana.

 

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PREVIEW

Odisha FC plays its first home game when they square-off against high flying ATK as Indian Super League resumes after a short break here on Sunday.

Josep Gombau’s side has amassed four points from as many fixtures and have scored and conceded six goals so far. The Spanish coach had plenty of time during the international break to work with his squad, given that only one player, Vinit Rai, had to report for national duty.

After suffering back-to-back defeats in its opening two games, it came back strongly to pick an important win in Mumbai. However, it followed it up with a draw in Kerala before the international break.

“We were playing good football in the first three games. The last game was not that good (against Kerala). We did well in the first two matches, but did not get the result. That is football,” said Gombau.

“Tomorrow is an important game. ATK are a very good team and are at the top of the table. They have good footballers in their squad. But we are ready to compete and have the mentality to get all three points,” he added.

Table-topper ATK will be hard-pressed to ensure it does not lose the momentum gained after three consecutive wins before the break. Roy Krishna and David Williams have set the league on fire with their combination upfront, having scored six goals between them.

Odisha’s defence will have to be at its best to blunt ATK’s talented forwards. However, the Kolkata-based side will be without the services of midfielder Pronay Halder who suffered a shoulder injury in India’s away game against Oman earlier this week.

ATK has the firepower to play as per the situation demands. For example, in its away game against Chennaiyin FC, it preferred to hit on the counter, instead of taking the game to the opponent. While in its home matches, it has always dictated terms and has played on the front foot.

“We have a style of football. Our philosophy is that you respect the opponent and play the 90 minutes. We always focus on the next three points. You can’t win every match. But we focus from match-to-match. We have to run and not jump,” said coach Antonio Habas.

The wily Spaniard, who is no stranger to the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex having coached FC Pune City in 2016, will look to mastermind a fourth win on the bounce for ATK while his compatriot will be busy trying to arrest the visiting side’s momentum.

The match will be live on Star Sports network and streaming on Hotstar, kick-off at 7.30 pm (IST).