ATK seals comeback win to down defending champ BFC - As it happened

ATK will look for a turnaround in the home leg of the semifinal against Bengaluru on Sunday, after losing 0-1 in the away leg last week. Follow live updates below.

Roy Krishna

Roy Krishna celebrates his equaliser at the half-hour mark.   -  ISL MEDIA

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of ATK vs Bengaluru in the second leg of the semifinal of the Indian Super League (ISL). This is Manasi Pathak, join me as the action unfurls at the Salt Lake Stadium in West Bengal.

 

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Full time: ATK 3-1 Bengaluru (3-2 on aggregate): ATK seals its berth in the final of the ISL, sealing a comeback win against the defending champion Bengaluru. It will be ATK vs Chennaiyin in the final at Goa on March 14!

90+1' - Three minutes have been added on here.  Can ATK hold on to its lead?

90' - What a block from Prabir! He keeps Udanta's cross out of danger, sending it away for a corner.

88' - Free-kick for BFC. Dimas takes it long and Arindam saves the header off the set-piece. BFC players demand a penalty but the referee isn't pleased.

86' - Just under four minutes of regulation time pending. If the score remains unchanged, ATK will face Chennaiyin in the final next week.

83' - Changes at both ends: Mongil comes on for ATK's Garcia; Nili is replaced by BFC's Leon.

79' - GOAL! ATK GOES 3-1 UP AND LEADS 3-2 ON AGGREGATE! Williams rises high and heads home a cross from Prabir. WHAT A TURNAROUND! Drama at the Salt Lake stadium!

74' - Frater ruins the chance to go level as he shoots straight at Arindam, who blocks it through his knee. Udanta did well to find Frater in the box with a ball from the right.

72' - A double change for ATK: Jayesh and Armando come in place of Javier and Regin.

68' - BFC wins a freekick after Nili fouled Suresh. The ATK player picks up a yellow card for that.

64' - Bengaluru FC substitution: Ashique Kuruniyan is replaced by Udanta Singh.

60' - GOAL! David Williams beats Gurpreet, scoring straight down the middle. ATK is up 2-1 in this match and is level 2-2 on aggregate.

60' - PENALTY! ATK is awarded the spot-kick after Williams is brought down by Suresh in the box.

58' - After passing around the ball from one flank to the other, Prabir whips in a long ball for Krishna in the box but it goes wide. Meanwhile, BFC makes its first change: Brown off, Frater on.

54' - Soosairaj heads the ball straight into the hands of Gurpreet, connecting with a cross from the right.

50' - Udanta is likely to be introduced in the game as he warms up on the sidelines. Who will he replace? Let's see.

46' - Second half begins!

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Time for some half-time reading...

Half time: ATK 1-1 Bengaluru: Ashique Kuruniyan (5') got the opening goal for the Blues but Roy Krishna (30') drew level. The Blues are leading 2-1 on aggregate.

45+3' - Garcia has a go at goal but his shot is wide of the goal by a few inches! That should be it from this half.

45' - Javier takes it and aims for Johnson in the box. But Juanan gets to it first, clearing it away. Three minutes have been added on here.

44' - Brown gets a booking for his foul on Garcia and ATK is awarded a free-kick from a favourable spot.

40' - Yellow card for right-back Kotal for his foul on an onrushing Dimas. Dimas goes down dramatically, holding his knee.

39' - Arindam makes a routine save off a header from Paartalu at near post. Later, Brown tries to raid the ATK defence but he can't get past Johnson in the centre.

37' - Javier goes for goal from a distance and his shot sails over the bar. Not too far away from target. ATK players seem confident since the goal from Krishna. Under eight minutes pending in this first half.

34' - Tempers flying at the Salt Lake stadium as the camera pans towards Regin and Dimas showing aggression. The equaliser has changed the nature of the match. It's game on in Kolkata!

 

30' - GOAL! Roy Krishna slots home from a Prabir cross from the right side to draw level in this game. This is Krishna's 15th goal of the season. ATK 1-1 Bengaluru (1-2 on aggregate).

28' - Krishna collides with Gurpreet as he tries to rush towards goal. After a few minutes, the ATK talisman gets back on his feet and is fit to continue further.

27' - Krishna gets a decent ball in the box but doesn't take a shot doubting himself to be offside. He plays it for Prabir, who tries to cut it back for the Fijian in the box but the visiting team's defenders close down.

22'  - Paartalu nudges the goal over the line after a scramble in the box but Brown is flagged offside so thus goal is cancelled out. Seconds later, ATK charges a counter-attack as Williams gets to the end of a Rathi cross but Gurpreet parries it away!

19' - CHANCE! Ashique at it again as he receives a long ball from skipper Chhetri. He has time and space at his disposal, but as he cuts in from the right side he shoots it wide. Moments later, Krishna piles pressure on Gurpreet, forcing him to come out of the goal line to collect the ball.

15' - Soosairaj tries to go for goal from outside the box as Bengaluru defenders try to close him down but the ATK midfielder miscues his attempt.

10' - ATK comes on the charge, trying to create a chance from the left wing. Soosairaj rushes up the flank before Edu leaves it for Williams, who shoots wide.

 

5' - GOAL! Ashique Kuruniyan scores his first goal of the season to hand an early lead to the Blues. Nili, BFC's new recruit, sends a lovely through pass for Ashique on the right flank. Ashique does well to race towards the goal and finish it off with his left foot. ATK 0-1 Bengaluru (0-2 on aggregate).

3' - Corner for ATK within three minutes of play. Prabir Das wins the set-piece which is played short by Edu Garcia for Prabir Das. Das whips in a cross from the right side but goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu collects it.

1' - Kick-off! ATK vs Bengaluru is underway in the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

- On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Bengaluru FC players chose to wear the names of women who have inspired them, on their training kits in the warm-ups. From their partners to their mothers, the players chose the names of women they dearly love. In a show of solidarity, Suresh Wangjam and Rahul Bheke chose to wear the name of teammate Sairuat Kima's mother, who lost her battle to cancer earlier this week.

 

- ATK is unchanged from the first leg, while Ashique Kuruniyan and Nili Perdomo start for Bengaluru. Nishu Kumar (suspension) and Albert Serran (injury) are the ones replaced from the first leg's win. In order to progress to the final, the home side needs to win by a clear two-goal margin to secure its entry in the final.

Match line-ups

ATK XI: Arindam Bhattacharjee; Pritam Kotal, John Johnson, Sumit Rathi; Prabir Das, Javier Hernandez, Edu Garcia, Regin Michel, Michael Soosairaj; Roy Krishna, David Williams.

ATK bench: Armando Sosa Pena, Pronay Halder, Dheeraj Singh, Balwant Singh, Jayesh Rane, Jobby Justin, Victor Mongil.

Bengaluru XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Harmanjot Khabra, Erik Paartalu, Juanan, Rahul Bheke; Dimas Delgado, Suresh Wangjam; Nili Perdomo, Sunil Chhetri, Ashique Kuruniyan; Deshorn Brown.

Bengaluru bench: Kean Lewis, Udanta Singh, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Kevaughn Frater, Leon Augustin, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Rino Anto.
 

Match preview

Former champion ATK returns to home soil as it gears up to face defending champion Bengaluru FC in the second leg of the Indian Super League (ISL) semifinal at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Sunday.

Having lost the first leg by a solitary goal, ATK needs to win by a clear two-goal margin to secure its entry in the final. Much like what it did at home previous Sunday, Bengaluru just needs to ensure a cleansheet to make it to the summit clash for the second successive season.

Aiming to bounce back from the first leg's defeat, ATK head coach Antonio Lopez Habas did not have to look too far back for inspiration. On way to securing its maiden ISL title, its rival Bengaluru won the semifinal downing NorthEast United FC 3-0 at home in the second leg. By that result, it upturned the 1-2 loss that it had suffered visiting the latter’s home in Guwahati in the first leg. “There are instances in the past where the second leg result has determined the outcome. I have confidence in my players and hope they play to their potential,” Habas said.

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“They (Bengaluru FC) are a much settled side having been there together for a few seasons. Ours has undergone some restructuring this season but still there are certain areas where we have proven our strength. We have to focus on what we can do best and get the result on our side,” said the ATK forward David Williams.

For Bengaluru FC head coach Carles Cuadrat, there are some concerns in defence -- the area where his team has done the best conceding the least number of goals (13). Left-Back Nishu Kumar is suspended while the Spaniard Albert Serran remains doubtful with an injury.

“We know we can go there and win the match. Even if we lose 2-1 or 3-2 we will be in the final so we will try to do our best there,” Cuadrat said putting faith on the likes of Sunil Chhetri, Erik Paartalu and Dimas Delgado, three names which have figured prominently in the team’s success so far.

Match details

ATK vs Bengaluru will kick off at 7:30 PM IST and will be broadcast on the Star Sports network. It can also be streamed live on Jio TV and Hotstar.p