It was a routine win for ATK in the end as the side rode on Roy Krishna's brace and Edu Garcia's strike to secure a comfortable 3-0 win over Jamshedpur. The win sees ATK improve its tally to 30 points from 15 games and go to the top of the ISL 2019-20 table, while Jamshedpur remains rooted to the seventh spot with 16 points from 14 games.
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90+4' FULL-TIME! ATK beats Jamshedpur FC 3-0 to storm to the top of the Indian Super league (ISL 2019-20) table.
90+2' ATK has a corner and it's a chance to make it 4-0, but the cross finds no takers. Little over a minute away from a win are Habas' men.
90' The fourth official has signalled for four added minutes.
87' Final change of the evening as Ankit Mukherjee replaces Prabir. Meanwhile, Noe Acosta is replaced by Karan Amin.
84' Regin finds Williams with a neat pass and Williams has a go, but it's a routine save for Subrata. First shot here for Williams.
83' Prabir Das picks up a yellow for a late lunge on Farukh. He's the second ATK player to get carded today.
80' We're down to the last 10 minutes and it looks ATK appears to be closing in on a comfortable win here. Another clean sheet for Arindam?
81' Another change for ATK as Regin Michael comes on for Javi Hernandez.
78' Top save from Arindam! Aniket Jadhav lets one rip from the edge of the box and Arindam does really well to get a glove on it and deny the younsgter.
77' Change for Jamshedpur too as David Grande comes on for Sandip Mandi.
76' That will be Edu Garcia's last contribution as he makes way for David Williams.
75' Speak of Roy Krishna and it's 3-0 to ATK! Edu Garcia returns the favour as he plays a peach of a through ball and Krishna times his run to perfection and beats the 'keeper with ease to triple ATK's lead on the night.
70' STAT: Roy Krishna has scored and assisted against Jamshedpur in both their clashes this season.
67' That could have proved costly! Sandip Mandi nearly concedes another goal as he slips while trying to collect the ball and Prabir latches onto the chance and sprints into the box. The ATK winger is stuck in two minds - on whether to shoot or cross - and his attempt is neither as it flashes across goal and goes out for a goal kick.
63' Yellow card for Edu Garcia for elbowing Sumeet Passi.
61' Hernandez ought to have done better! Garcia plays him in front of goal with just the 'keeper in his path, but Hernandez blasts his attempt well above the crossbar.
60' Garcia was the architect of this goal as he stole the ball inside his half and made a scorching run into the attacking third with Rane and Krishna for company. They exchange passes and Krishna plays a perfect weighted pass for Garcia to finish. Neat play here from ATK.
59' GARCIA MAKES IT 2-0! Edu Garcia doesn't take long to make up for missing the earlier header as he finishes off a fantastic counter-attack to make it 2-0 to ATK. Another assist in the bag for Krishna.
57' And now a wasted chance at the other end! Jayesh Rane threads a brilliant cross to Edu Garcia on the far post, but the Spaniard's header only manages to find the side netting.
55' Wasted opportunity here for Jamshedpur. Farukh makes a surging run and breaks free on the right, but his cross is poor and simply sails away for an ATK throw-in.
54' Another booking here as Joyner is shown a yellow card for a late challenge from behind on Krishna. A scuffle ensues, but Joyner is the only one going into the ref's book.
52' SENT OFF! Jitendra Singh is sent off for a second yellow card as he hacks down Jayesh Rane. " If things continue in this manner, Jamshedpur will be lucky to finish this game with 11 men." - We called it in the 27th minute!
48' Three chances in as many minutes for the home side - a very promising start to this second half. And Castel has another go at the goal as I type this..
46' It's a half time change for Jamshedpur as Aniket Jadhav comes on for Amarjit.
46' KICK-OFF! The second half gets underway.
ATK leads 1-0 at the halfway stage courtesy of Roy Krishna's second minute goal. The Jamshedpur defence has looked very shaky today, but has managed to prevent ATK from inflicting further damage to the scoreline. But the goal-scoring chances have been rare to come by for the home side and Iriondo will hope his men can address that in the next 45.
45+3' Jamshedpur has a set-piece opportunity but it doesn't amount to a real chance and that brings us to the end of the first half.
45' Three minutes to be added on.
43' Oooooh, good chance this for the home side. Monroy's free-kick from the left curls towards the far post, but neither Memo nor Castel can get a touch on it.
42' Quite surprising that Pena was not booked for that. There seems to be a bit of tension between Pena and Monroy. Pena shoves Monroy into the advertising board, off the ball, but is strangely not booked. Tempers flaring here!
38' Was that a penalty? Subrata races off his line and dives full stretch in an attempt to get the ball off Javi Hernandez, but fails to really touch the ball. A very animated Hernandez is certain its a penalty, but the ref thinks othwerise.
34' Saved on the goal-line! Another defensive lapse and ATK nearly makes Jamshedpur pay. Edu Garcia has a shot at goal, but Joyner is at the right place at the right time to block his attempt. Jamshedpur living dangerously here!
33' Half a chance here for Sandip as he outjumps Garcia to get a header off, but fails to find the target. Would have been quite the tale of redemption for the youngster had he scored that!
27' Jitendra Singh is shown a yellow card for a nasty foul on Pena. If things continue in this manner, Jamshedpur will be lucky to finish this game with 11 men.
25' Subrata Paul redeems himself with a fantastic save. Edu Garcia gets lucky with a ricochet and finds himself in a 1v1 with the 'keeper, but his first touch is a tad heavy. Subrata does extremely well to swoop in and collect the ball.
21' Anas literally kicks though Farukh here, but the referee decides against a booking.
20' That should have gone in!!! Pritam Kotal is unmarked at the centre of the box and Javier Hernadez's corner finds him perfectly, in fine position to score, but his header is wide. How did he manage to miss that?! Shocking.
19' Edu Garcia plays a pinpoint cross-field ball and finds Prabir sprinting down the right. Prabir controls it well and lines up to cross, but Sandip does well to block his cross. First corner for ATK.
14' Yellow card for Passi, and rightly so. He takes out Pena with an extremely late and rather cynical challenge and goes straight into the ref's book.
13' Another weak clearance and it's another opportunity for Krishna, but Subrata gets down to save this one. It almost looked like a deja vu from last night's between Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC where Rehenesh gifted a goal off a very similar error.
10' Mornoy takes the first corner for Jamshedpur and floats a cross in, but there are no takers. The ATK defence scrambles to clear its lines.
5' The early goal did leave the home side rattled, but hasn't completely undone it yet. A couple of attacks down the left have looked promising, but no clear cut chances yet.
3' Quite an unfortunate start to Sandip Manidi's ISL debut, but that's just how cruel football can be. Krishna finds the back of the net, for the first time in three games, to take his season's tally to nine goals.
2' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! WE HAVE THE OPENER FROM ROY KRISHNA! Sandip Mandi, making his ISL debut, plays a weak back pass and Krishna latches on to it. He races into the box and coolly slots its past Subrata to give ATK the lead. Habas could not have asked for a better start!
We're minutes away from kick-off. Stay tuned!
7:25pm: Jamshedpur's hopes will be pinned on its star striker Sergio Castel, who's the side's leading goalscorer this season. He will be ably supported by the likes of Farukh Choudhary, Noe Acosta and Sumeet Passi up ahead. Michael Soosairaj has been left on the bench.
7:15pm: ATK's key man Roy Krishna has created nine chances in the last three games, but has struggled to find the back of the net since David Williams' absence due to injury. Williams, his striker partner at Wellington Phoenix, has recovered and is on the bench today. A Krishna-Williams master class coming up?
Also, Anas Edathodika has returned to the starting XI for the first time in close to two months, and will provide ATK a massive boost at the back.
7:05pm: This could be Jamshedpur's last chance, says Antonio Iriondo: “We think we still have a chance to make it to the playoffs. The match is probably the most important match of the season because we are playing against a great team. It is a big challenge for us. It is probably our last chance to fight for top-four.” All or nothing for the Men of Steel?
6:55 pm: Form guide:
Jamshedpur - L, W, L, L, L
ATK - W, W, L, W, W
A win today will see ATK storm to the top of the table, above FC Goa, courtesy of a better goal difference, while a victory will see Jamshedpur FC remain on the seventh spot.
6:45pm: The last time the two sides clashed, back in November, Roy Krishna struck a brace to power ATK to a 3-1 win. Here's how the game went down:
6:30pm: Starting XI for both teams:
Jamshedpur FC: Subrata Paul (GK), Joyner Lourenco, Sandip Mandi, Jitendra Singh, Memo Moura (C), Noe Acosta, Amarjit Singh, Aitor Monroy, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary, Sergio Castel.
ATK: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Pritam Kotal, Agustin Iniguez (C), Sumit Rathi, Anas Edathodika, Prabir Das, Javier Hernandez, Armando Sosa Pena, Edu Garcia, Jayesh Rane, Roy Krishna.
Here's how both teams have fared this season in the ISL so far:
A brilliant hat-trick from a determined Bartholomew Ogbeche was not enough to help Kerala Blasters get past a rampaging Chennaiyin FC in Kochi on Saturday. Here are the talking points .
Match Preview - ATK challenge for beleaguered Jamshedpur
Jamshedpur FC will look to end its poor run of form in the Indian Super League when it hosts ATK at home on Sunday.
Having lost four out of its last five matches, Jamshedpur stares at an uphill task ahead in its bid to occupy a playoff spot. It needs to win as many wins as it can in the remainder of the competition.
Commenting on the team's chances of making it to playoffs, Antonio Iriondo, the head coach, said: “Yes, we think we still have a chance to make it to the playoffs. The match is probably the most important match of the season because we are playing against a great team. It is a big challenge for us. It is probably our last chance to fight for top-four.”
Sergio Castel has been in good form, having scored two goals from two matches since his return from injury, and the club will hope he scores again.
Bid for top spot
ATK, on the other hand, occupies the third spot in the points table with 27 points. Three points separate the top three, and ATK will hope to win on Sunday to give itself a good chance of qualifying for the AFC Asian Champions League.
David Williams could be back playing for the side after having missed out in the last two games due to injury.
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This season, ATK has scored 24 goals and conceded just 10. Pritam Kotal, Agus and Sumit Rathi have been solid at the back.
Mandi is back after serving a one-game suspension which would give more options to head coach Antonio Habas.
“It is very difficult to play because the last matches in the competition it is limited to stress. This stress is sometimes is not good for football. We have just four matches in the competition. We want to get our objectives and targets,” said Habas, looking ahead to the contest.
MATCH BROADCAST DETAILS
The match will be shown on the Star Sports network and can also be streamed live on Hotstar. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM IST.
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