Super Cup 2019: ATK vs Delhi Dynamos - highlights

Balwant Singh scored a brilliant hat-trick as ATK edged out Delhi Dynamos 4-3 in a thriller in the Super Cup quarterfinal at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

ATK teammates congratulate Manuel Lanzarote's first half goal.   -  AIFF Twitter

Welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Hero Super Cup 2019 quarterfinal clash between Indian Super League sides ATK and Delhi Dynamos.

This is Samarnath Soory here and I'll be accompanying you through the clash between familiar foes.

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FULL-TIME: ATK 4-3 DELHI DYNAMOS Balwant Singh's brilliant hat-trick is the difference which takes ATK through to the semis where it will face the winner of Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC. Delhi was brave in its attack, but ran out of steam in the final half hour allowing ATK to hold on to its lead.

90+5' TEBAR!! Marcos Tebar gets a header to a Davila cross but there is not much power behind it. That is the final shot of the game and the final whistle goes off.

90+3' Balwant Singh puts through Komal Thattal on the right, but the full-back takes the ball to the right corner to pass the time and the ball is played out for a goal kick.

90' Five minutes of injury time. Zuiverloon tackles Balwant Singh on the right who looked to race off to get hold of a cross from the centre.

88' Delhi is flooding forward in search of an equaliser to force the extra-time. Tebar and Bikramjit go close in quick succession.

85' Though the pace has not been frantic in the second half, but a goal is very much on the cards with the defences looking brittle at both ends.

82' Hitesh crosses it to the Balwant who makes a darting run through the centre. However, he is unable to brings down the ball after pressure from Crespi.

79' Chance! Chhangte is found by Tebar with a delightful cross, but the winger is unable to beat to Bikey who wins back the ball.

76' ATK wins a free kick in a dangerous area after Balwant Singh is brought down. However, ATK is unable to make the most of it.

72' NANDHA KUMAR SCORES! DELHI 3-4 ATK! Davila holds the ball for Nanda Kumar on the left side who finds his way through and take the shot. The ball takes a deflection off Bikey and goes into the net.

Nandha Kumar scored Delhi Dynamos' third goal to make it 4-3.   -  AIFF Twitter

 

70' Delhi in possession but ATK has crowded the central area as the ball is being worked out from the back.

68' Lanzarote is taken off for Hitesh. Davilla tries to shoot from outside the box, but Bikey cuts him out.

65' Pranoy Halder brings down Marcos Tebar near the halfline who goes down clutching his back. The Delhi players demand for a card interrupting the play for a minute. Halder is finally shown the card.

63' The linesman raises the flag as Chhangte tries to get on the end of a lob from the midfield.

61' Bikramjit Singh comes on for Carmona as Delhi look to plug the holes in the midfield.

58' The game has settled into a leisurely pace after a stormy fifty minutes.

55' Chhangte has to run all the way back to the defence in order to prevent Balwant from getting on the end of a Jayesh Rane's cross.

51' HAT-TRICK FOR BALWANT! The combination Jayesh Rane and Balwant Singh works again to a devastating effect. ATK counter through Rane who waits and wait until the final moment to square a pass to Balwant, who uses the inside of his foot to slide the ball past the goalkeeper. Third assist for Jayesh Rane.

49' John Johnson goes into the referee's book. The centre-back tries to stop Daniel with a jersey tug. The free-kick from Carmona is not effective but Chhangte throws himself at a cross but the goalkeeper makes a good save to keep it out.

48' Tebar threads a pass on the right flank, but Nanda Kumar does not continue his run to get on the end of it.

46' SECOND-HALF BEGINS!

HALF-TIME: ATK 3-2 DELHI DYNAMOS: What a breathtaking first-half it has been. Delhi looked to dominate the game with Chhangte running riot on the left flank and Carmona looking in fine touch. But the momentum shifted suddenly when Balwant Singh positioned himself well to score the equaliser and then added another with a stunning strike in the 33th minute. Daniel's 35th minute strike proves that Steve Coppell's side is not far away from danger.

45+3' Carmona dances with the ball as he shifts from left to centre and fires through a crowd of defenders. However, Debjit has a good view of it and blocks it.

45+2' Nanda Kumar chests down the ball in the centre, but is unable to pass it to his overlapping teammate on the right in what would have been a good chance.

45' Balwant has a shot at the goal, but it is straight down the throat of Albino who collects it easily.

42' ATK wins its first corner kick and Bikey gets on the end of it. However, the centre-back gets an arm to it and the linesman raises his flag before Lanzarote gets on the loose ball.

40' Nanda Kumar tries to go for the glory again as he tries a shot from outside the box. However, there little to no curl in his strike and the ball flies away harmlessly for a goalkick.

35' DANIEL MAKES IT 3-2! Its just over half an hour and we have five goals. ATK defence panics after a cross comes in from the left and Daniel hits an acrobatic volley to make it 3-2.

Daniel Lalhlimpuia scored the fifth goal in the 34th minute.   -  AIFF Twitter

 

33' BALWANT WITH A BEAUTY! ATK is putting Delhi's defence to the sword. Balwant escapes the offside trap yet again and outruns the defenders. He smashes the ball into the roof of the net with Albino rooted to the ground. Stunning!

31' Chhangte gets hold of the ball inside the box but hits the sidenetting.

28' LANZAROTE SCORES! Out of nowhere! Despite all its domination in the opening twenty minutes, an overlapping run from Jayesh Rane is enough to take out the Delhi defence. He passes it to Manuel Lanzarote on the right channel. The striker lines up a shot and curls it home at the far post.

27' Nanda Kumar misses a close chance after exchanging passes with Chhangte.

23' ATK EQUALISES! Delhi's highline defence is at fault here! Balwant Singh is put through to a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and the striker slots it home with ease. He looked marginally offside there.

22' Chhangte is offered acres of space on the left flank as he pings a cross but Bikey is there to head it out.

21' Pranoy Halder and Ricky are stifled by the Delhi defence as the ATK attackers fail to play a one-two.

20' Once again, a free kick on the left for Delhi after Nanda Kumar is tackled from behind by Pritam Kotal, who is shown a yellow card.

16' GOALLLL DELHI! A silly shirt tug has proved costly for ATK. Carmona hits a curling shot as Mohammad Sajid is left free at the far post as he just heads in from close range to put Delhi in the lead.

Sajid Dhot scores the opening goal of the match for Delhi Dynamos against ATK.   -  AIFF Twitter

 

14' Carmona is awarded a free kick in a dangerous area on the left after a shirt tug from John Johnson.

12' Debjit is tested as Carmona curls it from the outside the box, but the ball spun the other way just before it reached the post. Both goalkeepers are on high alert.

10' SHOT! Balwant brings down the ball just inside the box with a delicate first touch and unleashes a venomous strike. However, Gomes is positioned perfectly to block the attempt.

8' ATK has now the possession with Delhi trying to find Chhangte on the left channel. Tebar finds the winger but John Johnson is in place to clear away the danger.

6' Lucky! ATK attacks from the right and Balwant Singh pokes a cross right to the head of Lanzarote but the forward misses the ball completely and the ball bounces narrowly off the far post.

3' Narayan Das curls in a beautiful cross at the far post, but the Nanda Kumar is unable to control his volley

1' OFF WE GO!

The managers have their say about the game with quarter of an hour to kick-off

 

Starting Line-ups are out:

ATK (4-4-2): Debjit Majumder(GK), Ricky Lallawmawma, John Johnson, Andre Bikey, Pritam Kotal; Jayesh Rane, Gerson, Pronay Halder, Everton Santos; Balwant Singh, Manuel Lanzarote

 

Delhi Dynamos Line-up: (4-3-3) Albino Gomes (GK); Narayan Das, Gianni, Marti Crespi, Mohammad Sajid; Adria Carmona, Marcos Tebar, Ulises Davila; Lallianzuala Chhangte, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Nandha Kumar

 

Lallianzuala Chhangte is relishing the battle with his national teammate

 

Dynamos' assistant coach Mridul Banerjee is preparing is team well whether or not right-back Pritam Kotal gets a starting berth - "We played one game with Pritam (Kotal) and one without him against ATK and the result was same. We can’t put our focus on just him. They have a quality side and some dangerous players that we have to tackle," he said.

ATK coach Steve Coppell is well aware of the danger from Delhi's wide players - "We know what their team will be and how they will play. It’s a challenge to play against them because they look to get the forward players on the ball as much as possible and look to get behind the defence. They have two very quick wide players (Lallianzuala Chhangte and Nandakumar Sekar) and it’s a real threat," he said in the pre-match press conference.

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Intertwined destinies: ATK has clicked into gear whenever it came up against Delhi Dynamos over the past nine months. After starting off the season with two straight losses, the Kolkata side opened its account with a 2-1 win over Delhi. Come March, 2019 ATK needed a win off its final match of the season in order to finish in the top six and qualify for the Super Cup. And this time around, Delhi Dynamos was on a six-match undefeated streak but fell short against ATK again losing by a 2-1 margin. Though these two losses might look favorable for ATK, Delhi's new-found form at the toe end of the season saw it beat a strong Bengaluru FC 3-2 and draw FC Goa.

 

(The match will kick-off at 8:30 pm and will be streamed live on Hotstar.)