ISL 2018-19: ATK beats Delhi Dynamos 2-1, seals direct qualification for Super Cup

Edu Garcia scored a goal and set up another to guide ATK to a 2-1 triumph over Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League on Sunday.

Ankit Mukherjee

Ankit Mukherjee's 88th minute goal sealed the win for ATK against Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League on Sunday.   -  ISL MEDIA

Substitute Ankit Mukherjee's late winner powered ATK to a 2-1 win over Delhi Dynamos in the last Indian Super League league encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Sunday.

Led by Edu Garcia, who scored one and assisted the other, ATK recorded its sixth win, which ended Dynamos' six-match unbeaten run and helped the host finish sixth with 24 points and directly qualify for the Super Cup.

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The first half was dotted with instances of both sides frittering away chances due to below par finishing and wayward shooting. Dynamos created some fine opportunities, thanks to some fine work from Adria Carmona and pacy winger Lallanzuala Chhangte.

Edu Garcia

Edu Garcia was the star of the evening for ATK with a goal and an assist.   -  ISL MEDIA

 

ATK scripted its chances via the industrious Garcia but neither team could find the back of the goal and the scoreline remained unchanged at halftime.

The home side began the second half on an attacking note. Kalu Uche failed to beat the 'keeper with a poor header, while Komal Thata and Garcia failed to utilise their chances inside the rival box.

Garcia provided the breakthrough off a Pritam Kotal a cross from right in 63rd minute, but the lead only lasted nine minutes. Chhangte's pass from inside the area was deflected by Daniel Lalhlimpuia and substitute Nandhakumar Sekar busted the net to restore parity.

Nandhakumar Sekar

Nandhakumar Sekar gestures after scoring the equaliser for Delhi Dynamos.   -  ISL MEDIA

 

However, the home side had the last laugh as Mukherjee tapped in Garcia's lofted cross from the left to seal a 2-1 win for Delhi Dynamos.