Goals by Miku and Erik Paartalu secured three improtant points for Bengaluru FC on Wednesday as they beat ATK by a margin of 2-1. For the hosts it was a frustrating evening at the Salt Lake Stadium as they first went 1-0 up courtesy of a wonderful strike by Komal Thatal. However, they lost the lead in the first half itself as ATK conceded two.
ISL 2018 Football, ATK vs Bengaluru FC: Highlights
FULL TIME! Bengaluru FC have won the match. Goals by Miku and Erik Paartalu seal the deal for Chhetri and his men. Meanwhile, a frustrating evening at the Salt Lake Stadium for the hosts. ATK 1-2 Bengaluru FC
Substitution for ATK- Jayesh Rane in for Komal Thatal. Hitesh Sharma in for Balwant Singh.
Substitution for Bengaluru FC - Boithang Haokip in for Udanta Singh.
Chance! Everton Santos shoots one straight but a good save there by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. He pushes it out for a corner. Meanwhile, a substitution for Bengaluru FC as Nishu Kumar is replaced by Rino Anto.
GOAL! Second half begins and BFC strike early. Erik Paartalu finds the net. A poor clearance from a free-kick falls for Paartalu to volley past Arindam with aplomb! ATK 1-2 Bengaluru FC
What a wonderful strike from the free-kick by Miku to put Bengaluru on level terms. Miku was brought down just outside the box by Gerson. He then curls one past the wall, and right into the angle of the upright. WHAT A STRIKE! And with that the first half comes to a close! ATK 1-1 Bengaluru FC
ATK have been forced to make an early change as El Mamouni replaces an injured Kalu Uche. Not what the hosts would have wanted. ATK 1-0 Bengaluru FC
Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya goes into the referee's book. He is shown the yellow card for delaying the goal-kick and time wasting. Poor! ATK 1-0 Bengaluru FC
Nishu tackles to dispossess Thatal but the referee's in the way to stop Dimas from recovering possession and the Spaniard is furious.
A brilliant cross from Nishu the left flank finds Miku in the box who forces a poweful header but stright into the gloves of ATK's goalkeeper- Arindam Bhattacharja. What a chance! ATK 1-0 Bengaluru FC
GOAL! India's U-17 star Komal Thatal scores the first goal of the match. Stunning Strike with the left foot from outside the box which goes straight into the net. A good pass by Santos to find Komal who doesn't miss. Meanwhile a yellow card for Balwant. ATK 1-0 Bengaluru FC
10 mins gone and both the teams look cagey. The battle is so far in the midfiled and Sunil Chhetri is yet to get a chance on target. Meanwhile, Johson commits a foul.
Players are making their way out of the tunnel. Indian National Anthem is done. Benglauru FC in green today in support of JSW's eco-friendly cement plant in Salboni. ATK in their red and white stripes. They will attack from left to right. And we are underway!
Bengaluru FC Playing XI
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Juanan Gonzalez, Albert Serran, Nishu Kumar, Harmanjot Khabra, Erik Paartalu, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Sunil Chhetri, Miku
ATK Playing XI:
Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Aiborlang Khongjee, Gerson Vieira, John Johnson, Ricky Lallawmawma, Pronay Halder, Manuel Lanzarote, Komal Thatal, Everton Santos, Balwant Singh, Kalu Uche
Nearing Kick off!
Fifteen minutes to kick-off here in Kolkata and the Blues have made their way back down the tunnel after their pre-match warm-ups. Chhetri's looked sharp with his shooting drills so far!
Hello and welcome!
When Bengaluru FC take the pitch today, they will be wearing their third colours which is so green it will grow trees automatically on the deforested hills accross the country. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but Bengaluru FC are wearing green-coloured jersey today which according to them reflects their parent company's commitment to the environment or something to that effect. More importantly, from a sporting perspective, they are doing pretty well so far on the green of the pitch. No losses, two wins and a draw. Lady luck has not been this kind to ATK, who started the season with two losses at home. They did manage to beat a listless Chennaiyin FC recently though, so let's see if that was a case of improvement in the two-time champions, or just an indication of how dire the situation in Chennai is.