ISL 2017/18, Match 45: Northeast United FC vs ATK, Player Ratings
Match 45 of the Hero Indian Super League saw Northeast United FC host defending champions ATK at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, Assam.
The two sides in the lower half of the table clashed as they aimed to get their season on the track. The home side was on the ninth spot in the ISL standings with 7 points from their eight matches. On the other hand, ATK started on the eight spot with 9 points from eight matches played.
ATK won the match away from their home as they grabbed the three points courtesy of a long-range goal from their Portuguese winger Zequinha. With this win, ATK move into the sixth spot with 12 points now from nine matches and Northeast United stay rooted to the eight spot with 9 points from nine matches now.
Northeast United FC
Rehenesh TP- 6.5/10
The Northeast United FC custodian was kept on his toes throughout the first half with ATK running riot on the home goal with their attacking moves. He had a close shave with Robin Singh at one point but managed to clear his lines.
Nirmal Chettri - 7/10
The Indian right-back was a stable presence in the defence and made some good runs behind the ATK defence as well. He was up against the creative ATK winger Zequinha and tried his best to keep him on a tight leash.
Sambinha - 7/10
The burly centre-back was a rock in theNEUFC defence as he kept the threat of Robin Singh and aerial balls in check.
Jose Goncalves - 7/10
The other half of the Northeast central defence, like his partner, was strong in the box and did not allow any of the ATK players to get comfortable on the ball.
Reagan Singh - 6/10
The former Mumbai FC man in the left-back position did well in the initial half an hour of the match. He was unfortunate to have picked up a groin strain and was substituted in the first half.
Rowllin Borges - 6.5/10
The India international midfielder played the defensive midfield role and provided cover to the home defence. Borges broke up a lot of plays in the midfield and moved the ball around well.
Martin Diaz - 6.5/10
Martin Diaz also played in a defensive role as Grant put two defensive midfielders to counter the ATK attacking threat. Diaz combined well with the defence and the attack with good passes that kickstarted the attack for Northeast United.
Malemngamba Meitei - 6/10
The young midfielder Metei played behind the home attack and did well to move the ball well around the park.
Marcinho - 7/10
The creative crux in the Northeast midfield, Marcinho, was at his usual best playing the facilitator for the home side in the midfield. He was on setpiece duties and played great through balls for Cezario in the attack.
Halicharan Narzary - 6.5/10
The India winger Halichan Narzary had a comparatively quiet game compared to his usual standards, as he was kept in check by Prabir Das.
Danilo Cezario - 7.5/10
The lone striker ahead for the home side was wasteful tonight with his chances on the field. He made a lot of good runs through the ATK defence but failed in front of the goal.
Robert Lalthlamuana - 6/10
The substitute left-back, who came on for Reagan Singh, had a tough night on the pitch as the ATK right-back Prabir Das kept him busy the entire duration of the match.
Sushil Meitei - 4.5/10
The youngster Sushil came on in place of Malemnganba Meitei in the final minutes of the match as Northeast United aimed to come back in the match.
Luis Alfonso - 4.5/10
Alonso came on for the final five minutes to have a shot at equalizing the game but did not have enough time to achieve that.