ATK registered a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Chennai City FC in Friday's Super Cup encounter. The Kolkata outfit took the lead courtesy a screamer from Hitesh Sharma but Chennai did well to equalize from a diving Joachim header.
Eventually, ATK had a tad more quality and scored two well-taken goals in the second half to take an unassailable lead. Captain and coach, Robbie Keane topped off the night with the final goal. Here are the major talking points for tonight's match.
#1 Substandard start to the match
Friday's Super Cup clash was between this season's 9th placed team in the ISL vs the 8th placed team in the I-League. Understandably, this was never going to be a match-high on quality and it showed from minute one.
Players from both sides started of making multiple mistakes, misplacing their passes despite being under no pressure whatsoever. It wasn't a pretty sight, far from it. Aimless long balls, poor short passes, and failure to control the ball resulted in extremely poor opening minutes, where neither team could impose themselves thoroughly.
Robin Singh, Robbie Keane were hardly influential for ATK. At the other end, trickster, Soosairaj, and Joachim found it difficult to create openings and looked off color in the initial stages.