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BEN vs ATK Match Result - ISL 2019-20
2 - 2
Dimas 18'
K. Frater 35'
86' Edu García
90' M. Soosairaj
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PEEEEEEPPPPP!!!! It ends all square! Some game at the Kanteerava!
The game ebbed and flowed throughout and ultimately, a draw seemed a fair result, considering the head of steam ATK had generated towards the end. Antonio Habas wasn't afraid to shuffle his pack and his changes paid off, with Edu Garcia and Soosairaj restoring parity and ensuring that the visitors scored at the Kanteerava for the first time ever. 

As for BFC, they would probably have taken a point before the encounter, in light of the young squad they fielded. However, once they were a couple of goals up and had only a few minutes remaining, they would perhaps be ruing the loss of two points. 

Consequently, the defending champions now have to fret over Chennaiyin FC's result against NorthEast United FC. If the Marina Machans get the better of the Highlanders, BFC would be consigned to a semi-final date with FC Goa.
90+4' BFC launch a long ball forward for Frater but ATK get it away for a throw-in
A minimum of four minutes to be added on!
90' GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! Soosairaj restores parity! Drama at the Kanteerava!
ATK take a quick free-kick and find Soosairaj on the right flank. he cuts inside and then lines up a left-footed shot, which takes a massive deflection off Gursimrat and lobs over the keeper and into the net. Drama at the Kanteerava! And, BFC could yet finish 4th and face FC Goa!
89' BFC manufacture a counter attacking situation for themselves but Frater stumbles at the final moment to scuff his shot and send it well wide of the far post
88' BFC have a free-kick in a promising position but Juanan produces a contender for the worst free-kick of the season as his delivery sails well over the bar
86' GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! Garcia halves the deficit!
Edu picks up the ball on the inside left channel and then links up brilliantly with Krishna and Williams to find himself on the right edge of the penalty box. He then lines up his shot and absolutely clatters it past the keeper into the far corner. There's some life left in ATK! Don't go away!
85' Paartalu pinches the ball in midfield and sets BFC up for another attack. However, Augustin's pass from the right into the centre isn't up to the mark as Mongil clears it
84' ATK play their way out of the back expertly and then find Balwant in space in midfield. The Indian tries to link up with Krishna but his pass is wayward as BFC bring it away
82' Nili sells his free-kick short and it is easily cleared by ATK. They spring a counter, which has to be illegally impeded by Suresh, who gets a yellow card for his troubles.

Suresh goes into the book!
81' Another long ball is hoisted towards Frater, who holds the ball up well before Johnson pulls him back. Another free kick for BFC
77' Nili drags his shot wide!
Paartalu finds Augustin on the right flank and the Indian checks inside before feeding Nili on the left side of the box. The Spaniard takes a touch but then snatches at his shot a tad as the ball flies wide of the near post
76' Paartalu drives down the right flank and pulls the ball back for the onrushing Srivas. The latter gets a clean strike on goal but it is blocked by Jayesh. Faint appeals for a handball but his hand was by his side
74' Augustine picks up the ball on the edge of the box and then goes past Edu brilliantly. But, he scuffs his shot slightly as Dheeraj is untroubled. Could he have slipped in Suresh there, who had made a good run beyond him? Probably should have, in hindsight
73' The resulting free-kick is hoisted towards Serran in the box and the Spaniard gets his head to it as well. But, he can't generate the requisite power or direction to trouble the keeper as the ball rolls into touch for a goal kick
72' Former BFC defender, Johnson is the latest to receive a yellow card!
71' Juanan lines up a free-kick from 35 yards and makes an absolute meal of it as he tries to feed Paartalu on the back post. The ball lobs into Dheeraj's palms and he might not have a simpler catch throughout his career
69' Final change for ATK! Salam Ranjan makes way for Balwant!
68' Change for BFC! Paartalu replaces Kima!
65' Soosairaj again dances past a couple of challenges and cuts in-field, looking for a shooting opportunity. He is accorded that chance and he lines up a curling effort to the far post. But, he gets under it and the ball harmlessly sails wide of the goal
62' Soosairaj picks up the ball on the left flank, then cuts inside before finding his brother, Regin 30 yards from goal. He then somehow decides to have a pop at goal and horribly slices his effort wide of the target
58' Augustin marches down the right and then looks to play a one-two with Frater, which doesn't come off. ATK get the ball and play it to Dheeraj, who takes a loose touch, thereby allowing Frater to charge him down. Luckily for the keeper, the deflection goes over the bar
57' Williams has a bit of time on the left flank and he looks to measure a cross-field through ball for Krishna, who makes a run in between the centre-backs. But, the pass just eludes the latter as the keeper claims it
55' Soosairaj is involved again and he cuts inside a challenge before finding Jayesh on the edge of the box. However, the latter's touch lets him down as the keeper comes out and collects
53' Edu Garcia blazes his shot wide!
From exactly the same position as Dimas' free-kick in the first half, Edu lines up a shot but opts for a slightly different technique. He opts to cut across the ball and that means that the ball just slices wide of the far post
Change for BFC! Suresh comes on for Dimas!
51' Gursimrat goes into the book!
Soosairaj waltz past Kima and Gursimrat on the left flank and looks to enter the box. But, Gursimrat then tugs Soosairaj down on the edge of the box and predictably, goes into the book
50' Frater finds himself in a shooting opportunity just outside the box and the Jamaican lines up a left-footed shot. But, his shot isn't clean and it takes a slight deflection too before Dheeraj gathers it
48' Edu turns in midfield and strides purposefully towards goal. He then lines up a shot from 25 yards and gets it on target. However, the keeper comes around and palms it behind for a corner
47' ATK shunt the ball out to Soosairaj instantly and the wing-back finds himself in space on the left. But, his cross is cut out by Kima
Changes for ATK too! Soosai replaces Sumit! And, Edu comes on for Pronay!
PEEEEEPPPP!!! The referee blows his whistle and ATK get the second half underway!
My colleague, Aaditya Narayan tells me that the assist Leon Augustin produced is pretty similar to the countless times he has laid on goals for his teammates in the Bengaluru FC B outfit. Apparently, he specialises in getting to the by-line and then cutting it back for his onrushing strikers to latch onto it and smash it into the back of the net.

No wonder, he has looked at home in the opening 45 minutes!
PEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPP!!!! The referee blows the whistle and BFC enter the tunnel with a two-goal cushion!
Bengaluru FC began the game brightly and immediately started dominating possession. Despite not creating many clear-cut chances in the opening quarter of an hour, they still looked capable on the ball and seemed likely of prizing open the ATK defence. 
In the 18th minute, Dimas broke the deadlock after some questionable goalkeeping by Dheeraj, although the goal was warranted on the balance of play. Thereafter, Frater doubled the Blues' advantage to put them firmly in the driving seat. 

As for ATK, the host of changes seem to have rid the Kolkata-based outfit of their attacking impetus and they've often looked a side that has lacked ideas and imagination. Krishna has had a few good touches in the opposition half but that hasn't been enough to carve out any openings for the visitors. ATK have a gargantuan task on their hands trying to salvage anything from this game but with Krishna and Williams in the mix, one would be naive to completely write them off. 

Do join us in a short while for the second half!
45+3' ATK launch a long ball down the right, hoping to find the advancing Jayesh. But, the pass has too much weight and the keeper comes to the edge of his box and collects easily
A minimum of three minutes to be added on!
44' Dimas laynches another deep ball into the box and ATK jsut about get it away. The ball finds its way to Nili, who absolutely bamboozles Jayesh before drilling his cross into the box. ATK head it out and BFC have a corner
42' ATK get into another promising position but Krishna is again beyond the defensive line. The assistant referee, in the process of raising his flag, slips over and that brings out a cheer from the West Block
40' ATK's midfielders have not been able to get on the ball and influence proceedings. Subsequently, they have had to advance down the flanks, wherein they just haven't gotten the requisite penetration sans Prabir and Soosairaj
38' Williams scores but it won't count!
ATK hoist a deep cross into the box and Williams nods it down. Krishna then tries to hold the ball up but in the process, only blocks Serran's path. He ends up fouling him and even though Williams smashes home the loose ball, the referee has already blown his whistle for Krishna impeding Serran
37' Jayesh wins the ball off Dimas in midfield and then sets ATK on another attack. They then work the ball towards the right, where Pronay's cross is blocked by Juanan
35' GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!! Frater makes it two!!!
Augustin has been a constant thorn in ATK's side and the Indian again gets in behind Mongil, courtesy a brilliant through ball by Dimas. The winger then pulls the ball back for Frater, who slams the ball into the roof of the net and leaves the keeper with no chance. BFC are two up!
34' A long ball finds Krishna, who holds it up expertly. He looks to slip in Williams, who makes a run inside the right centre-back but his effort is blocked by Serran. The ball is loose and Khabra gets to it first, before Pronay brings him down
33' Mongil gets it through to Krishna on the left channel and the striker tries to pick out his partner inside the box. But, Serran outwits him and gets the ball off him and thankfully so from BFC's perspective
32' Change for BFC! Nili comes on for Semboi!
32' Semboi has again gone down and he is being carried off the pitch! Nili is set to come on in his stead!
31' Williams finds himself in space in midfield and turns, looking for Krishna's run. But, the pass is telegraphed by Juanan, who gets a toe before the ball bounces into the palms of the keeper
30' Williams lines up another corner but it is cleared away by Juanan towards the former. The Australian looks to whip in another cross but it is charged down by Frater for another corner
Semboi is back on the pitch, although he is moving pretty gingerly
27' Semboi has gone down in the centre circle! And he seems to be feeling his right knee! Not what BFC would've wanted with such a run of fixtures coming up!
26' Frater picks up the ball in midfield and then fizzes a pass to Gursimrat on the right wing. BFC then try to weave a few patterns through midfield but it eventually comes to nothing as an errant pass rolls into touch for a goal kick
24' Williams curls his free-kick into the near post zone and it requires a crucial header by Gursimrat to clear the danger, from under his own crossbar
24' Sumit tries to shield the ball on the left flank and seems to have his pocket picked by Augustin. But, the referee deems it to be a little too strong and ATK have a free-kick
22' Jayesh slices his shot wide!
Williams whips in a devilish corner and and Khabra unconventionally clears it away, The ball falls to Jayesh, who somehow slices his volley beyond the far post as BFC breathe a sigh of relief
22' Krishna gets in between the lines, turns and then feeds Kotal on the overlap. The defender clips his cross towards the back post, where Gursimrat makes a slight hash of his clearance to award ATK a corner
20' Kotal finds some space on the right flank and looks to pick out Williams in the box. However, his cross is headed away by Juanan. The loose ball seems to fall into Krishna's path but the striker can't control it and it takes a deflection off him before bouncing into touch
18' GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!! Dimas scores a stunning free-kick!!!!
Dimas steps up and thumps his free-kick past Dheeraj at his near post. The ball was struck cleanly and it swerved a touch in the air. However, the keeper got both his fists to it and probably should've saved that. Yet, that takes nothing away from the purity of the strike and BFC are ahead
16' Dimas plays an ambitious cross-field pass towards Srivas and finds him superbly. The Indian controls the ball well but is then taken out by Salam completely. Free kick for BFC on the left edge of the box. Promising position
14' Kotal blazes over!
Krishna creates a crossing chance for himself and whips in a cross towards the back post. Somehow, the keeper comes for it and then makes a loose punch, which falls into Kotal's path. However, the defender wildly shoots over the bar and the ball lands on MG Road
13' Sumit advances down the right and then drills a lofted pass towards Williams on the left edge of the box. The Australian tries to head it into the path of Krishna at the back post but Juanan is on hand to clear the danger
11' Dimas picks up the ball in midfield and then finds Augustin on the right. But, the Indian produces a woeful cross that is grabbed easily by Dheeraj
10' Dimas drops deep into defence and looks to get something going. He then finds Juanan, who tries to release Srivas on the left. BFC then spread the ball towards the right, where Augustin cuts back and feeds the advancing Gursimrat. However, the latter's cross is charged down
9' Krishna is released on the right flank and the striker takes the ball in his stride before lining up a shot from a tight angle. He stings the keeper's palms but there is no attacker on hand to follow up. BFC bring the ball away
7' Srivas takes a slightly loose touch on the left wing and that interests the ATK players. He redeems himself with some nifty footwork but the initial touch allows ATK to squeeze BFC and win the ball back, following a wayward clearance by the keeper
4' Semboi makes the outside of the net ripple!
Srivas hauls a long throw in into the box and it is flicked towards the back post by Kima, where Semboi is stationed. However, by the time the ball reaches the striker, the angle is pretty narrow and he can only ripple the side netting
3' Dimas whips in a deep free-kick and it is cleared high into the air. Salam then makes a meal of his aerial clearance and Johnson has to bail him out eventually
2' Johnson gives a silly free-kick away as he pulls Semboi down 35 yards from goal on the right channel
1' Gursimran gets himself into a tight spot on the right flank but then dribbles his way through before feeding Augustin. The latter tries to proceed forward but his path is blocked and the hosts have a throw in in ATK territory
PEEEEEEEEEPPPPPP!!!!!!! The referee blows the whistle and BFC get us underway!
The national anthem is done and the teams have taken their customary pre-match photographs! We are just moments away from the start of play!

Here we go!
The teams walk out for the Indian national anthem!
Over the course of the current campaign, Bengaluru FC have managed 10 clean sheets, whereas ATK are close on their heels, having done so 9 times. Is a tight and cagey encounter in store for us or will the lesser stakes of the encounter prompt a more free-flowing game? 

Remember, ATK could become only the 2nd outfit ever to record a double over BFC in the ISL, provided they breach the Fortress tonight.
John Johnson is remarkably the 9th foreigner to have donned the ATK jersey in 2019-20, following the likes of Agus, Edu, Javi, Krishna, Mandi, McHugh, Mongil and Williams. 
Half an hour before we kick off at the Kanteerava, so here are the possible semifinal match-ups

If Bengaluru win, they play ATK over two legs in the semi. FC Goa will play Chennaiyin. 

With a draw or ATK win tonight, the semifinal clashes will only be known after Chennaiyin's last game on the 25th of February against NorhtEast United. 
There's also a maiden ISL start for Michael Regin, brother of Michael Soosairaj! But the big ATK news is a first start of the season for John Johnson! Watch out for some lumps in West Block throats when they sing the name of a club legend they still love. 
We think Bengaluru are matching systems with ATK here, and going for a 3-4-3 of their own. Parag Shrivas will slot in at left wing-back, while we expect Gursimrat Gill to play at right wing-back, with Sairuat Kima completing a back three with Juanan and Serran

Apart from Parag, Leon Augustine and Kevaughn Frater also make their maiden ISL starts
Here are your starting XIs for the day

Bengaluru FC:
Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (GK), Albert Serran, Sairuat Kima, Juanan, Parag Shrivas, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Harmanjot Singh Khabra Dimas Delgado (C), Kevaughn Frater, Semboi Haokip, Leon Augustine

ATK: Dheeraj Singh (GK), Sumit Rathi, John Johnson, Victor Mongil, Pritam Kotal (C), Salam Singh, Pronay Halder, Regin Michael, David Williams, Jayesh Rane, Roy Krishna

As expected, both Habas and Cuadrat have handed rests to several critical first team players. Krishna v Juanan is still on though, as both start, with Bengaluru's Spaniard back from suspension
Antonio Lopez Habas - ATK

At the pre-match press conference, ATK head coach Antonio Lopez Habas said, “We need to win, just like every match. Bengaluru are a big team, the defending champions. It is a very difficult match for us. We respect the opponent and we have to play our best. My plan is focused only on Bengaluru.”

The experienced coach was happy with how his team had performed even though ATK lost the Asian Champions League spot to FC Goa. The Spaniard said, “I am professional. I am very happy with my team for getting a top four spot after finishing sixth last season and ninth in the season before. Maybe we were not good in the last few matches but Goa have been very good in the last few matches, and this was a problem."

The coach also finally informed that Anas Edathodika will be out for a prolonged period after sustaining an injury in the match against Chennaiyin FC. “Anas is very important for us. His injury is a big disappointment for us. But this is football; it has good and bad moments and this is a bad moment for us." he added. 
Words from the coach!

Carles Cuadrat - Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC head coach Carles Cuadrat spoke about how it was important to give some rest to a few senior players since there are important games coming up in the next couple of weeks. “We reached from Maldives today (Friday) morning, that is not a lot of time to rest but at the same time, it is not the most important game of the season. We have already reached the play-offs so we are going to take it easy because we have three finals in the coming weeks." Cuadrat said

Cuadrat was also proud of the fact that his team made it to the play-offs for the third time in a row. “I think we can afford to concede such games. If you see at the starting of the season, one might have thought that we will have to fight against Kerala Blasters and ATK in the last two matches for a place in the play-offs. But no we have already done the job. We can afford to get 0 points from both these games and still make it to the play-offs. So it says a lot about the consistency of the team. We are the only team who have a 100% play-offs record. We have made it all three times we played.” he added
ATK, on the other hand, have been amongst the two best teams in this season and the points table stands reflects the superb consistency too. Before the 3-1 loss against Chennaiyin FC at home in the last game, ATK had won all of their seven previous games to battle for the Top spot in the points table. If ATK had won the previous game, they could have very well been playing for a Asian Champions League spot in this match. However, since that dream is done and dusted, ATK will want to focus their attention entirely on the important play-off matches. 

Like Bengaluru FC, Antonio Lopez Habas could also field a rather young ATK team in this match considering the fact that the likes of Roy Krishna, Javi Hernandez, Edu Garcia, Pritam Kotal and co haven't had much rest at all. 

This game could also see David Williams starting a match for the first time since his return from a injury setback. Williams would have good memories when it comes to playing Bengaluru FC since it was his solitary goal that gave all the three points to his side ATK when the two teams met in Kolkata earlier in the season. 
The hosts Bengaluru FC have had a pretty disappointing season even though a Top-4 finish has been confirmed. While Bengaluru still remain as the best defensive team in this season, their offensive displays have left a lot to be desired.The problems in front of goal has also be reflected to a large extent by the fact that only NorthEast United have scored fewer number of goals in this season. The team's poor finishing also affected them badly in the matches against Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters with the defending champions only managing to gain one point out of those last two games. 

With respect to this final game against ATK, Bengaluru look set to field a pretty young team with coach Carles Cuadrat promising to have some of the club's younger players get some game-time with the result of this match not being too important ahead of the play-offs.
With the play-off spots confirmed and three matches left to go in the league phase of this season, the result of this match would only impact the final standings and nothing more. Within the Top 4, Bengaluru FC would want to win and finish third in the points table and also get back to some positive form with the play-offs set to be played in a few days. The visitors ATK will also want to end on a great note but the result of this match wouldn't affect where they finish since the Top 2 has been already finalised. 
Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live commentary of today's match between Bengaluru FC vs ATK FC, from the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. 
M. Soosairaj
assist: Edu García
Edu García
assist: D. Williams
S. Wangjam
J. Johnson
B. Singh
Salam Singh
E. Paartalu
S. Kima
S. Wangjam
G. Gill
Edu García
P. Halder
M. Soosairaj
S. Rathi
K. Frater
assist: L. Asokan
T. Haokip
ATK (3-5-2)
Antonio López Habas (Manager)
P. Gill
Albert Serrán
S. Kima
P. Shrivas
G. Gill
H. Khabra
L. Asokan
K. Frater
T. Haokip
D. Moirangthem
Víctor Mongil
J. Johnson
Salam Singh
S. Rathi
M. Regin
J. Rane
P. Halder
P. Kotal
D. Williams
R. Krishna
ATK (3-5-2)
Antonio López Habas (Manager)
Bengaluru Subs
R. Anto
R. Bheke
D. Brown
E. Paartalu
G. Singh
S. Wangjam
ATK Subs
A. Bhattacharya
Edu García
J. Justin
R. Lallawmawma
B. Singh
M. Soosairaj
12 SHOTS 12
14 FOULS 17
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
1 FC Goa 18 12 3 3 23 39
2 ATK 18 10 4 4 17 34
3 Bengaluru FC 18 8 6 4 9 30
4 Chennaiyin FC 18 8 5 5 6 29
5 Mumbai City FC 18 7 5 6 -4 26
6 Odisha FC 18 7 4 7 -3 25
7 Kerala Blasters FC 18 4 7 7 -3 19
8 Jamshedpur FC 18 4 6 8 -13 18
9 NorthEast United FC 18 2 8 8 -14 14
10 Hyderabad FC 18 2 4 12 -18 10
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament ISL 2019-20 - Week 18
Stadium Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Match time Sat, 22 Feb 2020, 07:30 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2020 21:28 PM | Published: Feb 22, 2020 17:36 PM