Bengaluru FC hosted ATK on the Super Sunday in the Hero Indian Super League season 4 at the Sree Kanteerva Stadium in Bengaluru today (7/1/2018).
Bengaluru FC came in for a win which them up on the top of the table.
Home team kicked off the first half with attacking from left to right on the screen and won an early and the first corner of the game. The resulting corner looked dangerous as it wasn’t cleared first time. Atk, however, got the ball of their half eventually.
In the 5th minute, BFC had a spectacular chance from the corner, which wasn’t cleared for the first time again and the ending shot by Juanan was brushed the near post and went out. 13 minutes later, BFC again had a chance inside the box, but a timely tackle coming in on Miku saved it for the visitors. BFC made their presence felt with launching series of attacks building in and threatening the visitors. At the back line, BFC defenders made sure they cut off all the attacks with long clearances.
In the 17th minute, Prabir Das made a wonderful off the ball run into ATK box, but Gurpreet came off his line to grab the ball on time. In the 23rd minute, Udanta was brought down inside ATK’s box and Udanta appealed for a penalty, but referee overruled his appeal.
In the 27th minute, a glorious opportunity for the visitors was cut off well by a good piece of defending by the BFC back line. A header assist by Robin for Rupert was not finished because of that tackle. In the 33rd minute, Paartalu’s header from a free-kick came off the far post and the rebound looked going just before Shankar had it cleared from the goal line.
Sunil Chhetri came up with a classic goal in the history of ISL in the 40th minute when he got himself on the ball after miss pass by ATK in the midfield. He managed to take fine touch on the ball to set himself up for a stunning strike.
A free kick taken by Gurpreet was the last action of the first half as both the teams went for the break with Bengaluru FC leading with one goal to nil.
ATK took the second half underway with the kick-off with a strategic play. BFC continued the same game of pressing and immediately creating chances. But ATK were seeming better with the ball . A couple of shots were launched by ATK, but they somehow couldn’t beat the strong defense line. In the 59th minute, Gurpreet had to make an important save diving to his right to the stop the on target shot struck by Robbie Keane.
On the other end, BFC had a chance to double their lead on a gamble inside ATK’s box. But Debjith made a good save to block Miku’s shot and somehow managed to clear the ball. In the 70th minute, Miku was clearly brought down by Debjith inside the box which had a penalty appeal by the home side. But referee let the game play denying the appeal.
Series of rough tackles came on by either sides, but referee blowing whistle for ATK majority of times made the supports mad and players little furious. In the 77 th minute, substitute Nobrega almost doubled the lead for BFC. His run with ball allowed him to execute a shot on the far post. Ball came off the far post and luckily was touched off by ATK defender to concede a corner. Again in the 81st minute a great opportunity was missed by Nobrega. An attempted placement by Miku came of Debjit in the way for Nobrega. An easy tap in was missed by him to keep the score line 1-0.
Atmosphere was heated when Edu was pushed down by Thorpe, off the ball. Referee did spot that but did not pull out any card and let the game go on. ATK desperately needed a goal and pushed themselves all out to pull out one. But they struggled to break the strong BFC defense line which grew stronger with John Johnson coming on for Dimas.
At the end of the regulation time, 4 minutes were added for the benefits of the visitors. The added minutes were defended well by the home team to get themselves on the top of the table. It was again Gurpreet Singh’s long kick which was the last action of the game.
At full time, scores were, Bengaluru FC 1-0 ATK.