A thrilling contest comes to an end as it ends all square at the Fatorda Stadium between ATK Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad FC. Habas' team who were dominating HFC in the second half put their nose ahead through Manvir Singh in the 54th minute, after Subrata Paul's faulty goal-kick fell on his feat in the midfield. The 25-year-old then dashed forward, then with a little bit of luck he a good touch inside the box to slot the ball in the back of the net. However, the lead stayed for just 10 minutes as Joao Victor equalised for the Nizams. Nikhil Poojary was brought down inside the box by Manvir and Joao Victor made no mistake from the spot. Both teams then tried to get the elusive winner with Hyderabad having better chances but failed to find that killer pass as both teams had to settle for a stalemate.
FOUR MINUTES ADDED ON
90' | Four minutes of injury time has been added
86' | Prabir Das IN, Regin Michael OUT
84' | ATK Mohun Bagan defense is looking tired now and Hyderabad is making the most of it, well almost.
81' Good effort from Halicharan. The winger turns sharply near the centre and unleashes a dipping strike from the distance which is just wide.
81'| Liston with a chance but his shot is deflected out for a corner. He could have squared the ball but he chooses to shoot. A Pass could have created a goal scoring opportunity. It was loose defending from Jhingan that led to that opportunity.
78' | Subhasish Bose takes no prisoner there. He loses the ball to Ashish Rai then tries to recover it but concedes a foul.
Hyderabad FC change
76' | Souvik Chakrabarti makes way for Lalwmpuia
ATKMB Double change
74' | Subhasish Bose, Jayesh Rane IN, Sumit Rathi, Glan Martins OUT
Meanwhile, Hyderabad FC have found a new lease of life. They are now piling on the pressure on ATKMB with back-to-back attacks however they are lacking that killer pass inside the box.
71'| ATK Mohun Bagan almost gets their lead back from a counter-attack. ATKMB got the ball in their half, they moved forward then Manvir was fed on left. He then used his pace to beat HFC defenders then shoots but it is only side netting.
HYDERABAD FC EQUALISE
ATKMB 1-1 HFC
65' | Joao Victor makes no mistake from the penalty spot as he beats Arindam who dived the right way
PENALTY FOR HYDERABAD FC
64' | Hyderabad gets a chance to equalise after ATKMB goal scorer Manvir fouls Nikhil Poojary inside the box.
59' | Chance for HFC to try and pull one back from the corner. Liston Colaco plays it short. It is played to Hitesh Sharma by Halicharan Narzary. Hitesh tries to test the keeper with a loopy shot. Arindam Bhattacharya catches it safely.
54' | ATKMB take the lead. Manvir the goalscorer
48' | ATKMB wins a free kick on the left which is played into the box by Manvir with Williams waiting at the near post who goes for a backheel flick but manages to deflect it over the bar
HFC Yellow Card
46' | Joao Victor is shown a yellow for his foul on Glan Martins
As the whistle blew for half-time, ATKMB and HFC players were involved in a heated exchange about Prabir Das' dangerous foul on Nikhil Poojary. HFC's Onaindia and ATKMB's Arindam Bhattacharya were shown yellow card
SECOND HALF BEGINS
46' | All important second 45 minutes is underway, ATKMB have made a half-time change, David Williams comes on for Bradden Inman
While Hyderabad FC have had more share of the possession, ATKMB have dominated the chances in the first period only for the veteran keeper Subrata Paul to deny them their goal. HFC did well going forward but lacked the killer pass which could test Arindam Bhattacharya.
Stalemate at Fatorda
Both teams despite creating chances have failed to break the deadlock.
ATKMB Yellow card
45+2' | Prabir Das is shown a yello
TWO MINUTES ADDED
45' | The officials have decided to add two injury minuted
42' | Halicharan does well to move forward while dragging two defenders along with him to create space in the centre but ends up passing the ball straight to Prabir.
ATKMB Yellow Card
39' | Sumit Rathi is booked
Easy for Subrata
37' | Prabir and Krishna combine again to test Subrata but the veteran goalkeeper does his job. Prabir's cross finds Krishna inside the box who then takes a shot but Paul punches it away.
34' | Liston Colaco on the left flank plays the ball to Akash Mishra on the overlap. The left-back has the company of Sandesh Jhingan and Prabir Das. Under pressure, he miscues his cross to award ATKMB a goal kick.
28' | Martins and Krishna combined brilliantly to set up Manvir. The forward then squared in a dangerous pass to Prabir who shoots and his deflected shot is dealt with by Paul.
27' | Nikhil Poojary after a wonderful run to near the edge of the box, switches to his favoured left side, he shoots but his shot goes well wide of the post.
24' | Edu Garcia concedes a freekick on the edge of the box for his foul on Liston Colaco. The Goan then steps up to take the freekick but is over.
ISL 2020-21 Highlights, ATK Mohun Bagan vs Hyderabad FC: A thrilling contest comes to an end as it ends all square at the Fatorda Stadium between ATK Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad FC. Habas’ team who were dominating HFC in the second half put their nose ahead through Manvir Singh in the 54th minute, after Subrata Paul’s faulty goal-kick fell on his feat in the midfield. The 25-year-old then dashed forward, then with a little bit of luck he a good touch inside the box to slot the ball in the back of the net. However, the lead stayed for just 10 minutes as Joao Victor equalised for the Nizams. Nikhil Poojary was brought down inside the box by Manvir and Joao Victor made no mistake from the spot. Both teams then tried to get the elusive winner with Hyderabad having better chances but failed to find that killer pass as both teams had to settle for a stalemate.
ATKMB were handed their first defeat of the season by Jamshedpur FC earlier this week. However, having won three back-to-back games before that, the Kolkata-side remain third in the league table, three points off Mumbai City at the top.
On the other hand, Hyderabad FC started their season on a winning note before being held to consecutive draws in the last two games against Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC. They currently occupy the sixth spot on the points table with five points from three outings.
Both teams have several similarities, from depending on a single goal scorer (Roy Krishna for ATKMB and Aridane Santana for the Nizams) to having an airtight defence (two teams with the least goals conceded). Krishna has scored four out of the five goals pumped in by ATK Mohun Bagan this season.
ATKMB coach Antonio Habas recognises the need for more players to contribute, especially considering his team is coming off their first defeat of the season against Jamshedpur FC.
“All players have to collaborate. The idea now is to score goals by more players by collaborating better,” Habas said on the eve of the match.
And while ATKMB remains the only team to not concede from open play this season, they let in two goals off set-pieces against JFC, which cost them the game. Habas hopes to improve in this area ahead of their game against Hyderabad.
“Last season, we conceded one goal from set-pieces in all matches. Now in one match, we conceded two. I hope we improve on this. The opponents have good players for this situation. I have confidence in my team and I hope this kind of situation will not be repeated,” he said.
Meanwhile, the storyline is similar in the Hyderabad camp. Defensively the side has conceded just one, the least in the league, and are yet to succumb to a defeat. But their attack isn’t great. Aridane remains the lone scorer, having netted both the team’s goals.
“It’s true that we have been doing well defensively. But we have to score more goals — that is the target,” Hyderabad FC assistant coach Thangboi Singto said.
“ATKMB is always going to be tough for all the teams because they have depth and strength in every department but what’s most important for us is to look at what we can do better.
“There is not much weakness in ATKMB. But we have plans where their weaknesses can be exposed. We want our players to give their 100 hundred percent. When you give your best, the result follows,” Singto added.