2018 ISL: Resilient ATK edge Past Chennaiyin in a 3-2 Thriller

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Amar Tomar Kolkata (ATK) pulled off a stunning 3-2 win over the reigning champions Chennaiyin FC in a thrilling ISL match. This has to further dim their hopes of advancing to the knockout phase.

Manuel Bruno, the ATK captain, led from front scoring two goals from penalties. The other goal was provided by Jayesh Rane to prevent any chance of making a comeback by their South Indian opponents. CFC is now at the eight position with only 5 points from their last ten matches.

As for, they now ATK have 15 points from 10 matches after yesterday ’s emphatic win and sit at fifth position in the standings.

Isaac Vanmalsawma scored in the 88th minute to help the host reduce the margin. CFC head coach John Gregory watched on from the sidelines as Chennaiyin mounted a fightback and kept pushing forward.

The first half was an entertaining affair, with both the teams getting a lot of chances to score. However, the teams also failed to produce in front of goal as well. Even though Chennaiyin dominated the possession, ATK always looked to threaten on counter attacks, especially through the right wing.

As a culmination of this the sixth minute, ATK had a brilliant opportunity. It was Ricky Lallawmawma who shot from outside the box with the ball deflecting off a defender. The ball then rolled towards Jayesh Rane on the right wing whose shot was cleverly parried by Sanjiban Ghosh. In the very next minute, Isaac played Raphael Augusto through on the left wing and he makes his way inside the box.

The visitors’ first goal came in the 14th minute, with Jayesh Rane striking tenaciously into the top left corner from some 30 yards, with Sanjiban Ghosh having little chance this time.

Ten minutes after the first goal, the home side managed to strike back with an equalizer when Thoi Singh took a pass from Mailson Alves and drilled the ball past the ATK’s shot-stopper. The team seemed to have benefitted after their first goal, as they registered some good moves.

However, in a stark contrast of their impressive performances, they went down 2-1 in the dying minutes of the first half. ATK was awarded a penalty after Manuel Lanzarote’s shot met Eli Sabia’s hands. The Spaniard captain more than graciously converted the penalty, sending the CFC goalie in the wrong direction.

The second half again was an entertaining event, with both the teams looking the best of their chances. However, the ending was even spicier, with ATK being awarded another penalty in the 80th minute. This time too, it was Lanzarote who put another penalty past the, virtually sealing the contest. The game then took an interesting turn, as Chennaiyin scored a goal through Isaac Vanmalsawma in the 88th minute, elevating the host’s hopes of salvaging at least a draw.

Nonetheless, ATK managed to seal the contest to take back all the three points from the contest.

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Monish Gadiya is a Pune-based sports author at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes innovation is the answer to the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in creative writing and intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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