A hard fought match ends in disappointment for ATK
29th October 2015
ATK Starting XI:Amrinder SIngh(GK), Rino Anto, Arnab Mondal, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Augustin Fernandes, Ofentse Nato, Borja Fernandez (C), Jaime Gavilan Martinez, Baljit Sahni, Sameehg Doutie, Iain Hume.
Delhi Dynamos FC Starting XI: Toni Doblas (GK), Chicao (C), John Arne Riise, Hans Mulder, Adinga, Florent Malouda, Francis Fernandes, Souvik Chakrabarti, Richard Gadze, Anas Edathodika, Robin Singh.
Atletico de Kolkata had a point to prove in their second match on home soil as they entered the match after losing two consecutive matches away. Delhi Dynamos FC also came into the match, all set to take the 3 crucial away points home and do away with the ghost of their previous day loss to Mumbai City FC.
ATK's starting lineup witnessed a single change wherein the injured Javi Lara gave way for Sameehg Doutie, who starred in his first match as a part of the starting 11 brigade. The formation remained unchanged at 4-2-3-1, with Iain Hume leading the attack, supported by Doutie and Sahni on both sides. The Midfield and Defence stayed untouched with the ISL Emerging Player Award winner Amrinder Singh guarding the fortress for the home team.
The match started with ATK giving a whole lot of tense moments to the DDFC defence as they fought to keep Doutie's shots and Hume's energetic runs inside the penalty box out, doubled with keeping Gavilan, Borja and Sahni's passes in check. Even the visitors made the ATK defence work hard as Chicao, Hans Mulder and Florent Malouda dominating the midfield with some swift exchanges.
At 7 minutes Iain Hume hits the first ball on target with a header but Doblas collects it easily. The 9th minute saw the first free kick of the match after a foul on Borja, which is taken by Gavilan, but gets saved. In the 15th minute of the game, ATK gets the best chance at goal wherein Doutie hits an exquisite pass for Hume to hit home, who heads the ball right into the hands of the goalkeeper. In the 18th,21st and 24th minute, Delhi comes extremely close to hit the ball home with some good shots off Malouda, but Amrinder saves them with panache.
Due to a number of fouls committed, ATK got a total of four free kicks in the first half all taken by Gavilan, which however did not provide any significant results. Sahni and Riise were shown the yellow card for their untimed challenges.
As the half time whistle blew, nothing separated the two teams as the score line stood at 0:0. Both teams cancelled each other out and failed to create any clear-cut opportunities. The closest that Delhi Dynamos FC came to scoring was when Gadze blasted his shot high into the stands from the 6-yard box. The home team has also not tested the keeper much as all their shots on target went straight at the keeper. A juicy second half was always on the cards.
The second half got off to an enterprising start with both sides pressing on in search of the game's opening goal. The half again started with a flurry of ATKs attacking onslaught on the DDFC goalkeeper with a free kick awarded at the 53rd minute, where the chance got wasted again.
The 55th minute saw an extremely unpleasant incident as Edathodika elbowed Hume from behind which led to blood gushing out from the back of his head. Although the referee overlooked the bitter attack, Hume seemed visibly outraged at the decision and made his frustration clear to the referee and got an yellow card in return.
The event that made the 41145-strong crowd ecstatic was the entry of DDFC marquee player/coach - the Brazilian legend and a superstar in his own right, Roberto Carlos as a substitution. He entered in the 66th minute replacing Riise. Till then the attack index stood at ATK 79%: DDFC 21%.
The 67th minute saw the ball crawling into the back of the net for ATK due to a Carlos rebound only to be saved in the last second by Doblas. The next 15 minutes saw too and froth as both teams tried to break the deadlock until the 80th minute, when Souvik was awarded a second yellow card for the day for his reckless challenge on Gavilan and sent off.
This was also Jewel Raja's first match of the season for ATK as he came in for Sahni in the 70th minute. With four minutes being added to the final half, everyone though it would turn out to be another stalemate. However, in the 93rd minute, a clinical shot on goal from Dos Santos sealed the deal in Delhi's favour. Malouda's beautiful pass from the right side found the Brazilian who made no mistake in going past ATK's Amrinder Singh. Within a minute, the final whistle was blown and the match ended.
FT Scoreline: Atletico de Kolkata 0:1 Delhi Dynamos FC
The match saw a total of 37 fouls being committed, with 26 of Delhi's to 11 of ATK, with 6 yellow cards being lashed out and 1 red card shown to DDFC's Souvik Chakrabarti.
In the after match Awards, ATK bagged two of the five awards:
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Iain Hume
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Rino Anto
Even after a hard fought match, disappointment loomed for the ATK boys. In their next match with Mumbai City FC in Mumbai on the 1st of November, they will surely be looking forward to turn the table and defend their title with gutso.
Till then, keep supporting Your Team Your Dream!