ATK manage to hold the Lions to draw at their own den
14th November 2015
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
ATK Starting XI: Amrinder SIngh(GK), Rino Anto, Nallapan Mohanraj, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Augustin Fernandes, Jaime Gavilan Martinez, Borja Fernandez (C), Jewel Raja, Valmiro Lopes Rocha(Valdo), Sameehg Doutie, Iain Hume.
Delhi Dynamos FC Starting XI: Toni Doblas (GK), Chicao, John Arne Riise (C), Hans Mulder, Adinga, Florent Malouda, Dos Santos, Souvik Chakrabarti, Robin Singh, Anas Edathodika, Len Doungel.
Riding high on their last match victory over Kerala Blasters FC, where Atletico de Kolkata managed to win thanks to a stoppage time goal from Arata Izumi, they were looking forward to make it two in a row, as they faced the solid Delhi Dynamos FC team at their own den. Having drawn their last two matches, Delhi was looking forward to take away all the three points in this game by repeating the results of their last leg, where they defeated ATK 1:0 at home, with a last minute goal from Dos Santos.
ATK's starting lineup witnessed three changes as Oftense Nato gave way for Augustin Fernandes, Denzil Franco for Jewel Raja and Mohammed Rafique for Valdo. Antonio Habas changed the formation from 3-5-1-1 in the previous match to the initial 4-2-3-1, with Iain Hume and Valdo leading the attack, supported by Doutie and Jewel Raja on both flanks. The midfield featured the solid combination of Jaime Gavilan and our captain, Borja Fernandez, while the defense stood rock solid with Mohanraj, Tiri, Augustin, Rino Anto and Amrinder Singh guarding the fortress.
Before the start of the match, the players along with every soul present inside the stadium as well as outside stood in a minute's silence to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris last night.
The match started with an even distribution of attack between the two sides, with ATK again being the more dominant side, keeping the DDFC den under constant attack in the first 20 minutes of the match. Hume, Valdo, Gavilan and Doutie managed to keep the DDFC defense under constant pressure through passes and cross inside the opponent's box. By the 20th minute the attack index read 87% in the favour of the away team, ATK.
From the 20th minute onwards, DDFC started to come back in the game by pulling in some major chances at goal, with Riise, Mulder, Robin Singh and Malouda making crisp passes inside the box to aid an early lead. But all got saved by the solid ATK defence lead by Tiri and Amrinder Singh.
The crowning moment for ATK came in the 27th minute, when Iain Hume's exquisite shot went in like a rocket to register the first goal of the match. Rino Anto came in from the right and put in a great cross inside the box but his ball found the keeper who couldn't hold the ball in. It rebounded and found Iain Hume, who came in and sealed the goal with an exquisite right legged stunner. It's his fourth goal of the season for ATK.
Just after this goal, ATK was close to double the lead through a Jaime Gavilan shot which again rebounded to find Hume, though the keeper managed to nudge it away in the last second. The remaining of the half saw both the teams trying to get another goal in, but being thwarted by some great defencing skills. But more action awaited in added time as Iain Hume again managed to find the back of the net through his shot from a fantastic cross, only to get ruled out as an offside. With this last minute excitement, the half came to an end and the scoreline read:
DDFC 0:1 ATK
The second half started with some great chances at goal being orchestrated by ATK only to find the DDFC defence wall. In the 55th minute, the first substitution of the match saw Richard Gadze coming in for Dos Santos and by the 60th minute, he had already made a mark.
In the 60th minute, Super Sub Richard Gadze brought in the much-needed equalizer through a perfectly positioned left footed strike at the far corner of the net. Amrinder managed to touch the ball but couldn't save the goal.
After the goal, DDFC managed to find its foothold and went after the ATK defence with a number of shot at goal. The first and only substitution of the match for ATK was when Arnab Mondal was brought in for the injured Nallapan Mohanraj in the 65th minute.
The match saw a number of fouls and free kicks being taken, but neither team managed to convert any one of them for a goal. From the 70th minute onwards, ATK again started coming in hard and strong at the DDFC defence making the attacking index read 59% in its favour. Gavilan, Doutie and Hume managed to keep the attack on but failed to find the winner.
However, in the 77th minute, ATK survived a scare when DDFC's Gadze almost scored. He was left unmarked at the far post and on getting the ball from his team mate took a shot. But it rebounded off the woodwork, while his second touch narrowly missed the target. In the 79th minute again, Augustin Fernandes pulled off a magnificent save by heading out a ball from just over the goal line, which was surely going in, thanks to a perfect Robin Singh header.
The remaining minutes saw both ATK and DDFC going extremely close to scoring, only to be held out by a solid defence. In the dying minutes, Delhi got two corners, but Amrinder Singh came to the rescue each time.
Even though four minute of injury time was added to the final half, the match finished in a draw.
FT Scoreline: Delhi Dynamos 1: 1 Atletico de Kolkata
Ball possession: ATK 45%: 55% DDFC
Total fouls committed: 21 (ATK 8, NEUFC 13)
In the after match Awards, ATK bagged three of the five awards:
Maruti Suzuki Swift Moment of the Match: Iain Hume
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri)
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Jewel Raja
An evenly balanced match saw ATK take away a single point from an away game as they gear up for a series of home matches on the cards. Their next match is on the 18th of November, at the Salt Lake Stadium against Chennayin FC, where they would love to repeat their first leg results. With the arrival of our marquee player, Helder Postiga and the Serbian striker Dejan Lekic, ATK will look forward for another glorious home win.
Till then, keep supporting Your Team Your Dream!