ATK takes a point from their clash against the table-toppers
13th November 2016
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.
Delhi Dynamos FC: Badara Badji, Kean Lewis, Florent Malouda, Milan Singh, Marcelinho, Emerson 'Memo' Moura, Souvik Chakrabarti, Ibrahima Niasse, Anas Edathodika, Lalchhawnkima, Toni Doblas
ATK Starting XI: Helder Postiga, Lalrindika Ralte, Iain Hume, Sameehg Doutie, Jewel Raja, Borja Fernandez, Robert Lalthlamuana, Henrique Sereno Fonseca, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo, Prabir Das, Debjit Majumder
ATK's clash with the table toppers was one of the most anticipated games of the season due to their past memorable encounters. There were three changes that were made from the last team that met against FC Pune; today's team saw Raja, Tiri and Prabir making their name in the Starting XI.
This game saw a wave of cards and goals as both the teams tried to make the most of the situation to win the three points but in the end, they both settled for a point each.
The first half of the game kicked-off with an early collision with Anas which saw Hume going down. However, as the game progressed the boys started with their attacking play, resulting in ATK's first attempt by Borja and followed with another try by Das minutes later. This was followed suit by the host but ATK's defence made their presence felt. At the fifteen minute of the game, Hume met with a missed opportunity after Doutie crossed the ball inside the box but was cleared away by the opponents. However, moments later, Hume was given another opportunity through a pass by Doutie striking the ball past Toni and into the net giving ATK the much-deserved lead.
The twentieth minute of the game saw Delhi Dynamos's Badara Badji getting booked, followed by another yellow card for Ralte for his challenge against Moura and one for Majumder. The trio- Postiga, Hume and Doutie, displayed a series of passes threatening the Delhi Dynamos defence resulting in a shot from outside the box which was collected by Toni. What followed was a series of corner kicks for both the teams and a strong save by Majumder. ATK's next few moves was an attempt to break the opponent's defence through the play by Hume and Postiga's strike that landed on the roof of the net.
The last fifteen minutes of the game, saw the ball rolling with full momentum. However, this time also witnessed Lara coming in as Doutie was taken out of the field on a stretcher. ATK was presented with a chance through Ralte's free kick that resulted in Hume's header to Postiga as he tried to slide in a goal but collided with Toni. In the last few minutes of the first half before the end of regulated time, Delhi Dynamos were cut down to ten men as Badji was given his second yellow card in the game as he dived in with his hand for a goal after a striking pass by Malouda. The injury time gave us a glimpse into what we can look forward to in the second half of the game as both teams displayed a fiery determination to take way as many points from this game.
The second half of the game, saw ATK leading by a goal and Delhi Dynamos FC playing with 9 men on the field. Delhi Dynamos made an early second half substitution with Addy replacing Niasse at the forty-fifth minute. It didn't take long for ATK to show Delhi Dynamos FC that they are determined to increase their chances of holding the lead. Lara's cross to Hume at the forty-eight minute almost lead to another goal but Souvik's clearance of the ball into safety denied Hume another goal to his name. Delhi Dynamos started retaliating by through their attack as Kean took a shot which was blocked by Sereno. Within the next few minutes of the game; one yellow card was awarded to each team, one to Marcelinho for his tackle on Das and Borja's challenge on Marcelinho.
As the clock almost hit the one hour mark, Prabir Das was booked for bringing down Marcelinho in the box, giving Delhi Dynamos a penalty shot. Taken by Malouda, Majumder's brilliantly denied the marquee player a chance to equalised. However, this lead didn't last too long as Milan Singh's streamer gave Delhi Dynamos FC their equaliser. ATK had to change their game plan and brought in the youngster, Bidyananda for Raja and Belencoso for Hume. ATK continued their fight to get in another goal and the goal finally came in through a stunner by Lara giving back ATK a lead in the game.
By the seventh minute, the game has reached its boiling point as both ATK tries to hold on their lead and Delhi Dynamos FC finding a way to score another. And it wasn't long until Malouda equalised for Delhi Dynamos just a few minutes after ATK took the lead. They next ten minutes of the game played on with both the teams trying to break through the draw and efforts were made by Sereno, Robert and Tiri to win the three points, however, as the referee blew his final whistle, both teams earned a point each.
Swift Moment of the Match: Debjit Majumber
Winning Pass: Sameehg Doutie
ATK will take on Northeast United in their next home game on the 17th of November. So bring on your red and white colours and show your support for the team.