Fatorda: ATK rode Spanish midfielder Javi Hernandez’s brace to defeat Chennaiyin FC 3-1 and clutch their 3rd Indian Tremendous League (ISL) identify, essentially the most through any group up to now, in a riveting closed-door ultimate on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Saturday (March 14, 2020).
Hernandez (10`, 90+3`) opened the scoring for the 2014 and 2016 winners and capped off their summit conflict with a stoppage-time winner as ATK`s Spanish trainer Antonio Habas turned into essentially the most a success trainer within the pageant`s historical past, having guided them to the inaugural 2014 crown as smartly.
Edu Garcia (48th) doubled ATK`s lead earlier than Nerijus Valkis (69th) pulled one again for two-time winners Chennaiyin.
However deep into second-half stoppage time, Garcia — who had no longer discovered the again of the web earlier than the overall — rounded goalkeeper Vishal Kaith after being teed up through Pronay Halder to attain and destroy into wild celebrations.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the overall needed to be performed in the back of closed doorways. There have been alternatively about 200 other people within the stadium as a part of the organisers, media, and safety within the stadium beside the gamers and officers.
However there used to be no dearth of depth as each groups regarded keen to wreck the impasse as early as conceivable.
Chennaiyin had the primary probability to nostril forward within the fourth minute when Valkis` effort got here off the crossbar from shut vary.
ATK broke the impasse as Hernandez scored his first target of the season.
John Johnson despatched an extended ball for Roy Krishna who whizzed previous Eli Sabia at the left facet of the field to drill a go which David Williams dummied for Hernandez to attain brilliantly at the 1/2 volley.
Hernandez will have added to his tally within the 23rd minute however a very good goal-line clearance through Laldinliana Renthlei stored Chennaiyin their blushes.
On the different finish, Malta striker Andre Schembri pressured Arindam Bhattacharya into an acrobatic save simply after the 30 minutes mark from a Rafael Crivellaro free-kick.
ATK have been dealt a frame blow 5 mins earlier than halftime when Krishna needed to be substituted after he clutched his left hamstring in ache and may just no longer proceed. The Fiji striker used to be changed through Armando Pena.
ATK doubled their benefit quickly after the period. Garcia discovered David Williams with an extended ball. The Australian ahead beat Sabia at the left flank to sq. the ball again to Garcia for the Spaniard to go into the field and slot house from shut.
The second one target spurred Chennaiyin to existence as ATK regarded to sit down again and shield their two-goal cushion. Lallianzuala Chhangte shot simply vast of target within the 52nd minute earlier than Habas took off Regin M for containing midfielder Pronay Halder.
Owen Coyle`s facet used to be rewarded for his or her business in advance. Laldinliana performed a one-two with Anirudh Thapa earlier than floating a go within the field. Pritam Kotal`s deficient clearance fell to Jerry Lalrinzuala who despatched the ball to Valskis with the Lithuanian discovering the again of the web.
Valskis had every other golden probability to degree the tie from shut vary however his header used to be stored smartly through Bhattacharya underneath the bar.
For ATK, Garcia used to be one-on-one with Vishal Kaith however the younger Chennaiyin goalkeeper got here out of his line in time to avert the chance.
It used to be finish to finish until the demise mins of the fit earlier than Garcia sealed the maintain a crisp end.