Bengaluru: Protecting champions Bengaluru FC registered a slender 1-Zero win over ATK within the first leg in their Hero Indian Tremendous League semi-final conflict on the Sree Kanteerava Stadium right here on Sunday (March 1).
Deshorn Brown’s opportunistic strike (31st minute) proved to be the variation in what was once a closely-fought first leg fight.
Edu Garcia kicked off an excellent contest with a shot from outdoor the field that went extensive in the second one minute.
Bengaluru quickly made their presence felt when Dimas Delgado whipped a deadly ball into the field. Rahul Bheke rose the perfect within the field however his header flew inches over the crossbar.
ATK’s unhealthy duo, Roy Krishna and David Williams, mixed nicely to position the ball into the online within the 17th minute. Krishna discovered his teammate with a well-timed lob in in the back of the Blues defence. Williams treated the ball as he introduced it down and struck it brilliantly previous Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, however the objective was once ultimately disallowed because of the handball.
The hosts persisted to position drive at the ATK defence and their effort bore fruit a minute after the part an hour mark. Gurpreet’s punt from his personal part ended up on the ft of Juanan whose shot from within the field was once hit immediately at Arindam Bhattacharya. The ATK custodian tousled the save and spilt the ball into the trail of Deshorn Brown, who broke the impasse.
Brown had an opportunity to double his workforce’s lead when he gained the ball outdoor the field sooner than the smash. The striker unleashed a piledriver that flew inches over the bar, a lot to the relaxation of Arindam in ATK’s objective.
As ATK pressed for an equaliser after the smash, Bengaluru attempted to use the vacant area within the guests’ defence.
3 mins after the restart, Brown latched directly to a ball in in the back of the defence, lower in from the suitable and floated a pass against the left-hand facet of the field for Sunil Chhetri, whose header was once tipped over via Arindam.
John Johnson just about unlocked the Blues defence with a beautiful diagonal ball after the hour-mark into the ft of Michael Soosairaj. The Indian winger attempted to overcome his marker from the left flank, however Suresh Wangjam installed a excellent block to transparent the chance and forestall the ATK winger’s price.
ATK struggled to use the ball within the last phases of the sport and allowed Bengaluru to hit them at the counter.
Arindam made amends for his previous fumble with an excellent save to disclaim Kevaughn Frater’s left-footed effort from the brink of the field.
Bengaluru suffered a past due blow when Nishu Kumar was once despatched off for a tug on Krishna. The Fijian striker was once introduced down outdoor the field via the full-back and the latter’s last-man problem was once punished via the referee.
ATK, on the other hand, have been not able to power an equaliser and also have to return from in the back of within the opposite leg in Kolkata subsequent Sunday.