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ISL 2020 playoffs, Highlights, ATK vs Bengaluru FC: David Williams' brace sees ATK fight back to qualify for final

Get all the latest updates as Firstpost.com covers the second leg of the play-off tie between Bengaluru FC and ATK.

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ISL 2020 playoffs, Highlights, ATK vs Bengaluru FC: David Williams' brace sees ATK fight back to qualify for final
  • A place in the Indian Super League title clash is at stake as ATK face Bengaluru FC in the return leg semi-final, hoping to overturn a one-goal deficit on Sunday

  • A Deshorn Brown strike was the difference when the two sides met at the Kanteerava a week ago, and it will be a fresh start at the Salt Lake Stadium

  • While the hosts have relied on Roy Krishna and David Williams to deliver the goods, Cuadrat's Bengaluru have done well in the three games they have played against ATK so far in this campaign

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Mar 08, 2020 - 21:36 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

After a couple of very, very entertaining matches, we have our two finalists, ATK and Chennaiyin FC. While many predicted ATK would make the final, few foresaw Chennaiyin beating FC Goa. Both teams are two-time champions, so will it be the favourites who will lift their third Indian Super League trophy, or do the underdogs have a trick up their sleeves? Tune back in a week later to find out, because we'll be right here, getting you all the latest updates from the finale. Until then, goodbye and goodnight! 

Mar 08, 2020 - 21:24 (IST)

FT | ATK 3 - 1 BFC (3-2)

And that's that, ATK come back from two goals down to book their berth in the final! Bengaluru have no one but themselves to blame for what has happened. They were so good defensively for the entirety of the league stage, but some terrible marking and lackadaisical play allowed ATK to hit them on the counter. 

Mar 08, 2020 - 21:18 (IST)

87' | ATK 3 - 1 BFC (3-2)

Dimas, who spent much of the first half getting the stuffing knocked out of him, receives another clattering challenge and wins the free-kick. Delgado takes it, puts in a ball, and finds Juanan's head. The resultant header is saved expertly by Arindam Bhattacharja. This is madness, what a game we're watching here. 

Mar 08, 2020 - 21:10 (IST)

79' | ATK 3 - 1 BFC (3-2)

David Williams scores an excellent header to put ATK ahead for the first time in this fixture! The Australian striker was left all alone on the edge of the penalty area, and boy did he make Bengaluru pay for it. Once again, it's Prabir Das who provides the ball. He's been excellent on that right flank, and he's run his lungs out tonight. Should ATK go through, it'll be on the back of his hard work. 

Mar 08, 2020 - 21:06 (IST)

75' | ATK 2 - 1 BFC (2-2)

Like almost every other person who's watched Arindam Bhattacharja play, I'm convinced he's a ticking time bomb, but the goalkeeper redeems himself somewhat by making an excellent one-on-one stop from a Kevaughn Frater shot. That was terrible defending, the striker was standing unmarked in the very centre of the field. ATK cannot be this complacent if they have any hopes of getting to the final.

Mar 08, 2020 - 21:02 (IST)

71' | ATK 2 - 1 BFC (2-2)

After being awarded a circumspect penalty, ATK are denied an obvious one, as Suresh Wangjam gets away with handling the ball in the BFC area. They'll complain about this if they lose, but in the eyes of the big man up there, it's probably all square. 

Mar 08, 2020 - 20:59 (IST)

68' | ATK 2 - 1 BFC (2-2)

ATK need to take stock of where they are. They need one goal, and they have around 25 minutes to manage it. There's no need to go gung ho and chase down every single stray ball, they can afford to be a little patient and stay organised at the back. FC Goa kept pushing last night, and were rocked on the counter-attack. 

Mar 08, 2020 - 20:53 (IST)

61' | ATK 2 - 1 BFC (2-2)

David Williams wins a penalty for ATK, and on the telly, it looked like a dive. At the very least it's theatrical. He's falling before there's even any contact. What matters is that he's persuaded the referee, because there's no VAR here. Williams steps up to take the penalty, and he beats Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with ease, who goes the wrong way. ATK are ahead in the match, level in the tie, and one goal away from qualification for the final. Great play from Williams, if a little underhanded.

Mar 08, 2020 - 20:50 (IST)

58' | ATK 1 - 1 BFC (1-2)

Carles Cuadrat makes a like-for-like substitution, replacing one Jamaican striker with another. Deshorn Brown's race is run as Kevaughn Frater comes on. Frater's inclusion hints at BFC's intent to continue playing attacking football, despite being effectively being two goals up.

Mar 08, 2020 - 20:46 (IST)

53' | ATK 1 - 1 BFC (1-2)

ATK have abandoned their patient approach for the time being. If there's half a chance to put Krishna into space, they're taking it. It's hardly inspired football, but it may just get them a goal, if they keep working at it. 

Preview: A place in the Indian Super League title clash is at stake as ATK face Bengaluru FC in the return leg semi-final, hoping to overturn a one-goal deficit on Sunday.

A Deshorn Brown strike was the difference when the two sides met at the Kanteerava a week ago, and it will be a fresh start at the Salt Lake Stadium.

BFC coach Carles Cuadrat refused to divulge his tactics while maintaining that qualification to the ISL final remained the key objective.

"It was important to score in the first leg and also not concede, which gives us an advantage going to Kolkata, but we are under no impression that the second leg will pan out in a similar way," the Spaniard said on the eve of their match.

"ATK have a good record at their stadium and they have players in their ranks who can make a difference. I don't want to talk too much about our tactics, but what is clear is that my team will look to get a result that will take us to the final for a third season in a row."

While the hosts have relied on Roy Krishna and David Williams to deliver the goods, Cuadrat's Bengaluru have done well in the three games they have played against ATK so far in this campaign.

"We are expecting a tough game, and it's the most important game for Kolkata in the last three seasons. For us, it's the opportunity to make a third ISL final in that time, and to make sure that the work we did at the Kanteerava last week is enough," Cuadrat said.

Bengaluru will be without defender Nishu Kumar, who was shown a red card for a challenge on Roy Krishna late in the game last week. Fellow defender Albert Serran, too, had his game cut short with a groin injury.

"Nishu, of course, is a big miss because he has been among the consistent performers in the side. He took one for the team, and it's unfortunate that he will not be able to play, but I am confident in the qualities of the other players I have, who can fill in that role.

"Albert is working hard with our medical staff to be ready in time for the game so we will be taking that decision later," said Cuadrat.

While Bengaluru have struggled to maintain consistency on the road, ATK will bank on their form at their home venue, having won six of their nine games here since the start of the season.

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