ATKÂ secure their first win of the Indian Super League season, with a 2-1 victory over Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Nothing like not scoring for the first time in the season after 180 of scoreless minutes of Indian Super League. The two-time champions needed this.
The visitors side took the lead in the first half through Balwant Singh curler, but were pegged back by a Pirtam Kotal goal in the 54th minute. In the dying embers of the game however, substitute Nassir El Maomouni secured all three points with a brilliant strike.
ATK take an early lead
The teams displayed good energy at the start but the first real chance went to ATK about 10 minutes into the game. Manuel Lanzarote sent in a lovely free-kick which was headed straight to the goalkeeper by Nigerian striker Kalu Uche.
Uche then had another opportunity when Vinit Rai gave away the ball to Pronay Halder. The midfielder found the Nigerian striker who eased into the box but saw his shot saved.
ATK, however, did not have to wait long to surge ahead. In the 20th minute, Lanzarote exchanged passes with Halder before picking out Balwant Singh on the left wing. The striker shimmied into the box before curling a peach of a strike into the far corner.
Delhi Dynamos slowly grew into the game but it were ATK who came close to doubling their lead. Komal Thatal went on a surging run down the right but his eventual cross was weak and Balwant could only head it wide.
Hosts pull one back
Just minutes into the second half, Delhi could have levelled scores when Pritam Kotal rose highest in the box to meet Narayan Dasâ€™ corner. However, he could only head over from point-blank range.
But the hosts did have their equaliser in the 54th minute from another corner. Rene Mihelic whipped one into the far post where Rana Gharami managed to head it back across the box. Kotal, this time around, directed it home from close-range.
Josep Gombau’s side lacked width from first glance
Once they equalised, Delhi, with their tails up, could have taken the lead. Andrija Kaluderovic sent a first-time shot straight into goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharjaâ€™s hands before Marti Crespi forced the goalkeeper into a low save.
With Delhi dominating the exchanges, Coppell sent in Jayesh Rane and Noussair El Maimouni for Komal Thatal and Uche.
Superb-sub hand first win
With six minutes remaining, the two substitutes combined to hand ATK the winner. Delhi were leaving a lot of spaces as they hunted for a goal and Rane capitalised on a quick counter. He was played clear down the right by Lanzarote and the winger had the presence of mind to cut back and lay it off to Maimouni who swept an accurate finish off the post.
(With inputs from ISL Media)
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Source: Matchday Frolics