AFC Cup ATKMB enters knockout semifinals

By Mudit Mohan Sharma

ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB)made it to the inter-zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup because it commands its final Group-D opponent Bashundhara Kings of Bangladesh to a 1-1 draw in Male on Tuesday.

Bashundhara Kings took the lead around the time unit mark through its Brazilian midfielder Jonathan Fernandes. ATK MB equal simply past the hour-mark through Australian forward David Williams.
The Kings were reduced to ten men within the stoppage time of the first right-winger when conservativist Sushanto Tripura was given a red card.

ATKMB looked disorganised at the beginning. Needing a win to create it to subsequent spherical, the Bangladesh aspect did well to stay to a pressing game to enervate the rhythm of the ATK MB, which required a draw to advance.
Fernandes place Kings within the lead within the 28th minute, firing a pointy grounder from the sting of the box that beat ATKMB goalkeeper Amrinder Singh all ends up.

Faced with the prospect of an imminent exit, ATK MB tried to regroup once acquiescence the goal.
MALE (Maldives): ATK Mohun Bagan qualified for the knockout stages of the AFC Cup following a 1-1 stalemate with Bangladesh champions Bashundhara Kings during a cluster D match on Tuesday.

The club created the inter-zonal semi-final of the second-tier continental tournament as South Asian Zone champions.
Brazilian midfielder Jonathan Fernandes (28′) place the Bangladeshi aspect ahead within the half before team-mate Sushanto Tripura (45+2′) was sent off at the stroke of half-time.
Assisted by a Liston Colaco cross, Australian forward David Williams (62′) scored the equaliser to create Bagan cluster toppers with seven points because the Kings finished second with 5 points.

The Kings were reduced to ten men within the stoppage time of the primary half once their right-winger Tripura was shown a red card.
This was the primary time since 2018 that AN Indian team has created the zonal semi-finals. Bagan can play the winners of Uzbekistan’s Nasaf and Turkmenistan’s Ahal on September twenty-two.

ATKMB required a win or a draw against Bashundhara to travel through whereas the Bangladeshi outfit needed a win.
Bagan struggled at the beginning against the pressing game of a determined Kings and also the latter gained management of the match once Fernandes struck one from the sting of the box giving the rival goalkeeper Amrinder Singh no likelihood.

Both groups had some possibilities within the first quarter.
Searching an equaliser in their quest to avoid elimination, Bagan found one once the change of ends once the Kings gave the impression to air the defensive with a person down.

The equaliser came once amendment of ends once Kings appeared on the defensive mode. within the 62nd minute, Charles Liston Colaco did the diligence on the flanks and created Williams with a pleasant cross. The Australian forward had no downside in inserting the ball home.

ATKMB can currently play the winner of the Central Zone final that is scheduled on weekdays between Uzbekistan Club FC Nasaf and Turkmenistan club Ahal FC.

The inter-zonal semi is going to vie on September 22 and can be hosted by the winner of the central zone final.
The result: Group-D: ATKMB one (David Williams 62) Drew with Bashundhara Kings one (Jonathan Fernandes 28).

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