A final-gasp header from substitute Balwant Singh noticed ATK pip NorthEast United 1-Zero and go atop the Indian Tremendous League desk on the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan right here on Monday. The hosts created loads of probabilities however had been wasteful till an injury-time strike from substitute Balwant proved to be the distinction. Regardless of his absence from the touchline, Antonio Habas’ aspect returned to the highest of the desk, stage on factors with FC Goa who even have 27 factors from 14 matches. The Highlanders remained on ninth place with 11 factors from as many video games.
In-form ATK striker Roy Krishna had the NorthEast defence on crimson alert early on together with his harmful runs off the ball. After a few unsuccessful runs down the correct flank, Prabir Das delivered a superb cross in his third attempt to it virtually discovered Krishna’s run into the field, till Kai Heering made a vital interception to disclaim the Fijian a shot on track.
The guests had their first sight of the ATK aim minutes later. Having obtained the ball exterior the field, midfielder Lalengmawia beat his marker, entered the field however despatched his effort simply large.
The tempo of the sport slowed down after the early makes an attempt at each ends. ATK seemed extra more likely to open the scoring however could not discover a well past an organised NorthEast defence.
Each goalkeepers had been referred to as into motion simply earlier than the break. Edu Garcia slid a intelligent through-ball into the field for Krishna within the 39th minute. The ATK striker’s shot from a one-on-one state of affairs was saved by Subhasish Roy Chowdhury together with his toes. On the stroke of half-time, a Ninthoinganba Meetei cross met Martin Chaves whose header from contained in the field pressured a fingertip save from goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya.
Robert Jarni hoped to achieve a foothold within the recreation by bringing on Jose Leudo and Federico Gallego because the groups walked out for the second half, however the hosts continued to threaten. The influential Garcia as soon as once more despatched an excellent through-ball into the field, this time for Michael Soosairaj who ran in behind the defence and tried to poke a end into the web. With the keeper properly crushed, Mislav Komorski’s goalline clearance stored the scoreline intact.
Defender Pritam Kotal was subsequent in line to be offered with one other massive likelihood to attain within the 68th minute. A Javier Hernandez free-kick induced chaos contained in the field and the ball looped in the direction of Kotal whose strike flew over the bar.
There have been probabilities for each groups to settle the matter in the direction of the top. Nikhil Kadam’s by means of ball virtually despatched Gallego by means of on aim however for Arindam’s fast intervention. On the different finish, Mislav Komorski got here up with two essential interventions to disclaim Krishna and Prabir Das.
Simply when it seemed just like the groups must share the spoils, substitute Balwant Singh produced a match-winner within the final of the 4 added minutes. The striker, who got here off the bench for Edu Garcia within the 90th minute and was left unmarked contained in the field for a Hernandez corner-kick, headed the ball into the web to the delight of the house crowd.