AFC Cup ATK Mohun Bagan 0-1 Bashundhara Kings at Half time: Second half commentary!

AFC Cup LIVE Blog: Bashundhara Kings locks horns with ATK Mohun Bagan in must win game at the Maldives National Stadium.

AFC Cup ATK Mohun Bagan 0-1 Bashundhara Kings at Half time: Second half commentary!
ATK Mohun Bagan's Roy Krishna struck in the 39th minute to put the Mariners ahead against Bengaluru FC. (File Image) - ISL/SPORTZPICS

Welcome to live commentary of the AFC Cup Group D match between ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bashundhara Kings being performed at the  Maldives National Football Stadium

54' Liston flies in a right football which runs out of play for a goal kick. Kings pushing a man at the back with one of its men sent off in the first half.

51'  A great cross from Manvir Singh, but nobody to receive it to make a scoring opportunity.

48' YELLOW CARD FOR ATK MB

Deepak Tangri is shown a yellow card with a foul on Robinho. Second booking for ATK Mohun Bagan.

46' Kings continues its approach with the first foul in the second half on Roy Krishna, Williams takes the free kick as Rehman catches it comfortably

THE SECOND HALF KICKS OFF!

Bashundhara Kings has had more fouls (12) and played more passes (144), but ATK Mohun Bagan has taken more shots.

How will an 11-man ATK Mohun Bagan play out the next half against a 10-man Bashundhara Kings? Follow here.

HALF-TIME!

Bashundhara Kings leads with the only goal scored by Fernandes as ATK Mohun Bagan aims to recover in the second half.

45+2' RED CARD

Sushanto of Kings has been red-carded on the verge of halftime.

45' YELLOW CARD TO FAHAD

Kings get its fourth yellow card of the game, the fifth in the game so far.

41' Williams hits from a distance as Anisur Rehman meets it with equal force. ATK still trails

39' Roy Krishna makes a turn from left to right and takes a hit with is faced with a strong bock from Kings

38' Another yellow card for Zoni for a high boot as Kings continues a physical game

35' Manvir's delivery cleared as Robinho marches forward with Fernandes on the other end as the attack fizzles out eventually

31' ATK Mohun Bagan trails for the second match in a row. Habas continues to guide his squad from the sidelines as it tries to come level.

27' GOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL FOR KINGS !!!!  Fernandes and Robinho pair up to score the first goal for Kings as Amrinder misses the ball.
 

Bashundhara Kings 1 ATK Mohun Bagan 0

24' FREE KICK Liston hits a right-footer straight into the wall

22' Roy Krishna with a bicycle kick narrowly misses out with a Liston cross

19' YELLOW CARD TO BISHWANATH

Roy Krishna was fouled by Bishwanath through a reckless challenge. ATKMB demanding a red card.

17' MISS! Liston misses an open goal with a Williams assist, as David Williams is furious with a wasted opportunity.

17' Fernandes and Robinho continue asking questions to ATKMB as Kings try to seal a victory today

13' Kings' Fernandes floats in a ball which is eventually cleared by Amrinder Singh and the ATKMB defense. Kotal looking strong. Corner to Kings.

11' ATKMB stretching the game with back passes and penetrating the wings which are eventually stopped by Kings.

7' Chrish Mchugh walks off the field with an injury as the team tends to him. Kings continue to play more physically

5' Amrinder pushes out the ball as the ball comes in from the corner

Sushanto Tripura is fouled close to the box as Fernandes gives a floating ball. The ball goes out for a corner kick.

3' Kings playing a more physical game as Mohun Bagan get a free kick in its half.

1' ATKMB is playing from right to left while Kings play with the goal on the right side.

4:30 pm: Kick-off!

ATKMB and Kings both start with a 4-3-3 formation with Krishna as the captain of the former and Topu as the skipper of Kings.

Both coaches Bruzon and Habas greet each other as both the teams walk out into the National Maldives stadium.

4:20 pm: 10 minutes to go for a Kick-off!

Roy Krishna takes up captaincy from Pritam Kotal who led the squad in the last match.

4:00 pm: Will Habas’ side plays for a draw or goes for a clean sweep of three wins in the group stage or will the Bangladesh champion seal its much-needed victory in Male?

Follow here for live updates.

3:50 pm: ATK Mohun Bagan has made just one change from its side in the last match, with Ashutosh coming in for Sumit.

Bashundhara Kings has made two changes, with Atiqur Fahad and Sushanto Tripura replacing Biplob and Mahbubur from its last match against Bengaluru FC.

3:44 pm: Team News!

ATK Mohun Bagan XI: Amrinder Singh, Ashutosh, Pritam, McHugh, Subhasish, Lenny, Tangri, Manvir, Williams, Liston, Roy Krishna

Bashundhara Kings XI: Anisur Rehman, Kazi, Topu, Bishwanath, Khaled, Fahad, Fernandes, Sushanto, Becerra, Zoni, Robinho

MATCH PREVIEW

ATK Mohun Bagan just needs a draw against Bashundhara Kings of Bangladesh in its last group match to qualify for the knock-out stage of the AFC Cup, here on Tuesday.

With two wins from as many games, the Mariners has the edge after it followed up its 2-0 victory over compatriot Bengaluru FC with a come-from-behind 3-1 triumph against Maziya to tally six points and give it a two-point buffer over the Kings going into Tuesday's tie.

A draw will be enough for Antonio Lopez Habas' side to be crowned South Zonal champions and claim a place in the Inter-Zone Semi-final.

The Bangladesh champions, on four points from a win and a draw, need nothing less than a win.

Much will depend if the Kings can shut down Group D leading scorer Roy Krishna, who has scored two from two for ATK Mohun Bagan so far.

The Fiji international is sure to test a backline that is yet to be breached in this year's competition.

For the Bangladesh champion, it will be Brazilian forward Robinho, who is the main source of inspiration in the attack. He could not do much against Bengaluru FC, but ATK Mohun Bagan will write him off at its peril.

Habas expects his team to carry on the solid work it has produced so far.

"I don't like to talk about favorites, because football is full of complications. We have good professional players, very disciplined and tactical on the pitch."

"They have the opportunity to learn every day and I am happy with the performances of my players," he said.

"They are a good team, we give them maximum respect. The most important thing for us is not to concede a goal, but that doesn’t mean there won't be any attacks.

"We have to find the balance. We know that this is a decisive match and we have to give 100 percent on the pitch."

Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon fully believes his side can defeat ATK Mohun Bagan on Tuesday for a place in the 2021 AFC Cup knockout stage.

"I think (the match-up) is very balanced. Both teams are the only clubs to have the opportunity to qualify for the next round," Bruzon said.

"Tomorrow is going to be another long 90 minutes. If we are smart and wait for our opportunities, I’m sure we can bag the three points. Our confidence is that we only lost one match this season, and I don't think tomorrow will be the second." 

He admitted ATK Mohun Bagan is at an advantage and said his side will be in attack mode as it needed a win.

"ATK is starting with a slight advantage and we need to push a little bit more tomorrow if we want to win the game."

The Kings has had a phenomenal domestic season, losing only one of its 21 matches in the Bangladesh Premier League.

The ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bashundhara Kings match will kick-off at 4.30 PM IST.