Durand Cup: ATK pip Mohammedan Sporting as Mohun Bagan seal semifinal spot

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 21:48 IST This was ATK’s first victory in the Durand Cup. (ISL File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSATK rode on Hitesh Sharma’s early strike to pip Mohammedan Sporting by a solitary goalMohun Bagan, who lead group B table with six points, face Indian Navy (one point) in their last group fixtureThe result also meant that 16-time champions Mohun Bagan sealed a semifinal berth from the groupFormer Indian Super League champions ATK rode on Hitesh Sharma’s early strike to pip Mohammedan Sporting by a solitary goal in a rain-interrupted 129th Durand Cup at the Saltlake Stadium here on Friday.The result also meant that 16-time champions Mohun Bagan sealed a semifinal berth from the group with a match in hand.Mohun Bagan, who lead group B table with six points, face Indian Navy (one point) in their last group fixture on Saturday.Sharma set the pace with his second-minute goal after the match began half an hour late because of heavy downpour.Three minutes later, Mohammedan had a chance to equalise but a Vanlalbiaa Chhangte’s shot from Kouassi’s beautiful through ball hit the crossbar.Credit should also be given to ATK’s goalkeeper Avilash Paul who stood tall under the bar with a couple of fine saves to deny their Kolkata rivals any chance of a comeback.Mohammedan Sporting got two quick chances in the 47th minute but Paul held steady to clear the first attempt before Prabir Das made a beautiful goal line save.Mohammedan Sporting squandered a chance to equalise in the 78th minute when Firoj Ali’s powerful shot sailed high over the cross-bar.This was the two-time ISL champions’ first victory in the tournament, but it came only in their last group B league outing as they bowed with four points from three matches.Mohammedan Sporting, who had hammered Indian Navy 6-2 six days back, also finished with three points from as many matches.advertisementEarlier, former Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC were leading 1-0 against I-League debutants TRAU FC when the match was called off in the 15th minute because of heavy lightning and thundershowers at the Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah.N Joysana Singh gave Chennaiyin FC the lead in the eighth minute after RC Aimol set it up with a measured pass from the right flank.The group D match will resume from 10am on Saturday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Durand CupFollow Atletico de Kolkata FCFollow Mohammedan Sporting Durand Cup: ATK pip Mohammedan Sporting as Mohun Bagan seal semifinal spotThis was the Atletico de Kolkata’s first victory in the tournament, but it came only in their last group B league outing as they bowed with four points from three matches.advertisement Nextlast_img

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