Miku, Paartalu and a Champion Bengaluru Left ATK Into Pieces in Kolkata: THE HIGHLIGHTS

Rohit Ganguly  |  Indian Super League  |  4 Months Ago

Three wonderful goals, an indomitable attitude and disappointment for the hosts are all that summed up the story of the night for Bengaluru FC versus ATK.


Despite taking an early lead through a wondrous goal struck by the wunderkind, Komal Thatal on a half-turn, ATK was stunned on either side of the breather to be handed their third defeat of the season.


Miku pulled off a Toni Kroos in an emphatic fashion to restore parity for the visitors just in the dying embers of the first-half. After rolling the ball for a while to Dimas Delagado, who stopped the ball dead in its tracks, Miku blasted a piledriver into the top-right corner of the net, leaving a diving Arindam Bhattacharya as a mere onlooker.


Within just two minutes of the second half, Eric Paartalu belted a screamer to take the visitors ahead. A dipping free-kick by Udanta Singh was cleared in a sloppy fashion by the ATK defence. A lurking Delgado went for the spectacular as he fared a failed back-volley, but that sumptuous acrobatic shielded the nearby ATK defender and the loose ball was rifled home with extreme prejudice by Paartalu.


To add to ATK’s woes, former Espanyol and Levante marksman, Kalu Uche had to be stretchered off the field after a probable muscle-pull in the very first-half. Steve Coppell was compelled to introduce Noussair El Maimouni whose pedestrian show was not enough to salvage anything for the hosts.



Here are the top highlights from the match:



Komal Thatal – The next big thing in India football


Everton Dos Santos unleashed a menacing delivery for Thatal and the latter used his blistering speed to fox a sluggish Khabra and then with a crisp touch, he skinned another BFC defender and then unleashed a neat finish from the distance, averting Gurpreet’s desperate dive.

Thatal even took Wally Downes, the assistant manager of ATK, down after he rushed down the touchline to keep a ball in. His blistering runs constantly kept the Bengaluru defenders on their toes.

Kalu Uche’s absence cost ATK dearly


On several occasions, ATK came menacingly close to restore parity, but the absence of a proper finisher after the departure of Uche dented any visible prospect of an ATK comeback.


Maimouni came the closest to score the equalizer as he chested Lanzarote’s searching lob in a stellar fashion but blasted the ball straight at Gurpreet.


Gerson Vieira’s rasping header from a curling Lanza corner struck the bottom of the woodwork and went out.


Combined efforts of Jayesh Rane and Hitesh Sharma all went down the drain in front of a dogged Eric Paartalu.


BFC did what BFC does best


It was a night for the hosts despite a narrow defeat at the hands of BFC. ATK held sway in most of the game. However, the team came undone to an alliance of Sunil Chhetri, Miku, Eric Paartalu and Dimus Delgado.


It seemed like an ineffable diamond formation formed between these four superstars whose exact placements during the handful of BFC raids made those moves a lot more vicious.


The opening goal which was the result of a stunning free-kick emanated from a breakneck counter-attack. Miku was tripped as Gerson failed to contain him.


The second goal was a similar story when these four combined again to give Paartalu a clear shot at goal and the Australian made good use of that exploit.


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