The Blues played out a stalemate with the Kolkata outfit on Saturday night.
It was a nail-biting clash in the end, as ATK came from behind to score twice against Bengaluru FC in the dying minutes and salvage a point at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday night.
The hosts took the lead with Dimas Delgado’s free-kick in the first half and followed it up with a fine movement, as Leon Augustine squared it for Kevaughn Frater to add to the tally. The Blues were 2-0 up at the break and continued their dominance throughout, until Edu Garcia came off the bench and scored a goal followed by Michael Soosairaj’s deflected strike – which restored parity for the visitors.
Here are the Indian player ratings from the match:
Prabhsukhan Gill- 6.5
The young custodian was handed a start ahead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and he did not disappoint. Gill was good with his distribution and also came up with some good saves and parries.
He was not at fault for both the goals, as one was a great shot from Edu Garcia and the equalizer had an unfortunate deflection, leaving him completely helpless.
Sairuat Kima- 6.5
The 22-year-old defender played on the right side of the three-man backline opted for by Carles Cuadrat. He had a great combination and understanding with Gursimrat Gill, as the duo have prior experience of playing together.
Sairuat Kima produced a decent performance and was tidy in possession as well. He was replaced by Erik Paartalu in the the 68th minute.
Gursimrat Gill- 6.0
The 22-year-old defender was slotted in as a right wing-back, but was more of a cover to support the three centre-backs and block attacks from the left flank. Playing him in a deeper role allowed Augustin to play freely, as he featured more as a right winger for the Blues.
Leon Augustin- 8.0
The youngster has shown glimpses of his brilliance earlier in different competitions. However, he was was a class apart on the right flank against ATK, as he capitalized on the second balls and got in the open spaces in the final third.
It was from his cross that Frater scored his maiden goal for the Blues in the first half. He was a livewire on the field even in the second half, as Augustin dominated Victor Mongil throughout the game. It was a sensational performance against ATK from the Bengaluru FC winger.
Harmanjot Khabra- 6.5
One of the most experienced players in his position in India, Khabra was a workhorse in the middle of the park for the Blues. He controlled the tempo of the game and allowed Dimas Delgado to play his natural game.
The Bengaluru FC midfielder is known for his consistent distribution skills and it was no different against ATK. He also created a chance , which Frater failed to convert.
Parag Srivas- 7.5
The youngster had a great outing. Despite facing the likes of Roy Krishna and David Williams, his confidence with his passing and shielding was commendable on Saturday night. One of his shots was blocked by Jayesh Rane, proving his instinct to get into the right positions in attack as well.
Thongkhosiem Haokip- 4.0
The 26-year-old could not continue more than half an hour as he felt irritation in his knee. He was slowly getting on his groove and was starting to combine with Frater but had to be replaced by Nili Perdomo.
Suresh Wangjam- 6.5
Replaced Dimas Delgado in the 52nd minute and added more steel to the midfield which eventually could not stop Edu Garcia from having the desired impact. He kept possession well and had a 92% passing accuracy to show for it. The Bengaluru FC youngster also created a chance against ATK and was tireless in the little time he had.
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (GK)- 5.0
The ATK youngster finally got the opportunity to start ahead of Arindam Bhattacharya under the bars against Bengaluru FC. However , it was not a great start from the former Kerala Blasters custodian as there will be questions with his position in the first goal, which was converted by Dimas Delgado in a freekick. He was indecisive with his outings and did not communicate well enough with his fellow defenders.
Salam Ranjan Singh- 5.5
The former Bengaluru FC defender was on his toes throughout the time he was there on the pitch. despite three tackles and six clearances, he struggled to contain players like Dimas and Parag, who created chances from the left side.
Pritam Kotal- 5.0
The India international slotted in a right wing back role and did not have a particularly good outing as his compatriot Prabir das. Kotal’s crosses were wayward at times and was also late to react on certain occasions. The defender was also reckless with his tackles and gave away fouls in dangerous areas.
Pronay Halder- 4.5
Halder had a quiet first half against Bengaluru FC where the likes of Harmanjot Khabra and Dimas Delgado got the better of him in most occasions. Therefore, ATK head coach Antonio Habas decided to take the midfielder off and brought on Edu Garcia to add more creativity.
Jayesh Rane- 6.0
Not the best performance for the ATK midfielder this season as he came up short in duels against the Bengaluru FC midfielders. Lost possession often and being one of the only creative outlets in midfield, Rane was not allowed to play his natural game for the majority of the match.
Michael Regin- 7.0
A strong performance from the former Chennai City FC midfielder as he tried his best to distribute the ball and initiate attacking buildups while breaking up play and recycling possession in the middle. He also created a chance and will give Habas selection headaches ahead of the playoffs.
Sumit Rathi- 5.0
One of the strongest performers of the season for ATK, however, Rathi did not have the best outing against Bengaluru FC as he was busy containing Leon Augustin. Other than creating one chance in the first half, the young defender had little attacking impact and was also wasteful with possession.
Michael Soosairaj- 6.5
The former Chennai City FC man came on for Sumit Rathi to provide more support in the wide areas going forward. Soosairaj once again proved his mettle with a shot which was deflected by Gursimrat Gill before going in and giving the visitors a point from the match.
Balwant Singh- 5.0
Came on for Salam Ranjan Singh in the 70th minute as ATK needed goals to claw their way back in the game. Singh provided a much-needed physical presence in the penalty area. However, apart from that he did not have any notable impact in attack.