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Kolkata, October 31: Bengaluru FC continued their unbeaten start to the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018 with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over ATK at the Swami Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Wednesday.
Erik Paartalu of Bengaluru FC in action during match 24 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Bengaluru FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 31st October
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
A first-ever ISL goal for 18-year-old Komal Thatal (15’) had put ATK ahead but strikes either side of the half-time break from Miku (45+3’) and Erik Paartalu (47’) ensured Carles Cuadrat’s men held on to the third spot on the table. ATK, meanwhile, slumped to a third loss of the season and find themselves placed fifth with seven points from six matches.
Komal Thatal of ATK in action during match 24 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Bengaluru FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 31st October
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
After a cagey start, the match sparked into life in the 15th minute when ATK surged ahead through Komal. Everton Santos was the architect with a sumptuous through-ball from midfield which Thatal got to before holding off Nishu Kumar and sending an arrowing finish into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
Komal Thatal of ATK celebrates scoring during match 24 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Bengaluru FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 31st October
Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for ISL
After taking the lead, ATK sat deep and defended resolutely as Bengaluru strived for the equaliser. Miku should have restored parity five minutes later when Nishu picked him out with a cross from the left. However, the Venezuelan’s thumping header was straight at Arindam Bhattacharya who parried it instinctively.
Komal Thatal of ATK celebrates the goal with team players during match 24 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Bengaluru FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 31st October
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Steve Coppell’s side looked well organised in defence following that and were looking to counter-attack while Bengaluru saw most of their attacks break down in the final third. However, ATK were dealt a blow when striker Kalu Uche was forced to go off after suffering a groin injury.
Nicol?°s Ladislao Fedor Flores of Bengaluru FC celebrates scoring during match 24 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Bengaluru FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 31st October
Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for ISL
At the stroke of half-time, Gerson Vieira committed a foul on Miku right outside the penalty box. Miku rolled the free-kick to Dimas Delgado before finding the top-corner of Bhattacharya’s near post with a brilliant finish to pull the Blues level.
Nicol?°s Ladislao Fedor Flores of Bengaluru FC celebrates scoring during match 24 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Bengaluru FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 31st October
Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Bengaluru continued their momentum into the second-half and took the lead within two minutes. Delgado’s free-kick into the box was headed out by Ricky Lallawmawma. But it fell to Paartalu whose venomous half-volley could not be kept out by Bhattacharya.
Erik Paartalu of Bengaluru FC celebrates the goal during match 24 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Bengaluru FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 31st October
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Bengaluru kept possession and frustrated the home team who lacked a focal point in attack. However, Manuel Lanzarote did fashion a couple of opportunities with his guile and passing ability but to no avail.
In the final 10 minutes, ATK ramped up the pressure on Bengaluru and almost had an equaliser when Gerson Vieira hit the base of the post with a header from a corner-kick.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Goalkeeper of Bengaluru FC saves during match 24 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Bengaluru FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 31st October
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
That was the closest the two-time champions came to another goal as the Blues saw off the late surge with relative ease.

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