David Williams scored the equaliser for ATK Mohun Bagan towards Bashundhara Kings.© Twitter
ATK Mohun Bagan certified for the knockout phases of the AFC Cup following a 1-1 stalemate with Bangladesh champions Bashundhara Kings in a Group D match right here on Tuesday. The Indian membership made the inter-zonal semi-final of the second tier continental event as South Asian Zone champions. Brazilian midfielder Jonathan Fernandes (28′) put the Bangladeshi aspect forward within the first half earlier than teammate Sushanto Tripura (45+2′) was despatched off on the stroke of half-time.
Assisted by a Liston Colaco cross, Australian ahead David Williams (62′) scored the equaliser to make Bagan group toppers with seven factors because the Kings completed second with 5 factors.
The Kings had been diminished to 10 males within the stoppage time of the primary half when their right-winger Tripura was proven a purple card.
This was the primary time since 2018 that an Indian group has made the zonal semi-finals.
Bagan will play the winners of Uzbekistan’s Nasaf and Turkmenistan’s Ahal on September 22.
ATKMB wanted a win or a draw towards Bashundhara to undergo whereas the Bangladeshi outfit required a win.
Bagan struggled in the beginning towards the urgent recreation of the decided Kings and the latter gained management of the match when Fernandes struck one from the sting of the field giving the rival goalkeeper Amrinder Singh no probability.
Each groups had a number of probabilities within the first quarter. Looking out an equaliser of their quest to keep away from elimination, Bagan discovered one after the change of ends when the Kings gave the impression to be on the defensive with a person down.
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