ATK FC became the first team in Indian Super League history to win a third title after defeating Chennaiyin FC 3-1 in the ISL-6 final played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Saturday evening.
The match had to be played without spectators due to regulations after the global outbreak of the Coronavirus.
It was the Marina Machans who saw more of the ball throughout the tie, but ATK were more clinical in front of goal and a sensational display by goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya saw them through.
Chennaiyin FC were on the front foot from the first whistle and put the ATK defence under serious pressure early on. Nerijus Valskis almost gave his team the lead in the third minute as he created space for a shot inside the box and had ATK goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya to beat with a thumping effort. Unfortunately for Owen Coyle’s side, the ball came out after hitting the underside of the crossbar.
After surviving an early scare, ATK in the 10th minute took the lead, when Roy Krishna was set free down the left wing and a cross from the Fijian found Javier Hernandez, who volleyed past Vishal Kaith to make it 1-0.
Despite Chennaiyin FC’s best efforts to draw level before the half time break, the first half ended with ATK 1-0 up.
In the 48th minute, ATK struck again the back of the net with a quick counter attack culminated in David Williams freeing up Edu Garcia for a shot. The Spaniard made no mistakes as he placed his effort past a diving Vishal Kaith.
Chennaiyin FC’s sustained spell of pressure finally bore fruit in the 69th minute as Nerijus Valskis fired home to make the scoreline 2-1. The Lithuanian could have made it all square seconds later but this time, Arindam was up to the task and kept his team’s narrow lead intact.
Chennaiyin FC looked for the equaliser, but ATK kept their one goal lead intact until late in the game, when Javier Hernandez sealed the match and the third title for ATK, who went on to win the match 3-1.