Ferrando rallies ATK Mohun Bagan for knockout stage challenge
Kolkata: Juan Ferrando has urged ATK Mohun Bagan to be at their best for the AFC Cup™ 2022 Inter-Zone Semi-finals after the Indian Super League side advanced to the knockout stage in emphatic fashion on Tuesday.
Ferrando's charges were in spectacular form before their fans at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium, scoring a 5-2 win over Maziya Sports & Recreation of the Maldives.
The victory completed an amazing comeback for ATK Mohun Bagan, who were defeated 4-2 by fellow Indian side Gokulam Kerala FC before bouncing back with a 4-0 win over Bangladesh champions Bashundhara Kings.
Kolkata: Bashundhara Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon and his Gokulam Kerala counterpart Vincenzo Alberto Annese both paid tribute to their players as their AFC Cup™ 2022 campaigns came to an end on Tuesday.
Bangladesh champions Bashundhara edged India's Gokulam Kerala 2-1 in their final Group D tie but missed out on a place in the Inter-Zone Semi-finals following ATK Mohun Bagan's 5-2 win against Maziya Sports & Recreation.
The result meant the Indian Super League side won the group by virtue-of their superior head-to-head record.
Group D: ATK Mohun Bagan power past Maziya to book knockout stage spot
Kolkata: India’s ATK Mohun Bagan surged into the AFC Cup™ 2022 knockout stage with a 5-2 win over Maziya Sports & Recreation of the Maldives on Tuesday.
Needing a win and nothing less to secure top spot in Group D, the group hosts got up and running thanks to a first half brace from Finnish midfielder Joini Kauko, then went on with the job after half-time to delight the crowd at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium.
The result sent the Indian Super League outfit to the Inter-Zone Semi-finals for the second successive season, with the club to resume their continental campaign in early September.
Group D: No joy for Bashundhara Kings despite win over Gokulam Kerala
Kolkata: Bashundhara Kings temporarily kept their AFC Cup™ 2022 knockout stage hopes alive, but were ultimately eliminated despite a 2-1 Matchday Three win against Gokulam Kerala at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium on Tuesday.
ATK Mohun Bagan's 5-2 win against Maziya Sports & Recreation later in the evening meant the Indian Super League side won the group by virtue-of their superior head-to-head record, ending Bashundhara's brave bid at the group stage despite a fabulous showing from Captain Robinho, who scored one brilliant goal and set up another.
Asia's young talents learn qualification opponents
Kuala Lumpur: The qualifying cast for the AFC U17 Asian Cup Bahrain 2023™ Qualifiers was finalised on Tuesday.
A total of 44 participating Member Associations (MAs) were divided into 10 centralised qualifying groups, six of which will feature four teams, while four groups will include five sides when the Qualifiers take place from October 1 to 9, 2022.
Preview - Group D: Maziya Sports & Recreation (MDV) v ATK Mohun Bagan (IND)
Kolkata: Both the Maziya Sports & Recreation and ATK Mohun Bagan FC head coaches expect their sides to battle through fatigue and impress in their last-ditch effort for top spot in Group D of the AFC Cup™ 2022 on Tuesday.
The group swung wide open following Matchday Two that saw both Maziya and ATK Mohun Bagan reviving their campaigns with wins over Gokulam Kerala FC and Bashundhara Kings respectively.
All four teams sit equal on three points, and a win on Tuesday is crucial in the race for a top spot finish.
Players lived up to my expectations, says Maziya's Jesic
Kolkata: Head coach Miodrag Jesic applauded his Maziya Sports & Recreation side after they revived their AFC Cup™ 2022 hopes with a hard fought 1-0 win over Gokulam Kerala FC on Saturday.
An opening day 1-0 defeat to Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings meant another loss on Saturday would have ended Maziya's hopes with a match to spare but the side from the Maldives rose to the occasion against a Gokulam Kerala team who had beaten fellow Indian side ATK Mohun Bagan 4-2 in their opener.
Colaco dedicates hat-trick to ATK Mohun Bagan teammates, family
Kolkata: A delighted Liston Colaco paid tribute to his teammates and family after his hat-trick powered ATK Mohun Bagan to a commanding 4-0 win over Bashundhara Kings in Group D of the AFC Cup™ 2022 on Saturday.
Colaco struck in the 24th, 33rd and 53rd minutes with David Williams adding the fourth in the 77th as the Indian side bounced back from their 4-2 defeat to Gokulam Kerala FC on Matchday One to revive their hopes.
With Maziya Sports & Recreation defeating Gokulam Kerala 1-0 later on Saturday, all four teams are on three points heading into Matchday Three.