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Bengaluru FC and ATK play out entertaining 2-2 draw

ATK struck twice in the dying moments to cancel Bengaluru’s two first-half goals….

Bengaluru FC and ATK shared spoils in a four-goal thriller at the Sree Kanteerva Stadium in their last game of the Indian Super League (ISL) league phase.

Dimas Delgado (18′) opened the scoring with an incredible goal from a direct free-kick. Kevaughn Frater (35′) doubled the advantage with a simple goal from the centre of the box. Edu Garcia (86′) and Michael Soosairaj (90′) scored in the dying moments to earn their side a point.

Both managers made a plethora of changes from their last game, given the inconsequential nature of the fixture. The hosts saw eight changes with only Juanan Gonzalez, Dimas and Harmanjot Khabra keeping their spot. Antonio Habas made six changes to the side that faced defeat against Chennaiyin FC, handing youngster Dheeraj Singh his debut between the sticks.

The hosts opened well and dominated possession but had lacked the venom to do some real damage. Dimas broke the deadlock from a direct free-kick on the edge of the left flank with a well-taken kick that Dheeraj failed to divert away from goal.

The visitors then enjoyed some attacking moments, the best chance of which arrived in the 22nd minute when David Williams’ curling corner was cleared off the line by Khabra. Bengaluru’s five-man back-line otherwise had no trouble dealing with the threat posed by ATK’s attack.

Leon Augustine dazzled for most parts of the first half and eventually got an assist to show his scintillating performance. The 21-year-old outpaced Victor Mongil before cutting it back to Frater for a simple finish from the edge of the six-yard box.

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