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ATK barges into Super Cup quarterfinals
Sportslogon Team April 1st 2019


Bhubaneswar : ATK skipper Manuel Bruno set a example for the team by leading the team from the front, not only scored a goal also set up the first goal for Balwant to guide the team into the quarterfinals of the 2nd Edition of the Hero Super Cup, defeating I League debutant team Real Kashmir by 3-1 at Kalinga Stadium on Monday. Bruno of the winning team adjudged as hero of the match.

The Srinagar-based side Real Kashmir was made a u-turn on their initial decision not to play the tournament and take on ATK in the pre-quarterfinal match here.

Kashmir side is known for their tight defence, was tested by ATK's midfielders in the second minute of the match, while Manuel Bruno's through pass reached to Garcia Martin and the header was top of the post.

Indian national team forward Balwant Singh opened the account for ATK in the 25th minute, the move was initiated by skipper Bruno who passed the ball from the right flank to Balwant, who put the ball into the Kashmir's post with his brilliant header.

The ATK lead was for a short period only as Real Kashmir bounced back in the 31st minute to level the score 1-1. AbhashThapa in a run away pass found Mason Rebertson ahead of him , who made no mistake to put the ball into the bottom left corner of the post with his powerful right-footer to made it 1-1 for Kashmir.

After the change of sides, both the teams were showed their urgency to dominate the second quarter, but ATK skipper double the lead in the 79th minute. Midfielder Edu Garcia's corner kick was straight to Manuel Lanzarote, who was waiting at the edge of the box and hit it into the Kashmir's goal post.

The ATK coach James Coppell substituted Brazilian forward Santos Pinto in place of midfielder Garcia Martin, proves to be lucky for the team as Santos scored the third goals for the team in the 83rd minutes to guided the team into the quarterfinals. .
This news was added and updated on : April 1st 2019
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