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ATK pip Chennaiyin FC to the 2019-20 ISL title

11:57 AM EDT 3/14/20
Javier Hernandez ATK
Antonio Lopez Habas became the first coach to lift the trophy twice...

ATK defeated Chennaiyin FC 3-1 to lift their third Indian Super League (ISL) trophy at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa, on Saturday.

Javi Hernandez (10', 90+4') scored a brace while Edu Garcia's (48') scores his sixth of the season to seal the Kolkata side's title triumph. Nerijus Valskis scored for the Southerners in the 69th minute but it was only a consolation.

Antonio Lopez Habas named an unchanged lineup from the semifinal second leg against Bengaluru FC whereas Chennaiyin's Owen Coyle opted to start with Germanpreet Singh instead of Edwin Vanspaul, who was not a 100 per cent fit.

The game got off to an action-packed start. Andre Schembri cut back a pass that fell for Rafael Crivellaro who executed a chip. But Pritam Kotal was alert on the line and headed the ball away to safety.

Valskis then struck the horizontal in the fourth minute after John Johnson failed to effect an outright clearance in the box, ATK had their first opportunity when Germanpreet tripped David Williams just outside the box. Hernandez's attempt came off the wall though.

But ATK drew first blood in the 10th minute through a Roy Krishna cross from the left that Hernandez side-volleyed past Vishal Kaith expertly.

Krishna then did well to turn Eli Sabia down the right wing before his shot was saved by Kaith but it fell for Hernandez, who was denied by a goalline clearance by Laldinliana Renthlei in the 23rd minute before Valskis was denied by Bhattacharya twice at the other end in the ensuing minutes. The ATK custodian also sprung to his right to keep out Schembri's header from a Crivellaro free-kick a minute past the half-hour mark.

ATK suffered a blow when Krishna was taken off and injured and was replaced by Mandi in the 40th minute.

Just three minutes in to the second half, David Williams got past Eli Sabia to square the ball for Garcia at the edge of the box and the Spaniard made no mistake to slot it into the right bottom corner to make it 2-0.

Valskis pulled one back in the 69th minute after Pritam Kotal failed to clear Renthlei's cross from the right as Jerry Lalrinzuala laid it off for the Lithuanian. Valskis had another chance when he rose above Kotal in the very next minute to force another save from Bhattacharya.

Chennaiyin threw men in forward in their quest for the equaliser but ATK made the best use of the counter-attack as subsitute Pronay Halder sent Hernandez through to complete his brace in injury time.