Both ATK Mohun Bagan and Gokulam Kerala will be looking forward to starting their AFC Cup group stages campaign with a win. The teams face each other at the majestic Yubabharati Krirangan on Wednesday at 4.30 pm. Follow this space for all live updates from the match.

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What. A. Win!!! Gokulam Kerala stuns the home team with a massive win. Fulltime: GKFC 4-2 ATKMB

90+5′ Yellow card

Joni Kauko gets into the referee’s book. GKFC 4-2 ATKMB

90+4′ Miss!

Jithin misses a sitter, as Ravi Rana intercepts the ball at the right time. GKFC 4-2 ATKMB

90′ Added time

Five minutes added. GKFC 4-2 ATKMB

89′ Four!

Jithin scores the fourth for Gokulam! Home crowd absolutely stunned! GKFC 4-2 ATKMB

87′ Constant Pressure

The Mariners apply constant pressure on the Gokulam defence in an attempt to find the equaliser. GKFC 3-2 ATKMB

82′ Close!

Sreekuttan goes 1-vs-1 with Amrinder and tries a cheeky finish, but his shot rolls wide. GKFC 3-2 ATKMB

79′ Freekick!!!

The Mariners awarded a freekick from around the 25-yards range. Liston fires it home as a comeback is surely on the cards. GKFC 3-2 ATKMB

76′ Substitution

Game resumes after another substitution. Ravi Rana comes on for Ashutosh Mehta, whereas Jithin replaces injured Fletcher. GKFC 3-1 ATKMB

74′ Injury

The referee halts the play for Fletcher, who lies down injured. Gokulam forced to make a substitution. Both teams go into the cooling break in the meanwhile. GKFC 3-1 ATKMB

71′ Brilliant Run

Sreekuttan with a brilliant run, but the attack fades off. GKFC 3-1 ATKMB

68′ Foul

Zaman gets booked for a foul on Liston. The Mariners get a free kick right outside the box. Liston fires the resulting freekick way off target. GKFC 3-1 ATKMB

65′ GOAL!

Luka scores his second and Gokulam’s third. The Malabarians are on fire! GKFC 3-1 ATKMB

63′ Substitution

Kiyan Nassiri replaces Lenny Rodrigues. GKFC 2-1 ATKMB

61′ Hattrick of corners

Gokulam wins three corners in the trot. Bouba meets the final one and heads the ball over. However, he gets injured in the process as his own man caught him from behind. GKFC 2-1 ATKMB

57′ Goal!

Rishad with the goal. Gokulam leads for the second time. GKFC 2-1 ATKMB

56′ End-to-end action

Two goals in quick succession have raised the temperatures on the pitch by a few bars. Scores level. GKFC 1-1 ATKMB

53′ Equaliser!

Pritam Kotal scores from the corner. We have a game on our hands now! GKFC 1-1 ATKMB


Luka Majcen opens the scoring. Point blank shot, Amrinder had no chance. GKFC 1-0 ATKMB

49′ Freekick

Sharif’s freekick hits the wall. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

46′ Start of second half

The game kicks off for the second half. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB


Scores level at the end of the first half. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

45′ Added time

Four minutes added. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

42′ Corner

The Mariners win a corner. David Williams floats the ball in but Boubar clears – probably his 6th clearance in the match. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

39′ Forced Substitution

Ashutosh Mehta replaces injured Tiri, who had to be stretchered off. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

38′ Shot!

Williams cuts inside from the left-wing and attempts a curling shot with his right foot. The ball narrowly misses the target. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

35′ Tiri injured

Tiri suffers a huge blow. The physio signals the bench for immediate substitution. The Spaniard also receives a yellow card for the reckless challenge. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

32′ Gokulam Pushing forward

Gokulam on a quick break post the cooling break. Fletcher’s cross fails to reach any man in Maroon and Amrinder collects easily. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

29′ Kauko shoots

Joni Kauko shoots from the edge of the penalty box, but Rakshit Dagar saves comfortably. Time for a cooling break. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

25′ Cleared

A.Bouba once again clearing the threat for the Malabarians. Liston fails to control the rebound and the ball goes out for a Gokulam throw-in. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

24′ Foul

Emil Benny gets the first yellow card for a foul on Manvir Singh. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

18′ Save!

Amrinder forced to make a quick save from Fletcher’s shot. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

18′ Another miss

Roy Krishna shoots again, this time hits the upright. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

16′ Huge miss

Liston Colaco whips in a brilliant ball and finds Roy Krishna at the edge of the 6 years box. But the Fijian shoots it wide to the moons. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

12′ Double clearance

A.Bouba clears two crosses from the right-wing. The ball goes out for a throw-in. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

10′ Chip

Emil Benny tries to chip the ATKMB keeper, but the ball sails over the goal. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

09′ Foul

First foul of the afternoon. Simple one on David Williams. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

05′ Long Ranger

Roy Krishna surprises Rakshit Dagar with a long ranger. The goalkeeper fumbles but at last gets cleared. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

03′ Chance

ATK Mohun Bagan gets a set-piece chance and the ball gets floated into the box. Gokulam players collect and try to break on a counterattack. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

01′ Kickoff!

Kickoff at the Salt Lake. GKFC 0-0 ATKMB

Starting Lineups

Gokulam Kerala FC

Rakshit Dagar, Alex Saji, Aminou Bouba, Muhammad Uvais, Abdul Hakku, Rishad PP, Sharif Mukhammad (C), Emil Benny, Luka Majcen, Jourdaine Fletcher, Thahir Zaman.

ATK Mohun Bagan FC

Amrinder Singh, Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Subhashis Bose, Joni Kauko, Lenny Rodrigues, Manvir Singh, David Williams, Roy Krishna (C), Liston Colaco.

Gokulam Kerala vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Preview

Gokulam Kerala FC makes their continental debut today against ATK Mohun Bagan FC. The Malabarians are in Red-hot form following their recent I-League triumph. Juan Ferrando’s men, on the other hand, will look to avenge a somewhat disappointing season by their standards.

Juan Ferrando seemed confident ahead of the much-anticipated match. “For us, it is important to have qualified, but it is also important to play well tomorrow. It’s important for my players to enjoy the game. Gokulam are in high performance, (but) we’ve had three weeks to put in the work, and I am satisfied with the preparation,” said Ferrando. “To play at home is amazing. The supporters are a big advantage, but on the pitch, we will be playing a strong team. We are working hard to be ready.”

ATK Mohun Bagan FC finished 3rd in the Indian Super League last season. But that doesn’t concern the Spaniard. “It’s not a disadvantage that the other three teams are champions of their respective leagues, we finished third, but we are a big team, with a very good squad,” added Juan.

Gokulam Kerala FC on the other hand, come fresh off their I-League campaign. They lost only once in the successful campaign and scored 44 goals throughout the league. The Malabarians became the first team to successfully defend the league title and will be looking to continue their momentum in the AFC Cup as well.

Gokulam Kerala

We both have 11 players, everything is possible in football. We know the quality of their players, but I know my players well. We know our strengths and power, and we will play for the win,” said Annese, Gokulam Kerala’s coach.”Personally, I am a bit emotional, the budgets are different for ISL teams, and us. But budgets don’t matter to players, I am very involved in this game, commitment, and respect towards opponents are important but we will not make it easy for ATK. Tomorrow, we will play for a win,” added the Italian.

Live Streaming

The match will be telecasted on the Star Sports network JioTV and Hotstar.

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