ATK put up a brave fight but eventually go down against EPL side Fulham

It was a gritty display from ATK, before they went down fighting 1-0 against Premier League club Fulham in a friendly match.


Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK were defeated 1-0 by Premier League outfit Fulham FC in a friendly game. It was played at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia, Spain on Saturday.


- Advertisement -720x200


ATK, who were already in Spain for a three-week long camp came into the game on the back of two wins. Head coach Steve Coppell set the team in a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation. A back-four of Aiborlang Khongjee, Andre Bikey, John Johnson and Sena Ralte. They shielded second-choice custodian Arindam Bhattacharya between the sticks. Gerson Vieira and Malsawmzuala featured in the double-pivot role. While Nigerian striker Kalu Uche was supported by the trio of Everton Santos, Manuel Lanzarote and teenage sensation Komal Thatal.

Floyd Ayite won a freekick at the edge of the box in the ninth minute. He fired a fine attempt on goal but ATK goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya was up to the task. Kalu Uche had half a chance for the ISL side, five minutes later but couldn’t convert.

Both sides went into the interval with neither able to score the opening goal. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic brought on Andre Schurrle in the 61st minute. And the move paid off soon.



The 2014 World Cup winner, Andre Schurrle scored the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute. The Kolkata side became only the second ISL team to play a Premier League side. Schurrle, who provided Mario Gotze with the assist to score the World Cup winning goal for Germany a little more than four years ago proved to be the difference between the sides.

Despite the loss, the experience would certainly serve as a boost for Steve Coppell and his team ahead of the upcoming ISL season. ATK are scheduled to fly back to India after 16 September. They feature in the opening game of season five – a home tie against Kerala Blasters on 29 September.



Do check out : Best Football transfers of Indian Football Clubs 2018

For more information visit our site, TechnoSports. And download our app from the Google Play Store for more real-time updates. To download the app, click here.

Rahul Roy
I am a computer guy by profession and a sports fanatic by choice.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Articles

Stay Connected


Hot Topics


Latest Articles


All the upcoming Indian Web Series in March 2021

As the situation is under control so many new Indian web series are going to launch in March.  The OTT platforms have tried their...

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro with up to AMD Ryzen 7 5800H & RTX 3070 available in Germany for €1,799

Lenovo's Legion gaming laptop series is exceptional for professional and casual gaming; among them, the Legion 5 model is one of the most "value...

Early Intel Core i7-11700K benchmarks show it is slower than AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

Intel is all set to launch its new Rocket Lake-S desktop CPUs in the coming days, and as we reported recently, Mindfactory is openly admitting...

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro might not get the M1X treatment

Apple will soon be launching its new MacBook Pro models which will be powered by the new silicon which the Cupertino giant is currently...