Indian football giant ATK Mohun Bagan held its nerves to settle for a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings at the Maldives National Football Stadium in Malรฉ on Tuesday. With this draw, ATKMB has managed to finish atop the table and qualify for the tournament's semis. The match started on a shaky note for the Indian side, as Jonathan Fernandes put the Bangladeshi outfit ahead in the 28th minute. However, at half-time, Sushanto Tripura was sent off, reducing the Kings to ten men. In the following half, ATKMB utilised the one-person shortage of the Kings to its full advantage. David Williams scored the equaliser in the 62nd minute to help the Indian outfit finish atop the table with seven points. FT | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ @atkmohunbaganfc 1-1 @bkings_official ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐Ÿฅ‡ David Williams’ 62nd minute strike proves enough to crown ATK Mohun Bagan South Zone Champions! ๐Ÿ‘ #AFCCup2021 | #AMBvBDK — #AFCCup2021 (@AFCCup) August 24, 2021 ALSO READ: AFC Cup 2021: ATK Mohun Bagan sails past Bengaluru FC 2-0 in opening clash Consequently, ATKMB has become the first Indian side since 2018 to play the zonal semis, as it takes on the winner of Nasaf (Uzbekistan) and Ahal (Turkmenistan) on September 22. Following the win, franchise owner Dr Sanjiv Goenka was delighted with the side's phenomenal performance so far and thanked the fans for their undying support. "Very pleased with ATK Mohun Bagans performance in the AFC Cup. Delighted that we have qualified for the knock out stage. A big thank you to all the players, the coach; everyone did a phenomenal job under difficult circumstances. A big thanks to all the fans for their unstinted support," he said via an ATKMB release. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ATK Mohun Bagan Football Club (@atkmohunbaganfc) NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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