AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-Final: Humiliation for ATK Mohun Bagan, Uzbek club Nasaf thrashes top Indian club 6-0

AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-Final: Humiliation for ATK Mohun Bagan, Uzbek club Nasaf thrashes top Indian club 6-0
AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-Final: Humiliation for ATK Mohun Bagan, Uzbek club Nasaf thrashes top Indian club 6-0

AFC Cup – ATK MB Thrashed: Nasaf thrashes ATK Mohun Bagan 6-0, Husain Norchayev scores a hat-trick- The 2020 Uzbekistan Super League runners-up have thrashed the Indian side ATK Mohun Bagan 6-0 in the Inter-Zone Semi-Finals. ATK Mohun Bagan performed very poorly in a match where they registered only 1 shot even after having 45% of possession.

AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-Final: Humiliation for ATK Mohun Bagan, Uzbek club Nasaf thrashes top Indian club 6-0

AFC Cup – ATK MB Thrashed: The first goal came very early in the match as McHugh headed the ball into Pritam Kotal and the ball was deflected into the net in the 4th net. After that, the 19-year-old striker Husain Norchayev scored 3 goals in the 18th, 21st, and 31st minute to mark his hattrick. Nasaf was also awarded a penalty but Bozorov hit it against the post right before scoring in the injury time of the first half to mark Nasaf’s 5th goal of the match. The 6th and final goal of the match came in the 71st minute as the substitute Donier Narzullaev scored.

Nasaf’s 19-year-old striker Khusain Norchaev scored a hat-trick in the first 32 minutes to rise to the top of the tournament scoring charts, with a Pritam Kokal own goal and Oybek Bozorov’s tap in completing a blistering five-goal first half which delighted the home crowd.

Substitute Doniyorjon Narzullaev added a sixth after the break, putting Ruzikul Berdiev’s side within 90 minutes of their first AFC Cup Final since winning the title a decade ago, with Lee Man FC of Hong Kong all that stands between them and November’s decider.

AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final: Nasaf thrashes ATK Mohun Bagan 6-0, Husain Norchayev scores a hat-trick

Alarm bells were ringing for the visitors almost as soon as the ball was kicked, with Norchaev stealing possession and forcing Amrinder Singh into a save within 30 seconds, and it took less than four minutes for the opening goal to arrive, with Kokal deflecting Carl McHugh’s attempted clearing header into his own net following a corner kick.

AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final: Nasaf thrashes ATK Mohun Bagan 6-0, Husain Norchayev scores a hat-trick
AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final: Nasaf thrashes ATK Mohun Bagan 6-0, Husain Norchayev scores a hat-trick

Norchaev missed with the goal at his mercy after being teed up by Sherzod Nasrullaev in the 10th minute but, with Nasaf’s off-the-ball movement on a higher plane, ATK Mohun Bagan failed to heed that warning, with Norchaev getting in between two prone defenders to poke home another pinpoint delivery from the left full-back eight minutes later.

A young striker of some promise, Norchaev was well on the way to his hat-trick when he poked home his second to punish more sluggish defending in the 21st minute, and he completed the achievement when he made the most of a sublime no-look pass from Sukhrob Nasrullaev as Nasaf went four ahead with only 32 minutes played.

ATK Mohun Bagan earned a rare reprieve when Bozorov slammed a penalty kick against the crossbar after Kotal had fouled Bakhrom Abdurakhimov, but their relief, and Bozorov’s regret, were short-lived as Dilshod Saitov got in behind the overwhelmed defense to set up the same player for perhaps the easiest goal of this season’s AFC Cup to make it 5-0 at half-time.

AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final: Nasaf thrashes ATK Mohun Bagan 6-0, Husain Norchayev scores a hat-trick