ATK rode on a double goal from Javi Hernandez to beat Chennaiyin FC 3-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2019-20 final and win their third ISL trophy in six seasons. Hernandez opened the scoring in the 10th minute before sealing his side’s win with a third in the third minute of injury-time. Nerijus Valskis pulled one back and Chennaiyin threatened to take the game into extra-time after Edu Garcia had doubled the lead just three minutes into the second half. But Hernandez popped at the right place to get at the end of a Pronay Halder through ball beat goalkeeper Vishal Kaith and fired into an open net to take the game away from Chennaiyin and seal his side’s win. ISL 2019–20: Javi Hernandez Double Helps ATK Beat Chennaiyin FC 3–1 and Lift Third Indian Super League Title.
The win made ATK the most successful team in the championship adding to their title wins in 2014 and 2016, the first of which was won under Antonio Habas who also became the first manager to win two ISL titles. Habas’ night, however, started with a scratchy head and looked long when Valskis nearly put Chennaiyin ahead in the 4th minute. His ferocious shot after a receiving a pass from Andre Schembri hit the crossbar and rebounded back into play and five minutes after Valskis had threatened to score twice inside two minutes.
Done and Dusted! Congratulations ATK
Done and dusted. Congratulations ATK 💪 Commiserations Chennaiyin. Champions on either side of this field tonight but the better side came out on top!
— Lavanya L Narayanan (@lav_narayanan) March 14, 2020
— Sarfaraj Nawaj (@snawaj66) March 14, 2020
Kings are Kings
— Sanyam Yadav (@sam_heel) March 14, 2020
comfortable win against #ChennaiyinFC in the final
— Thala Karthick (@Thalakarthick06) March 14, 2020
Madan Mitra Congratultes ATK
Hard luck to the @ChennaiyinFC!!
— Citizen Madan Mitra| নাগরিক মদন মিত্র (@madanmitraoff) March 14, 2020
Congratulations ATK you guys deserved it. Great football throughout the tournament 🔥
1st ISL team to win 3 titles 🏆🏆🏆
— Raj Gupta। राज गुप्ता ।🇮🇳🕉️ (@Graja0235Raja) March 14, 2020
Well Done Chennaiyin FC
From where we were,at the bottom after just one win in 7 games, the turnaround we had, the crucial away wins at Kolkata and Mumbai to make us qualify, and seeing off table toppers Goa in the semis, to this.
— Prasanna Balakrishnan (@PrasannaBalakr2) March 14, 2020
Chennaiyin FC Dominated But ATK Won
.@ChennaiyinFC would have marked more possession, had more shots (on target too), more pass accuracy and corners for the stats. Still, @ATKFC hit the net thrice against one to lift the @IndSuperLeague cup for the third time now. #ATKCFC
— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) March 14, 2020
Edu Garcia the Hero
U were fantastic throughout the season!!!!!!!!Always there for the team when they needed d most,tonight's performance was epic♥️♥️Happy to see U live playing soo brilliant in d semi-final!!See U in next season🙂🙂 #AamarBukeyATK #ATKCFC #Champion #HeroISL
— Anusree Mandi (@Anusreetweety) March 14, 2020
Great Win for ATK
Great win for ATK..they’re deserved #HeroISL champions..and both ISL & #ileague trophies heading to the football capital of India with Mohun Bagan also winning convincingly..the new merged ATK-Bagan team should be a formidable outfit in next season’s ISL #HeroISLFinal #ATKCFC
— Arjun Sarkar (@ArjunS2014) March 14, 2020
Hernandez’s goal brought ATK back into life and they almost added a second through Roy Krishna But Vishal Kaith kept him out after the Fijian send two Chennaiyin defenders into ground with a swift Cruyff turn. ATK went into the break with a 1-0 lead and Edu Garcia doubled the lead from a tight corner after getting to the end of David Wiliams’ through ball and although Valskis pulled a goal back and Chennaiyin threatened to take it into extra-time, Hernandez put all into an empty net.