Pune City held ATK in a thrilling stalemate at Balewadi

Rohit Ganguly  |  ISL-5  |  2 Months Ago

ATK and FC Pune City played out an enthralling draw at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in a battle of the 6th and the 7th position. It was a feisty encounter, to say the least, where both the teams slashed hard at each other and shared the spoils after the regulation ninety minutes.


ATK came close to scoring as early as in the 11th minute when Edu Garcia fired a piledriver at Kamaljit Singh that flew for a goal-kick after grazing the crossbar.


On the contrary, a rare blip from John Johnson saw the hosts surging ahead at the other end. Marko Stankovic shot from close range, and a diving Arindam probably had his first post covered. However, Johnson’s stranded foot veered the ball into the opposite direction and the ball flipped into the top-left corner of the net.


The joys of the hosts were short-lived as Jayesh Rane scored a screamer to level things. After being teed up by Edu Garcia on the left flank, the erstwhile Aizawl winger curled the ball at the far post, restoring parity.

Everton Santos was highly instrumental in ATK’s exploits for the night as his consistent runs in the box left the Pune defence in smithereens. It was Everton whose aerial tussle with Carlos, won ATK a spot-kick in the 66th minute. Garcia blasted the ball into the net making it 2-1 for the visitors.


Star signing Robin Singh scored for the first time in Pune colours as he went on to head the ball home, absolutely unchallenged. Marcelinho whipped in the corner and Robin Singh made good use of his towering stature to make it count for Pune.



Arindam was summoned late into the deliverance of ATK as he outstretched himself to parry away a stinging effort from Marcelinho.


In the dying embers of the game, ATK went up in an appeal for a handball, which did actually entail not one but two hands from Rohit Kumar. However, the referee’s indifference summed it all up for both the outfits.


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