FC Pune City rally to hold Atlético de Kolkata 1-1
FC Pune City rallied to hold Atlético de Kolkata to a 1-1 draw at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium in Pune on Saturday night. The away side took the lead through Jakub Podaný’s excellent 11th minute header while the hosts hit back at the stroke of half-time through Kostas Katsouranis to level the score.
Kolkata goalkeeper Edel Apoula Bete had a terrific outing as he pulled off several saves to deny Pune City from running away with the match. Pune’s Davide Colomba had the first opening when he received the ball on the left, ran into the box and fired a left foot effort which just went wide of the far post.
Pune began to take control of the game as the half wore on backed by their home support. It was the visitors who took the lead however. Luis García collected the ball on the right, ran towards the touchline and put in a superb right foot cross. Czech winger Podaný rose the highest to glance his header into the far top corner. Pune pressed hard after going a goal down and they did eventually get a reward for their persistence through Greek international Katsouranis who charged into the box and hit a first time shot into the left bottom corner to spark wild celebrations.
In the second session the home side pushed forward in pursuit of the matchwinner. Katsouranis was once again their outlet as the big Greek player tried to make things happen. He could have had a second goal in the 55th minute when he fired a terrific effort from distance. However, Edel came up with a diving save to deny the Pune talisman. Ethiopian strike Fikru Teferra picked up a yellow card for a cynical challenge on Jermaine Pennant and could very well have seen another yellow later on even as the Pune defence managed to keep him shackled for the entire match.
The away side will be the happier of the two, having picked up a point on the road and remain in second place with 17 points. Antonio López Habas will be looking for victory in his next match against Delhi Dynamos FC away on December 2. Pune remain in seventh spot with 13 points and Franco Colomba won’t be a happy man after his side put up an attacking show but failed to pocket three points. He will hope to get back to winning ways at home against a struggling Mumbai City FC on December 3.
Hero of the Match: Kostas Katsouranis (FC Pune City)
Swift Moment of the Match: Edel Apoula Bete (Atlético de Kolkata)
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Krisztián Vadócz (FC Pune City)
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Mehrajuddin Wadoo (FC Pune City)