Hero Indian Super League season 4 came to Pune today (20/1/2018) hosting the match between FC Pune City and ATK at Sree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.
ATK’s Keegan came in immediately for the clearance duty as the home side kicked off the first half by lofting the ball into visitor’s half. Home team won a free kick in the 6th minute which was taken by Marcelo. Debjit was tested by Marcelo’s hit which went straight to him and was not collected well by Debjit, no damage was resulted though.
Home side had the best chance in the 14th minute, when a good series of passes were played on the edge of ATK box. But the last pass to Alfaro inside the box was shot straight to Debjit for a comfortable save. Again in the 18th minute, Alfaro missed a golden opportunity when Diego got in a good cross to find Alfaro who was on the run. But the diving header by Alfaro went off target. It was a busy evening so far for the ATK defenders as home team kept on knocking the doors of ATK.
In the 30th minute, Zeqhinha had a chance with a header inside the box. Vishal made a comfortable save as they the header lacked the necessary power and direction. Two minutes later, Adil, on the other end, got the break through. A well taken free-kick taken by Marcelo was headed in well by Adil to give his side the lead. On the other end, Jewel Raja made an astonishing save by clearing the ball with a header from the goal line. Minute later, Zeqhinha took a shot on target which was well saved by Kaith. ATK were desperately trying for equalizer with building good attacks.
In the final seconds of the first half, ATK had a chance on the free kick which blasted on the goal and was saved well by Vishal by palming it away. The first half however ended with a 1-0 score line.
Second half was under taken by the visitors who tried to keep possession of the ball and built chances. Pune, in the 50th minute created another chance with a good passing and a cross inside the box. A good reflex by Debjit denied the cross from reaching Alfaro who would have doubled the lead for the home side. Three minutes later, Keegan managed to get a cross inside Pune’s box to find Prabir Das. But the header by Prabir Das lacked power and direction that could cause some danger for the home side.
In the 58th minute, Diego doubled the lead for his side with a skillful dribble and a smart strike to put the ball into the far bottom corner. Home team scored the third in the 76th minute when Rohit Kumar had nobody attacking him which made him to initiate shot on target to the find the left bottom corner. ATK tried to keep good possession to create couple of chances. But the failed to beat the composed Pune side at the back line.
In the 90+4th minute , Robin headed the ball into the nets from a cross by Zequinha. But unfortunately the goal was denied by the referee as he was off side.
FC Pune City got a comfortable three points at home beating ATK. At full time, scores were, FC Pune City 3-0 ATK.