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ATK Leave Pune With Too Much To Do

Kolkata, November 10: ATK handed bottom-placed FC Pune City a 1-0 defeat in an intense Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018 clash at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) here on Saturday.
Manuel Lanzarote of ATK takes a free kick during match 33 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and FC Pune City held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 10th November
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Brazilian defender Gerson scored the winner in the 82nd minute to hand his side a first home win of the season while Pune slumped to their fifth. The three points push ATK to the sixth spot with 10 points from seven games, while Pune, with just two points from 7 matches, will be wondering if there is a way back for them in the competition.
ATK started the match brightly against Pune City, who fielded eight Indian players and just three foreign players. Pronay Halder was the first to force Pune goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh into a save with a long ranger in the second minute. Manuel Lanzarote then had the Pune goalkeeper on tenterhooks as he floated a free-kick agonisingly wide.
Jonathan Vila of FC Pune City in action during match 33 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and FC Pune City held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 10th November
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Arindam Bhattacharja, Goal Keeper of ATK attempt to sucessfull save during match 33 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and FC Pune City held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 10th November
Photo by: Arjun Singh /SPORTZPICS for ISL
The Kolkata-side maintained their dominance and almost took the lead when Gerson won a free-kick on the edge of the box in the 17th minute. Lanzarote’s curler, however, struck the woodwork, much to the home side’s disbelief.
FC Pune City players argument with refree during match 33 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and FC Pune City held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 10th November
Photo by: Arjun Singh /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Pune City were very much on the back foot for the rest of the first half as well. Balwant Singh stung the palms of Kamaljit before Lanzarote curled another freekick just wide of the goal at the stroke of half-time.
Manuel Lanzarote of ATK during match 33 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and FC Pune City held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 10th November
Photo by: Arjun Singh /SPORTZPICS for ISL
The second half started on the same note with ATK passing the ball around to try and unlock the Pune defence while the visitors were playing on the counter.
One such counter saw Robin Singh set up Nikhil Poojari from the left wing but the latter’s shot was kept out by an alert Arindam Bhattacharya.
Gerson Vieira of ATK hits goal during match 33 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and FC Pune City held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 10th November
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
ATK’s frustration was growing at the other end as Komal Thatal’s cross fell for Balwant who set up Lanzarote. But the Spaniard’s lazy attempt from inside the box was blocked away. In the 75th minute, Kamaljit did his team no favours by misjudging Lanzarote’s corner. Balwant kept it in and after a mad scramble, Everton Santos blazed it over from close range.
Gerson Vieira of ATK celebrates the goal with team players during match 33 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and FC Pune City held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 10th November
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
ATK’s persistence was finally rewarded in the 82nd minute when Lanzarote found Jayesh Rane with space down the right with a lovely backheel. The substitute’s cross into the six-yard box was glanced in by Gerson who had made the foray forward from defence.
Gerson Vieira of ATK celebrates the goal with team players during match 33 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and FC Pune City held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 10th November
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL
That would turn out to be the match-winner as ATK held on to the lead comfortably for a morale-boosting win.

 

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