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Pune Get Another Win, And Revenge On Goa

Pune, December 11: FC Pune City continued with their resurgence as they produced a spirited display to register a 2-0 win over FC Goa in a Hero Indian Super League clash at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, here Tuesday.
A terrific striker from Marcelinho in the 74th minute and a late penalty from Marko Stankovic (90+4’) separated the two sides as Pune kept consecutive clean sheets.
Marcelo Leite Pereira of FC Pune City and Hugo Adnan Boumous of FC Goa tackles the ball during match 54 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and FC Goa held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 11th December 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
With only one point from three previous games, FC Goa’s struggles after the international break in November continued and they find themselves in the fourth spot with 17 points. Pune, meanwhile, have climbed to the seventh spot with their second consecutive win, and more importantly avenged their 2-4 hammering in Goa when interim coach Pradyum Reddy had just taken charge.
Lenny Rodrigues of FC Goa and Adil Ahmed Khan of FC Pune City in action during match 54 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and FC Goa held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 11th December 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Goa dominated possession in the early stages of the game as Pune willingly dropped deep and set themselves up for quick counters. Hugo Boumous initiated a good move in the 12th minute as he picked out Seriton Fernandes’ run on the right flank. The full-back returned the favour with a cross into the centre but Boumous, who got on the end of it, sent his effort wide.
Matthew Claude Mills of FC Pune City in action during match 54 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and FC Goa held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 11th December 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Pune had an excellent chance to take the lead in the 17th minute when Iain Hume’s long diagonal over the top for Marcelinho caught Goa’s defence off-guard. Seriton tracked back and nicked the ball off the Brazilian with a last-ditch tackle.
With the match turning out to be an end-to-end affair, Goa threatened again in the 22nd minute. Edu Bedia’s lob allowed Brandon Fernandes to dribble into the box and force a good save from Kamaljit Singh.
Match referee gives yellow card to Ahmed Jahouh of FC Goa during match 54 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and FC Goa held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 11th December 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
With three minutes left for the end of the first half, Mandar Rao Dessai’s cut-back from the left found Ferran Corominas in the centre of the box and the forward laid the ball off for Edu to send a powerful effort that hit the crossbar.
Marcelo Pereira of FC Pune City on the attack during match 54 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and FC Goa held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 11th December 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Goa pulled the strings again after the break but Pune had no plans to sit back despite Goa’s dominance. In the 55th minute, Ashique Kuruniyan sneaked towards the byline and chipped a good cross for Nim Dorjee Tamang whose close-range header was parried away by Mohammad Nawaz.
Marcelo Leite Pereira of FC Pune City celebrates after scoring a goal during match 54 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and FC Goa held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 11th December 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Ahmed Jahouh took it upon himself to take the Pune defence out of the equation with a swerving strike from outside the box in the 70th minute but Kamaljit produced an exceptional save to tip the ball away.
A minute later, Mourtada Fall’s failure to clear the ball allowed Marcelinho to dribble into the box at the other end but the Brazilian forward’s shot was brilliantly saved by Nawaz.
Marcelo Leite Pereira of FC Pune City celebrates after scoring a goal during match 54 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and FC Goa held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 11th December 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
The Brazilian worked his magic to give Pune the lead in the 74th minute. Sarthak Golui’s pass found Marcelinho in space outside the box and the latter unleashed a beautiful curling strike that kissed the back of the net.
Marko Stankovic of FC Pune City celebrates after scoring a penalty goal during match 54 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and FC Goa held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 11th December 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
Jahouh hit the post with a similarly outstanding effort at the other end two minutes later as Goa sought an equaliser.
Despite Goa pouring forward in attack, Pune held them off well and won a penalty late on when Marko Stankovic was held by Mohammed Ali. The midfielder stepped up and converted from 12 yards to seal a hard-fought victory for Pune City.

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