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ISL: Corner aimed at first post to beat 'keeper James, says ATK's Podany

Atletico de Kolkata's Jakub Podany, whose assist led to Mohammed Rafique's match-winning goal in the final of Indian Super League, says it was "beautiful" to win the game in the last minute.

ATK's Mohd Rafique
ATK's Mohd Rafique celebrates his goal in the ISL final on Saturday. Inside ATK's Jakub Podany.

“I took the corner and it was the winning goal. So we are very happy that we are champions now. If you win the game in the last minute, it is something beautiful. The emotions are great and it was really amazing. I am very happy,” the Czech player said.

Rafique headed the winning goal off a Podany corner in stoppage time, after starting from the bench in the 74th minute, to help his team win 1-0 over Kerala Blasters last night.

The 27-year old Podany said he tried to shoot the ball to the first post as Kerala custodian David James is very tall and would have managed to block the shot at the far post. “The corner was from the first post because David James is a very tall goalkeeper and usually he gets the ball if it goes to the far post. So I tried to put it on the first post and Rafique headed it great and it was a goal,” he explained.

His ATK teammate Josemi said they were lucky to secure a win a minute before the final whistle. “I think we were a bit lucky because it was at the last moment. The last four-to-five games we played very well because in the mid way we didn't play very well due to some problems. In the last game (final), everyone played together,” said the Spanish defender said.

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