Hosts snatch 1-0 victory in the dying minutes of the match thanks to Goossens' goal
FC Pune City pulled off a stunning victory over NorthEast United FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Balewadi Sports Complex yesterday.
FC Pune City's John Goossens (centre) celebrates after NorthEast United FC at Pune’s Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium yesterday. Pic/ISL/Sportzpics
The goal was the handiwork of subsitutes, Dudu Omagbeni and John Goossens. Dudu's cracking volley hit the crossbar and Goossens, who was present at the right place at the right time, headed home with the NorthEast 'keeper being reduced to a mere spectator in the 88th minute of play.
Rehenesh stands tall
This was second victory for Pune and saw them jump up the points tally to the fourth spot with seven points while NorthEast, despite their second defeat in the competition, are placed third with eight points.
It was NorthEast United FC's custodian Rehenesh TP who kept the Pune franchise at bay all game with some brilliant saves.
Pune came close to opening their account with only a dramatic dive to his right from 'keeper Rehenesh keeping out Robin Gurung's pile-driver in the 10th minute.
Five minutes later, in a one-to-one situation Rehenesh was again called into action — this time averting Kostas Katsouranis' attempt.
Apart from Issac Chansa, NorthEast United fielded a full strength side with Koke and marquee man Joan Capdevila in the starting line-up.
However, that did not make much of a difference as the hosts dominated the proceedings right from the word go. Pune now travel to Kolkata to face Atletico de Kolkata on Friday. NorthEast United FC will, meanwhile, take on Chennaiyin FC in Chennai on Saturday.