Kolkata: Luis Garcia fired in a stunning header in the second-half to help Atletico de Kolkata end their four-match winless run by registering a 1-0 win over NorthEast United FC in their return leg ISL fixture at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan yesterday.
Atletico de Kolkata's Luis Garcia celebrates his goal. Pic/ISL/Sportzpics
Garcia struck in the 51st minute, beating the towering Spanish World Cup winner Joan Capdevila in the middle and the win helped ATK go three points clear of Chennaiyin FC in the lead position.
It was Borja Fernandez who brilliantly intercepted the ball and passed it on to Jofre Mateu whose measured cross from the left set up Garcia for the matchwinner. Atletico now have 16 points from nine matches.
They have four away and one home game left in the inaugural edition of the ISL.
The scoreline could easily have been 2-0 but substitute Arnal Llibert squandered an easy opportunity after being set up by Sanju Pradhan in front of an open net.
If NEUFC were brilliant with their defence, they were pathetic with their attack with the Indian duo of Durga Boro and Alen Deory wasting chances which derailed their recovery plans.