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ISL: Pune City stun Atletico de Kolkata 3-1

FC Pune City stun table-toppers Atletico de Kolkata 3-1 at Salt Lake Stadium, thanks to goals from Dudu, Kostas and Colomba

Kolkata: Dudu Omagbemi and Kostas Katsouranis struck either side of the break as FC Pune City capped an outstanding 3-1 away win against Atletico de Kolkata to snap the league leaders unbeaten run in the ISL here.
However, ATK still remained on top with 12 points.

FC Pune City's Kostas Katsouranis
FC Pune City's Kostas Katsouranis (left) celebrates his goal against Atletico de Kolkata during their ISL match at the Salt Lake Stadium yesterday. Pic/ISL/Sportzpics.

The Pune franchise, who travelled without their French World Cup winner David Trezeguet, stunned one and all as their East Bengal recruit Dudu repaid his coach’s faith with a well directed header in the 31st minute to silence
the crowd.

Ball possession
Till then, ATK who were bolstered by the return of mercurial forward Fikru Teferra and manager Antonio Habas off the field impressed with their passing and had the better share of possession against Pune’s defence that looked weak. But the day clearly did not belong to the league leaders who had two howlers early on with their top two striking duo — Fikru and Borja Fernandez — missing one each.

Having seized the momentum thanks to Nigerian’s strike, Kostas Katsouranis made it 2-0 after the break when the Greek World Cupper used his outstep to curl one away as goalie Subhasish Roy Chowdhury looked in absolute disbelief.

Fikru fires
ATK finally made their presence in the scoresheet in the 84th minute after Pune goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya felled Fikru in an inexplicable manner as the Ethiopian converted from the spot without much fuss.

Pune got a free-kick at the edge of the box when Josemi pushed Dudu from behind as Davide Colomba converted the shot with a left-footer that took a Kingshuk Debnath’s deflection to hit the back of the net to sink ATK’s fortunes.

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