ISL 2016: Loss to Atletico de Kolkata leaves FC Goa on the brink of exit
Atletico de Kolkata maintained their excellent unbeaten record against FC Goa as they scripted a dramatic 2-1 victory to leave FC Goa on the brink of elimination from the Indian Super League (ISL) here yesterday
Atletico de Kolkata's Belencoso (right) celebrates his goal with coach Molina during the ISL match vs FC Goa at Fatorda yesterday. Pic/ISL
Fatorda: Atletico de Kolkata maintained their excellent unbeaten record against FC Goa as they scripted a dramatic 2-1 victory to leave FC Goa on the brink of elimination from the Indian Super League (ISL) here yesterday.
ATK grab early lead
Juan Belencoso gave Kolkata the lead in 28th minute but FC Goa equalised through Mandar Rao Desai in the 80th minute. The visitors however had the last laugh after scoring the match-winner in the second minute of added time.
The victory took Kolkata to the second spot with 18 points from 12 matches and almost knocked out FC Goa as the team coached by Zico is at the bottom with 11 points from 12 matches. Zico welcomed several players who were forced to sit out through suspensions and injuries but it were Atletico de Kolkata who came up with a dominating show in the first session.
Spanish players Javi Lara and Borja Fernandez controlled the midfield while upfront Helder Postiga and Juan Belencoso were a constant threat. It didn't take long for Atletico de Kolkata to exert influence on the game and the visitors had their first chance in seventh minute.
Goa escape ugly deflection
Abhinash Ruidas tuned a good cross from the left which Postiga tried to test the goalkeeper. The ball instead deflected and fell for Belencoso but his effort from close range was blocked by goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani.
Kochi: Kerala Blasters coach Steve Coppell believes his team can make it to the semis if they play to their potential against FC Pune City today.
Kerala Blasters are outside the top four with 15 points from 11 matches but a win against Pune, placed fourth, will push them to the second spot.
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