Da­vide rises as Pune end Kolkata’s run

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - SPORT - Somshu­vra Laha ■ somshu­vra.laha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Sourav Ganguly has played long enough to know even the best teams have bad days. So after be­ing out­classed 1-3 by FC Pune City, Atletico de Kolkata’s most recog­nised face said the loss wasn’t wor­ry­ing. “In a long tour­na­ment off days hap­pen. To­day was one of those days,” said the for­mer In­dia cap­tain.

It fi­nally took the fa­ther-son com­bi­na­tion of Franco and Da­vide Colomba to pro­pel FC Pune City, trav­el­ling with­out David Trezeguet, to dis­man­tle ATK’s in­vin­ci­bil­ity at home. With an as­sist and a goal, Da­vide led the FC Pune City’s charge off the field too as the en­tire team ran to where head coach Franco, serv­ing a touch­line ban, was sit­ting. Atletico de Kolkata fans, still num­ber­ing around 22,000 for a week­day match, had to set­tle for si­lence for a change.

While Dudu Omagbemi gave Pune their first goal noth­ing quite said it won’t be Kolkata’s day like Kostas Kat­soura­nis’s goal. Given a free run down the cen­tre, the Greek launched into a shot that sent the ball curl­ing away from Kolkata goal­keeper Sub­ha­sish Roy Chowd­hury who was left rooted to his po­si­tion.

“It was world-class. Kat­soura­nis had worked on this dur­ing prac­tice and he pulled it off,” said Dudu later. The Greek mid­fielder how­ever claimed he had scored sim­i­lar goals in the past too.

Da­vide’s free-kick struck Kin­shuk Deb­nath, be­fore find­ing the back of the net. “This is foot­ball,” said ATK coach An­to­nio Lopez Habas after the loss. “We got 6-7 chances but could score only once while they got around four chances to score three,” he said.

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