Pune hold ATK 2-2 to dent playoffs hopes

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Mum­bai: An en­gag­ing In­dian Su­per League tie be­tween FC Pune City and ATK ended with a 2-2 draw but playoffs hopes for ei­ther side took a beat­ing in Pune on Sun­day.

Pune took the lead in a see-saw tus­sle through Marko Stankovic’s de­flected strike (17’). A su­perb goal from Jayesh Rane (23’) and a penalty by Edu Gar­cia (61’) looked to have turned the ta­bles in ATK’S favour.

How­ever, Robin Singh scored a header in the 73rd minute to help the home side clinch a point.

ATK have lost the chance to move within a point of fourth-placed North­east United and stay sixth with 21 points from 15 matches, while Pune City’s slim chances of reach­ing the top­four have ended.

With a vic­tory the need of the hour for both sides, an end-to-end game of foot­ball un­folded and ATK came out all guns blaz­ing.

Stop­watch: FC Pune City 2 (Stankovic 17, R Singh 73) drew ATK 2 (Rane 23, Gar­cia 61)

Jayesh Rane ex­ults af­ter scor­ingfor ATK against Pune on Sun­day

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