Pune hold ATK to dent ISL play-off chances

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Sport - HTC & Agen­cies

PUNE: An en­gag­ing tie be­tween FC Pune City and ATK ended 2-2 but play-off hopes for ei­ther side took a beat­ing in the In­dian Su­per League here 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 but Robin Singh scored a header (73’) to help Pune clinch a point.

ATK have lost the chance to move within a point of fourth­placed North­east United and stay sixth with 21 points from 15 matches while Pune City’s slim hopes of reach­ing the top-four have ended. With a vic­tory the need of the hour for both sides it was an end-to-end game.

CHEN­NAI FACE NE­ROCA

IM­PHAL: I-league lead­ers Chen­nai City will hope to avoid a po­ten­tial ba­nana peel in their quest for the ti­tle when they face hosts NE­ROCA FC at the Khu­man Lam­pak Sta­dium on Mon­day. With 33 points from 15 games, Chen­nai could go four points clear of sec­ond-placed Real Kash­mir with a win here.

With trips to Shil­long and Goa next for the Ak­bar Nawas­coached side in the sea­son run-in, Chen­nai can ill-af­ford to drop points, es­pe­cially with East Ben­gal too breath­ing down their necks. The Kolkata gi­ants are five be­hind with a game in hand.

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