Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Davide rises as Pune end Kolkata’s run

- 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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