The Asian Age - - Sport -

Pune, Feb. 10: 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 fourth- placed 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, an end- toend game of foot­ball un­folded and ATK came out all guns blaz­ing.

Marko Stankovic had an ef­fort in the very sec­ond minute but his shot went inches over the bar. Edu Gar­cia too came close when his shot from the edge of the box struck the cross­bar on its way out.

How­ever, it were Pune who took the lead thanks to a Stankovic shot from range which took a wicked de­flec­tion off John John­son’s trail­ing leg and nes­tled in the back of the net. This was af­ter Robin laid the ball on a plat­ter for Stankovic.

Robin Singh

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