ATK strike late win­ner

The Free Press Journal - - FPJ SPORTS -

For­mer cham­pi­ons ATK rode on a late strike from Ger­son Vieira to hand bot­tom-placed FC Pune City a 1-0 de­feat in an In­dian Su­per League clash at the Salt­lake Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Brazil­ian de­fender Vieira scored the win­ner in the 82nd minute to hand the Stal­lions their fifth loss from seven matches.

The Kolkata-side main­tained their dom­i­nance and the per­sis­tence was fi­nally re­warded when cap­tain Manuel Lan­zarote found Jayesh Rane with space down the right with a lovely back­heel. The sub­sti­tute’s cross into the six­yard box was met with a glanc­ing header by Vieira who came sprint­ing from the mid­field to send the ball into the bot­tom left post. ATK thus re­turned to win­ning ways af­ter a de­feat to Ben­galuru FC in the last match. They climbed to sixth spot with 10 points from seven games. Pune, with just two points from seven matches, will be won­der­ing if there is a way for them to stay afloat in the com­pe­ti­tion.

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