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Well, that match had everything. A defender who had his face cut open, stitched up, scored and then got stretchered off (Eduardo Ferreira has a concussion from what we understand, and should be fine - thank God). A very controversial penalty decision that was cancelled out by an even more controversial penalty decision for the opponents. It had fouls, fights and niggles - ten yellows in total speaks volumes about that - and it was a proper end-to-end football match
Pune City was slightly the better team on balance, and probably deserved the win - Jonatan Lucca, in particular, was IMMENSE. Habas has won a measure of vindication and will look to build on this win as they prepare a final push to reach the play off places.
Atletico Kolkata, meanwhile, need to figure out what their best starting XI is, and pronto - or risk being overrun by teams from behind that have started to buid momentum. This certainly makes things very interesting now in the ISL!
Thank you all for reading, and for your mails! It was a pleasure bringing this match to you!
Anirudh Menon signing out.
Pune finally have their second win of the season, and that's a sweet, sweet, victory for Antonio Habas!
94' Tato tries a through ball and hands the ball back to ATK. Habas looks like he wants to murder him!
93' N'doye runs the ball clear, and win a throw near the halfway line! This is Pune's to lose!
93' OOOOOO!!! POSTIGA FLICKS A HEADER ON, AND IT DEFLECTS OFF RAHUL BHEKE'S HEAD FOR A CORNER. THIS IS NAIL-BITING STUFF!!
92' Sameegh Doutie goes into the book, for voicing his frustration at something or the other.
91' The corner is whipped in deep, and BETE DROPS IT!! BUT BORJA CAN ONLY KARATE KICK THE BALL HIGH OVER THE BAR!!
Four minutes added on!
90' Javi Lara's freekick is utter rubbish. It doesn't clear the first man, but he has a corner to redeem himself with....
89' OOOOOO FOUL JUST OUTSIDE THE BOX!! N'Doye pushes Doutie off the ball - illegally it is adjudged. IS THIS ATK'S CHANCE? Javi Lara stands over it....
88' Javi Lara tries to work his magic, but he is chased away by a determined Rahul Bheke.
87' The Pune players look exhausted, and well they might, they've run their socks off! Can Atletico capitalise??
85' N'doye pulls off a beautiful backheel to Lucca who lays it off to Traore. The Malian proceeds to lose it!
84' SUBSTITUTION for Pune - an exhausted Anibal OFF, the pacy N'doye ON!
83' Debjit Majumdar fancies himself as Rene Higuita and draws Lucca toward him before passing to Mondal. ATK are pegged back in their own third, and it's all their own doing!
82' Anibal seems to have pulled a muscle, and the subs are being summoned by Habas.
81' With Belencoso on, it stands to reason that there will be a lot of crosses flying in, and Doutie is the latest to supply one. It's frantically headed away by Gouramangi
79' Pune a free kick some thirty yards off the box as Robert mows Sissoko down from behind. The freekick is rubbish.
78' Dhiraj Smasukha has a very low opinion of Belencoso and believes Hume should not have been substituted! Hmm...
77' Traore is the latest entrant into the book as he gets a YELLOW for a clumsy hack on Borja. The game has become very very physical once again, and it's playing into Pune's hands this as they rob ATK of momentum each time there's a stoppage.
76' OH MY! THAT WAS RIDICULOUS. Gourmangi climbs on Doutie - mistaking him for a swing or something - and then tries to pick a fight with Postiga who came forward to argue the point. WOW.
75' SUBSTITUTION - Iain Hume OFF, Juan Belencoso OFF. With big Eduardo Ferreira off, Belencoso will be a handful in the air!
74' Kolkata try to build up from the back again, with some patient, probing, passing. Subham got his prediction spot on by the bye, 70th minute and Molina had made a sub.
73' So Habas has gone back to a 4 man defence (I'm sorry I missed out on mentioning that), with Tato moving to the right, and Anibal to the left. It's a three man midfield with Lucca, Sissoko and Lenny and Traore up front on his own!
72' Postiga hammers a shot at Bete, and the Armenian almost spills it onto the path of the lurking Hume! This is very much game on now!! Momentum firmly with the visitors now!
71' OOOOO DOUTIE!!! HE HAS A FREE HEADER FROM SIX YARDS OUT AND HE HEADS IT WIDE!!!
70' Lucca - whose influence has visibly subsided in this half - tries to work his magic around the ATK box, but he's forced backwards.
69' SUBSTITUTION - Pearson OFF, the answer to Kolkata's prayers (?) Javi Lara ON
That was a weak penalty, but Bete's save bounces back into the middle and the Canadian has a simple tap-in. GAME ON NOW!
Postiga is furious with the young Indian for not pulling it back to him, but i think he made the right choice there
66' The substitute Singh is played on through into the Pune box, but his shot is saved by Bete with his legs!! THAT WAS A GOLDEN CHANCE TO PULL ONE BACK!
65' Debjit comes miles off his line, and pass it straight back to Lenny! The Pune midfielder tries to chip the keeper from thirty yards, but his technique lets him down! OH MY!
64' YELLOW card for Postiga for a petulant foul. ATK are losing it here!
63' Subham agrees with me!
"Agree with you Menon after the 2nd goal. Now Molina will get confused with his tactics for sure !!! I am begging to see Lara and Ruidas"
I am sure everyone who supports ATK is begging for pretty much the same!
62' Pearson whips it in!! It hits Sissoko in the arm - inside the Pune box - but the big man is trying to bring his arms closer to a body, and no way is that a penalty.
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