Kolkata, Nov 6 (IANS) Having put their wobbly campaign back on track with a 4-1 thrashing of Mumbai City FC, champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) face a chance to avenge their first-leg loss against NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) in an Indian Super League (ISL) home match here on Saturday.

ATK lost 0-1 to NEUFC at Guwahati in the first leg earlier in the tournament at Guwahati, succumbing to Argentine striker Nicolas Velez’s 77th minute strike despite creating several chances only to foozle them. The defeat was their third consecutive one, after losing to FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos.

Coincidentally, they went down in all those three matches by a 0-1 margin. With their backs to the wall, Atletico went into the offensive from the start against Mumbai City FC and thanks to their Canadian forward Iain Hume’s superlative performance thrashed the hosts 4-1 to infuse some much-needed confidence in the squad.

Hume’s superb hat-trick and Augustine Fernandez’s timely goal brought back life into an attack that was seemingly toothless in the earlier matches. Their opponents, NorthEast have lost four, won two and drawn one so far to be at the bottom spot in the standings. After losing their first three matches, they edged past two heavyweights, beat Chennaiyin FC (2-0) and ATK (1-0).

All their good efforts were nullified when they suffered a heavy 1-5 reverse against Mumbai but played out a credible 1-1 draw against second-placed Dynamos away at Delhi in their last match. Their marquee Portuguese forward Simao Sambrosa’s expertly taken free-kick goal, that restored parity for coach Cesar Farias’ team, gave them a point from the match which they deserved to win.


The biggest threat in the crucial tie at the Salt Lake stadium for them will be a resurgent Hume who earlier likened goals to a London bus., once they come, they will just keep coming. “Goals are like the London bus. If one doesn’t come, none comes. If one comes, five other arrives,” Hume said a few days back.

He is expected to keep the NorthEast defenders busy. But a lot will depend on the balls that are fed to him by the likes of Gavilan Martinez and Javi Lara. The Atletico midfield, out of sorts in several matches, needs to produce an authoritative performance in order to grab full points. They, however, will have to be cautious at the back as an attacker of the calibre of Simao will be lurking with menace.


    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    English Premier League 2017/18: Round Up – Round 17

    Total no.of goals scored Round 17 = 21 Tuesday (12/12/2017) Barnes’ late strike provided a home victory for Burnley Burnley 1 (Ashley Barnes 89’) – Stoke...

    Messi has done lot of damage to me, Mourinho, Ramos: Xabi Alonso

    Madrid, Dec 14: Former Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso recalled his time at Real Madrid and said Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi had caused a lot of...

    Ashes Test: Malan ton takes England to 305/4 on Day 1

    Perth, Dec 14: Dawid Malan's brilliant ton helped England score 305/4 in their first innings against Australia on the opening day of the Third Ashes...

    New Zealand’s Bracewell replaces Grandhomme in ODI squad against West Indies

    Wellington, Dec 14; New Zealand medium pacer Doug Bracewell replaced all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme for the three-match One-day International (ODI) series against West Indies starting...

    ISL: Dynamos defender Ralte likely to play against FC Goa

    New Delhi, Dec 14: Delhi Dynamos are likely to include left-back Sena Ralte in the squad for their forthcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season four...