Pune City made sure that the visitors Atletico de Kolkata shouldn’t return with all three points today at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium. Kolkata were held to a draw at Pune City home ground today by a score line of 1 – 1.
It was Atletico who opened the score line when Jakub Podany scored the first goal for visitors in 11th minute but home team equalised in the first half when Kostas Katsouranis scored a goal for Pune City.
Atletico de Kolkata made five changes in the team by replacing Arnal Libert, Subhasish Roy, Jofre Maheu, Ofense Nato and Lester Fernandez with Jakub Podany, Mohammad Rafi, Aoula Edel, Kinshuk Debnath an Rakesh Masih.
Pune City also made two changes in the squad by introducing Davide Colomba and Pritam Kotal in place of Park Kwang-II and Anupam Sarkar.
It was Pune City who started attack on the visitors when Kostas won the ball clear and then set it up for Davide Colomba who was on the left. Colomba tried to hit the ball inside by it just went wide on the far post.
Though the home side were controlling the ball and dominating the possession the visitors scored in the 11th minute. It was when Garcia cross in the middle of the box was headed into the goal by Podany.
Pune City tried to put a lot of pressure on Atletico de Kolkata but weren’t able to penetrate the defence of the visitors with successive corners.
The home city first hit the target in the 30th minute when a failed clearance was picked up by Kristian Vadocz whose volley was cancelled by Edel.
In the 34th minute the home side tried a series of attack when a low cross by Pennant was received by Kostas who shot it straight to Atletico’s keeper, the ball went again to Vadocz and Davide whose shots were stopped by the defenders.
Pune City scored the equaliser in the dying minutes of the first half when a poorly cleared ball from a corner was received by Kostas who this time took a shot straight in the bottom corner of the far side beating Atletico’s keeper.
The home team in the second half missed a wonderful opportunity to score when a free kick taken by Penant was judged wrongly by keeper Eden who took out his own team mate. And the ball went wide since it missed all the Pune players.
Pune again got a corner kick in the later minute which was cleared out. Atletico resulting counter attack could have almost resulted in the second goal but Rakesh Masih hit the shot wide.
In the 54th minute Kostas again tried to score as his shot again from the edge of the box was stopped wonderfully by Eden who dived to keep the ball out. Home team made a change in 60th minute by bringing Joaquim Abranches in to enhance the attack.
Garcia tried to score again when he easily passed the two defenders and tried to take shot which went wide on the far post.
Fikru also made a wonderful solo run and past the two defenders of Pune swiftly but the danger was cleared by Wadoo who cleared the ball.
In the regulation time substitute Abranches took a shot from 25 yards but it missed the target by going just wide.
Atletico were awarded a free kick in injury time near corner when Fikru was fouled. The resulting free kick taken by Jofre’s was cleared by Pune defence easily.
Pune City after today’s draw has 13 points same as Delhi Dynamos and NorthEast United but are on seventh position due to goal difference. Atletico remain on the second positon of Indian Super League with 17 points from 11 matches.