The second round of matches in the ISL began with the battle of two eastern sides; technically not a derby but the passion shown by both sets of fans would have made any football follower crazy. NorthEast United FC took on Atletico de Kolkata at the Indira Gandhi stadium in Guwahati; both teams had won their first game and were looking to continue the momentum.
Another win for Atletico
Atletico de Kolkata came out with all three points after defeating NorthEast United FC 2-0. A brilliant goal setup by who else but Luis Garcia led Fikru to volley the Kolkata team into the lead. Late on Podany scored a second goal for the Kolkata outfit to wrap up the points
Atletico come out attacking
The first proper chance came in the 9th minute when Luis Garcia was played on by a delightful ball, Tzorvas, the NorthEast goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Spanish ace his first goal in the ISL. It was then time for NorthEast to come close when Mtonga headed wide from a corner.
The first goal came in the 15th minute from a delightful chipped pass by Luis Garcia to Fikru who controlled the ball with his chest before volleying it past the NorthEast custodian to give Atletico de Kolkata a well-deserved lead. Atletico had a few chances to increase the lead but the teams headed into half time with Atletico leading NorthEast by a Fikru goal.
Atletico were content on countering the NorthEast charge with almost all their players in the defensive half, it was up to NorthEast United to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
The first chance of the second half came for NorthEast FC when Keene went close with a close range volley which went wide, while Borja Fernandez was booked for simulation in the box trying to win a penalty for Atletico de Kolkata.
The NorthEast charge
NorthEast United thought they had scored in the 69th minute thanks to Joan Capdevilla amid wild celebrations but it was correctly ruled as offside. Things became worse for Atletico when Borja Fernandez got a second yellow for fouling Bertos thus becoming the first player sent off in the ISL.
With Atletico down to 10 men, it should have been all out attack for NorthEast United FC for the last 5 minutes but Atletico de Kolkata held on resolutely for the win and inflicted a first defeat to NorthEast FC with substitute Podany scoring in the 90th minute to put some gloss on the scoreline. Atletico looked a class apart in the league and it would take some doing to beat the Spanish, sorry Kolkata outfit.