Spirited FC Pune City hold Atletico de Kolkata to a draw in ISL
Atletico de Kolkata's erratic run in their away matches continued as a spirited FC Pune City held them to a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League match in Pune.sports Updated: Nov 30, 2014 03:48 IST
Atletico de Kolkata's erratic run in their away matches continued as a spirited FC Pune City held them to a 1-1 draw in an 11th round encounter of the Indian Super League in Pune on Saturday.
Jakub Podany's 11th minute strike for Kolkata was neutralised by Pune's Greek World Cupper Kostas Katsouranis during the dying moments of the first half as the visiting team remained firmly in contention for a berth in the semi-finals.
Kolkata remain in second place in the eight-team table with 17 points from 11 games while Pune are seventh in the table with 13 points despite being on an even keel with Delhi Dynamos and NorthEast United - the reason being their inferior goal difference.
Atletico de Kolkata, who were desperate for their fifth victory again fumbled in an away match. Their last victory in an away game came more than a month ago in Goa.
The visitors got the lead against the run of play in the 11th minute when India U-23 defender Pritam Kotal misjudged a long ball and Kolkata skipper Luis Garcia sent a measured cross for Podany, who timed his jump to perfection and nodded the ball home.
It was a match where Kolkata coach Antonio Habas made as many as five changes and one of them was Podany, a former Sparta Prague left-winger.
The visiting side's giant custodian Edel Bete had a good match as he pulled off a couple of lovely saves on either side of the break to avert danger.
Hungarian Krtian Vadocz took a crack at goal in the 30th minute but the 6 feet 5 inches tall Bete was equal to the task.
Pune could have equalized in the 34th minute when Kostas failed to angle a low assist delivered by Jermaine Pennant as it was foiled by Bete.
Pune finally got the equaliser in the first minute of stoppage time in the first half. It was a corner which the Kolkata defence couldn't clear properly and Pune skipper Cirillo sent it back in the melee.
With Dudu Omagbemi pressing hard, Spanish defender Josemi's header went as far as a lurking Kostas, whose powerful shot restored parity. This was Kostas' fourth goal in the cash-rich league.
The Greek midfielder could have added a fifth goal to his tally had Bete not dived full stretch to fist a powerful punch as the ball was heading towards the top corner of the net.