ISL 2017: ATK suffer their biggest defeat, Bengaluru outclass Delhi at the fortress

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FC Pune City Vs. ATK:
 
Brazilian Marcelinho scored a fortuitous brace on either side of half-time to help FC Pune City beat defending champions ATK 4-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Sunday.
 
Rohit Kumar (51st minute) and Emiliano Alfaro (80th) scored the second and fourth goal for the visitors as Marcelinho (13th, 60th) continued from where he had left last season, finishing top-scorer for Delhi Dynamos, by getting on the scoresheet twice albeit riding luck.
 
The opening exchanges saw both teams getting early corners, both wasted. Just when ATK looked the likelier of the two sides to take the lead, Pune surged ahead against the run of play.
Former Manchester United central defender Tom Thorpe erred in clearing the ball with Emiliano Alfaro pouncing on it to dart inside the box and square for Marcelinho who stabbed home from close range.
 
Clearly missing marquee signing Robbie Keane who was watching the game from the stands, Portuguese midfielder Zequinha made a solo run before taking aim at the goal with a powerful shot from outside the box. Five minutes into the second period, Bipin curled in a sumptuous free kick which rammed off the crossbar to go in.
 
Within seconds of drawing parity, the hosts were behind again. Marcelinho swung in a corner which Rohit headed in. There was more misery in store for Teddy Sheringham’s side when skipper Jordi Montel deflected a Marcelinho shot into his own net.
 
Marcelinho turned provider for Alfaro late in the second essay, robbing ATK full back Keegan Pereira in a dangerous area to tee up the former NorthEast United marksman who slammed the ball past an outstretched Debjit.
 
Bengaluru FC Vs. Delhi Dynamos :
 
Big Aussie Erik Paartalu grabbed two first-half goals (24’ 45’) while Lenny Rodrigues (57’) and Miku (87’) netted in the second half to hand Bengaluru FC a massive 4-1 win over Delhi Dynamos, at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Sunday.
 
It was one-way traffic right from the onset and Delhi’s resistance and luck ran out in the 24th minute when the Blues pulled a trick out of the training ground manual. Mulling over a free kick 35 yards out, Garcia picked Harmanjot Khabra on the right whose header in the box was met by one from Paartalu that flew beyond Gomes as the Fortress erupted.
 
Garcia then had the chance to make it 2-0 five minutes from half time when Sunil Chhetri sent him through on goal with a pass that split the Delhi defence to perfection. But the Spaniard saw his shot on goal kept out by Gomes.
 
If the first two goals were set-piece routines followed to the tee, Bengaluru’s third was a delightful advertisement of the kind of football the Blues have been turning up with under Albert Roca. Stitching a swift move from their own half, Miku, on the left, brought a long ball down perfectly for Chhetri who whipped across an inch-perfect ball that Udanta brought down on the right before firing at Gomes. The ’keeper managed to keep the shot out only for Rodrigues to slam home on the follow through to make it 3-0.
 
Into the 86th minute, Delhi Dynamos managed to pull one back from the penalty spot and make it 3-1. Skipper Kalu Uche slotted home after defender John Johnson was penalised for a handball on Seityasen Singh’s cross in from the left.
 
However, the Blues restored their three goal cushion immediately as Miku finally got his first goal in a Bengaluru FC shirt a minute later. The striker beat challenges from a couple of defenders inside the box before calmly firing home leaving Gomes shell-shocked in the Delhi goal and sealing the 4-1 win.
 
The Blues will now be in action away from home for three consecutive games, beginning with FC Goa on November 30.

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