Atletico de Kolkata had a day to forget as they were handed their worst home defeat in ISL history when FC Pune struck four goals at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Sunday. Brazilian forward Marcelinho scored a brace for the visitors, which was further compounded by Alfaro and Rohit Kumar.
A devastating display of counter-attacking football by FC Pune City condemned ATK to their worst defeat in the Indian Super League as the defending champions lost 1-4 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata .
Brazilian forward Marcelo Leite Pereira (Marcelinho) netted twice for the visitors. Emiliano Alfaro and Rohit Kumar also found the net for Ranko Popovic's side as the visitors bounced back after losing the opening encounter against Delhi Dynamos FC.
For ATK, a stunning free-kick from Bipin Singh in the second half was the only highlight on a disappointing night, as the defending champions continued to miss star striker Robbie Keane.
Playing their first match at home, ATK started on the front foot but it
Teddy Sheringham's side tried to respond quickly but they looked to have out of ideas in the final third. ATK's best chance of the half fell to Hitesh Sharma after Zequinha’s stinging effort from long range was palmed away by Pune goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh into his path. The midfielder, however, couldn't bring the ball under control quickly enough to do any damage.
Five minutes into the second half, ATK found themselves level courtesy a stunning free kick by Bipin Singh. The goal came as a relief for ATK fans but the joy didn't last long as minutes later, FC Pune City were back in front for the second time in the game. Marcelinho’s corner from the left saw Rohit Kumar jump high to meet the ball and head it past ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar.
FC Pune City scored the insurance goal. Marcelinho’s shot was deflected off Jordi Montel and the ATK goalkeeper could only watch the ball roll into his net.
Alfaro sealed the win for the visitors in the 80th minute as ATK
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