Atletico de Kolkata have moved to second spot on the Hero Indian Super League table, after their 2-1 victory over FC Goa on Thursday night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
ATK showed they possess some of the best quality players in the league who know how to technically make the transition of an attack from the midfield to the final third. Their quality play gave them a goal in the first half through Juan Belencoso’s header in the 28th minute, but they could have scored more.
Goa came back fighting in the second half but despite good play, didn’t score the equaliser until the 80th minute through Mandar Desai, after which, the side became disorganised in the hunt for the winner which ultimately cost them.
It was ATK who grasped a last minute goal in stoppage time through Stephen Pearson, who calmly slipped the ball past an advancing Kattimani.
ATK coach Jose Molina was pleased with his team’s performance and said this was the best they had played all through the season.
“I think if one team deserved to win it was Atletico de Kolkata. It’s true that the goal came in the last minute but we played really well. Brilliant first half. We only scored one goal but we could have scored two or three more goals in the first half,” said Molina.
Whilst Atletico now sit near the top of the ISL, the result has left Goa with 11 points from 12 matches and seen them rooted to the bottom of the ISL with only a miracle to get them through to the semifinals.
Goa’s Brazilian coach Zico was disappointed with the result and apologised to the fans assuring them that although the chance of making it through are slim, he would make sure his team give the final two matches their best shot, as they face Delhi Dynamos and Chennaiyin FC.