Pune City finally moved from the bottom of the Indian Super League (ISL) table, after beating Atletico de Kolkata 2-1 at the Shree Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi on Sunday 6th November in front of 9000 fans.
It was an important match for Pune’s Spanish coach Antonio Lopez Habas as he faced his former side, whom he had been in charge of for the past two seasons, but he was pleased with the outcome.
“Yes, we are alive now. Everyone today saw that Pune is not bad. But it’s not important. We’ve beaten the team that has been playing the best football in the league this year, so we are happy with that. But nothing special. It’s good for our morale. But it’s one game. We need to continue winning,” Habas said.
“My team is like that, intense, it’s strong. Till now, we were rushing so we had no time to build and practise my style. But today, the players gave their 100% on and off the pitch. For that, I want to thank them and congratulate them because that ensured we got a good result. But now we need to continue like this, we don’t have much time but we need to keep working.”
It was a hard fought match with lots of action that turned into a positive result ending a wretched run of form. Kolkata came into the match after a 9 days rest and had the first chance of the match, created by marquee player Helder Postiga in the 8th minute.
Pune took the lead in the 41st minute through Eduardo Ferreira who headed home Jonatan Lucca’s corner. Moments before he had received treatment by medical personnel after clashing with Lalrindika Ralte in a header.
Play had only just restarted when Eduardo went down in the middle again, resulting in his substitution after he was taken away by ambulance.
Pune doubled their lead in the 56th minute through Anibal Zurdo, while Ian Hume pulled one back for ATK in the 69th minute.