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Indian football round-up: Marcelo stars as Pune rout ATK 4-1

November 26, 2017 21:45 IST

FC Pune City's Marcelo in action during their ISL match against ATK in Kolkata on Sunday

IMAGE: FC Pune City's Marcelo in action during their ISL match against ATK in Kolkata on Sunday. Photograph: ISL Media

Marcelo Pereira spoilt ATK's first home match of the season as the Brazilian led FC Pune City's 4-1 rout of the two-time defending champions in their Indian Super League football fixture in Kolkata on Sunday.

 

Last season's Golden Boot winner Marcelo once again proved why he was the biggest threat as he struck a double (13th and 60th minutes) and also assisted two other goals in a fine display of wingplay to bury ATK in front of their home fans.

The match was in balance with Pune leading by a slender one-goal margin at halftime, and ATK's Bipin Singh produced a stunning 50th minute free-kick after the changeover much to the joy of the anxious home fans.

But that remained the solitary moment of joy for the most successful ISL franchise as Rohit Kumar scored off a flying header from a Marcelinho freekick within a minute before

Emiliano Alfaro completed the rout in the 81st minute with the Brazilian once again playing the assist.

FC Pune City, who lost 2-3 to Delhi Dynamos at home in their ISL opener, thus opened their account in style while it was misery for ATK as they remained on one point that came off a goal-less draw against Kerala Blasters in Kochi.

This was Pune's fourth win over ATK in the ISL as the two-time former champions have only one win and two draws against their rivals.

 

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