Canadian striker Iain Hume proved his worth once again as he scored a last minute goal to help Atletico de Kolkata hold NorthEast United FC to a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League match, in Kolkata, on Thursday.
ATK will be happy with the point which keeps them in the top four with 14 points from 10 matches, while NorthEast United are second to bottom just ahead of FC Goa because of goal difference.
NorthEast United appeared like they had done enough to seal all points after Nicolas Velez capitalised on a defensive lapse in the fifth minute to give his team the lead but Hume struck in the last minute to give his team a precious point.
Velez gave NorthEast United a dream start after scoring in the fifth minute. The Argentinean striker could not believe his luck after Henrique Sereno, under pressure from Emiliano Alfaro, played a suicidal ball across for Arnab Mondal, which Velez intercepted on top of the box, rounded off goalkeeper Debjit Majumder and slotted it inside an empty goal.
Atletico de Kolkata's attack was found wanting in the first session and they could not do much to trouble the rival defence. Helder Postiga's shot in the 28th minute which missed the target narrowly was their best attempt and Sereno could have done better to beat Paul in the 35th minute with his header from Javi Lara's free kick.
The second session saw Atletico de Kolkata press hard for the equaliser. A corner-kick from Lara almost gifted them the goal but as the ball evaded goalkeeper Paul and looked to sailing towards the goal but defender Robin Gurung was on the line to head the ball away.
NorthEast United should have killed the game in the 72nd minute, Katsumi Yusa's cross from the right found Alfaro with plenty of time and space to head home but he only ended up picking the goalkeeper. Again in the 82nd minute, Alfaro had another chance from close range but again his header went straight to the keeper at the other end.
Those clear chances came back to haunt NorthEast United as ATK got the equaliser in the 90th minute. Lara's free kick from the right found Postiga inside the box who headed it towards the far post where Hume stabbed it in much to the delight of home crowd.
Image: Iain Hume scores the equalising goal for Atletico de Kolkata
Photograph: Indian Super League