Iain Hume's hat trick against Pune City rockets ATK to the Semi-Finals
27th November 2015
Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
ATK Starting XI: Amrinder Singh(GK), Rino Anto, Arnab Mondal, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Augustin Fernandes, Borja Fernandez (C), Oftense Nato, Jaime Gavilan Martinez, Sameehg Doutie, Arata Izumi, Iain Hume.
FC Pune City Starting XI: Arindam(GK), Ravanan, Maithani, Zokora(C), Shorey, Rodrigues, Balley, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Ruiz, Tuncay Sanli, Adrian Mutu.
Atletico de Kolkata came in today's match against FC Pune City as the firm favourites, perched atop the league table with a massive goal difference. FC Pune City on the other hand, after having reigned the top rank two weeks ago was sitting at the sixth position after suffering two back to back defeats. Thus, ATK's third home match at a trot was surely going to be a fight for the top crown.
With a total of 48,721 football fans present in attendance at the Mecca of football to witness ATK garnering a third win at a trot, a great match was always on the cards.
ATK head coach, Antonio Habas made a single change in the squad wherein Mohammed Rafique gave way for Arata Izumi on the left flank. The formation remained unchanged at 4-2-3-1, with Iain Hume leading the attack, supported by Doutie and Izumi on both flanks and Gavilan from behind. The Midfield saw our captain, Borja Fernandez sharing space with Oftense Nato, who was given the role of a midfielder in this match. The back remained untouched with the golden quartet of Rino Anto, Arnab Mondal, Augustin Fernandes and Tiri holding guard along with the in-form Amrinder Singh.
The match started with a burst of fireworks and a unified cheer, as the 48000-strong crowd made their support heard loud and clear. The match began with Pune's Tuncay Sanli going for the first shot of the match, only to see the ball defended away. After that it was all an ATK show.
The ATK brigade struck as early as the 8th minute. A smart cross was collected well by Arata Izumi, who sped inside the box like a rocket and deftly passed the ball to Iain Hume to his right, who did not miss the chance to blast the ball at the back of an open net.
The entire first half was a show of class by both the ATK defence and attack. The attacking spearheads - Hume, Doutie and Izumi kept Pune on shaky and uncomfortable ground while the defense shielded off many a shot at goal which the Pune attack weaved up. Amrinder was again in his elements, as he restricted two of Adrian Mutu's sure-shot aim at goal and warded off any threat which entered the ATK box.
With two minutes of extra time being added to the first half of play, Pune's Mutu tried to go in for the kill with a perfectly hit shot at target only to find the cross bar being the barrier to his desired results. The whistle was blown and the match ended. The score line read:
ATK 1:0 FC Pune City
The second half started with another class-apart goal from the Man of the Moment - Iain Hume at the 47th minute. A fabulous cross from Borja Fernandez found Iain Hume who waited for the ball to come to hitting height and registered a scorcher with an acrobatic finish, leaving the keeper standing helpless at his place.
There were some genuine chances at goal for Pune but they never found their luck. Adrian Mutu was brilliant on field but unfortunately had no back up from his team. Hume, Borja and Arata came very close to score a third only to be thwarted by the Pune defence, till the 80th minute.
The brilliance of Hume struck again on the 83rd minute. An exquisite cross from Sameehg Doutie and a precisely timed slid and touch by the golden feet of Hume, earned ATK their third goal of the match and Iain Hume the second hat trick of his career. After this grand show of class, the match was truly out of the hands of Pune.
However, in the 87th minute, Pune's marquee player Adrian Mutu weaved his way past four ATK defenders and slotted the ball past Amrinder. The initial shot being blocked rebounded back to him which he calmly shot inside the goal to earn Pune a consolation goal.
Habas made a series of quick substitutions with Valdo coming in for Gavilan, Jorge Alonso for Nato and Dejan Lekic for Doutie. Four minutes of extra time was added to the final half of play but yet, the show had not stopped.
Super Sub Dejan Lekic scored his first goal of the ISL in the stroke of the full time. The Serbian ran all the way from the half way line from the left towards goal and calmly passed the ball into the far left corner to increase ATK's goal difference by a large margin.
The final whistle blew and FC Punr City's unlucky day came to an end.
FT Scoreline: Atletico de Kolkata 4:1 FC Pune City
Ball possession: ATK 48%: 52% FC Pune City
In the after match Awards, ATK bagged all the five categories:
Club Award: Atletico de Kolkata
Swift Moment of the Match: Amrinder Singh
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Arnab Mondal
Hero of the Match: Iain Hume
With another emphatic win up their sleeves, ATK cemented their position at the top of the league table and became the first team to reach the semi-finals. With a clear 10 goal difference at the top of the table, ATK is surely defending their title with determination.
Our next and last league match is again at Home with Mumbai City FC on the 4th of December.
Till then, keep supporting Your Team Your Dream as they play some more Fatafati Football!