ISL: 10-man ATK beats faltering Delhi Dynamos

Iain Hume scored from the spot in the 77th minute for Atletico de Kolkata, which, moments ago, had been reduced to 10 men. The win took the host to the second spot in the standings with nine points from five matches while Delhi Dynamos dropped to the fifth with six points from five.

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Iain Hume's penalty kick put Atletico de Kolkata second in the standings.   -  ISL Sportzpics

A 10-man Atletico de Kolkata converted a late penalty to down a strong Delhi Dynamos by a solitary goal at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on Saturday.

Iain Hume scored from the spot in the 77th minute for the host, which, moments ago, had been reduced to 10 men. The win took ATK to the second spot in the standings with nine points from five matches while Delhi dropped to the fifth with six points from five. Dynamos forward Marcelo Pereira failed converting a penalty for Dynamos.

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The absence Helder Postiga, who sat out for the third consecutive match with injury, seemed to hurt the host. Sameehg Doutie, who once again was electrifying on the flanks, combined well with Hume, who was operating more outside the box as a withdrawn striker, but the finishing remained an area of concern.

Doutie and Hume both had a chance within the first five minutes after the interval but neither could beat the tall Antonio Santana in the in the Dynamos goal. Hereafter came the three minutes that changed the complexion of the match. Delhi gained on a defensive slip committed by the host’s Portuguese defender Henrique Sereno, who pulled down the Delhi striker Richard Gadze inside his own box in the 73rd minute. Apart from the resultant penalty, ATK also went down to 10 men as Sereno collected his second booking and was marched off. But the host had a lucky escape as Delhi’s most trusted attacker Marcelo shot over the bar.

Fortune sided with the host three minutes later (76th minute) when Doutie, who got in with a fine solo run was felled by the Delhi defender Lalchhawnkima inside the latter’s box. Hume did not miss.

The first session remained rather insipid till Dynamos livened the proceedings with a few good attacks after 25 minutes. Florent Malouda, the French World Cupper and the former Chelsea midfielder, fired up the action with his fine play-making skills. Malouda released the swift Marcelo with a nice diagonal pass in the 23rd minute. The visitor would have been up a goal had not the ATK defender Prabir Das made a goal-line save.

Dynamos had a series of attempts, beginning with Malouda around the 35th minute. The ATK custodian Debjit Majumder made three spectacular saves that started with the attempt of Malouda. As the ball went around in the ATK box, Marcos Tebar and Rupert Nongrum tried once each in quick succession just to find Majumdar blocking the goal.

Majumdar’s brilliance emboldened the host which launched two late attacks. The first one, in the 39th minute, saw Balencoso’s angled header missing the mark before Hume shot one from close in the 42nd minute.

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