The run of champions
or the run to be champion once again! I don’t know in which angle the marvelous
rhythm of Atletico de Kolkata should be analyzed. I think both the point of views
are equally justified. Furious form of Ian Hume was setting every opponent on
fire to proclaim a victory like true champions and striding right foot forward
towards championship for the second time. A hilarious crowd of 48,721
was at the Salt Lake Stadium on Friday to witness thrilling 4-1 victory
defending champions Atlético de over FC Pune City that sealed them a place in
the semi-finals of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League. A splendid treble by
Canadian forward Ian Hume and a late strike by Dejan Lekic helped the home side
become the first team this season to reach the semis with 23 points from 13
matchs. Adrian Mutu scored the solitary goal for the visitors who now will have
to win their next two matches to have a chance.Both teams stepped into this
crucial tie with three points on their mind. A well-contested first half
brought out the best of both the teams’ attacking squads. The breakthrough for
the home side came in the ninth minute when Jaime Gavilan shot a long ball
right ahead. Arata Izumi met the ball and passed it to Hume and the Canadian
drove it home to put ATK ahead. ATK doubled the lead in the 48th when skipper
Borja Fernandez adeptly tossed the ball right into the Pune box, and Hume, this
time with an acrobatic strike, The Canadian striker went on to score his third
in the 83rd minute, his second hat-trick this season. From a Sameehg Doutie
assist, a speeding Hume found the back of the net and became the second player
after Stiven Mendoza of Chennaiyin FC to score two hat-tricks this season. Despite 3-0 down Pune refused
to give up and their efforts. In 86th minute Mutu, their marquee signing,
scored. Lekic’s goal in added time of the second half sealed a thumping victory
for ATK.