Kolkata: Former champions ATK rode on a late strike from Gerson Vieira to hand bottom-placed FC Pune City a 1-0 defeat in an Indian Super League clash at the Saltlake Stadium on Saturday. Brazilian defender Vieira scored the winner in the 82nd minute to hand the Stallions their fifth loss from seven matches.
The Kolkata-side maintained their dominance and the persistence was finally rewarded when captain Manuel Lanzarote found Jayesh Rane with space down the right with a lovely backheel. The substitute’s cross into the six-yard box was met with a glancing header by Vieira who came sprinting from the midfield to send the ball into the bottom left post.
ATK thus returned to winning ways after a defeat to Bengaluru FC in the last match. They climbed to sixth spot with 10 points from seven games. Pune, with just two points from seven matches, will be wondering if there is a way for them to stay afloat in the competition.