Producing a superlative performance, the defending champions, Atletico de Kolkata, handed a 4-0 rout to FC Goa to climb atop the table, and come one step closer to the semifinals, after a one-sided Indian Super League (ISL). The architect of ATK’s convincing win, was South African Medio Samheeg Doutie, who produced two stunning goals in the 20th and 78th, beside setting up captain Borja Fernandez (22nd), with a superb assist at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, Salt Lake, Kolkata. Former Canada International Iain Hume (68t) struck from a penalty, to bring up his sixth goal of the season, after Doutie was brought down inside the box.
The win took the ATK to the top of the table with 20 points, two clear of the Zico’s side, who in their last outing, secured a record 7-0 win, in Mumbai. For Goa, it was their second loss by an identical scoreline, as they had lost to Chennai 0-4 at home earlier.
Having won 7-0 at home, the Goans were high on confidence, but ATK coach Antonio Habas had reminded the visitors that “it was history and anything can happen in football”. Habas’ boys lived up to the coach’s words as they did not allow an inch to the Goans and kept their invincible record intact.
As a matter of fact, ATK have never lost to FCG, as they have so far won thrice, and drew the remaining. Earlier, the rampaging Goans, on a high after their record win against Mumbai, were off to a brisk start, with Leo Moura and Dudu Omagbemi getting back to back chances to start the match.
Capitalising on a shaky defence from Mondal, who had faltered in the beginning, Moura failed to keep his shot down inside the box, as the ball sailed behind. Four minutes later, FCG had a good opportunity with Dudu up front, as the Nigerian intercepted Mondal’s back pass before launching a powerful shot into the far post where ATK goalkeeper Amrinder Singh did well to thwart his effort to give the packed home fans a sigh of relief.
Soon the tables turned in favour of the home team, as they slowly took control of the game with the trio of Jaime Gavilan, Sameehg Doutie, and Iain Hume, producing some neat display up front to complete a fine all round show for the champions in front of a huge home crowd.