FC Pune City riding on the superb form of Former Turkish international Tuncay Sanli who scored the all important goal with his powerful header in the 72nd minute helped FC Pune City register a thrilling 3-2 victory over Kerala Blasters in an Indian Super League football encounter.
For the winners, the other two goals were scored by Nigerian striker Kalu Uche in the 16th and 23rd minute while Mohammed Rafi struck for the losing side in the 1st and 30th minute.
The win also took David Platt coached Pune City past Chennaiyin FC as they are now on top of the eight-team league table with 12 points from six games with their fourth win. On the other hand the Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters are now languishing at the bottom of the table with four points from six games having lost their fourth match.
The fortunes swung from the very first minute when Kerala striker Rafi scored his 3rd goal of the season just after kick off in the very first minute. Connecting fine cross by Chris Dagnell from the wide right, Rafi positioned himself to perfection as he got the visitors lead in the opening minute of the match.
However in the 16th minute, Pune hit back and got the equaliser soon as their left winger Nicky Shorey putting in a sterling effort and had a hand in all the three assists that got them the goals. Shorey floated one from the left with Uche heading home as former India stopper Gourmangi Singh not in his position. Within seven minutes, Pune made it 2-1 courtesy Shorey-Uche combine. It was Shorey, who weaved past a couple of Blasters men before unleashing a perfect assist which the Nigerian tapped home from close range.
In a tight contest Kerala too fought hard and equalised soon making the match an exciting one . The teams went into the break with scoreline reading 2-2.
The winner by Tuncay, came in the 72nd minute when Shorey again went down wide left to essay a cross which saw the former Fenerbahce and Middlesbrough striker out jump his marker to perfectly nod home and give Pune FC a victory in a thrilling contest where both teams played their hearts out.