ISL 2016: Four-star Pune in top four

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FC Pune City shifted the epicenter of the attack from left to right in the second half and hit Delhi Dynamos with three 'quake' goals within eight minutes. It kept their ISL campaign alive and told Delhi that their place in the knockouts is not yet from assured. Hit by a missed penalty and a late first-half goal by Delhi's Kean Lewis, Pune regrouped well and struck through Spain's Anibal Rodriguez (twice) Mali's Sissoko and Indian substitute Lenny Rodriguez. Their 4-3 win at the Shiv Chhatrapti sports complex against leaders Delhi means Pune have now moved to fourth spot with 15 points, just two behind Delhi.Pune's first two goals came via indirect free kicks from way outside the box. Jonathan Lucca of Brazil gave a pinpoint aerial ball to Anibal Rodriguez of Spain who rose above two defenders to head in and equalize the score in the 55th minute. Seven minutes later, Sissoko got a loose ball off a Rodriguez free kick. This time, the Pune skipper washed away the sin of a missed penalty by being on target. As Delhi were barely recovering from the shock, Rodriguez hit a long ranger from the centre way outside the box, leaving goalkeeper stranded to his left and the ball zoomed past his right. As usually happens with entertaining matches low on defensive and midfield quality , three more goals were witnessed. First, an own goal for Delhi by Eduardo Ferreira. Then, Lenny Rodriguez scored on the counter for Pune, courtesy a pass by Lucca and Delhi's substitute Malsawmzuala scoring on the rebound to make it 3-4. Earlier in the first half, Pune overcame a phase in which Delhi captain Florent Malouda (France) and Brazilian striker Marcelo Laite Pereira were combining well. Number 11s from either side Pune's Momar Ndoye of Sengal and Delhi's Marcelo Pereira of Brazil had chances to put their team's ahead. Ndoye, who attacked from the left, had more chances.

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