ATK defeated Neroca FC 2-1 in practice match at Saltlake Stadium

Vastavam web: Two-time Indian Super League champions ATK defeated Neroca FC 2-1 in a closed-door practice match at the Saltlake Stadium training ground here.Akhlidin Israilov scored with a left footer from a close range freekick to put Neroca FC ahead in the 31st minute yesterday.But Robbie Keane (45th) and Robin Singh (86th) displayed some superb skills and netted one each for a hard-fought victory.Lalit again sprung into action denying an attempt from Robin as chances kept coming for ATK and next it was Rupert Nongrum whose attempt flew inches over the crossbar.
But against the tide of play, it was Neroca who took the lead after half an hour’s intense fight.Thereafter much of the play was limited to the midfield with ATK trying to come up with a quick response.ATK were the brighter of the two teams at the start of the second half.ATK coach Teddy Sheringham constantly tried to push his men up-field.Robin finally got a firm shot away but again it was tipped over the bar by Lalit.