KOLKATA: Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata came from a goal down to beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1 and jump to the second spot in the Indian Super League here on Wednesday.
Raphael Augusto put the visitors ahead in the 27th minute before Atletico produced the turnaround with a superb display by man-of-the-match Sameehg Doutie.
The South African right winger scored the equaliser before the interval and produced a fine assist in the 63rd minute for Iain Hume to score his fifth goal in the tournament.
Atletico jumped to the second place behind leaders FC Goa with 17 points from 11 matches, while Chennaiyin were rooted to the bottom of the table with 10 points from as many matches.
This was also the Kolkata outfit’s first win at home in four matches as they returned to winning ways after two successive defeats at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.
Raphael Augusto put Chennaiyin ahead in the 27th minute when the Brazilian took advantage of some sloppy defending by Augustin Fernandes to make a clincial finish.
Augusto played a little one-two with Fikru and made his way into the box after the Atletico left back made a failed diving attempt to clear the ball. Arnab Mondal too came in his way but once Augusto went past Fernandes there was no stopping him as the Brazilian slotted the ball home.
Having conceded the first goal in front of the home crowd, Atletico lifted their game in what was a lacklustre start for both the teams.
Habas chose to bid some more time on his marquee player Helder Postiga as the Portuguese who had returned from a one and half month’s injury layoff was rested.
But their latest recruit Dejan Lekic was left on the bench while Arata Izumi started.