ATK lost 0-1 to NEUFC at Guwahati in the first leg earlier in the tournament at Guwahati,
ATK lost 0-1 to NEUFC at Guwahati in the first leg earlier in the tournament at Guwahati, succumbing to Argentine striker Nicolas Velezs 77th minute strike despite creating several chances only to foozle them.
The defeat was their third consecutive one, after losing to FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos. Coincidentally, they went down in all those three matches by a 0-1 margin.
With their backs to the wall, Atletico went into the offensive from the start against Mumbai City FC and thanks to their Canadian forward Iain Humes superlative performance thrashed the hosts 4-1 to infuse some much-needed confidence in the squad.
Humes superb hat-trick and Augustine Fernandezs timely goal brought back life into an attack that was seemingly toothless in the earlier matches.
Their opponents, NorthEast have lost four, won two and drawn one so far to be at the bottom spot in the standings. After losing their first three matches, they edged past two heavyweights, beat Chennaiyin FC (2-0) and ATK (1-0).
All their good efforts were nullified when they suffered a heavy 1-5 reverse against Mumbai but played out a credible 1-1 draw against second-placed Dynamos away at Delhi in their last match.