Marcelinho's hat-trick powers Pune

Brazilian striker Marcelinho produced a superb hat-trick as FC Pune City scripted a 5-0 drubbing of NorthEast United in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, here on Saturday.

Brazilian striker Marcelinho scored a fabulous hat-trick after Ashique Kuruniyan had opened the account in the eighth minute and Adil Khan hammered the final goal late in the game as Pune City took a giant leap in standings.

The match was all over as a contest inside the first 45 minutes when Pune City grabbed the chances that came their way.

From the resultant counter-attack, Pune left NorthEast gasping with their pace as Jonatan Lucca made it all the way to the rival goal and cut it back for Emiliano Alfaro whose shot took a deflection and fell kindly for Ashique who slotted it past the goalkeeper.

In the 27th minute, Marcelinho  won a free kick just outside the box after he was fouled by Rowllin Borges and then stepped up to majestically curl the ball past the wall and into the top corner of the net.

Marcelinho scored his second at the stroke of half time and completed his hat-trick in the 86th minute when Marcos Tebar found his captain inside the box.

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