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MATCH REPOT- KERALA BLASTERS
08.11.2019: KERALA BLASTERS
ODISHA FC (FT)
Hero of the Match
: Sergio Cidoncha - KERALA
: Kerala Blasters FC & Odisha FC
Limitless Player of the Match
: Sahal Abdul Samad - KERALA
Winning Pass of the Match
: Bartholomew Ogbeche - KERALA
: Rahul KP - - KERALA
: Rehenesh, Rakip, Rodrigues, Gaikwad, Mouhamadou, Prasanth, Carneiro, Rahul, Samad, Cidoncha, Bouli.
: Dorronsoro, Diagne, Tebar, Santana, Xisco, Shubham, Vini, Jerry, Narayan, Nandhakumar, Rana.
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: Kerala Blasters FC remained without a win for the third consecutive match following a goalless draw against Odisha FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Friday. The Hero Indian Super League contest was marred by injuries to key players from both teams as Jairo Rodriguez, Raphael Messi Bouli and Aridane Santana had to be substituted in the first half. The changes affected the pace of the game that ultimately ended without a winner.
Blasters and Odisha now have four points each from as many games and occupy the fifth and sixth position on the league table. Kerala, who were already hampered by injuries this season, suffered a major blow in the fourth minute when captain Jairo Rodriguez went down injured. He was replaced by Abdul Hakku. However, the home side continued to press high up the field to try and take the game to their opponents, but Odisha were well organized at the back.
A cautious period of play early on came to a halt when a head-on collision inside the box following a corner-kick left Aridane Santana and Messi Bouli requiring medical attention. Following a long pause, the game resumed with Mohammed Rafi and Carlos Delgado replacing the injured players. With both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances, Sahal Abdul Samad took matters into his own hands as he embarked on a stellar solo run after picking up the ball from the right flank. The midfielder outfoxed three defenders before Narayan Das brought him down inside the box, but the referee rejected vociferous appeals for a penalty.
Blasters were the better side in the first half, although by fine margins. Mohammed Rafi's drilled cross into the box from the right was met by Rahul KP whose audacious volley failed to test goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro. The teams struggled to raise the tempo and keep hold of the ball after the break as well. Odisha threatened when Jerry Mawihmingthanga's cross put TP Rehenesh in a spot of bother. The goalkeeper spilled the ball inside the box but Nandhakumar Sekar hit the rebound into the side-netting.
Prasanth Karuthadathkuni had the crowd up on their feet when he cut in from the right flank and pulled the trigger, only to send the speculative effort over the bar. There were a couple more chances at either end as the game wound down, but a goal remained elusive.
With four minutes left, a Prasanth cross from the left was flicked towards the far post by second-half substitute Bartholomew Ogbeche for Rahul whose firm shot was kept out by Dorronsoro. Daniel Lalhlimpuia, at the other end, spurned a chance as well as both teams settled for a point.
24.10.2019: KERALA BLASTERS
MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)
MOHAMED AMINE (82')
Hero of the Match
- Amine Chermiti (MUMBAI)
- Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player of the Match -
: Diego Carlos (MUMBAI)
: -Prasanth Karuthadathkuni (KERALA)
Bilal, Carneiro, Jairo, Zuiverloon, Rakip, Gning, Jeakson, Halicharan, Cidoncha, Prasanth, Ogbeche.
Amrinder, Subhasish, Grgic, Sarthak, Souvik, Raynier, Rowllin, Machado, Carlos, Larbi, Chermiti.
A late goal from Amine Chermiti saw Mumbai City FC stun Kerala Blasters FC in a closely-fought Hero Indian Super League clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. The teams had several half-chances to break the deadlock but lacked an end product for most of the game until Chermiti's smart 82nd-minute finish settled the contest.
While the result meant Mumbai start their season with a win, it was also their first-ever win over Kerala Blasters in Kochi. Kerala Blasters struggled to test Amrinder Singh early on while Mumbai resorted to aerial balls and floating crosses into the box at the other end.A Diego Carlos cross into the box from the right flank in the 10th minute had the home defence under pressure but Mohamed Larbi's weak header fell straight into the hands of goalkeeper Bilal Khan.
Mumbai continued to threaten and Carlos outpaced Jessel Carneiro on the right flank again in the 19th minute. This time around, the former FC Pune City player attempted a powerful strike from a tight angle, forcing Bilal Khan to come up with a reflex save at his near post.
At the other end, a foul by Souvik Chakrabarti allowed Sergio Cidoncha to swing a free-kick into the box from the left a few minutes later. Bartholomew Ogbeche got to the end of it at the far post but headed wide from close. The hosts had another chance at the stroke of half-time when Cidoncha whipped another one in from a similar position, but Jairo's powerful header was saved by Amrinder Singh at the near post.
Mumbai started on the front foot after the change of ends and went close in the 53rd minute. Larbi's cross from the left found Modou Sougou unmarked in the centre of the box but the Senegalese striker's first-time shot flew wide.The game continued to swing from one half-chance to another at both ends. Minutes after the hour mark, a Cidoncha corner was headed clear by the Mumbai defence, straight to Carneiro who unleashed a thunderous, outside-the-boot strike that flew just over Amrinder's goal.
Just when it seemed like spoils would be shared in Kochi, Chermiti stunned the Kerala crowd with a late goal. Souvik Chakrabarti played a low cross into the box from the right flank which the Kerala defence failed to clear. The Tunisian striker, who was waiting in the centre, slotted the ball into the net with a fantastic first-time shot.
In a last-gasp attempt to get back into the game, Ogbeche latched on to a chip by Sahal Abdul Samad inside the box but the Nigerian's swivelling strike from close-range was miraculously saved by Amrinder as Mumbai returned home with three points.
20.10.2019: KERALA BLASTERS
:CARL MCHUGH (4')
: BERTHOLOMEU OGBECHE -(Pen 29',44')
Hero of the Match
: Bartholomew Ogbeche(KERALA).
: Kerala Blasters FC.
Limitless Player of the Match
: Jairo Rodrigues.( KERALA)
: Jeakson Singh ( KERALA)
: Bilal, Rakip, Gianni, Jairo, Jessel, Gning, Jeakson, Prasanth, Cidoncha, Narzary, Ogbeche.
:Arindam ,Prabir, Inigues, McHugh, Pritam, Williams, Jayesh, Pronay, Hernandez, Krishna, Soosairaj.
FULL TIME SCORE: KERALA BLASTERS 2-1 ATK
Mario out, Bouli in
to Gning for rough tackel to Gracia.
90': 5 minutes added time.
to Agus of ATK. He tackled Ogbeche from behind.
86': Balwant shot hit the hand of Gning, Referee denied penalty. A controversial decision.
85': ATK trailing by 1-2, had some close chances in the second session but failed to capitalise.
Balwant in, Pranay out.
Sahal Abdul in, Thaunaojam out.
Edu Gracia in, Javi Hernandez out.
74': Hernandez free kick cleared by Kerala defense.
73': Willams fouled by Mario inside the Kerala half, free kick for ATK.
to Javi Hernandez of ATK for rough play.
68': A timely tackel by Jairo inside the 18 yards denied Krishna who was about to take a shot at goal.
Mario Arques in Chidoncha out.
Shehnaj in, Jayesh out.
63': It was a close chance by Gning......his header went wide of a pass from Rakip.
60': Krishna was in a open space after he wins a ball from Raikip but failed to utilise the situation.
56': Hernendez wasted the free kick as he shoots wide.
55': Sooisairaj fouled by Zuiverlooon deep inside the Kerala half, free kick for ATK.
51': ATK down by a goal, had some good positive moves till now in the second session.
47': It was almost a same side goal by Holicharan......his back of a defection from a coner saved by Bilal.
46': Second session starts.
HALF TIME SCORE: KERALA BLASTERS 2-1 ATK
Kerala increased the lead. Bartholomew Ogbeche's powerful shot from inside the 18 yards beat Arindam. Pritam failed to clear a cross pass from Chidoncha from the right and Ogbeche did the rest.
43': Krishna header went wide from a close range of a cross pass from Prabir.
42': An aimless cross pass from Holicharan from the left cleared by ATK defense.
40': Match are in slow pace now, both the team playing in short passes.
34': Free Kick for Kerala deep inside the ATK half. Chidoncha's free kick went wide.
Bartholomew Ogbeche converts the penalty.
for Kerala Blasters. Pranay holds Jairo from behind inside the 18 yards.
26': An appeal for penalty by Atk after Soosairaj was tackeld by Raikip from behind.
25': ATK leading by a goal, Kerala are desperate to wipe of the margin.
21': A solo effort from Krishna ..... covered a long space beat a host of defenders but his push from inside the 18 yards went wide.
to Jairo, he pushed Krishna from behind.
to Jayesh Rane for rough play.
11': An easy opportunity wasted by Hernandez of ATK, failed to place in open goal as Bilal was not in his place.
9': Chance for Kerala.....Jairo's header of a free kick from Carneiro went wide.
8': Ogbeche was fouled by Pritam deep inside the ATK half, free kick for Kerala.
5': Carl MCHugh scored the 100 goals for ATK.
ATK scored. Carl McHugh powerful shot of a free kick finds the target.
3': Jayesh was fouled by Jeakson, free kick for ATK.
1': Kerala on attack.....Holicharan's cross pass from the left went wide.
0': Match started.
0': It's drizzling at Kochi.
0': The match will resume shortly after a grand opening ceremony, The tournament is declared open by Nita Ambani, Chairperson of FSDL.
0': THE OPENING MATCH OF ISL 2019-20 WILL START AT 7.30 PM AT KOCHI AFTER AN OPENING CEREMONY. - KERALA BLASTERS WILL FACE TWO TIMES WINNERS ATK.
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