KER : C.K.Vineeth 66'
MOM : C.K.Vineeth - KERALA
Club Award : Kerala Blasters FC
Swift Moment of the Match : Rehenesh T.P-GK : NORTH EAST
Fittest Player of the Match : Sandesh Jhingan - Kerala Blasters.
Winning Pass of the Match : Mohammed Rafi - Kerala Blasters
Emerging Player of the Match : Seityasen Singh - NORTH EAST

KER : Graham Stack, Cedric Hengbart, Aaron Hughes, Sandesh Jhingan, Rino Anto, Ishfaq Ahmed, CK Vineeth, Azrack Mahamat, Duckens Nazon, Mohammed Rafi, Kervens Belfort.

NEU : Rehenesh, Nirmal Chettri, Didier Zokora, Robin Gurung, Mailson Alves, Koffi Christian N'dri, Rowllin Borges, Seityasen Singh, Katsumi Yusa, Nicolas Leandro Velez, Emiliano Alfaro.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Kerala Blasters lived up to the home crowd’s expectations as they edged past NorthEast United FC 1-0 and sealed a place in the semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Sunday.

Kerala Blasters needed only a point to qualify for semi-finals while NorthEast United would have gone through at Kerala’s expense if they had won all points. But Kerala did not disappoint the massive 53000 plus home crowd present at the stadium with CK Vineeth scoring the all-important goal in the 66th minute. The win helped Kerala Blasters finish second with 22 points and will now meet third-placed Delhi Dynamos in the two-leg semi-final battle. League toppers Mumbai City FC will face Atletico de Kolkata in the other semi-final.

Both teams started nervously trying to gauge each other’s strengths but it were Kerala Blasters who were in command and could have surged ahead in the third minute. Haitian international Duckens Nazon got the ball down on the left, cut past Mailson Alves and found space inside the box. However, his attempt on goal was palmed away by NorthEast goalkeeper TP Rehenesh.

Apart from that early goal-mouth action, there was not much that either team did to break the deadlock. Most of the chances came from set-pieces but the teams could not get it right. Two free-kicks of Kerala Blasters on top of the box were wasted as Vineeth could not find the desired player and Romaric sent his left-footed attempt wide from a good position for NorthEast.

In the second session, NorthEast United, who needed a win, showed more urgency. Emiliano Alfaro’s effort from just inside the box saw goalkeeper Graham Stack prove equal to the challenge in the 60th minute. The game got its decisive moment in the 66th minute. Mohammed Rafi switched play and found Vineeth on the left. The winger did well to cut inside, switch the ball to his right foot and take an unexpected grounder which beat the rival goalkeeper.

The goal stunned NorthEast United as they suddenly appeared to lose hope, despite coach Nelo Vingada ringing in the changes. They now had to score two goals to turn the match in their favour, although it were Kerala Blasters who seemed more likely to score again. Kervens Belfort saw his attempt go straight into the hands of goalkeeper Rehenesh two minutes after taking the lead and in the 75th minute, substitute Antonio German brought the best out of Rehenesh who kept his team alive with a diving save.

Rehenesh’s best save of the day came three minutes before the end when he palmed Rafi’s header from point-blank range on to the post. It counted for nothing in the end as Kerala Blasters sailed home and now have the chance to seal their second final appearance in three years.


03.12.2016 : MUMBAI CITY FC 0-0 DELHI DYNAMOS - ( FT.)

MOM : Gerson Vieira - MUMAI CITY
Swift Moment of the Match : Antonio Doblas Santana - DELHI
Fittest Player of the Match : David Addy - DELHI
The Winning Pass of the Match : Otacilio Brito Alves - MUMBAI CITY
Emerging Player of the Match : Udanta Singh - MUMBAI CITY

MUM : Amrinder Singh, Gerson Vieira, Anwar Ali, Krisztián Vadocz, Diego Forlan, Udanta Singh, Lucian Goian, Matías Defederico, L. Ralte, Otacilio Brito Alves, Sehnaj Singh.

DEL : Ibrahima Niasse, Chinglensana Singh Konsham, Kean Lewis, Bruno Pelissari, Antonio Doblas Santana, Emerson Gomes, Alwyn George, Souvik Chakraborty, Malsawmzuala, David Addy and Badara Badji.

Mumbai City FC and Delhi Dynamos FC played out a 0-0 draw in their last league stage game of Hero Indian Super League 2016 in front of more than 7,000 fans at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday. The draw saw Mumbai cement top spot with 23 points from 14 games, while Delhi are currently second with 21 points from 14 games and will now have to wait for the result of the game between Kerala Blasters FC and NorthEast United FC to find out in which position they will qualify for the semis.

It was a slow start to the game with the first shot on goal coming in the 22nd minute courtesy of Mumbai’s marquee player Diego Forlan. A good crossfield pass by Cafu found the Uruguayan striker on the left with time and space to attack. His shot though was punched away by Toni Doblas from the danger area. Cafu then cut in from the right flank before having a go at goal himself soon after but his shot flew over the crossbar.

Delhi started to see more of the ball and grow into the game as the match approached the half hour mark but couldn’t create any clear-cut chances on goal. Mumbai’s Krisztian Vadocz tried his luck from distance in the 36th minute but the Hungarian dragged his effort wide of goal.

Bruno Pelissari tried to curl one in at the near post from a direct free-kick six minutes before half-time but the Brazilian’s attempt for the Lions went over the crossbar. Sehnaj Singh had the last chance of the half in stoppage-time. His shot, however, was tipped over the crossbar by Doblas as both teams headed into the tunnel after a goalless half.

Pelissari had Delhi’s first attempt of the second half in the 53rd minute but his shot was blocked by Mumbai’s defence and went behind for a corner. Forlan took a shot with his weaker left-foot from distance 12 minutes later to no avail as it went over the crossbar for a Mumbai corner.

The hosts came closest to taking the lead in the 72nd minute when Cafu unleashed a shot from range that rattled the crossbar. Delhi went straight up the other end seconds later and hit the woodwork themselves as Pelissari’s shot struck the post.

Sony Norde came off the bench and found himself in a good position with the ball at his feet inside the box after a scuffed shot by Forlan found its way to the Haitian winger. Norde though couldn’t steady himself and make a proper connection with the ball, allowing Delhi to clear the danger.

Mumbai had a glorious chance of winning the game seven minutes from full-time after a well-worked free-kick by Forlan made its way to Gerson Vieira, who was inside the six-yard box with the goal at his mercy. Delhi’s defence, however, did just about enough to thwart the threat. Udanta Singh had the last chance of the game in the final minute of normal time after cutting in from the right and firing a low left-footed effort. His shot though was wide of the target as the penultimate league stage match of Hero ISL 2016 ended goalless.


02.12.2016 : ATL KOLKATA 0-0 PUNE CITY - (FT)
MOM : Prabir Das - ATL KOLKATA
Swift Moment of the Match : Arindam Bhattacharya - PUNE CITY
Fittest Player of the Match : Rahul Bheke -PUNE CITY
The Winning Pass of the Match : Abinash Ruidas - ATL KOLKATA
Emerging Player of the Match : Bidyananda Singh - ATL KOLKATA

ATL KOLKATA : Mallo, Prabir, Kinshuk, Jose Luis, Keegan, Nato, Jewel, Bidyananda, Lara, Abhinash, Balancoso.
FC PUNE : Arindam, Rahul, Eduardo, Ravanan, Prabir, Lenny, Sissokko, Sanju, Lucca, Ndoye, Anibal.


ISL PRESS RELEASE : Atletico de Kolkata were guilty of missing too many chances as they settled for a goalless draw against FC Pune City in their concluding group encounter of Hero Indian Super League at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata, on Friday. Atletico de Kolkata were the dominant side from start to finish but the hosts could not translate their superiority into goals against the visitors, now coached by former coach Antonio Habas.

The draw meant Atletico de Kolkata are placed third on table with 20 points and will play their crucial second-leg semi-final battle away. FC Pune City, on the other hand, were already out of reckoning for a place in semi-finals and ended up with 16 points from 14 matches to finish sixth, only ahead of Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa.

If there was any positive for Pune in the final league clash it was that they managed to keep a clean slate for the first time after conceding goals for eight straight matches. Much of that was because of some brave goalkeeping from Arindam Bhattacharya, who was preferred ahead of star goalkeeper Edel Bete.

FC Pune City also escaped unharmed at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium because Atletico de Kolkata lacked sharpness in attack. Spanish striker Juan Belencoso was guilty of missing at least four good chances as Atletico dominated despite coach Jose Molina making a host of changes to his team in an attempt to keep players fresh for semi-final battles.

It was Javi Lara who first tested Arindam with a long ranger which he managed to fist away and thereafter started the saga of missed Belencoso chances. The first came in the opening half when he sent his header wide from close range with only Arindam to beat. Pune City took 25 minutes for their first shot on goal and it came from marquee player Mohamed Sissoko who tried his luck from just outside the box with a fierce grounder but goalkeeper Dani Mallo was well positioned.

In the second session, Belencoso missed two of the easiest opportunities for Atletico de Kolkata. His first big miss was in the 52nd minute when Lara’s cross from left was deftly pushed towards goal by Bidyananda Singh from handshaking distance and Belencoso failed to turn the ball home. His second miss of the half was even worse in the 78th minute. Stephen Pearson got the ball from Lara on the edge of the box and he shot at goal which the keeper managed to punch out. However, the ball fell at the feet of Belencoso and the Spanish striker shockingly sent the ball wide.

01.12.2016 : FC GOA 5-4 CHENNAIYIN FC - FT
GOA : Rafael Luiz 5', 75', Joffre Gonzalez (PEN 20'), Sahil Tavora 67', 90'
CHN : Jerry L'rinzuala 3', Gregory Arnolin (OG)13', Dudu 27', John Riise (PEN 87')
MOM : Rafael Coelho Luiz - FC GOA
Club Award : FC GOA
Swift Moment of the Match : Sahil Tavora - FC GOA
Fittest Player of the Match : Siam Hanghal - CHENNAI
Winning Pass of the Match : Sanjay Balmuchu - FC GOA
Emerging Player Award : Jerry Lalrinzuala - CHENNAI

FCG : Laxmikanth Kattimani, Rafael Dumas, Raju Gaikwad, Trindade Goncalves, Robin Singh, Richarlyson Felisbino, Gregory Arnolin, Mandar Rao Dessai, Romeo Fernandes, Rafael Coelho Luiz, Joffre Mateu Gonzalez,

CFC : Karanjit Singh, Fernandes, Bernard Mendy, Harmanjot Khabra, Thoi Singh, Abhishek Das, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Siam Hanghal, Anrirudh Thapa, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Dudu Omagbemi.


NEU : Seityasen Singh 59', Koffi N'dri 70’
DEL : Marcelo Pereira 90'

30.11.2016 : NORTH EAST 2-1 DELHI - (FT.)
NEU : Seityasen Singh 59', Koffi N'dri 70’
DEL : Marcelo Pereira 90'
MOM : Seityasen Singh - NORTH EAST
Club Award : North East United FC
Moment of the Match Award : Koffi Christian N'dri - NORTH EAST
Fittest Player Award : Emiliano Alfaro - NORTH EAST
Winning Pass of the Match : Robert Cullen - NO?RTH EAST
Emerging Player Award : Robin Gurung - NORTH EAST

NEU : Rehenesh Thumbirumbu Paramba, Mailson Alves, Robin Gurung, Nirmal Chettri, Didier Zokora, Koffi Christian N'dri, Katsumi Yusa, Seityasen Singh, Rowllin Borges, Emiliano Alfaro, Nicolas Leandro Velez.

DEL : Antonio Doblas Santana, Rubén González Rocha, Souvik Chakraborty, Lalchhawnkima, Anas Edathodika, Florent Malouda, Marcos Tébar, Milan Singh, Richard Gadze, Marcelo Leite Pereira, Kean Lewis.

ISL PRESS RELEASE PREVIEW NorthEast United FC warmed up for their do-or-die battle ahead with an encouraging 2-1 victory over Delhi Dynamos in their penultimate Hero Indian Super League clash at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, on Wednesday. Seityasen Singh (60th minute) and N’Dri Romaric (71st minute) got the goals the hosts needed after a barren first session. Even though Marcelinho Pereira pulled a goal back for Delhi in the second minute of added time, NorthEast United were comfortably home.

The win took NorthEast United’s points tally to 18 with a match in hand but they still continue to be placed fifth. Fortunately for them, they have a match in hand against Kerala Blasters (19 points) and can qualify if they can put it across their rivals for the fourth semifinal spot in Kochi on Sunday. Kerala Blasters will qualify with a draw. Delhi Dynamos are placed second with 20 points from 13 matches and had qualified even before this loss.

Delhi Dynamos, with nothing to lose, started positively and should have been ahead in the third minute itself. Florent Malouda sent a fine through ball for Richard Gadze but the Ghanaian striker, despite having the rival defence caught out, could not keep his attempt on target with only goalkeeper T Rehenesh to beat. NorthEast United too had their chance to surge ahead in the 18th minute but Emiliano Alfaro was found wanting. Romaric got the ball past the Delhi Dynamos defence and Alfaro had time to bury it past the keeper. Instead, Alfaro’s attempt was parried away by goalkeeper Toni Doblas.

NorthEast United wasted another opportunity in the opening half. Rowllin Borges sent Seityasen clear but the striker lacked juice in his boots to get the better of rival goalkeeper. In the second session, NorthEast United FC got a goal out of nothing. In the 61st minute, Didier Zokoro sent a long ball where Seityasen sneaked in from behind, avoided a lunge from his marker and toe-poked it past the onrushing goalkeeper.

The hosts made it 2-0 in the 71st minute. It was Robert Cullen who made it happen when he played a perfectly measured ball for Romaric and the midfielder made no mistake by sending it inside the goal with the outside of his left foot. NorthEast were comfortable in defence with a two-goal advantage and only ended up conceding in the second minute of added time. Marcelinho was the star man again for Delhi as he left Zokoro guessing his next move and before anyone could figure it out, slammed it past the goalkeeper.

KER : CK Vineeth 7'.
ATK : Stephen Pearson 17'
MOM : Stephen Paul Pearson - KOLKATA
The Club Award : KOLKATA and KERALA
Swift Moment of the Match : CK Vineeth - KERALA
Fittest Player of the Match : Sandesh Jhingan - KERALA
Winning Pass of the Match : Helder Postiga - KOLKATA
Emerging Player Award : Abinash Ruidas - KOLKATA

ATL :Debjit Majumder, Espinosa Arroyo, Arnab Mondal, Iain Hume, Hélder Postiga, Borja Fernández, Pritam Kotal, Javier Lara Grande, Robert Lalthlamuana, Stephen Paul Pearson, Abinash Ruidas.

KER : Graham Stack, Cedric Hengbart, Aaron Hughes, Kervens Belfort, Ishfaq Ahmed, CK Vineeth, Mehtab Hossain, Elhadji Ndoye, Mohammed Rafi, Sandesh Jhingan, Josu Currais.

17': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : 1-1 to Kolkata. Stephen Pearson scored from a pass of Helder Postiga.
7': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : 1-0 to Kerala. CK Vineeth score goal from a cross of Mehtab Hossain from the left wing and CK Vineeth lobbed the ball over advance Debjit in an empty goal
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Atletico de Kolkata secured the point they needed to qualiy for semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League with a composed 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata, on Tuesday.

CK Vineeth gave Kerala Blasters an eighth minute lead but Kolkata restored parity in the 18th minute through Stephen Pearson to take his team to the semi-finals. Kolkata now have 19 points and will qualify along with Delhi Dynamos (20 points from 12 matches), thanks to their superior head to head record against both Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC, leaving Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC to battle for the final play-off spot. Both teams play against each other in the league’s concluding league clash on December 4 with Kerala needing only a draw.

Kerala Blasters needed a win to jump closer to play-offs and they got a perfect start in the eighth minute when their star man, CK Vineeth, provided them with a lucky lead. A cross from the left by Mehtab Hossain should have been collected cleanly by Kolkata goalkeeper Debjit Majumder but the goalkeeper made a mess of the collection, dropping the ball to the ground where Cedric Hengbart turned it away from the group for Vineeth to head it inside an empty goal.

The goal upset Kolkata’s rhythm but soon they regained their composure, holding on to the ball for long spells and threatening their rivals with swift play. Ten minutes later, Kolkata drew level through Stephen Pearson in one of the more impressive team goals scored in ISL. It was Helder Postiga and Iain Hume who laid the foundations for this goal as they playd a nice one-two among themselves and before the Kerala defence realized what was to follow, Postiga sent a through ball for Pearson who made a perfect run and slammed the ball past goalkeeper Graham Stack.

Kolkata had a lot of the ball but didn’t create too many clear chances. They had only three shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes, one of which resulted in a goal. Kerala’s numbers in attack in the first quarter were impressive but they could not score more than a goal. They came close in the closing stages of the first session when Josu Prieto’s cross from the left saw Elhadji Ndoye with a free header but the Senegalese midfielder could not keep it on target. Another free header by Mohammad Rafi in the 43rd minute was wide of the target.

In the second session, Atletico de Kolkata shut shop, allowing little space for Kerala to get the winner. A draw was all that Kolkata needed to qualify and they were happy seeing out this one, without further damage. Kerala got closest to scoring the winner in the 77th minute when Mehtab’s corner saw Rafi attempt a half-volley which was blocked by Pritam Kotal, who put his body on the line.


PREVIEW: Atletico De Kolkata will face Kerala Blasters in the second round encounter at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata, on Tuesday evening. Atletico De Kolkata are now in the third position in the league table with 18 points from 12 matches, while Kerala Blasters just a step behind in the forth position with the identical points from the same number of matches. In fact Atletico De Kolkata and Kerala Blasters are in a target to earn a position among the first four teams to play the semifinal.

WON : 5
LOST : 4

Atletico De Kolkata are in a comfortable position in the current edition of I League. This is the reaction of Helder Postiga, the marquee footballers at the pre match press conference at Rabindra Sarobar stadium, Kolkata. The Spanish footballer said that Atletico are heading towards the play off and will play for full points in the forth coming league matches. While answering to a question Postiga said, this year the Indian footballers are impressive and there are talented Indian footballers in all the franchisees participating in the ISL.

In the pre match press conference at Kolkata, the chief coach of Kerala Blasters said,“We feel we are in a decent position (to qualify) and Kolkata will feel the same. There is an awful lot to play for tomorrow night. We are looking forward to it. It’s coming to the meaty end of the season. You need to try and play your very best (during) these last couple of games. “Three points are important for both teams. Kolkata have been unlucky in few of the games which they have drawn. They have powerful forwards and we will have to be at our best to get anything out of the game.”

WON : 4
LOST : 2

The Spanish coach of Atletico de Kolkata Jose Molina are in search of maximum number of goals in the forth coming matches. While interacting Molina said, “We had a great match in Goa. We could have scored more goals but I think the players now don’t worry to take on anyone. It doesn’t matter which teams is in front of us. It’s all the same. We try to dominate the game, defend well and score as many goals as possible.”

A win on Tuesday evening will lead Atletico De Kolkata and Kerala Blasters to the semi final of Indian Super League.