18.02.2019 : FC GOA 3-0 KERALA BLASTERS (FT.)
FCG : Ferran Corominas 22', Edu Bedia 25', Hugo Boumous 78'

FC GOA <b><font color=red> 3-0 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS (FT)

FCG : Naveen Kumar, Mourtada Fall, Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Bedia, Seriton Fernandes, Carlos Pena, Jackichand Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Ferran Corominas, Mandar Rao Dessai, Ahmed Jahouh.

KBFC : Dheeraj Singh, Cyril Kali, Lalruatthara, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Mohamad Rakip, Sahal Abdul Samad, Courage Pekuson, Seiminlen Doungel, Slavisa Stojanovic, Matej Poplatnik.

Man of the Match - Ahmed Jahouh : FC Goa
Club Award - FC Goa
Limitless Player - Ferran Corominas : FC Goa
Winning pass of the match - Brandon Fernandes : FC Goa
Emerging player - Mohamad Rakip : KERALA BLASTERS

KBFC : Matej Poplatnik 23', 55', Sahal Abdul Samad 71'
KERALA BLASTERS <b><font color=red> 3-0 </b></font> CHENNAI CITY
KBFC : Dheeraj Singh, Mohammad Rakip, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Pritamkumar Singh, Kizito Keziron, Seminlen Doungel, Sahal Abdul Samad, Courage Pekuson, Slavisa Stojanovic, Matej Poplatnik
CFC :Karanjit Singh, Renthlei Laldinliana, Mailson, Eli Sabiá, Ngasepam Tondonba Singh, Gregory Nelson, Francis Fernandes, Chris Head, Raphael Augusto, C.K.Vineeth, Jeje Lalpekhlua

Man of the Match : Matej Poplatnik : KERALA BLASTERS
Club Award : Kerala Blasters FC
Limitless Player : Seiminlen Doungel : KERALA BLASTERS
Winning pass of the match : Seiminlen Doungel : KERALA BLASTERS
Emerging player : Sahal Abdul Samad : KERALA BLASTERS

BFC : Udanta Singh 69', Sunil Chhetri 85'
KRB : Slavisa Stojanovic 16'(P), Courage Pekuson 40'
BENGALURU FC  (<b><font color=red> 2-2 </b></font>) KERALA BLASTERS
BFC : Gurpreet Singh, Albert Serran, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Nishu Kumar, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Kean Lewis, Erik Paartalu, Edmund Lalrindika, Sunil Chhetri.

KRB :Dheeraj Singh, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Mohamad Rakip, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Singh, Seiminlen Doungel, Keziron Kizito, Courage Pekuson, Sahal Abdul Samad, Matej Poplatnik, Slavisa Stojanovic.

MAN of the Match : Udanta Singh - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC
Limitless Player : Keziron Kizito - KERALA BLASTERS
Winning pass of the match : Udanta Singh - BENGALURU FC
Emerging player : Dheeraj Singh - KERALA BLASTERS

DD : Gianni Zuiverloon 29', Rene Mihelic 90'(P)
DELHI DYNAMOS (<b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font>) KERALA BLASTERS (FT)
DD :Francisco Dorronsoro, Bikramjit Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Marcos Tebar, Ulises Davila, Rene Mihelic, Shubham Sarangi, Narayan Das, Nandhakumar Sekar, Rana Gharami, Gianni Zuiverloon.

KRC : Dheeraj Singh, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Nikola Krcmarevic, Cyril Kali, Slavisa Stojanovic, Seiminlen Doungel, Matej Poplatnik, Prasanth K, Sahal Abdul Samad, Sandesh Jhingan, Lalruatthara.

Man of the Match – Lallianzuala Chhangte : DELHI DYNAMOS
Club Award – Delhi Dynamos FC
Limitless Player of the Match – Gianni Zuiverloon : DELHI DYNAMOS
Winning Pass of the Match – Rene Mihelic : DELHI DYNAMOS
Emerging Player of the Match – Nandhakumar Sekar : DELHI DYNAMOS

25.01.2019 : KERALA BLASTERS 1-1 ATK (FT)
KERALA BLASTERS <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> ATK
KBFC : Dheeraj, Cyril, Sandesh, Nemanja, Lalruatthara, Nikola, Abdul Samad, Doungel, Stojanovic, Prasanth; Poplatnik.
ATK : Arindam, Pritam, Andre, Johnson, Lallawmawma, Gerson, Pronay, Hitesh, Garcia, Jayesh, Kalu.

Man of the Match - Edu Garcia - ATK
Limitless Player - JOHN JONSON : ATK
Winning pass of the match Cyril Kali - KERALA BLASTERS.
Emerging player - Sahal Abdul Samad - KERALA BLASTERS

KERALA : Seiminlen Doungel 27'
MCFC : Modou Sougou 12', 15', 30', 90', Rafael Bastos 70', Matias Mirabaje 89'
MUMBAI CITY FC <b><font color=red> 6-1 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS (FT)
Man of the Match - Modou Sougou : MUMBAI CITY
Club Award - Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Rafael Bastos : MUMBAI CITY
Winning pass of the match - Paulo Machado : MUMBAI CITY
Emerging player - Raynier Fernandes : MUMBAI CITY

KBFC : Dheeraj Singh, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Lalruatthara, Seiminlen Doungel, Sahal Abdul Samad, Halicharan Narzary, Zakeer Mundampara, Courage Pekuson, Slavisa Stojanovic. .
MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Arnold Issoko, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Lucian Goian, Subhasish Bose, Joyner Lourenco, Milan Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Rafael Bastos.


KERALA BLASTERS FC <b><font color=red> 0-1 </b></font> FC PUNE CITY (FT)

Man of the Match : - Jonathan Vila. : PUNE CITY
Club Award : - FC Pune City
Swift Limitless Player : - Matt Mills : PUNE CITY
Winning pass of the match : - Ashique Kuruniyan : PUNE CITY
Emerging player : - Sarthak Golui : PUNE CITY

KBFC : Dheeraj, Cyril, Sandesh, Anas, Nemanja, Zakeer, Abul Samad, Doungel, Pekuson, Holicharan, Stojanovic.
FCPC : Kamaljit, Sarthak, Sahil, Mills, Tamang, Jonathan, Adil, Ashique, Marcelinho, Robin, Hume.

KERALA BLASTERS FC <b><font color=red> 0-1 </b></font> FC PUNE CITY (FT)

ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Kerala Blasters FC’s dry run at home in the Hero Indian Super League continued but this time it got worse as they were handed a 1-0 defeat by FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Friday.

Kerala have been winless at home this season and have not picked up full points since their opening round win against ATK. Fans have been hoping there would be a turnaround but instead it were Pune City who registered only their second win of the campaign. The only goal of the match came in the 20th minute from Marcelinho. The win takes Pune to eighth spot and are now only a point off Kerala who remain a spot above. Blasters are winless in 10 games now.
After a nervy start, the match sprang to life in the seventh minute when Robin Singh placed the ball on a platter for Marcelinho off Nim Dorjee Tamang’s forward pass. With Anas Edathodika dragged out of position, the Brazilian forward charged into space and had just the goalkeeper to beat from inside the box. Dheeraj Singh closed down the angle and pulled off a terrific reflex save to deny Pune an early lead.

Kerala threatened at the other end a minute later. After a crisp interchange of passes between Sahal Samad and Courage Pekuson on the edge of the box, the latter picked out Slavisa Stojanovic’s run behind the defence with a delightful lob which the striker failed to connect with his outstretched right leg.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a deflected effort from Marcelinho. Ashique Kuruniyan cut inside from the left flank and fed the forward with a through-ball into the box. Marcelinho’s shot took a wicked deflection off Anas’ legs and found the bottom right corner. Kerala saw a lot of the ball for the rest of the half as they battled to find an equaliser. However, Pune’s defence looked unusually solid as they kept the home side at bay.

The home side upped the ante after the restart and restricted the visitors to efforts from outside the box. One such shot by Marko Stankovic, however, flew inches wide of the post in the 59th minute. The ever-present Sahal Samad went close from Zakeer’s corner-kick a few minutes later. The delivery was headed just wide at the near post by the Kerala-born youngster. Kerala had made a habit of getting equalisers late in the game but this time, it was not to be as Kamaljit Singh came up with a splendid save off a Jhingan header, while Vineeth hit the post to cap off a frustrating night for David James’ side.

JFC : Carlos Calvo 66'(P)
KER : Seiminlen Doungel 77'

KERALA BLASTERS <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> JAMSHEDPUR FC

Man of the Match : Seiminlen Doungel - KERALA BLASTERS
Club Award : Kerala Blasters FC and Jamshedpur FC Limitless Player : Memo - JAMSHEDPUR FC
Winning pass of the match : Slavisa Stojanovic - KERALA BLASTERS
Emerging player : Jerry Mawhmingthanga - JAMSHEDPUR FC

KRB : Dheeraj Singh, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Sandesh Jhingan, Cyril Kali, Anas Edathodika, Seiminlen Doungel, Keziron Kizito, Sahal Abdul Samad, Halicharan Narzary, Zakeer Mundampara, Slavisa Stojanovic.

JFC: Subrata Paul, Tiri, Robin Gurung, Mario Arques, Malsawmzuala, Mobashir Rahman, Carlos Calvo, Bikash Jairu, Memo, Michael Soosairaj, Tim Cahill.

REFEREE : Rahul Kumar Gupta

Man of the Match - Dheeraj Singh : KERALA BLASTERS
Club Award - Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC
Limitless Player - Raphael Augusto - CHENNAIYIN FC
Winning pass of the match - Jeje Lalpekhlua - CHENNAIYIN FC
Emerging player - Isaac Vanmalsawma - CHENNAIYIN FC

CHENNAIYIN FC  <b><font color=red> 0-0 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS (FT)
CFC :Sanjiban Ghosh, Inigo Calderón, Eli Sabia, Renthlei Laldinliana, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mailson, Raphael Augusto, Singh Khangembam Thoi, Issac Vanmalsawma, Andrea Orlandi, Jeje Lalpekhlua.

KBFC : Dheeraj Singh, Mohammad Rakip, Anas Edathodika, Nemanja Lakić-Pešić, Cyril Kali, Sahal Abdul Samad, Nikola Krcmarevic, Kizito Keziron, Zakeer Mundampara, Holicharan Narzary, Matej Poplatnik

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Chennaiyin FC played out a goalless draw with neighbouring rivals Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday. The hosts had a flurry of chances in the first-half but could not make it count. Kerala were quiet for majority of the match but did turn up during the final stages and nearly took all three points when Seiminlen Doungel struck the post in the last quarter.

At the post-match press conference, Chennaiyin head coach John Gregory lamented his side’s inability to convert their chances. “I feel pleased from a defensive point of view but it’s a game that you got to win, you got to win games like this. You dominated for such a long period of time when you get golden opportunities to score goals and win the match. I sometimes look at my boys and think do they understand how important it is when you’re given an opportunity to score at an empty goal just staring at you. It hurts me sometimes a lot more than some of our players,” he said.

The Englishman encouraged his players to take a leaf out of Bengaluru FC’s playbook by emulating the Blues’ ruthlessness in front of goal. “It was a game that we should have won. You know, when Bengaluru will get a chance, they get one chance, they’ll score. They take those chances. We should have done it at halftime and the game should have been over at 45 minutes. You can’t dominate a game in the manner that we did (and not win).”

Kerala Blasters’ head coach David James was of a different opinion. “I think there is a bit of ambivalence towards the result. When you lose three games in a row, you do not want to lose the fourth, that would have been terrible. We could have won the game. I think we were for once the stronger side towards the end. But we have never won here before. Dheeraj (Singh) was man of the match and deserved the reward for a great performance. But we were still a team that could have won it,” he opined.

James also shed light on his exclusion of Sandesh Jhingan from the starting line-up. “I felt that the way we were going to play, it suited the starting line-up. Because of the injury we were forced into making a change. When Sandesh Jhingan came on, he did what a good professional would do and that is he put in a great shift,” he remarked.


NORTH EAST <b><font color=red> 2-1 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS

Man of the Match : Sandesh Jhingan - KERALA BLASTERS
Club Award : NorthEast United FC
Limitless Player : Federico Gallego - NORTH EAST
Winning pass of the match : Rowllin Borges - NORTH EAST
Emerging player : Dheeraj Singh - KERALA BLASTERS

NEUFC: Pawan Kumar, Khawlhring Lalthathanga, Robert Lalthlamuana, Mato Grgic, Mislav Komorski, Rowllin Borges, Federico Gallego, Reagan Singh, Jose Leudo, Redeem Tlang, Bartholomew Ogbeche.

KBFC: Dheeraj Singh. Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Sandesh Jhingan, Sahal Abdul Samad, Cyril Kali, Nikola Krcmarevic, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Kizito Keziron, Seminlen Doungel, Holicharan Narzary, Matej Poplatnik

ISL PRESS RELEASE : NorthEast United FC left it really late against Kerala Blasters FC tonight. The Highlanders came from behind to score two stoppage-time goals and beat Kerala 2-1 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. Matej Poplatnik’s 73rd-minute header looked to have won it for the Blasters, but quickfire goals from Bartholomew Ogbeche and Juan Mascia deep into extra-time saw the Highlanders walk away with all three points.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, NorthEast head coach Eelco Schattorie declared that he was pleased with his players’ determination and spirit to see through the difficult match. "First-half, I think we played well. We should have scored at least two goals in my opinion. I think if we had scored in the first-half, maybe we would have scored more. I could see they were not really that compact. And then the fear kicks in if you don’t score after getting that many chances," he said.

"Actually, in the first-half, the tactic that we planned worked pretty well. The second-half, we started dropping a bit. Bartholomew Ogbeche didn’t train for four-five days. You could see he was working very hard but was lacking sharpness. We were not really wanting the ball anymore. They scored from a set-piece and that was painful. But the good thing was the spirit of the team, we kept pushing until the end. I’m very happy for Juan Mascia. Till now he didn’t play much. But in the end, he was the cause of the penalty and scored the goal. I think it was a deserved win. I’m happy that we give the supporters a home win," he added.

The Dutchman went on to reveal how he asked Ogbeche to make some last-minute adjustments to his pressing patterns to counter Kerala's tactics of playing three at the back. "As I said before, it's very unpredictable. But then I spoke to Bart before we started that we need to adjust a little bit. That means to not to go for the press right away because you have to stay a bit more compact. But again, you never know how players react to that because this is a last moment decision," he said.

11.11.2018 : KERALA BLASTERS 1-3 FC GOA (FT)

KERALA BLASTERS <b><font color=red> 1-3 </b></font> FC GOA (FT)

Man of the Match : Ferran Corominas - FC GOA
Club Award : FC Goa
Limitless Player: Seriton Fernandes - FC GOA
Winning pass of the match : Ahmed Jahouh - FC GOA
Emerging player : Mohammad Nawaz - FC GOA

KBFC : Naveen, Krcmarevic, Stojanovic, Poplatnik, Prasanth, Rakip, Anas, Kizito, Halicharan, Sandesh, Lalruatthara.
FCG : Nawaz, Jahouh, Corominas, Brandon, Jackichand, Pena, Seriton, Bedia, Lenny, Mourtada, Ali.

KERALA BLASTERS <b><font color=red> 1-3 </b></font> FC GOA (FT)
ISL PRESS RELEASE : FC Goa registered a comfortable 3-1 win over Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday after a contest which saw both teams go all out for the three points. Despite some commendable effort levels from both sides, it was the visitors who took their chances in front of goal and secured the win. Striker Ferran Corominas bagged a brace and young forward Manvir Singh scored the third for the Gaurs. Kerala pulled back a late consolation goal through Nikola Krcmarevic.

After the match, Kerala's local hero CK Vineeth and Goa's Brandon Fernandes joined Paul Masefield and Khuri Irani for the post-match interview and Vineeth had some interesting views to share about the match. Talking about the impact of the loss on Kerala's season, Vineeth said, "We lost two in a row and I think we need points on the board and we don't have that." A disappointed Vineeth reminisced further on tonight's loss against the Gaurs and added, "We made them look good. We didn't hold the ball in the midfield and conceded two silly goals that made us drop the points."

Asked about his reaction to Vineeth's claims, Brandon replied, "We stuck to our plan and kept the possession that made them defend. Our strength is to keep the ball and create chances. That's what we did and maybe what Vineeth said is right."

Kerala fell two goals behind in the first-half, but looked a much more organised side in the second-half. Analysing the shift of momentum, Vineeth, who was a second-half substitute, said, "In the first-half, we didn't pressurise them enough in their third and we waited in our half for them to come. That helped them keep the ball all the way. (Ahmed) Jahouh was playing, Edu Bedia was playing and it was like 10-15 passes every time. We didn't put pressure on them in their half. In the second-half, we did that and played well."

Vineeth had a couple of good chances to score late in the game but couldn't make the most out of these. The striker talked about these misses and said that things were not going his way. "I don't know what to say. Nothing is going in for me nowadays."

Brandon was asked about the effect of Sergio Lobera's brand of coaching on the team, to which he said, "He is always backing us. Even when we make a mistake, he doesn't shout at us. He always motivates us and it helps us on the pitch."

Vineeth concluded his part of the interview by talking about the amazing home support in Kerala. "As I always say, this crowd is amazing. Playing in front of them is amazing. Almost everyone wants to play in front of them. Everyone in India and everyone coming to the Hero ISL," the Kerala Blasters man said.

Brandon also shed some light on how difficult it was for an opposing team to play in front of the crowd in Kochi. "It's always difficult to play in this type of stadium. In the dressing room, we wanted that first goal. If we got that first goal, things change here. If they had the first goal, the pressure would have been on us. We got the first, and then the second, but we weren't happy. We came out in the second-half and finally got the third goal and only then, could we relax," the young midfielder revealed.


KERALA BLASTERS  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> BENGALURU FC

Man of the Match : Dimas Delgado - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - BENGLURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Miku - BENGALURU FC
Emerging player : Lalruatthara - KERALA BALSTERS
KBFC : Naveen, Cyril, Sandesh, Nemanja, Lalruatthara; Krcmarevic, Samad, Doungel,Stojanovic, Prasanth, Vineeth.
BFC : Gurpreet, Rahul,Serran, Juanan, Nishu, Paartalu, Khabra; Udanta, Delgado, Sunil, Fedor.


KERALA BLASTERS  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> BENGALURU FC
ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Bengaluru FC added to their perfect record against Kerala Blasters with a 2-1 win at the JN Stadium, in Kochi, on Monday with a Sunil Chhetri penalty and Nikola Krcmarevic own-goal on either side of a spot-kick by Slavisla Stojanovic. The win took Carles Cuadrat’s men to the summit of the Indian Super League, where they now have a two-point lead, following three successive wins away from home.

The Blues, playing with an unchanged eleven for the third straight game, shot into the lead in the 17th minute when Chhetri picked a quick pass from Miku and staved off a challenge from Sandesh Jhingan to score past Naveen Kumar. The goal however, had a hint of luck to it, as replays showed the Bengaluru skipper to be offside when he got the ball.

But Kerala had their own touch of good fortune when Nishu Kumar was deemed to have brought down Sahal Abdul Samad to hand a hosts a penalty that seemed rather soft. Slavisa Stojanovic stepped up and beat Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with a hit that took a bit of the crossbar on its way in to make it 1-1.

Earlier, a rare instance of miscommunication among the Bengaluru backline almost cost Cuadrat’s men as a ball slid in across the face of the goal wasn’t dealt with by a single white shirt. Len Doungel, who picked the pass at beyond the far post only managed to hit the outside of the goal.

The start to the second half was delayed by close to fifteen minutes after three light towers at the Stadium shut down. But the long break did little to slow down the tempo of the first half possessed. Bengaluru had a big chance a little over ten minutes into the second half only for ’keeper Kumar to come up with a fantastic save. Miku, short on space in the Kerala box, cut the ball back for Udanta Singh whose goal-bound shot took a deflection of a sliding Lalruatthara, but Kumar recovered well to get a strong hand to it.

In a bid to shake things up a little and chase the win, Cuadrat introduced Xisco Hernandez for Juanan Gonzalez. The substitution meant Rahul Bheke joining Albert Serran in the centre of defence while Harmanjot Khabra slotted in at right back. Kerala’s big chance to go ahead came in the 77th minute when Prasanth slipped CK Vineeth between the last Bengaluru line, but with only Sandhu to beat, the former Blues striker scuffed his take wide.

Bengaluru then took the lead with less than ten minutes of regulation time left to play. Substitute Xisco played it to Miku and ran into the box to receive the cut-back from the Venezuelan before taking a strike on goal, but Kumar’s save saw the ball head straight into the path of an incoming Krcmarevic, who could do little as it went back into goal off his knee.

The Blues went on to retain possession for most of what remained in regulation time as they ran the clock down to claim another win on the road.

FCPC : Marko Stankovic 13'
KRB : Nikola Krcmarevic 61'

Man of the Match :- Adil Khan - FC PUNE CITY.
Club Award : - FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters FC.
Limitless Player: - Nikola Krcmarevic - KERALA BLASTERS.
Winning pass of the match :- Marko Stankovic - FC PUNE CITY.
Emerging player :- Kamaljit Singh - (GK-FC PUNE CITY)
FC PUNE CITY <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS
FCPC : Kamaljit Singh, Gurtej Singh, Matt Mills, Ashutosh Mehta, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Adil Khan, Jonathan Vila, Marko Stankovic, Emiliano Alfaro, Marcelo Pereira, Robin Singh.

KRB : Naveen Kumar, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Cyril Kali, Mohamad Rakip, Sandesh Jhingan , Nikola Krcmarevic, Seiminlen Doungel, Sahal Abdul Samad, Slavisla Stojanovic, Matej Poplatnik, CK Vineeth.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Kerala Blasters FC and FC Pune City played out a 1-1 draw at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Friday. The draw meant that the Blasters kept their unbeaten run in Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 intact after Marko Stankovic’s opened the scoring for the hosts with a wonderful strike. However, Nikola Krcmarevic’s equaliser in the second half rescued a point for the visitors, who moved up to fifth in the league standings.

After the match, Pune’s interim coach, Pradyum Reddy began his post-match conference by sharing his thoughts on his team’s performance. “I think, obviously we knew that the way we play and given the little time we had to prepare, it was going to be an open game in terms of them being a good team and them being unbeaten this season. But on the balance of play, if you look at it, I can’t ask of more from the boys. What we worked on this week, the boys stuck to the game-plan and did exactly what we tried to do against Kerala Blasters today,” Reddy opined.

When asked if he was satisfied with the result, Reddy said: “We got to take the positives… It’s always going to be tough against Kerala, and they’re unbeaten this season. So, they aren’t an easy team to break down. But we had small targets - one of the targets was coming into half time with a clean sheet. We managed to do that, and we also scored a goal (as well).”

Reddy’s opposite number, David James, was unhappy with one of the referee’s decision, which disallowed a goal for his side on the brink of half-time. “As far as I’m aware, I think it might’ve been a mistake, but there was evidence on the big screen that the goal that was disallowed should’ve stood. I spoke yesterday about the unfortunate situation against Delhi, the equaliser (that was) offside and then the penalty that wasn’t given. And then today, I sit here thinking that we equalised in the first half, but it wasn’t,” James told reporters at the post-match conference.

The Englishman, however, was delighted with his team’s efforts, but is wary of the amount of draws Kerala have been involved in. “I can’t forget the performance by the players. We dominated the game. For the effort, desire from the team, again it was a good shift. It’s just another point and the unbeaten run is just helping us tally one point at a time. And it’s a long process and if we do that till the end of the season, we won’t make the playoffs. It’s nice being unbeaten, but we need (more) points,” James said.

JFC : Tim Cahill 3', Michael Soosairaj 31'
KRB : Slavisla Stojanovic 71', CK Vineeth 86'
JAMSHEDPUR FC  <b><font color=red> 2-2 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS
Man of the Match : Seiminlen Doungel - KERALA BLASTERS
Club Award : Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters FC
Limitless Player : Sergio Cidoncha - JAMSHEDPUR FC
Winning pass of the match : Seiminlen Doungel - KERALA BLASTERS
Emerging player : Michael Soosairaj - JAMSHEDPUR FC

JFC : Subrata, Raju, Dhanachandra, Tiri, Sanjay, Soosairaj, Arques, Memo, Cidoncha, Farukh, Cahill.
KBFC : Naveen, Mohammad, Sandesh, Nemanja, Lalruatthara, Krcmarevic, Kizito, Halicharan, Stojanovic, Vineeth, Poplatnik

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Australian great Tim Cahill opened his goal account in the Hero Indian Super League 2018 and Jamshedpur FC scored two before the breather. Yet, that wasn’t enough for the hosts as Kerala Blasters FC struck back in the second half for an entertaining 2-2 draw at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Monday.

It was all Jamshedpur in the first half as star forward Cahill (3’) and Michael Soosairaj (31’) put them two goals to the good. However, a spirited comeback from the visitors saw Slavisla Stojanovic (71’) and CK Vineeth (85’) restore parity and claim a share of the spoils.

Jamshedpur FC have now played four successive draws while Kerala themselves have drawn three matches. Both teams are yet to taste defeat. The home team got off to a perfect start with a goal as early as the third minute from a corner kick. Sergio Cidoncha’s delivery was headed in by a diving Cahill to register his first ISL goal.

High on confidence after the early goal, Jamshedpur assumed control of the match and were able to string passes almost at will.

The visitors struggled to impose themselves and Soosairaj was seeing a lot of the ball on the left wing. He cut in and sent a shot over in the 20th minute but made amends 10 minutes later. A throw-in from the left fell to Soosairaj inside the penalty box and the Tamil Nadu born winger curled a delightful strike into the far bottom corner to send the home crowd into raptures.

Soosairaj kept troubling the Kerala defence as the half wore on and on one occasion saw a wonderful cross headed wide by Cidoncha.

David James’ team came out with intent after the break and had a chance to get back into the match when Stojanovic was brought down clumsily by Sanjay Balmuchu inside the penalty box. However, the Serbian striker’s ensuing spot-kick was saved by Subrata Paul.

Despite the setback, the Men in Yellow kept pressing forward and finally had some joy in the 71st minute. Two second-half substitutes combined as Sahal Abdul Samad found Seiminlen Doungel on the left wing. The youngster’s cross was emphatically turned in by a stunning left-footed volley from Stojanovic.

Doungel’s impact on the match was telling and the winger went on to fashion Kerala’s second goal with just five minutes left in regulation time. He surged to the byline before cutting a pass back which Vineeth swept in, much to the chagrin of the home faithful.


KERALA BLASTERS FC <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> DELHI DYNAMOS FC
Man of the Match : CK Vineeth -- KERALA BLASTERS FC
Club Award : Kerala Blasters FC, Delhi Dynamos FC
Limitless Player : Andrija Kaludjerovic - DELHI DYNAMOS FC
Winning pass of the match : Pritam Kotal - DELHI DYNAMOS FC
Emerging player - Lallianzuala Chhangte - DELHI DYNAMOS FC

KBFC: Naveen, Sandesh, Rakip, Lakic-Pesic, Lalthuara, Krcmarevic, Samad, Halicharan, Doungel, Vineeth, Slavisla Stojanovic.
DD: Dorronsoro, Pritam, Zuiverloon, Crespi, Narayan, Rana, Vinit, Chhangte, Mihelic, Romeo, Kaludjerovic

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Kerala Blasters were thwarted at the fag end for the second consecutive Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match as Delhi Dynamos held them to a 1-1 draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. A 48th minute strike from CK Vineeth was cancelled out by Andrija Kaluderovic’s 84th minute header as Delhi’s run of scoring a goal extended to 14 matches.

Amidst a heavy downpour in Kochi, it were the visitors who took control of the game in the first quarter with Kerala struggling to get hold of possession. Lallianzuala Chhangte, in particular, was looking threatening down the left flank for the Dynamos and his duel with Sandesh Jhingan was proving to be an intriguing affair.

Against the run of play, the hosts came close to grabbing the lead in the 22nd minute. A quick breakaway and a neat one-two between Stojanovic and Sahal Abdul Samad saw the Serbian striker unleash a sumptuous shot on the Delhi goal. Goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro was, however, alert enough to deal with the danger.

A mistake from goalkeeper Naveen Kumar moments later gave Kaluderovic two stabs at the Blasters goal but a goalmouth scramble saw the ball ultimately cleared. David James’ men then had two gilt-edged chances in succession following a quick counter-attack initiated by Vineeth. Lalruatthara’s low cross found its way back to Vineeth who scuffed his shot with the goal at his mercy. The rebound fell to Stojanovic who smashed the side-netting from an acute angle.

The best chance of the first period fell to Delhi in the dying minutes following Mihelic’s excellent ball to find Romeo Fernandes. The Goan winger squared the ball up for Zuiverloon but the Dutchman’s cushioned effort scraped agonisingly wide of the post with Naveen Kumar well beaten.

Matej Poplatnik was promptly introduced after the half-time interval but it was Vineeth who had the crowd roaring in delight. A Blasters’ corner was only half cleared to Poplatnik who sent the ball immediately back into the box for Vineeth. The striker shrugged off the challenge from Rana Gharami far too easily before poking a clever finish past Dorronsoro.

At the other end, Lakic-Pesic denied Romeo with an excellent block but the hosts should have doubled their lead when Seiminlen Doungel and Poplatnik found themselves in a two-on-one situation. Doungel went for goal instead of releasing his unmarked team-mate and paid the price with his effort going wide.

With Jhingan injured on the floor due to a cramp, Delhi found a deserved equalizer in the 84th minute through Kaluderovic as he headed home from inside the box. Kerala failed to pick three points for the second game running on home soil, thanks to a late goal conceded while Dynamos are still searching for their first win.

KER : Deeraj, Lalruatthara, Sandesh, Pesic, Rakib, Holicharan, Krcmaravic, Samad, Doungel, Slavisa, Poplatnik.
MCFC : Amrinder, Subhasish, Souvik, Lucian, Souvik Chakraborty, Sougou, Issoko, Shehnaj, Raynier, Bastos, Paulo.

KERALA BLASTERS FC <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC

Man of the Match - Sandesh Jhingan - KERALA BLASTERS.
Club Award : Kerala Blasters FC & Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player : Pranjal Bhumij - Mumbai City FC
Winning pass of the match : Seiminlen Doungel - Kerala Blasters FC
Emerging player - Dheeraj Singh (GK- KBFC)

Last-gasp Bhumij rescues a point for Mumbai City
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Kerala Blasters were held to a 1-1 draw at home in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) by Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium in Kochi on Friday. Halicharan Narzary’s 24th minute strike looked to have put the Blasters on course for all three points but Pranjal Bhumij came up with a long-range stunner in stoppage time to rescue a point for the Islanders.

Having beaten ATK away from home in their opening match, David James named an unchanged XI for the clash with Matej Poplatnik and Slavisa Stojanovic continuing to lead the line up top. Jorge Costa, on the other hand, made as many as four changes to the side which lost to Jamshedpur FC with Raynier Fernandes, Sehnaj Singh, Arnold Issoko and Shouvik Ghosh being drafted into the playing XI.

Kerala Blasters began well with an excellent low cross by Seiminlen Doungel from the left-flank in the third minute found Halicharan Narzary’s run into the box from the right but Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh placed himself well to deny the Kerala winger.

The hosts continued to threaten the Mumbai goal with their two wingers looking particularly lively and they got a deserved lead in the 24th minute. A brilliant back-heeled pass by Krcmarevic released Doungel into the box and the right-winger cut the ball back to an unmarked Narzary. The left-winger took a touch to set himself up before slamming a fierce left-footed shot which beat Amrinder at his near post.

The visitors were camped in their own-half for much of the first-half with Poplatnik causing them all sorts of problems with his movement. With their attack isolated, Costa’s men failed to create any clear-cut chances as the Blasters took a one-goal lead into the interval. James’ men maintained their supremacy at the start of the second period with Doungel blasting one wide over the bar after being set up by Lalruatthara.

The Islanders grew into the game slowly with Issoko particularly enterprising on the right flank. But an off-colour Rafael Bastos did not help their cause as moves broke down in the final third. Issoko found himself in some space in the box towards the hour-mark after being released by Raynier Fernandes but the Congolese’s shot failed to trouble Dheeraj Singh in goal.

Costa hooked Paulo Machado to bring on Matias Mirabaje in a bid to find a creative spark as Kerala looked to Keziron Kizito and Courage Pekuson to shore up things. Mirabaje did add some impetus to Mumbai’s attacks after coming on but clear openings continued to evade the visitors. It was the hosts who continued to look the more effective side with Keziron looking particularly threatening on the break.

Stojanovic should have doubled the Blasters’ lead in the dying minutes after finding acres of space in the Mumbai box following a cross from Pekuson. However, the Serbian forward failed to get a clear connection to the ball after taking a wild swing. At the other end, Dheeraj Singh’s failure to deflect a high ball meant Moudou Sougou had the goal at his mercy. But his shot on the turn went wide.

Kerala’s wastefulness came back to bite them in added time with 19-year-old Mumbai substitute Pranjal Bhumij scoring an early contender for the goal of the season with a sensational strike from distance that gave a fully outstretched Dheeraj no chance and rescued a point for Mumbai City.

29.09.2018 : ATK 0-2 KERALA BLASTERS (FT)
Man of the Match - Matej Poplatnik (KBFC)
Club Award - Kerala Blasters FC
Limitless Player - Jayesh Rane (ATK)
Winning pass of the match - Halicharan Narzary (KBFC)
Emerging player - Dheeraj Singh (GK- KBFC)

ATK <b><font color=red> 0-2 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS (FT)

ATK : Arindam, Airborlang, Johnson, Gerson, Ralte, Noussair, Lanzarote, Jayesh, Pronay, Balwant, Everton.
KBFC : Dheeraj, Pesic, Rakip, Sandesh, Lalruathara, Samad, Holicharan, Doungel, Nikola, Matej, Slavisa.

90': 2 minutes added time
88': REPLACEMENT KBFC: Matej out, Kizito in
86': GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL ..2-0 to LERALA BLASTERS.. Kerala blasters increased the lead, Slavisa beat Gerson and placed the ball at the far corner of the net.
82': Pekuson's shot saved by Arindam partially and Johnson cleared the ball out of the danger zone
80': REPLACEMENT ATK: Cavin in, Jayesh out
76': GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL .. 1-0 to LERALA BLASTERS...Kerala Blasters scored. Slavisa's shot defected of Gerson as Matej utising the opportunity and beat Arindam with a perfect header
ATK <b><font color=red> 0-2 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS (FT)

74': REPLACEMENT ATK: Balwant out, Lyndoh in
73': REPLACEMENT ATK: Kalu in, Noussair out
70': REPLACEMENT KBFC: Vineeth in, Doungel out
69': A good effort by Sandesh, his header from a free kick of Matej missed the target
67': Pekuson's left footed shot from age of the 18 yards went out
64': A cross pass from the left by Jayesh, but Balwant was a bit slow to react
60': Scores are level, both the teams are playing passing football
51': A cross pass from the right by Aibor, but Dheeraj was alert enough to tackle the situation
46': REPLACEMENT KBFC: Pekuson in, Sahal out
46': Second session starts, ATK kicks off
45': 1 minute added time
38': Jayesh's header os a corner from Noussair missed the target
35': Pranay's effort of a pass from Balwant saved by Dheeraj
32'; Sahal's low shot from outside the 18 yards saved by Arindam
25': Everton's powerful long ranger sailed over the bar
19': YELLOW CARD to Noussair of ATK
18': Doungel's header of a cross pass from Holicharan missed the target
15': DHEERAJ SINGH (GK-KBFC).....the youngest footballer ever, playing in the history of ISL..
14': Chance for ATK, Lanzarote shot from the corner hit the cross bar
11': ATK survived again as Raltey saved a header of Pesic from the goal line
8': Matej'a powerful shot blocked by Gerson, ATK survived
3': Chance for KBFC, Matej header missed the target of a cross pass from Lalruathara from the left
0': Match started, KBFC kicks off

KFC NEWS DESK: Two times champions ATK will going to face Kerala Blasters FC in the inargual match of the fifth edition of Indian Super League at Vivekananda Kriangan, Kolkata. ATK and Kerala Blasters, both had a torrid time in the last edition as Kolkata team finished nineth in a ten team competition. While Kerala Blasters finished sixth after having an unimpressive start.

ATK had an impressive record over Kerala Blasters, won five out of the six matches they played, Kerala Blasters managed to win a single match. ATK are confident for a smooth start and to regain their supremacy. The Kolkata team will going to start the season with several new recruits, many of them established performers in the ISL in the past. ATK included foreign players like Kalu Uche, Everton Santos, Gerson Vieira and Manuel Lanzarote. The team is now managed by a new coach Steve Coppell, who took Kerala Blasters to the final in 2016 and lost against ATK.

In the pre match press conference at Kolkata Steve Coppell said, "For the last two years, I might not have had those players that could give that something extra in the final third. This time we have Lanzarote, Everton, Kalu and Balwant who could do that with the ball. I will do my best to create them opportunities but it is all about balance in the team.”

ATK will miss the services of Kalu Uche as the Nigerian is yet to arrive in Kolkata, pending Visa, while their India recruit Arnab Mondal has been replaced by Sandeep Singh. Arnab will be out of action for 4 to 6 weeks due to knee ligament strain. Coppell is hoping that Andre Bikey will be fit before the match.

The former Liverpool goalkeeper David James is associated with Kerala Blasters since long. He played against ATK in some of the important matches and now will be in the dugout on Saturday evening. While answering to a question David James said, “Rivalry between Kerala and ATK is the biggest in ISL. Both teams have played two finals, close ones at that. Of course, ATK have the upperhand when it comes to dominance. Also, the fixture will have the biggest attendance figures in the league stage. The recruitment was important. We can get best players who are not particularly great people. We have recruited good players who were great for the team. I think the bonding over the pre-season has been very good.”

The opening game will see Kerala miss the services of India defender Anas Edathodika who is serving a three-match ban.Ugandan star Keziron Kizito and Ghanaian winger Courage Pekuson will be expected to provide support to the strikers. The match will kick off at 7.30 PM.