Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United FC: 10-man KBFC Beat NEUFC 2-1

Kerala Blasters make a spectacular comeback in the ISL, beating North East United 2–1. The Blazers advanced to second place on the points table when Jorge Diaz and Alvaro Vazquez took the field with beautiful goals. The Blazers played with ten men after an AYUSH officer was sent off for two yellow cards. Vazquez’s goal came after this. In the last match, they lost to Bangalore FC. The Blazers have 23 points from 13 games.

Defending the Blasters were Rui-Wa Hormipam, Marco Leskovich, Nishu Kumar and Harmanjot Khabra. In the middle row, AYUSH officer came to replace Pujit. Other midfielders were Jaeger Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad and Adrian Luna. George Diaz and Alvaro Vasquez on the move. Prabhusukhan Gill in the face of the goal. Subhashish Roy in front of the North East goal net. In defense, Mashoor Sharif, Zakaria Diallo, Gurjinder Kumar and Mohammad Irshad. In the midfield are Joe Soherliana, Pragyan Gogoi‌ and Hernൻn Santana. In the lead are Marco Shanek, V Zubair and Marcelino.

From the very beginning it was the Blasters’ advance. In the fifth minute, the AYUSH officer came forward with the ball. Sahal hit the ball to the right behind the North East defense. But Sahal’s cross was not accurate. The ball went out. Meanwhile, a shot by VP Zuhair in front of the Blasters’ goal went past the crossbar. In the thirteenth minute, Luna’s corner kick shook the North East. Nishukumar got it on the left. Nishu’s volley was blocked by Mashoor. In the 18th minute, George Diaz’s shot from outside the box went wide. Later, Nishu’s cross went straight into the box but Sahal could not reach it.

Meanwhile, the Northeast, led by Marcelino, launched an attack. But the Blasters resisted. Half an hour later, Sahal’s move gave hope. Sahal, who was advancing alone, gave the ball to Ayush in front of the box. But AYUSH could not find the target. The ball bounced off the North East defense. In the 40th minute, North East conceded another corner while trying to block George Diaz. Jackson headed hard in Luna’s corner. The ball bounced off the cross bar. It was also the best chance of the first half. The Blazers led the way in ball control and passes in the first half. Got six corners. But the goal just didn’t come.

The Blasters also controlled the start of the second half. Vasquez’s first-class shot went just wide of the post. In the 55th minute, Nishu’s left-footed shot was blocked by the defense. Then another moment was born. Smashing cross to the box. George Diaz controlled the ball nicely and tried to hit the ball but the defense intervened again. In the next minute, Vasquez’s powerful shot bounced off North East goalkeeper Subhashish. The attack did not stop. Constantly advancing. At one point, Luna’s header went just wide of the post. The cross belonged to the tomb. After all attempts, the Blasters broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute. Dias’ flashing header. It started with Nishu’s cross. To the grave in Nishu’s cross box from the left. Khabra was stabbed in the head. To Diaz in front of the net. Dias’ header subdued Subhashish.

Then came the first change in the game. Sahal was replaced by Vince Barreto. But the Blasters got a heavy setback the next moment. Ayush out of second yellow card The Blasters were reduced to ten men. The crowd at least did not affect the Blasters’ game. The field was filled with first-rate play. Vasquez gave the Blasters the lead in the 82nd minute with a stunning goal. Vasquez, who caught the North East defender’s Miss Pass, was the first to hit the stand. Subhashish could not catch that huge shot from 55 yards out. It was the most beautiful goal of the season.

Later, Dias was replaced by Sandeep Singh. Hormipam was replaced by Ennes Sipovich and Nishu was replaced by Dhenechandra Meeti. The game was under the complete control of the Blasters at the last minute. Meanwhile, North East scored a goal through Irshad. The Blasters’ next match is against Jamshedpur FC on the 10th of this month.Second-half goals from Jorge Pereyra Díaz (62nd) and a stunner from Alvaro Vazquez (82nd) saw Kerala get back to winning ways as NorthEast United’s misery deepened further. Mohamed Irshad scored a goal deep into injury time but that didn’t matter in the end as Khalid Jamil’s side remained on 10 points from 16 games. Kerala now have 23 points from 13 outings.

The first chance of the game fell to NorthEast United as Suhair Vadakkepeedika had a golden opportunity to take the lead early, but the striker failed to connect after doing all the hard work to evade his marker from a Joe Zoherliana cross.

Marcelinho was at it with some teasing crosses for Suhair and also delivered a crisp corner for Pragyan Gogoi to smash the ball over the bar. Hernan Santana and Marcelinho linked up well too but lacked finishing with the former blasting over an effort after Santana burst through the right to square the ball for him.

Kerala got their first real chance three minutes from the break, Adrian Luna putting in a perfect ball for Jeakson Singh who headed over.

In the second half, Kerala started on the front foot as Alvaro Vazquez spotted the keeper out of his line and tried his luck from 40 yards out but missed the target. Vazquez was in the clear soon after, but he shot straight at the keeper as Kerala attacked with venom to soon get their reward.

Diaz was left unmarked and the Argentine made no mistake when Harmanjot Khabra headed the ball in his path, nodding in past Subhashish Roy Choudhary. Kerala suffered a setback when Ayush Adhikari was sent off after seeing a second yellow card in the 70th minute.

NorthEast United replaced Marco Sahanek with Deshorn Brown who made a comeback into the team, but Kerala went 2-0 up to add to Highlanders’ plight. Vazquez scored a sensational goal, getting the ball close to the half-line and spotting Roy Choudhury off his line, to send a curling effort that nestled into the net.

Irshad pulled one back in stoppage time from a Santana ball, shooting with power from just outside the box but his brilliant effort went in vain as NorthEast United succumbed to their second straight defeat.

The Blasters slumped to their first loss after a 10-match winning streak in the last game, against Bengaluru FC. On the other hand, the Highlanders are still licking their wounds after a 0-5 loss against Hyderabad FC in their previous game

NorthEast United FC’s Mohammed Irshad is injured, while their star striker Deshorn Brown is available for selection. Meanwhile, Kerala Blasters FC players are fully fit, apart from Rahul KP, who is still training in isolation with medical staff and not training with the team.

Kerala Blasters FC

Ivan Vukomanovic’s side have won two, drawn two and lost the other in their last five matches. The narrow loss against Bengaluru FC was a wake-up call for the Blasters ahead of the last lap of matches. However, going by the recent results, they would take the field as favourites in the upcoming game.

NorthEast United FC

On a eight match winless streak, the Highlanders are well short of where they’ve expected to be at this point in time. In the last five matches, the Khalid Jamil-coached side have lost three and drawn two. They are currently in the 11th spot in the league table, with 10 points from 15 matches so far.


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