The Kerala Blasters will enter the final of the Indian Super League today. Despite winning 1-0 in the first quarter, things will not be easy for the Kerala Blasters. Coach Ivan Vukamanovic also knows that a draw is enough today, but playing for a draw will put more pressure on the Kerala Blasters. Therefore, the Kerala Blasters will be aiming for victory today.
Owen Koil and his team are determined to take revenge on Kerala for defeating Jamshedpur with seven consecutive victories. Jamshedpur are aiming for their first ISL final. The Kerala Blasters are also aiming for their third final.
Coach Ivan says only Dhanachandra is injured in the Kerala Blasters squad. Boris and Leng Dung will not be with Jamshedpur today. The match will be played at 7.30 pm tonight.
Kerala Blasters coach Ivan Vukamanovic says Kerala Blasters are still underdogs in ISL. “No one predicted we would reach the semi-finals,” Ivan said. None of us were expecting that at the start of the season. From there we reached the semis. That too by scoring twice as many goals as he did last season. Ivan said.
It is the result of hard work. For the last seven months, everyone has been giving their all for this team. Ivan said the team deserves applause for overcoming the psychological pressures of Bio Bubble despite Kovid’s arrival.
Ivan Vukomanovic’s men carry a narrow one goal lead heading into the second leg of the first semi-final. Sahal Abdul Samad 38th minute goal helped Kerala Blasters edge Owen Coyle’s side 1-0 in the first leg on Friday (March 11) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda.
In the second leg, JFC will need to better the result to finish the match within regulation time or else a similar 1-0 result in the League Shield winners’ favour will take the game into extra time. There is no away goal advantage in the ISL.
JFC, however, will be keen to get a goal to remain alive in the contest. And if the game is not decided after 120 mins, it will be decided by penalty shoot-out.
During the league stages, JFC were the second highest scorers with 42 goals and were the best defensive side having let in just 21 goals. But, the league leaders failed to find the back of the net in the first leg of the semi-final despite their top goal-scorers all featuring in the match.
KBFC, on the other hand, scored 34 goals and conceded 24. And very importantly found the back of the net in the first leg of the semi-final. Tuesday’s match will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season.
The two sides have met thrice this season including the first leg of the semi-final. While their first match ending in a 1-1 draw, Jamshedpur FC were 3-1 victors in the reverse fixture during the league stage. In the third and most recent meeting, KBFC edged out JFC 1-0. Overall, they have met 11 times so far in ISL and JFC hold the advantage with 3 wins as opposed to 2 wins of KBFC. The remaining six matches, however, have ended in a draw.
Kerala Blasters : Prabhsukhan Singh Gill; Harmanjot Khabra, Ruivah Hormipam, Marko Leskovic, Sanjeev Stalin; Sahal Abdul Samad, Ayush Adhikari, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Adrian Luna; Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez.
Jamshedpur FC : TP Rehenesh; Laldinliana Renthlei, Eli Sabia, Peter Hartley, Ricky Lallawmawma; Mobashir Rahman, Pronay Halder; Seiminlen Doungel, Greg Stewart, Ritwik Das; Daniel Chima Chukwu.
Match: Kerala Blasters FC vs Jamshedpur FC
Date: 15th March 2022
Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm