FC Pune City & Kerala Blasters play out 1-1 draw: As it happened

It was a story of two opposite halves as a third consecutive match ends in a 1-1 draw.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 17, 2016 9:12 pm
kerala-blasters759 Cedric Hengbart was the goalscorer for Kerala Blasters. (Source: ISL)

It is the third consecutive time that a match has ended 1-1 in this season’s ISL. Kerala Blasters were firmly in the drivers seat throughout the first half and seemed determined to extend FC Pune City’s wait for at least a point at home.

But the second half presented a picture that was quite the opposite. Pune came out with one thing in their mind-to get back in the game. And that is what they did as soon as the referee blew the whistle to mark the commencement of the second half. Kerala were able to see off the Pune attacks and seemed to have settled at just parking the bus when Mohamed Sissoko tucked in the equaliser.

Kerala tried to switch into attacking mode but Pune were on the move, and hit Kerala with repeated counter attacks, The lack of co-ordination in the final third and players trying shots from improbable angles and failing miserably were the reasons why Pune could not find the winning goal in the second half and the same could be sad about Kerala in the first.

Unfortunately, these problems are becoming more and more of a feature in the ISL for all teams.

 

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FC Pune City assistant coach Miguel insists his team prepared adequately for life without chief coach Antonio Habas who remains suspended for the first four matches. But since the Hero Indian Super League kicked off, FC Pune City have found themselves in a spot of bother.

FC Pune City have three points from three matches and will have to take their game to a different level to arrest the consecutive losses at home as they host Kerala Blasters at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi-Pune, on Monday.

Pune were bristling with confidence after scoring a 90th minute winner against FC Goa in Goa but at home they have been unable to secure a single point, losing to Mumbai City FC in the Maharashtra Derby and then going down against NorthEast United FC in the last game.

They will now be facing an upbeat Kerala Blasters team. Kerala were the only team other than FC Goa to have not won a single point this season ahead of their home clash against Mumbai City, who were yet to be beaten.

They came out of the fixture on the right side of a 1-0 score line with Michael Chopra scoring the winning goal. They now have a chance to jump to third spot with a win against FC Pune City.

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Here are the Starting XIs of the two teams:

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GOAL!! FC Pune City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

FC Pune City’s woes at home continue a conrer into the Pune box was cleared but it fell kindly to Azrack Mahamat who was unmarked in the 25-yard area. He fired a left footed volley towards the goal which was blocked by a defender. However, Cedric Hengbart was at the right place at the right time to blast the ball home from close range to give his team the lead.

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15′ gone, FC Pune City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

After conceding the early goal, the home side tried to hit back right away but Kerala have held on. The possession seems to be equal for both teams thus far but Kerala are looking a much-improved side from the one that played against Atletico de Kolkata and Delhi Dynamos.

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30′ gone FC Pune City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

FC Pune City are looking to attack but Kerala’s organisation in defence and attack may be the reason behind the home side’s reluctance to commit too many players forward. For now Kerala Blasters are looking the better side in all departments on the pitch.

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30′ gone FC Pune City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

FC Pune City are looking to attack but Kerala’s organisation in defence and attack may be the reason behind the home side’s reluctance to commit too many players forward. For now Kerala Blasters are looking the better side in all departments on the pitch.

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HALF TIME FC Pune City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

Kerala have been dominant from the word go. In these 45 minutes, there were only a few times when Pune looked like they could threaten the away team’s goalpost and those challenges were also seen away by Kerala with relative ease. FC Pune City need to find a way to hold on to the ball and construct attacks instead of making a hopefull lofted pass into the Kerala half as soon as they gain possession.

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50′ gone FC Pune City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

FC Pune City have made a positive start to the second half. The most promising chance came from a weak back back pass that was made to the Kerala goalkeeper. fortunately for the visitors, Nandy got to the ball before the Pune forward could

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60′ gone FC Pune City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

Wave after wave of Pune City attacks are being seen away by the Kerala defence. It’ll be interesting to see how long the visitors can keep this up. There were a few close shaves, the most prominent of which was Pune forward Traore hitting the side of the net despite the goalkeeper being put out of the equation by the pass.

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GOAL!! (67′ Sissoko) FC Pune City 1-1 Kerala Blasters

The Kerala defence finally gives away to the relentless Pune attacks. It was looking like Kerala had decided to park the bus on the home side but the plane seems to have fallen apart and it’s Mohamed Sissoko who finally makes a mark in this year’s ISL.

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80′ gone, FC Pune City 1-1 Kerala Blasters

Kerala Blasters are now up against the ropes. The tried to switch into the offensive when they conceded the goal but Pune seems to have found their footing and are tormenting the opposition.

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FULL TIME!! FC Pune City 1-1 Kerala Blasters

The two halves of the match couldn’t have been more different. Kerala Blasters were firmly in the driver seat in the first half and didn’t look like the opposition could find a way through their defence. But Pune City came out with all guns blazing in the second half. Kerala held on but not for long when marquee player Mohamed Sissoko tucked in the equaliser. In the end, the two sides share the honours.