Indian Super League (ISL) 2016, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) 1-0 Kerala Blasters (KBFC): As it happened

Atletico de Kolkata handed Kerala Blasters their first defeat in their Indian Super League opening home game.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 6, 2016 6:45 pm
Atletico de Kolkata defeated home team Kerala Blasters 1-0 in Kochi. (Source: PTI)

Atletico de Kolkata ruined the perfect home record of opening matches by handing them a 1-0 defeat in Kochi on Wednesday. Koltaka also maintained a perfect head-to-head record against Kerala Blasters and stretched the record to 4-0. ATK had beaten Kerala in all their previous meeting including the final in the first edition. Javier Lara Grande was the difference between the two sides as he scored the only game of the game. He gave Atletico de Kolkata the lead in the 53rd minutes and the team managed to defend it till the last minute. Kerala Blasters tried hard to equalise with some very good attacks but were denied by Kolkata. In the end, Kerala had to suffer a defeat, their second of the season in two matches. Atletico de Kolkata notched up their first win of the season after drawing their first match 2-2.

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ALL OVER! Atletico de Kolkata beat Kerala Blaster 1-0 in Kochi! Terrific game of football. Kerala Blasters players are in disbelief

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90+5′ This will be it as the corner kick is once again saved. Last play of the match possibly

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90+4′ SAVE IN THE LAST MINUTE! The corner kick was headed by Sandesh Jhingan of Kerala Blasters but it is saved and they will another corner

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90+2′ Drama in Kochi! Kervens Belfort is booked for diving in the box. This looked a bit harsh on the Kerala Blasters player

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90′ Five minutes of added time in Kochi. Atletico de Kolkata still leading Kerala Blaster 1-0

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89′ A chance for Kerala Blasters but the Cedric Hengbart header is just wide. What a chance in the dying moments

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84′ Jewel Raja is down with a cramp. He is pain. He won’t be able to continue for Atletico de Kolkata. Bikramjeet is the replacement

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80′ Mehtab Hossain with an attempt for Kerala Blasters but the shot is blocked. The crowd is getting behind their team which is searching for an equalisier

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77′ Atletico de Kolkata with a substitution. Doutie is replaced by Larindika Ralte

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74′ A left-footed strike from Kolakta goes over and they miss a chance to score. Score still ATK 1-0 KBFC

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73′ Substitution for Kerala Blasters. Michael Chopra is coming out and Duckens Nazon

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68′ Kervens Belfort is coming on for Kerala Blasters. Belfort replaces forward Farukh Choudhary

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64′ Substitution for Kerala Blasters

Goalkeeper Sandip Nandy comes in for Graham Stack. Meanwhile ATK 1-0 KER
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52th minute GOAL!!

Javier Lara Grande scores after a massive deflection. Javier without making any mistake , netted the ball. Visitors are ahead!
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45′ Both teams go into the half time without scoring a goal. Keepers have had a busy time throughout the game.

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41′ Kerala’s goalkeeper Graham Stack and Kolkata’s Debjit Majumder doing great job so far. Both of them have made some brilliant saves.
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36′ Good piece of defending from Kerala Blasters. But Kolkata has managed to hold on possession.

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33′ Kerala Blasters’ No.7 Rafique cuts inside from the left corner but shoots it wide.

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30′ Both the teams trying it hard to score the opener but great demonstration of defence from both the teams.

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28′ Aggressive game by Atletico de Kolkata, back to back attacks but couldn’t convert those chances into a much-needed result.

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Atletico de Kolkata XI: Debjit Majumder(GK), Prabir Das, José Luis Espinosa Arroyo, Arnab Mondal, Pritam Kotal, Javier Lara Grande, Jewel Raja Shaikh, Borja Fernández(C), Sameehg Doutie, Hélder Postiga, Iain Hume.

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Kerala Blasters XI: Graham Stack(GK), Pratik Chaudhari, Cedric Hengbart(C), Sandesh Jhingan, Mehtab Hossain, Elhadji Ndoye, Josu Currais, Mohammed Rafique, Antonio German, Farukh Chaudhary, Duckens Nazon.

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Kerala Blasters look to regroup against Atletico de Kolkata after opening loss

Kerala Blasters coach Steve Coppell has plenty of reasons to look forward to his team’s first home match against Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) in this edition of the Hero Indian Super League (HISL) at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday.

Since taking charge of Kerala Blasters, the former Manchester United winger has been bombarded with tales about the lively atmosphere for a ISL match in Kochi and Coppell is eager to see the excitement that it provides.

“This game is becoming famous around the world for its atmosphere. People have been talking to me about this since I arrived in India so am looking forward to it,” said Coppell on the eve of his team’s second round clash against the former champions.

Kerala Blasters succumbed to the might of NorthEast United FC in the opening game and looked far from impressive. The Kerala Blasters coach admitted his team was not firing as yet and identified giving away the ball cheaply as one of the reason why they came away from Guwahati with nothing in the bag.

“We kept giving the ball away. It was may be first night nerves, may be just playing away from home. I really can’t understand. But obviously we have to be better in front of our own supporters. We have to keep the ball better. It’s important that we have possession of the ball,” said Coppell.

On the field, despite the vociferous support, Kerala Blasters can have a tough time against Atletico de Kolkata, who snatched a 2-2 draw against defending champions Chennaiyin FC in their opening match.

Atletico de Kolkata are now playing their first match away from home but coach Jose Molina said nothing will change for his side.

“Football is the same whether you play at home or away. The plan is the same and we will try to have possession, try to fight, try to defend and try to win in the end. We do not have any different strategy,” said the Spanish coach.

Molina did not need any reminding that his team will be up not just against the 11 Kerala Blasters players on the field but also a partisan crowd of 50,000. He has challenged the players to use the intimidating atmosphere to challenge themselves.

“I know there will be a great atmosphere with 50,000 supporters but it’s always good for the players to play in that atmosphere,” said Molina.

Defensive midfielder Ofentse Nato from Botswana has not yet recovered from his injury while the club is still on the hunt for Pablo Gallardo’s replacement.