The opening match of the Hero Indian Super League ended in the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium in Guwahati and it is the home side, North East United that have claimed victory over Kerala Blasters. Both sides looked evenly matched at half-time and the second half started with both goalkeepers being equally busy. Finally it was in the 55th minute that NorthEast United was able to penetrate Kerala’s defence with Japanese forward Katsumi Yusa getting on the end of a vicious ball into the box made by Argentine winger Nicolás Vélez.
The match was preceded by the opening ceremony. The celebrations were highlighted by the Bollywood celebrities who were joined by MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar representing their respective teams. Also present on the occassion was Olympic Silver medallist PV Sindhu.