ISL 2018 Highlights: Kerala Blasters begin campaign by beating ATK 2-0 in Kolkata

ISL 2018 Highlights: Kerala Blasters begin campaign by beating ATK 2-0 in Kolkata

ATK vs Kerala Blasters, ISL 2018 Highlights: Kerala Blasters beat ATK 2-0 at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata in the first match of the season.

ISL 2018, ATK vs Kerala Blasters: ATK went down 2-0 in their first match of the season.

ATK vs Kerala Blasters, ISL 2018 Highlights: Kerala Blasters started their ISL 2018-19 campaign on a winning note as they beat ATK 2-0 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. ATK had never lost their opening match in the previous seasons of ISL but were shocked by the Yellow Army in their home stadium with goals by Poplatnik and Stojanovic in the second half. With the win, Kerala Blasters have now taken three points and stand at the top of the table.

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FULL-TIME: ATK 0-2 Kerala Blasters

The Yellow Army deliver the first win of the season as they beat ATK 2-0 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. A brilliant start by two-time runners-up. Kolkata lose their first opening match ever as Kerala Blasters' Poplatnik and Stojanovic put them ahead in a good start to the season.

89' Substitution

Goal scorer Poplatnik is taken off. He applauds the crowd before Kizito replaces him. 

87' GOAL! ATK 0-2 Kerala Blasters

GOAL! Kerala Blasters double their lead with a brilliant goal from Stojanovic in Kolkata. He left a curling effort that left Arindam grasping air.

83' Chance to double the lead

Lakic-Pesic tries to extend lead the lead for the Yellow shirts but his header from close range goes wide. The stadium heaves a sigh of relief. A lot of Kerala fans in the stadium too though. 

77' GOAL! ATK 0-1 Kerala Blasters

GOAL! Kerala Blasters take the lead in the second half as Poplatnik scores the first goal of the season.  The Slovenian was on hand to pounce on a deflection off Stojanovic's initial shot before stabbing the ball beyond Arindam. ATK have never lost their opening fixture in the four previous seasons. Will they be able to keep that record intact tonight?

73' Substitutes

Two changes for ATK as Mamouni makes way for Kalu Uche while Eugeneson comes on for Balwant. ATK will hope to capitalise on the substitutes.

68' Vineeth warming-up

Vineeth is warming-up. His presence will definbitely bring a new life to the Yellow shirts. Kerala have a freekick deep in our half. Poplatnik sends it into the box and Sandesh meets it with his head. But the effort goes wide.

63' ATK free-kick

While Kerala are continiously on the attack with some fine passes, the home side ensure they defend well and keep the scoreline neutral. Kerala get the free-kick but Pronay Halder but Dheeraj does well to save it.

57' Dheeraj Wall

Dheeraj continues to be the wall for Kerala Blasters as El Maimouini sends a shot from long range straight into the Indian U-17 star.

53' Dheeraj continues with the saves

The match has lost its fiery start. Khongjee combines with Balwant before firing a cross in from the right flank that goes straight into the arms of Dheeraj.

Second half underway

Action resumes in the second-half in Kolkata with both teams lookiing for a breakthrough. Pekuson replaces Samad for Kerala Blasters.


It has been a goalless first half of the season's first match between ATK and Kerala Blasters. It has been a balanced first 45 minutes of the game. 

42' Brilliant show by Dheeraj

Pronay combines with Balwant before firing a shot from close range! Dheeraj is well positioned to deny the ATK player! Good debut by Dheeraj in the ISL!

36' ATK with a missed chance this time

And this time it is the home team ATK with a missed chance. Oh they are gonna regret this one! Pronay Halder rushes in and shoots but it is well saved by Dheeraj.

32' Chance missed

CHANCE MISSED! Kerala Blasters miss a brilliant opportunity to take crucial lead in the first match of the season. Arindam sends one smashing towards the net but ATK keeper does well too save it! What a save by Samad!

23' Poplatnik misses chance

Poplatnik gets another chance but a poor first touch sees him missing the opportunity after a beautiful pass that sees him one-on-one with Johnson.

20' Booking

There you go! First yellow card of the season as Poplatnik is hauled down by El Maimouni, who is booked by the referee. 

14' Corner for ATK

ATK win the next corner as Dheeraj gets a momentary scare. The teenage sensation, however, manages to keep it clean after a Lanzerotte delivery. Kerala now on counter-attack.


The first corner of the match goes to Kerala as Poplatnik takes it. Lakic Pesic rises the highest to meet the ball but a goalline clearance by Sena Ralte keeps the score 0-0 for now. Match starting to get exciting.

Electric atmosphere

Partha Paul sends us a few more images from Kolkata. Here are the best ones to give you a glimpses of the atmosphere at the Salt Lake Stadium 

Kerala attacking

Poplatnik had a good chance as he heads towards goal but his efforts go wide. Good efforts by Johnson.


And the first match of the season is underway between rivals ATK and Kerala Blasters in a packed stadium in Kolkata.  Rane starts quickly and looks to slip the ball into the box but Jhingan is there to block it.

National Anthem

The players of both the teams stand for the national anthem in a packed stadium. The teams then pose for the first team photos of the season. Highlight of the match is U-17 sensation Dheeraj

Let's Football

Nita Ambani opens the season with Hima Das on her side. The stadium is full of supporters, and why won't it! It's Kolkata!

Inauguration ceremony

Some images by our photographer Partha Paul at the season inauguration ceremony ahead of the match

ATK Line-up

Here are the playing XI for the hosts:

Kerala Blasters Line-up

The line-ups of both the sides are out. Here are the Playing XI of Kerala Blasters:

ATK vs Kerala Blasters Live, ISL 2018 Live Score:

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Super League match between rivals ATK and Kerala Blasters. This is the first match of the season and the two sides kickstart it with fresh energy. ATK, twice champions, have a 5-1 win record over their rivals from Kerala, who have been runners-up twice in the last four seasons.

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ATK vs Kerala Blasters Football Live Score Streaming, ISL 2018 Football Live Score Streaming Online: Englishman Steve Coppell, who has been roped in as ATK coach for the fifth Indian Super League season, is aware of the challenges the two-time former champions will face and said he’s ready to be sacked if his team did not fare well. The Kolkata franchise had a nightmarish fourth season finishing ninth out of 10 teams and saw three coaches managing the team. “If you ask me whether I’ve added pressure as ATK coach I would say ‘no’. You accept the challenges fully aware of the challenges,” Coppell, who guided Kerala Blasters FC to a runners-up finish in his first season (2016), said at the ISL Media Day. “I know my job is secured only if we win. If you get beaten, you get replaced. If you lose, you lose your job. I’m fully aware of the conditions before signing the contract.”