ISL-SEASON 5-MATCH-1-ATLETICO DE KOLKATA VS KERALA BLASTERS FC
Match 1 of Indian Super League 5, held on Sep 29 ,saw the Kerala Blasters FC play against Atletico De Kolkata.
The much-awaited ISL league started with Kerala Blasters FC and two-time champions Atletico de Kolkata facing off each other in the opening match at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata. Kerala had 54% possession then ATK’s 46%. Finally, Kerala started their campaign with a commanding victory over ATK and this was their first win at Salt Lake stadium and ATK for the first time lost their opening ISL fixture.
Kerala dominates the half with good possession
Kerala got the first chance of the game in the fourth minute where Lalruatthara curled into the left, which found the head of Poplatnik. Poplatnik directed his header towards the far post but it goes just wide of the post. In the 12th minute, Poplatnik took the corner from the left side and curled it to the far post, which found Pesic. Pesic rose and directed it towards the corner, which beat the keeper, but to ATK’s fortune, Sean Ralte cleared the ball off the line. After 4 minutes, Balwant got his shot headed towards the goal, but Dheeraj was alert enough to get his fists to it where the ball deflected onto the crossbar and went away from danger. In the 26th minute ATK got, their first chance to score a goal after Everton Santos blasted the ball through the goal, which beat the keeper, but the ball went above the bar. After 7 minutes, Samad drilled his shot low towards the bottom left corner, but Arindam made a terrific stop by diving to his right to parry it away. In the 39th minute, Jayesh Rane missed a big chance to score a goal where he had an open header. A swinging corner from Noussair found Rane in the box, but he was not able to direct his header towards the target. Finally both the teams headed into the break goalless.
Kerala won the season opener with the help of their debutants
As the second half started Stojanvoic played Doungel through on goal, but the keeper saved his shot easily as it lacked power. In the 51st minute, Doungel tried to send a cross inside the penalty area, but his cross went well wide of the keeper. In the 77th minute, Kerala scored the first goal of the tournament and it was scored by the debutant Poplatnik. Stojanovic deflected shot found Poplatnik who was alert enough to head the ball into the back of the net.4 minutes from time Kerala doubled their lead with a stunning strike from Stojanovic. He picked the ball a few yards from outside the box from Halicharan’s pass and curled it into the top right corner. Finally, Kerala won the game comfortably by 2-0 and it was for the first time ATK lost their opening ISL Fixture.
FINAL MATCH SCORE
|SWIFT LIMITLESS PLAYER OF THE MATCH||Jayesh Rane|
|WINNING PASS OF THE MATCH||Halicharan Narzary|
|EMERGING PLAYER||Dheeraj Singh|
|HERO OF THE MATCH||Matej Poplatnik|
ISL on Social Media
Here are some of the popular social media posts on the clash between Kerala Blasters FC and Atletico De Kolkata.
Atletico De Kolkata tweet after the game
— ATK (@ATKFC) September 29, 2018
ISL tweet after the match
It’s full-time in Kolkata, where @KeralaBlasters have started their #HeroISL campaign on a winning note with goals from Matej Poplatnik and Slavisa Stojanovic#HeroISL #LetsFootball #KOLKER #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/XBLlLFnOg9
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) September 29, 2018
Kerala Blasters FC tweet after the game
We have started our @IndSuperLeague campaign on a winning note! Here are some images from last nights match against @ATKFC!#KeralaBlasters #HeroISL #LetsFooball #KOLKER (2/2) pic.twitter.com/iwSKcc3xSK
— Kerala Blasters FC (@KeralaBlasters) September 30, 2018