Here's what the stats indicate at the end of the match
Here's what the stats indicate at the end of the match
KBFC 1-1 SCEB
A last gasp Jeakson Singh header helped KBFC salvage a point, as the match between Kerala Blasters and SC East Bengal ended in a 1-1 draw. The Kolkata based club took the lead in the 13th minute of the match when Mohammed Rafique's square pass was put into the back of the net by Bakary Kone. Kerala had the more of the ball throughout the game however they were missing the spark, on the other hand, East Bengal players put in a brilliant shift tonight at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim but missed the killer pass to extend their lead. KBFC goalkeeper Albino Gomes had a brilliant game today, made a few very important saves that kept the Kochi based side in the game.
GOAL!!!! KBFC EQUALISE!!!!
Kerala Blasters equalise!
90+4 | East Bengal have conceded the goal deep in the added time. Jeakson Singh with the goal, Sahal with the assist.
SCEB YELLOW CARD
90+3' | Scott Neville receives a yellow for his foul on Gordon Murray
90+1' | Facundo Peyrera concedes a free-kick in his half. SCEB takes a quick freekick and takes the ball towards the corner flag.
90' | Six minutes have been added on.
87' | A good counter-attack by East Bengal led by Pilkington. He squares in a pass towards Steinmann who then plays another square pass to Maghoma. The former Tottenham cadet tries to places it past Albino but the KBFC goalkeeper gets an important touch. The following corner is dealt with properly by KBFC defense.
85' | Another brilliant move by Maghoma but his cross is not met with properly.
84' | Rafique OUT, Angou IN
83' | Facundo Peyrere takes the free0kick after aSahal dummy but it is high.
82' | SC East Bengal concedes a free-kick right at the edge of the box.
80' | Kerala can breathe a sigh of relief, Pilkington almost got East Bengal's second of the night. Yumnam does well to go past the defender and move inside the box but his final pass was high for the Irishman.
SCEB YELLOW CARD
73' | Surchandra Singh has been cautioned for a foul on Jessel
DEBJIT SAVES SC EAST BENGAL
70'| Debjit Majumdar with a wonderful save to deny Kerala the lead. A defensive mix-up means the ball falls for Sahal, who headed the ball in goalwards. Murray was there for KBFC and he got a good connection with the ball but a retreating Debjit somehow extends an arm to deny Murray the goal.
69' | IN Yunman singh; OUT Haobam Singh
Sahal shoots over
65' | Nishu Kumar plays a good ball in for Sahal, he does well to control the ball inside the box, turns and shoots but it is over the bar.
62' | Mohammed Rafique turns and shoots from inside the box but ALbino denies him the goal with a brilliant save. Steinmann then gets a free header from the corner but he misses to find the back of the goal.
Kone is booked
59' | Bakary Kones concedes a free-kick and a yellow card. He got the ball fair and square but referee inks otherwise. The free-kick is the taken by Pilkington goalwards, Albino successfully punched it away.
Kone heads it wide
51' | Kerala gets a corner, a ball is floated in towards the far post by Facundo Pereyra. Bakary Kone rose above everyone and connects with the ball, he even headed the ball downwards however, it was just wide of the target. Kerala Blasters FC have started the second half on the front foot and just like the first half they have had more of the ball so far. Also, the play has mostly been in East Bengal's half.
Meanwhile, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy scored an absolute stunner in Mumbai City FC's 2-0 win over Hyderabad FC in the Indian Super League. Adam Le Fronde scored the second goal.
KBFC MAKE 3 HT CHANGES
46' | SC East Bengal may have the lead but they will be wary of Kerala Blasters and themselves as well because in their game against Hyderabad FC they conceded three in the second half and lost the match.
Kerala have made three changes:
IN - Murray, Sahal, Jeakson
OUT - Hooper, Seityasen, Rohit
Kerala Blasters despite having more of the possession is behind courtesy that Bakary Kone own-goal. They have played more crosses, they played more crosses. However, SC East Bengal have had more shots on goal and they got what matters the most, the goal.
KBFC 0-1 SCEB
SC East Bengal is ahead at the break courtesy Bakary Kone own goal.
45' | Three minutes have been added on by the officials.
40' | Pilkington has been a menace for the KBFC defense tonight. He plays one-two with Steinmann and shoots but his shot is bloacked.
35' | Debjit parries away a free-kick and SC East Bengal launch a counter-attack. Maghoma is fouled in the middle but the refereed plays waves play on. The ball reaches only a few tards towards the goal before the attack was nullified.
34' | Mohammed Rafique concedes a free-kick near the touchline after he clips Rahul KP. The following free-kick is dealt with easily but SCEB.
30' | Jessel Carneiro launches a vicious strike from distance and .he nearly found the back of the net there. It is just over the bar.
SCRAPPY FROM ALBINO
27' | Rafique drills in a cross into the middle of the box, Albino comes out to receives but fumbles but his defenders deal with it.
ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Kerala Blasters FC vs SC East Bengal: A last gasp Jeakson Singh header helped KBFC salvage a point, as the match between Kerala Blasters and SC East Bengal ended in a 1-1 draw. The Kolkata based club took the lead in the 13th minute of the match when Mohammed Rafique’s square pass was put into the back of the net by Bakary Kone. Kerala had the more of the ball throughout the game however they were missing the spark, on the other hand, East Bengal players put in a brilliant shift tonight at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim but missed the killer pass to extend their lead. KBFC goalkeeper Albino Gomes had a brilliant game today, made a few very important saves that kept the Kochi based side in the game.
Despite having good starts in games, both sides have failed to keep the momentum and dropped points from promising positions. Eight of the ten goals that both sides have conceded have come after the break, highlighting their second-half struggles.
“Every match is a new challenge. We are in a similar situation. Both teams want to get three points. We are training well and trying to prepare for the match in the very best possible way. Hopefully, we can play a good game tomorrow,” said Kerala coach Kibu Vicuna. “Sometimes we have good results, sometimes we don’t. Something doesn’t happen because another team is playing and they also have a plan,” added Vicuna.
Like Kerala, East Bengal too have a similar philosophy of maintaining possession and building play from the back. But despite dominating possession, creating chances has been quite a struggle for them as well.
Kerala have created the least chances in the league (31) while East Bengal are just above them with (36). They may have not picked up a point yet but East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler is confident in his side’s abilities and wants them to concentrate better.
So far, East Bengal have only scored two goals, through Jack Maghouma, which came in their previous game against Hyderabad FC. The Kolkata giants will be hoping to add to their tally given Kerala’s defensive woes – they have managed to register just one clean sheet so far.
“What we want to do is have control of the game, of the ball and win games, ” said Fowler. “The concentration level needs to be a little bit better, formations for me doesn’t really matter. We have gone out there with the belief that we can win games. We have shown a lot of glimpses we can compete. There have been certain incidents which may have gone against us at times but there’s nothing between us and the other teams.”