ISL 2020-21 Highlights, NorthEast United FC vs Kerala Blasters: NEUFC Seal Semis Spot with Goals from Suhair VP, Apuia

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, NorthEast United FC vs Kerala Blasters: NEUFC beat KBFC with goals from Suhair VP and Lalengmawia to seal semi-final spot.

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21:57 (IST)

ISL 2020-21: NorthEast United FC March into Playoffs with Best-ever League Finish

NorthEast United FC booked their place in the semi-finals of the Indian Super League, beating Kerala Blasters 2-0 with goals from Suhair VP and Lalengmawia.

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NorthEast United FC defeated Kerala Blasters with goals from Suhair VP and Lalengmawia to book their place in the semi-finals of the Indian Super League.

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NorthEast United FC are through to the Indian Super League semi-final along with ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC!

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FULL TIME!

Goals from Suhair VP and Apuia enough as NorthEast United FC beat Kerala Blasters 2-0 and book their place in the semi-final!

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86' - KBFC Chage

Another change for Kerala Blasters as Gary Hooper makes way for Givson Singh.  

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80 ' - Water Break

The second water break.

KBFC's Rahul KP is off and in his place comes on Seityasen Singh.

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70' - Good Challenge

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65' - Yellow Card for Britto

Comes on and into the referee's book!

Britto PM is shown a yellow card for his challenge on KBFC's Rahul KP. The referee isn't pleased and shows Britto a yellow card.

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62' - NEUFC Changes

NorthEast United FC's Imran Khan was shown a yellow card and is repaced by Britto PM.

Luis Machado is alos off the field  and Federico Gallego comes on in his palce. 

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60' - KFBC Change

Lalthathanga Khawlhring replaces Costa Nhamoinesu. Third defensive pairing in the match for Kerala Blasters so far. 

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59' - Off the Bar!

A similar move from Deshorn Brown! He finds the ball as it bounces off Sandeep Singh on the left and he cuts back onto his right to take a shot. It hits the bar and is cleared. KBFC holding on at this point. 

20:46 (IST)

56' - At the Keeper!

NEUFC are not done yet as Luis Machado finds the ball at his feet from a long pass from midfield. He tries to weave his magic past Sandeep Singh and takes a shot at goal. Through the legs but the shot finds Albino Gomes

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51' - Up and Over!

KBFC's Rahul KP gets the ball just outside the 6-yard box and he chests the ball down and strikes on the volley. His effort though flies over the bar and the scoreline remains the same. 

20:35 (IST)

Save this goal from Apuia!

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2nd Half!

Will NorthEast United FC hold on for the win and book their place in the semis or can Kerala Blasters make a comeback?!

Action from the second 45 underway!

KBFC's Bakary Kone makes way for Juande.

20:22 (IST)

Half Time!

Goals from Suhair VP, Apuia mean it is NEUFC who lead 2-0 at the break against Kerala Blasters

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45' - GOAL! NEUFC 2-0 Up!

What a strike! Lalengmawia doubles NEUFC's lead!

Lalengmawia's strike just burnt a hole in the back of the net. NEUFFC boss Khalid Jamil looks estatic in the technical area! The Emerging Player of the Month award for February's first gol in the ISL and what a goal!

20:15 (IST)

38' - Corner!

KBFC are not giving up, in what seems the be their last game of this season. Tonight's skipper, Jessel Carneiro has the ball on the right flank and tries to find Gary Hooper. The striker gets passes it on for Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, whose back into the middle goes out harmlessly for a corner.

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34' - GOAL! NEUFC 1-0!

Suhair VP gives NorthEast United FC the lead!

The moves strted with Khassa Camara in midfield as he finds a little space and lets Suhair in behind after Bakary Kone missed a kick. Suhair slips past Sandeep Singh and with another touch luckily evades an advancing Albino Gomes in the the Blasters' goal. Suhair, with only the empty goal in front of him, smashes it in for the lead to the Highlanders. 

20:03 (IST)

31' - Drinks Break!

As the teams go in for the first drinks break of the match, here is Kone's missed header.

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24' - Handball!

Gary Hooper passes into the middle to Bakary Kone, from the right. The KBFC defender shoots but Khassa Camara manages to block it, only for the referee to call for a handball. Nothing though comes from the free-kick. 

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20' - Early Substitution!

Looks bad for Provat Lakra. The NEUFC defender goes to the ground after pulling up.

He is replaced by Gurjinder Kumar

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18' - Cleared!

Imran Khan, from the right flank, finds Luis Machado. Though KBFC's Costa Nhamoinesu is there clears it.

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10' - In the Eye!

That is gonna hurt! Suhair Vadakkepeedika and Jessel Carneiro involved ina clash as they both went for the ball in the air. Vadakkepeedika's hand hits Carneiro's eye.

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7' - Miss!

What a chance for Bakary Kone! The KBFC leaves the NEUFC defender and has a free header from the corner. His header misses the target though. It was easier to score than to miss.  

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2' - Wide!

First chance of the game falls to NEUFC in the 2nd minute as Luis Machado's corner from is headed out. He though collects the loose ball on the right flank and crosses. Dylan Fox, at the far post, shoots. But the effort is wide of the goal. 

19:30 (IST)

Kick-off!

NEUFC and Kerala Blasters start their last game of the league phase! 

19:15 (IST)

Another stellar performance to round off the month?

19:08 (IST)

ISL 2020-21 - Points Table

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Kerala Blasters FC Starting XI  -

Albino Gomes (GK), Sandeep Singh, Bakary Kone, Costa Nhamoinesu, Jessel Carneiro (C), Jeakson Singh, Vicente Gomez, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Rahul KP, Jordan Murray, Gary Hooper.

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, NorthEast United FC vs Kerala Blasters: NEUFC Seal Semis Spot with Goals from Suhair VP, Apuia

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, NorthEast United FC vs Kerala Blasters:  NorthEast United FC‘s Suhair VP scored in the 34th minute of the game as Lalengmawia doubled the lead in added time of the first half to beat Kerala Blasters 2-0 in Match 107 of Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, to become the third team to qualify for the playoffs. Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan have already booked their place in the semi-finals.

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Story of the match: 

Khassa Camara produced a magnificent ball to put Suhair in on goal. Suhair then went on to round the goalkeeper and thrash the ball into the net to make it 1-0 for the Highlanders. Apuia came up with an absolute belter of a strike from range that clipped the underside of the crossbar on its way into goal and made it 2-0 for the Highlanders at the break.

NEUFC’s Khalid Jamil: Khassa Camara is a vital player for us. I usually don’t tell him anything. He leads the team from the front on his own and dictates stuff on the field. Federico Gallego was not 100% fit and that is why he was rested. I feel extremely happy for my players because they’ve worked extremely hard. They deserve this playoffs spot. We need to work even harder to make our first Indian Super League final. We respect all the other teams and will be ready to face any of them, even if its FC Goa or Hyderabad FC.

NEUFC’s Deshorn Brown: This is a great feeling. We are very happy to be in the playoffs. I’m becoming more consistent with my performances. Once you play more, your sharpness and concentration improves. I would have had more ISL goals, if I had got more chances at Bengaluru FC. We are just trying to build chemistry among the attackers. We (Gallego and Luis Machado) work on stuff in training. The more we play together, the better we complement each. It doesn’t matter if we play ATK Mohun Bagan or Mumbai City FC next because both of them are tough teams. We need to do extremely well to get past either side.

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