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As it happened: Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC, ISL match 4

Jose Currais scored in the first half while Mohammed Rafi and Sanchez Watt scored in the second half as the hosts registered a comfortable win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.

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Updated:October 6, 2015, 10:07 PM IST
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As it happened: Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC, ISL match 4
Jose Currais scored in the first half while Mohammed Rafi and Sanchez Watt scored in the second half as the hosts registered a comfortable win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
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Full time: Kerala Blasters FC 3-1 NorthEast United FC.

Six minutes added before full time. Kerala Blasters FC still leading 3-1 against NorthEast United FC.

ISL Season 2 M4 Kerala v NorthEast

GOAL! Velez scores in the 82nd minute to make it 1-3 for NorthEast United FC vs Kerala Blasters.

Less that 10 minutes of regulation time left. Kerala have taken a comfortable 3-0 lead

Stephen Bywater takes the goalkick. It's a good cross field ball for Rafi. The lively number 20 rises higher than his marker on the left wing and heads it straight on for Sanchez Watt. The Arsenal 's youth academy product run into the box and scores through the legs of the goalkeeper. Kerala are 3-0 ahead.

ISL Season 2 M4 Kerala v NorthEast

Goal! Kerala Blasters are now 3-0 up against NorthEast United FC. Poor goalkeeping there. Watt scores in the 71st minute.

GOAL! Mohammad Rafi scores in the 68th minute to give Kerala Blasters 2-0 lead against NorthEast United FC.

62 mins: Nicolas Velez is put in on goal by Diomansy Kamara. The number 19 turns his marker and shoot over the bar.

ISL Season 2 M4 Kerala v NorthEast

Josu puts the hosts in front! Rahul Bheke sends in a good long throw into the box, it finds it's way to CK Vineeth at the farpost. He tries and overhead kick but sucff it in Josu's path. The Barca youth product runs on to it and smashes the ball to the top right corner of the net with his left foot.

Goal! Josu's 49th minute strike gives Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 lead against NorthEast United FC.

Play resumes after half-time break.

Half-time: Kerala Blasters FC 0-0 NorthEast United FC.

Two minutes added before the half-time. Its still 0-0.

40 mins: Peter Carvalho takes Silas down in the NorthEast United FC attacking third. The referee shows him a yellow card for that offense. He never looked like he went for the ball as he came from behind and nudged the number 10 down.

33 mins: NorthEast United FC have been passing the ball around really well and are making Kerala defend from deep. This time they find a pass to release Nicolas Velez but the striker is offside.

ISL Season 2 M4 Kerala v NorthEast

25 mins: Siam Hanghal has been shown the yellow card for a rash tackle. Seityasen tackles from behind and Vineeth goes down inside the box. The players appeal for a penalty but the referee only awards a freekick.

ISL Season 2 M4 Kerala v NorthEast

18 mins: Kerala almost scored their first goal of the season but a good save from NorthEast United's goalkeepers. Looking escape for them. The score is still 0-0.

14 mins: CK Vineeth swings in a good ball from the left and the ball falls to Rahul Bheke at the far post. The wing back shoots it wide from his side-footed shot. Yet another good chance wasted by Kerala Blasters FC.

12 mins: Nicolas Velez does not time his run well after he was released by his team mate. The linesman immediately raises his flag.

Rafi misses the chance to put his team in the lead after Rehenesh came out of the box to clear the ball. The goalkeeper miskicked it straight into the path of the Indian striker and he had an open goal to aim at. His first time shot was blasted over the post. Hope Kerala don't regret missing out on this fantastic opportunity.

8 mins: It's been a slow start to the game as both teams look to keep the ball and build up slowly.

4 mins: NorthEast United FC have had the bulk of the possession so far in the early period. They look calm and composes on the ball as they look to create an opening patiently.

Its kick-off time in Kochi.

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The match kicks off in five minutes. Stay tuned for the live updates.

ISL Season 2 M4 Kerala v NorthEast

6:40pm: Both teams have brought in new coaches for the second season. They may not be big names like Anelka or Roberto Carlos but both the coaches have a wealth of experience in managing, unlike the above mentioned. After his last stint managing the Venezuelan national team for five years, Farias now comes to the ISL to work wonders with his experience and expertise at NEUFC.

Playing XIs:

NorthEast United FC: Hengbart, Arias, Jorge, Seityasen, Reagan, Rehenesh, Haokip, Garcia, Velez, Hanghal, Kamara

Kerala Blasters FC: Bheke, Ramage, Dagnall, Vineeth, Mehtab, Rafi, Bruno, Williams, Bywater, Carvalho, Currias

6:25pm: NEUFC's new coach, Farias - who guided Venezuela to the semis of Copa America, could turn things around for the team this year. Farias, 52, has the distinction of taking Venezuela to their first win over Brazil and he also guided Venezuala to FIFA U-20 World Cup qualification in 2009.

6:20pm: Kerala Blasters have been the most active club from the league during the summer and have made a flurry of new signings to make them a strong contender for the title. They begin their campaign under British coach Peter Taylor in this edition of the ISL and their opening encounter will be at home against NorthEast United FC on October 6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.

Kerala Blasters would look to straightaway set the tone when they lock horns with last season's last-place finisher NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League on Tuesday.

Kerala made a brilliant comeback last season and shocked Chennaiyin FC in the semis before Atletico de Kolkata defeated them in the final with a last-minute winner.

Northeast United FC, on the other hand, made some big signings from Europe and Latin America this year and have got a very experienced Venezuelan coach Cesar Farias as their new team manager.

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