ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC Latest Updates: Two second-half goals from Kwesi Appiah and Idrissa Sylla help NorthEast United salvage a point against Kerala Blasters FC. Tonight's home team Kerala took a two-goal lead in the first half after Cido and Hooper found themselves on the scoresheet. Cido scored from a header while Hooper scored from the penalty spot. Kerala started off the second half in the best possible manner, by reducing the lead within 7 minutes. Appiah scored the goal for the Highlanders. The same man had a chance to bring the away team level but he missed a penalty. Then right at the death, Appiah's substitute Sylla scored the equalising goal with a powerful shot as the two teams shared the spoils at GMC Stadium in Bambolim.
Full-time Kerala Blasters FC 2 -2 NorthEast United FC
Two second-half goals from Kwesi Appiah and Idrissa Sylla help NorthEast United salvage a point against Kerala Blasters FC. Tonight's home team Kerala took a two-goal lead in the first half after Cido and Hopper found themselves on the scoresheet. Cido scored from a header while Hooper scored from the penalty spot. Kerala started off the second half in the best possible manner, by reducing the lead within 7 minutes. Appiah scored the goal for the Highlanders. The same man had a chance to bring the away team level but he missed a penalty. Then right at the death, Appiah's substitute Sylla scored the equalising goal with a powerful shot as the two teams shared the spoils at GMC Stadium in Bambolim.
Nov 26, 2020 21:24 (IST)
90' Sylla equalises for NorthEast
Idrissa Sylla receives a long pass and he controls it with his chest first in the box and then makes some space for himself. and drills it into the back of the net
Nov 26, 2020 21:22 (IST)
89' Another chance goes begging for NorthEast
Nov 26, 2020 21:20 (IST)
83' Sylla heads it over
A ball is floated into the box from just ahead of the half-way line, Idrissa Sylla gets in between two defenders, he connects with the ball. He was looking for the far post but his effort flies over.
Nov 26, 2020 21:15 (IST)
81' Just 10 minutes left of the normal time can NorthEast United make a late comeback tonight? They are creating chances but they have been lacking that final product.
Nov 26, 2020 21:14 (IST)
81' Another change for Kerala. Jordan Murray comes in for Gary Hooper.
Nov 26, 2020 21:13 (IST)
77' Change for NorthEast United FC - Meetei is replaced by Lalrempuia Fanai
Nov 26, 2020 21:12 (IST)
73' NorthEast make changes
Appiah and Gallego's game is over, they are replaced by Idrissa Sylla and Luis Machado
Nov 26, 2020 21:10 (IST)
71' Kerala introduce fresh legs
Jeakson Singh and Facundo Pereyra come in place of Rohit Kumar and Sergio Cidoncha
Nov 26, 2020 21:08 (IST)
66' Appiah fails to score
NorthEast's goalscorer Appiah stepped up to take the spot-kick, he looks for the top corner but his strike goes off the crossbar.
Nov 26, 2020 21:06 (IST)
65' NorthEast United gets a penalty
Nov 26, 2020 21:01 (IST)
64' Putiea OUT Prashanth IN
Kerala Blasters FC have made their first change
Nov 26, 2020 20:58 (IST)
57' Britto with a chance for NorthEast
Substitute Britto shoots from distance and forces Albino to make a save. Corner for the Highlanders
Nov 26, 2020 20:44 (IST)
51' Appiah pulls one back for NorthEast
NEUFC have reduced the deficit courtesy Kwesi Appiah. He was at the right place at the right time. Gallego whips in a delightful ball, it falls to Appiah around the 6-yard box, he put the ball in the back of the net in two tries.
Nov 26, 2020 20:40 (IST)
46' Second-half begins, NEUFC have made a change, Britto comes in for Pradhan. Can Gerard Nus' men make a comeback? They looked well in the game even after conceding the first goal, they created some good chances but were unlucky. Now, they are 2 goals down, can they?
Nov 26, 2020 20:24 (IST)
Kerala Blasters FC 2-0 up against NorthEast United FC
It has been a good evening for Kerala Blasters FC so far at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, they have taken a two-goal lead against NorthEast United FC. Tonight's home side, Kerala took the lead inside 5 minutes after their captain Cidoncha headed home from a Seityasen Singh free-kick. Then they doubled their lead courtesy a penalty from their star forward Gary Hooper just before the break. The Englishman shoots it straight down the middle and the 'keeper gets a foot to it, but can't keep it out.
Nov 26, 2020 20:21 (IST)
45+2' Gary Hooper scores from the spot KBFC 2- 0 NEUFC
The former Norwich city striker steps up and blasts it right through the middle and doubles Kerala's lead. NEUFC keeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury does get a foot to it but the shot os too powerful
Nov 26, 2020 20:19 (IST)
45' Penalty for Kerala Blaasters
It is a penalty for KBFC. Referee has pointed towards the spot.
Fox made two excellent blocks on the goal-line but his second clearance found Puitea, who was fouled by Pradhan. However the replays show that the NEUFC players got the ball first
Nov 26, 2020 20:18 (IST)
37' Yellow card for Rohit
Rohit Kumar picks up a yellow card for a high boot challenge on Puitea.
Nov 26, 2020 20:11 (IST)
36' Dylan Fox with a chance for NEUFC
Camara gets corner off after his deflected shot out. NEUFC play out a training ground routine from the corner, Gallego then floats the ball towards the far post, Dylan Fox was there, he almost gets a touch
Nov 26, 2020 20:05 (IST)
29' NorthEast are slowly coming back into the game
Ashutosh Mehta the former Mohun Bagan right back, this time playing the ISL for NorthEast shoots wide of the far post. He gets a quick reverse ball at the edge of the KBFC box then races with the ball into the box and shoots
Nov 26, 2020 19:57 (IST)
23' Garry Hooper with the miss of the season!
Gary Hooper misses from 6 yeards out after Cidoncha squares a ball for the Englishman but the experienced striker shoots the ball over the crossbar.
Nov 26, 2020 19:55 (IST)
15' Cido is making things happen tonight
Sergio Cidoncha, the goalscorer is making things happen tonight. This time he races with the ball into the box and shoots from an acute angle, it was likely a square for Hooper but Subhasish Roy Chowdhury dives low to collect the ball.
Nov 26, 2020 19:52 (IST)
12' NEUFC fighting back
Gerard Nus' NorthEast United are slowly now getting into the game. They are stitching good passes but there is yet to be a clear cut chance for them. Kerala is seeing more of the ball though!
Nov 26, 2020 19:39 (IST)
5' Kerala Blasters take the lead courtesy captain Cido
Kerala captain Cido (Cidoncha) has headed them ahead in the game inside 5 minutes from a set-piece. The ball was floated in from the right plank into the box by Seityasen Singh and Sergio Cidoncha jumped and headed it into the far post. No chance for Subhasish
KBFC 1- 0 NEUFC
Nov 26, 2020 19:35 (IST)
Match number 7 of the Indian Super League season 7 begins
Nov 26, 2020 19:34 (IST)
All the players are wearing a black armband to mourn the death of Diego Maradona, who died of a cardiac arrest on Wednesday. A minute of silence was also observed to pay tribute to the late football legend.
Nov 26, 2020 19:21 (IST)
Kerala and NEUFC had two of the worst defense tallies in the league last year, only managing three clean sheets each. While NEUFC seems to have worked on bolstering their backline, the same old woes are haunting Kerala. In their opener against ATKMB, the goal that cost them the game came from a defensive mistake.
Nov 26, 2020 19:20 (IST)
Can NorthEast United FC continue their unbeaten run against Kerala Blasters FC??
Gerard Nus' side had shocked Mumbai City FC in their opener with many impressed by their defensive resilience. Against a Kerala side that did not manage a single shot on target in their loss to ATK Mohun Bagan on the opening day of ISL-7, Nus will back his defenders to continue their good run.
He will also be buoyed by the fact that NEUFC are unbeaten in their last four games against Kerala. Regardless, Nus expects a tough game against Kerala. "Kerala Blasters have one of the best squads in ISL. They are a tough team to play against. They are good in the build-up, organisation, and set-pieces. They can create chances in so many ways. It is going to be a hard match," he said. "They did not deserve to lose. They are going to play good football again."
Kerala coach Kibu Vicuna knows how strong his opponents are and is under no illusions. "They played a very good match against Mumbai City and they are a very good team. For sure, they are going to be a strong team and a very tough challenge for us," he said.
Kerala and NEUFC had two of the worst defence tallies in the league last year, only managing three clean sheets each. While the latter seems to have moved on from there and bolstered their backline, the same old woes are haunting Kerala. In their opener against ATKMB, the goal that cost them the game came from a defensive mistake.
But Vicuna says that things will improve with time and that his Kerala side is essentially a work in progress. "It takes time and we are in the process. I think with time, we are going to be better, we are going to play better. We have a lot of new players, both Indian and foreign. So it will take time to create our identity as a football team," he said.