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Full Time: Kerala Blasters 2-1 FC Pune City

As 90 minutes are up in Kochi, Kerala Blasters have taken a huge step towards a top 4 spot. The home team have become the first team to win 4 home games in a row which places them in third spot for now. The visitors will have to look back on an eventually disappointing season as they are pretty much out of the tournament.

90+5′ GOALLLLL! What a free kick blasted into the top right corner of the net by Anibal.

90+4′ Free kick for Pune right on the edge of the box.

90+1′ 6 minutes added on.

90′ Not much action now as Kerala romp over towards victory.

86′ Kerala have been incredibly tight at the back as ever.

84′ Nandy makes a very good save from Traore!

83′ The free kick, hit by Pitu crashes into the wall. A follow up cross is not dealt very well by Nandy. The Blasters get away with it.

81′ Kerala temporarily down to 10 men with Vineeth out. Meanwhile, Pune earn a free kick in a threatening position.

79′ CK Vineeth is almost about to go through on goal but Edel comes in and intervenes.

77′ Vineeth with a good chance wide after a great run by Jhingan.

75′ Kerala looking utterly at ease here in the humidity of Kochi.

73′ Changes for both side. Traore on for Lucca and Belfort goes off for Kadio

72′ Kerala on the other hand attacking very dangerously each time.

71′ Pune look to be struggling here. Their players lacking imagination in front of goal.

67′ Fine fingertip save from Edel denies German from scoring.

Vineeth CK’s looping cross is gleefully headed in by Kerala Blasters’ marquee player, Aaron Hughes! 2-0 now.

65′ Josu’s attempt from distance is not far off.

64′ Substitution: Narayan Das goes off for Sanju Pradhan.

63′ Kerala taking the ball down to walking pace as they look totally dominant now.

61′ Kerala hitting Pune hard on the counter as the crowd goes crazy in support of the home team.

60′ Huge goal meanwhile for Kerala. They are in a comfortable position now thanks to their captain.

58′ Rafi goes off for Ishfaque.

57′ GOOOALLLL!!! Aaron Hughes Scored from CK Vineeth Cross.After a great counter attack from Kerala they win a corner. Hughes taps in a header from the back post from the resulting cross!

54′ 3 against 2 for Kerala on Pune but Belfort’s attempt is simple and straight at Edel. Should’ve passed maybe.

53′ Pune have scored 9 of their 12 goals in the second half. They really need one here.

Kerala solid in defence though

49′ Pune maintaining possession early on. They earn a free kick.

47′ N’Doye plays in a good ball for Anibal but he can’t get a shot away. Kerala counter attack too.

46′ The players are back out as Momar N’Doye comes in for Pune instead of Oberman.

Half time: Kerala Blasters 1-0 FC Pune City

At half time, Kerala Blasters go in with full confidence and the lead. Pune have had a lot of possession but created little. The home team meanwhile have found more space and hit Pune hard on the counter. The second half should be exciting with Pune desperately chasing goals.

Duckens Nazon rides two challenges from the defenders to slot the ball home & gives Kerala Blasters an important lead.

45+1′ Pune just not finding the finishing ball in here. Meanwhile Kerala continue to counter with Vineeth.

45′ Pune now earn Another free kick as two minutes are added on.

44′ Lucca’s free kick is cleared by Kerala.

43′ Great chance for Kerala now! Vineeth gets in and behind the Pune defence and his shot is expertly toed away be Edel.

42′ The free kick almost results in a goal! Somehow the ball crossed is cleared off the line for a goal kick.

41′ Josu gives an unnecessary foul away on the left side.

38′ Lovely ball in towards the right for Rafi but the Kerala winger can’t beat Pune’s last ditch defending.

37′ Great chance for Pune. Anibal puts a ball up for Arata but the midfielder cannot keep his header down from close range.

36′ Pune haven’t been able to create much with all their possession.

34′ Nazon does well to get a shot away for himself. Impossible angle, though.

32′ Kerala finding space much more easily in offence. Rafi’s cross is met by Vineeth but his header isn’t strong enough.

30′ Josu’s long distance attempt goes high.

29′ Kerala look more dangerous in attack. They win a comer this time.Nothing comes off it.

27′ Pune put in a dangerous free kick but it’s cleared. The visitors continue the pressure though.

26′ Anibal’s shot is from 40 yards and was never troubling anyone.

25′ The game’s been a battle in midfield so far after the early goal.

23′ Antonio Habas has cut a frustrated figure on the sideline so far.

21′ Nothing comes off it.

20′ Pune win a free kick

18′ Lucca gets a shot away from distance but it’s way high.

15′ Kerala are able to counter attack from the resulting corner. They eventually win a free kick too.

14′ Pune starting to look dangerous. They earn a corner.

13′ Pune string a few passes together for the first time.

11′ Rafi has gone down injured.

10′ Josu puts a ball in. The clearing header falls for Rafi but his half volley goes wide.

7′ GOOOALLLL!! Nazon Scored for Kerala.The number 78 is put through after Pune fail to get a through ball clear. Nazon shoes pace and strength and places the shot perfectly in the corner.

6′ An acrobatic overhead kick from CK Vineeth! But the attempt goes over.

5′ Kerala again get into good positions but Belfort and Nazon just can’t find space for a shot.

3′ Kerala almost create the first shot with a through ball for Nazon.

1′ The formalities are done with, and we have kick off!

6:53 pm The players are out onto the field, Kerala Blasters supported feverishly by their fantastic fans.

6:50 pm Kerala Blasters are the only team in ISL 2016 to have won 3 back-to-back matches at home. After losing their first home game of the season against NorthEast United, Kerala Blasters are on a 4-match unbeaten streak at home. Their tally of 10 points at home is the joint most by any team in ISL 2016 (along with Delhi and Mumbai). No team has ever managed to win 4 consecutive league stage matches at home. Will Kerala Blasters manage to create a new record with a win?

6:46 pm Team sheets are out .

Kerala Blasters FC Playing XI: Sandip Nandy(GK), Cedric Hengbart, Aaron Hughes(C), Sandesh Jhingan, Josu Currais, Azrack Mahamat, Mehtab Hossain, CK Vineeth, Duckens Nazon, Mohammed Rafi, Kervens Belfort.

FC Pune City Playing XI: Apoula Edima Edel Bete(GK), Narayan Das, Gouramangi Singh Moirangthem, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Rahul Shankar Bheke, Jonatan Lucca, Pitu, Arata Izumi, Mohamed Sissoko(C), Gustavo Oberman, Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez.

6:40 pm Pune have been one of the more unpredictable sides of the league, but still find themselves fourth. Kerala meanwhile, are fifth and behind their opponents only on goal difference.

6:30 pm In an incredibly close season of the Hero ISL, both Pune and Kerala know their campaigns depend on this game. A win here would not be enough, but would go a very long way towards qualification for playoffs. So, we should be in for a thrilling encounter.

6:23 pm Hello and welcome everyone to the Hero ISL game between Kerala Blasters and Pune City FC.

Pictures Via ISL Media