Full Time ISL 2016: Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 Kerala Blasters
Quite an uninspiring second half and in fact I can't remember a chance of note. So, I will just try to set the scene in closing.
This result confirms Delhi Dynamos and ATK into the playoffs. With Mumbai already qualified that leaves NorthEast United and Kerala Blasters to battle for the one remaining spot.
90+3' There goes the final whistle.
90+1' Into three minutes of added time.
90' Substitution for ATK. Lara off Doutie on.
88' Must be said no great urgency from either side. Both seem quite happy with the point.
86' Postiga's foul on Jhingan just over the halfway line.
85' Just to confirm Keegan was the ATK played booked a while ago.
84' Vinit Rai is coming on for Kerala .
83' Ishfaq has hit the deck and is calling for some treatment. Infact he's coming off.
82' Ball breaks to Pearson inside the box after a spell of ATK pressure. But he blasts over.
81' Mehtab with a shot from distance finds the fans at the back of the goal.
80' Here is the change. Hume off Belencoso on.
79' Juan Belencoso is set to come on for ATK.
77' Kotal blocks Rafi's volley from the corner. Blasters attack again and Belfort shoots wide.
76' The ATK keeper once again indecisive causes confusion and forces a corner.
75' Mehtab''s corner is headed wide. Chances at a premium.
74' Hengbart tries to pick out Vineeth with a long ball but the striker fouls Tiri.
72' An ATK player gets booked and Josu delivers a free-kick which gets cleared.
70' Hume is in the wars today. He's taken another knock.
69' Stack almost gets closed down by Hume and has to clear in a hurry,
67' Kotal and Postiga go for the same ball and smash into reach other. I wouldn't want want to be Kotal in that one.
66' N'Doye's ball to Ishfaq down the right channel but he can't keep it in.
65' Blasters corner and Hengbart's header well over.
64' Hume into the book for the handball .
62' I hope I'm wrong but both teams seem happy to play for a point.
60' Lara's corner punched out by Stack. The shot from distance is blocked and when the next ball comes into the box Postiga fouls Jhingan. Free-kick.
59' Ball over the top for Ruidas. Jhingan with the challenge that concedes a corner.
56' Mehtab picks up a yellow card for kicking the ball away and misses the next game.
55' Blasters free-kick clipped in Hughes with a weak header to which Debjit flaps. As the ball is played back in the referee blows for a foul by a Blasters attacker.
52' Ishfaq seems to have got a fly in the eye.Hume helping out. Good sportsmanship.
50' Both these teams can draw and still qualify. But that result will see off a couple of other teams.
48' Borja fouls Mehtab who is getting some treatment.
47' There has been a substitution for ATK at the break. Robert off Keegan Pereira on.
46' Back underway in the second half
Blasters with a flying start thanks to Vineeth. But, ATK hit back almost immediately through Stephen Pearson. Since then the game has settled down but both teams have had chances. Still all to play for.
45+2' There goes the whistle for the break.
45+1' Into two minutes of added time.
45' Another Josu cross and another free header over by N'Doye.
43' Belfort's foul on Borja. Free-kick. Josu clips it in and Rafi heads over with a free header.
40' Ishfaq clips Ruidas who goes down in some pain but is now back up
38' Lara clips it to Borja free on the left of the box. He heads it into the danger area but Postiga heads over.
37' Hughes fouls Hume as both jumped for the same ball. Free-kick.
35' Postiga's low cross from the right Hughes with the clearance.
34' Kotal fouls Belfort. Free-kick lifted into the attacking third and cleared
32' Lots of direct football from both sides.
30' Vineeth tries a spectacular bicycle kick inside the box but he's offside and it goes over.
29' Kerala corner goes near post. Its headed wide.
27' Belfort tries to curl one from just outside the box but the keeper is comfortably behind it.
25' Cross in aimed towards Postiga just cleared by Mehtab.
23' Both teams trying to settle down after that frenetic start.
What a game we have on our hands here. This crowd is making some noise.
18' Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaal ATK Stephen Pearson brings the hosts level. Ball down the left by Postiga. Pearson takes it in his stride and with the keeper committed slots into the net.
16' Hume is cutting a rather isolated figure right now as Postiga shoots from the edge of the box and gets the crowd going.
14' That early goal is just what this game needed.
12' Another Blasters ball into the box and the keeper flaps again. No damage done this time.
10' Kolkata try to respond but Javi Lara's shot goes wide.
8' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL Kerala. CK Vineeth. Cross into the box. Debjit comes and flaps. Hengbart pounces and heads it towards the waiting Vineeth who makes no mistake .
7' Mehtab with the corner Ruidas with the clearance
6' Blasters corner headed straight at the keeper by Jhingan and as ATK counter Lara is offside.
3' ATK with a bright start getting a few crosses in as Mehtab goes in with a foul.
1' We have kickoff here in Kolkata.
7:00 pm A minute's silence is being observed for those who perished in the plane crash in South America earlier today.
6:56 pm The anthem is done and the teams are ready.
6:51 pm Kerala Blasters: Graham Stack(GK), Cedric Hengbart, Aaron Hughes(C), Kervens Belfort, Ishfaq Ahmed, CK Vineeth, Mehtab Hossain, Elhadji Ndoye, Mohammed Rafi, Sandesh Jhingan, Josu Currais.
6:49 pm Atletico de Kolkata:José Luis Espinosa Arroyo, Arnab Mondal, Iain Hume, Hélder Postiga, Borja Fernández(C), Pritam Kotal, Javier Lara Grande, Robert Lalthlamuana, Debjit Majumder(GK), Stephen Paul Pearson, Abinash Ruidas.
6:41 pm Hello and welcome from the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata. We are here for the ISL game between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters.
Pictures Via ISL Media
Published: 2016-11-29 15:29:09