Full Time ISL 2016 Semi Final: Kerala Blasters 1-0 Delhi Dynamos
Blasters with a deserved win in a tight game. Delhi didn't turn up as simple as that. But, they are a different team at home. This tie is still in the balance. But, from here in Kochi its a very good night as the celebrations begin.
The Delhi players are chasing down the referee. Zambrotta and the coaching staff have had to pull them away. A lot of fuss over nothing.
90+6' The whistle has gone. Blasters with a narrow win and a slight edge heading into the second leg.
90+5' Now he goes in the box and when the referee doesn't award a penalty the Delhi players surround the referee. Gadze gets booked.
90+3' Marcelinho just runs into the Kerala defender and claims a foul. Bizarre .
90' Into four minutes of added time.
88' Too many of Delhi's attacking players have had a quiet night. Gadze, Marcelinho, Milan all off the pace.
86' Vineeth shoots at Diblas who holds on Chopra looking for the scraps.
85' Substitution Kerala Nazon off Chopra on.
82' Hughes plays Lewis on but then blocks his shot for a corner. The corner is easily cleared.
81' Double substitution Delhi
79' Blasters just struggling to keep the ball in the last five minutes.
76' Nazon played in by German but totally miss kick his shot and ends up on his backside.
75' Substitution Kerala. Belfort off German on.
74' Two successive corners for Delhi. Off the second one its ckeared but hooked back in and teeked up for Marcelinho but Hengbart clears off the line.
72' Substitution Delhi. Milan off.
69' Malouda drives one and the keeper gets behind it.
67' Delhi now have to chase this but will they?
65' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL Kervens Belfort scored for Kerala.All his own work driving run and shot that comes of Anas last but Belfort will claim it and deservedly so. The roof has just come off here.
64' Nazon with another dazzling run but has no support and his shot saved by Doblas.
61' Another corner and the referee blows for offside.
59' Blasters corne taken short and wasted.
58' Nazon catches Anas with a trailing leg. The defender needs treatment.
55' Anas booked for a foul. Mehtab takes it and the delivery just eludes Jhingan.
54' Another free-kicked lifted in by Jhingan. Wasteful and over everyone.
52' Blasters corner cleared. Mehtab with a cross just over Belfort and then Nazon can't his shot away. The ball falls to Hughes who blazes wide.
50' This time Rafi is down. But, play is back on.
49' The game still to come to life in the second half. Mahamat has gone down under the challenge of Gadze. The referee waves play on.
46' The second half is underway.
Lots of action but few chances. Lewis and Vineeth with a couple early and then Marcelinho with a near post shot before that moment of controversy right at the end of the half. Back in a while.
45+2' The whistle goes for the break and yellow shirts surround the officials about that disallowed goal.
45+1' Into a minute of added time.
45' Controversy. Belfort puts the ball in the back of the net but the linesman flags for a handball and chalks it off. Blasters are incensed.
43' The corner played in and Nazon with a free header goes wide.
41' Into the final five of the first half. Few chances.
39' Jhingan with a driving run down the right but Chakraborty equal to it.
36' Marcelinho drives one near post. Nandy has to concede a corner. Rocha takes and it gets cleared.
35' Malouda jumps on the back of the Blasters No.14. Free-kick lifted in. Malouda with an important header clear.
34' Sachin Tendulkar in the stands brings a cheer from the crowd.
31' Kadio comes on. Interesting. He has temper and was already booked. Tactical one.
30' Understand that Josu is going to come off for Kerala.
28' This time a Blasters corner goes near post and is cleared.
27' Malouda with another free-kick. Headed behind by Rafi. The corner gets cleared.
25' Josu is a lucky boy. He appears to have fouled Marcelinho inside the area. But, the referee says it started outside and awards a free-kick. Malouda takes ut and it gets cleared.
23' Now Josu gets a yellow for an inadvertent elbow in the face of Marcelinho.
21' Mehtab has just stepped right across Malouda. He's already been booked and needs to be careful.
19' Nazon tries to work a shot in the box and a melee ensues but Doblas holds on.
18' Blasters corner easily cleared.
16' Hengbart takes it and it comes straight of the wall.
15' Gadze fouls Hughes. Free-kick Blasters.
13' Lively game but no more chances yet. Nazon just flagged offside.
9' Both teams very direct. Wasting little time in getting the ball from back to front.
6' As Delhi attack the referee plays a good advantage but then pulls play back and books Mehtab for a bad challenge on Malouda.
4' Mehtab and Doblas go for the same ball. The former comes off worse but the referee gives a corner which is cleared.
3' Straight up the other end Blasters with a quick counter and Vineeth really should have scored. What a chance.
2' Malouda with good ball forward to Gadze. Mehtab's error sees the ball break to Lewis whose shot is blocked for a corner.
1' Here we go. Kickoff in Kochi.
6:56 pm The anthem is done and this place is rocking already.
6:48 pm Team sheets are out:
6:40 pm On the other hand, the Lions had qualified with two matches to spare. However, they lost and drew against NorthEast and Mumbai City FC respectively in the last two matches.
6:33 pm Though Kerala finished above Delhi in the league but the South Indian club had to wait till their last match where they defeated NorthEast United FC to qualify for the playoffs.
6:23 pm Hello and welcome everyone to this hugely exciting first leg of the Hero Indian Super League 2016 semi finals between Kerala Blasters and Delhi Dynamos.
Pictures Via ISL Media
Published: Sun Dec 11, 2016 09:07 PM IST