Cidoncha 1′ Fall 41′
Messi Bouli 58′ Lenny 90+2′
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That was an entertaining match for sure! Kerala Blasters scored the opener in the very first minute of the goal through a well-taken goal from Cidoncha. However, Fall brought the game back to square one after he found the back of the net with a header five minutes before half-time. Just seven minutes into the second half Fall was shown the red card for a foul on Ogbeche. Kerala soon got back in front, with Messi scoring the goal this time. As it looked it like the hosts would claim the three points, Lenny equalised at the death leading ten-men Goa to get a draw out of the game!
FULL-TIME! It’s all over here in Kochi!
90+7′ Lenny wins a free-kick in a good position. Nothing comes off it though.
90+4′ Close! Cido with a shot on the other side of the pitch. The Spaniard’s attempt is good but the shot just misses the target. Nawaz is down now.
90+2′ GOAAALLLL!!! Goa equalise!!! Lenny!!!! Manvir does well to get a shot on target, which Rehenesh saves. However, Lenny is there at the right place at the right time to put the ball in the back of a goalie-less goal.
90′ Additional time of five minutes is announced.
88′ OFF-SIDE!! Narzary finds Messi, who cooly slots it home. However, the striker is called off-side. A fan runs on to the pitch and hugs Messi following the disallowed goal!
84′ Bad news for Kerala and Drobarov as the defender is taken off in a stretcher. Hakku comes on now.
82′ Another concern for Blasters with Drobarov struggling. DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR GOA. Rebello comes on for Edu and Liston comes on for Jackichand.
80′ CLOSEEE! Seityasen pulls the back from the right side of the box and finds Ogbeche. The striker, however, fails to find the target.
75′ Brandon wins a free-kick for Goa on the left wing. Brandon plays a low cross into the box which is cleared for a corner by Ogbeche. Nothing comes off the corner.
74′ SUBSTITUTION KERALA BLASTERS. Narzary comes on for Sahal.
72′ Game resumes as Drobarov looks fine to continue.
70′ Concern for Kerala Blasters as Drobarov is on the floor. He appears to have pulled his muscle. Narzary is getting ready to come on for the hosts.
68′ SHOTTT!! Seityasen with a splendid strike from long range but Nawaz pulls off a top drawer save. Resulting Kerala corner is also claimed by the goalkeeper.
66′ Oooo!! Ogbeche gets the chance to score the third goal for Kerala as he finds himself free to find the back of the net with a header. However, the striker header is wide off target.
65′ SUBSTITUTION. Mohamed Ali comes on for Gama for Goa, while Seityasen replaces Prasanth.
58′ GOAAAALL!!! Messi Bouli scores for Blasters!! Prasanth plays a low cross from the left wing and Messi Bouli manages to get the slightest of contacts to find the back of the net. Kerala back in lead!
56′ Kerala win back-to-back corners now but nothing comes off both the set-pieces.
54′ Jessel takes the resulting free-kick but fails to hit the target.
52′ RED CARD FOR FALL!! The defender brings Ogbeche, who was through on goal, down and is given the marching orders by the referee! Goa are down to ten men now!
51′ Mandar and Gama combine for Goa in the left flank, with Gama having shot off target to end the attack.
50′ Kerala Blasters, who are having more of the ball so far, with another Raju long-throw routine. Nothing comes off it, however.
46′ And the second half is underway!
Kerala Blasters took an early in the very first minute of the game through a volleyed goal by Cidoncha. The hosts went on to hold the lead for 40 minutes but Goa centre-back Fall made sure that his side is back in the game with a headed goal five minutes before the half-time whistle. Ogbeche almost put his side back in lead with a long-range effort but Nawaz did to save it.
It’s half-time here at Kochi and the score reads 1-1 as we go into half-time.
45+1′ Close! Ogbeche has a thumping striker from long-range forcing Nawaz to make a good save.
45′ Brandon presses Rehenesh hard but ends up taking down the goalkeeper. The Indian midfielder is shown the yellow card as a result.
41′ GOOOOAALLLLL! Fall equalises for the visitors! Edu’s free-kick was well saved by Rehenesh in goal but Goa immediately sends in another cross which is met by Fall, who finds the back of the net! We are back to square one now!
40′ Drobarov concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position and is shown the yellow card.
38′ Ogbeche plays a good cross into the box in an attempt to find Messi, who fails to get a proper shot at goal.
37′ Ogbeche wins a free-kick this time and it’s in a better position. Cido’s cross is deep and ends up in a goal kick for Goa.
35′ Messi wins a free-kick for Kerala near the halfway line.
33′ Brandon plays a threatening cross into the box but is cleared away by Drobarov.
31′ The game has gone a bit quiet as FC Goa try to build-up play in an attempt to nullify Cido’s early goal.
26′ Kerala go for a long throw-in routine like they did for their opener but nothing comes off it. However, the ball ends up at Cido’s feet and see the midfielder take a shot which flies above the goal.
24′ Messi Bouli has a shot from the edge of the box but fails to even test Nawaz.
22′ Rakip plays a good cross into the box and finds Ogbeche, who fails to hit the target or find a teammate.
20′ Prasanth wins another corner for Blasters. Jessel combines with Cido for a short corner but the former is called offside.
16′ FC Goa have a corner. Brandon’s corner is short but receives the ball back immediately allowing him to play a cross into the box, which is claimed by Rehenesh.
13′ Prasanth wins a corner for the Blasters. Jessel’s first cross is disappointing but the left-back gets another opportunity and does well this time. However, his teammates in Yellow fail to get on the end of it.
12′ Messi has a low shot from outside the box but is cleared away by Fall.
10′ Kerala Blasters are pressing FC Goa with the same intensity as they did against Bengaluru FC last weekend.
8′ Concern for Kerala Blasters as Rakip is on the ground. The right-back is back on his feet soon and is ready to continue.
5′ Manvir is played through but is called offside!
2′ GOAAAALL!!! What a start for the hosts! It is Cido who fires the ball past Nawaz! Fall fails to convincingly clear the ball away following a Kerala throw in and ball the directly goes to Cido at the edge of the box. The Spaniard has a go at the goal on the volley and finds the back of the net!
1′ Kick Off!
7:25PM: Just five more minutes for Kick-Off! The players of both teams walk out to a huge roar from the crowd!
7:20PM: Looking at the potential impact of this game on the points table, FC Goa could go level with table-toppers ATK if they win today while Kerala Blasters could go sixth behind their opponents for the day if they manage to register a victory.
7:15PM: Vlatko Drobarov, who replaced injured Jairo Rodrigues, has been handed his first Kerala Blasters start by Eelco Schattorie and the Macedonian will be looking to impress in defence for the Yellow Army today.
7:10PM: In case you forgot, FC Goa are without some key player. Ahmed Jahouh, Seminlen Doungel and Hugo Boumous are suspended while Ferran Corominas is injured.
7:05PM: Having lost their previous games, both the sides will have their eyes set on getting back to winning ways and we are guaranteed an entertainer this evening!
7:00PM: On the other hand, FC Goa have made one change to their starting lineup from their previous game and that is a forced change. Saviour Gama comes in for Ahmed Jahouh was sent off against Jamshedpur.
6:55PM: Two major changes in the lineup for the hosts as new signing Vlatko Dobarov comes in for Abdul Hakku and Sahal Abdul Samad replaced Rahul KP. Interestingly, Rahul is not named among the substitutes as well! A last-minute injury?
Kerala Blasters: Rehenesh (GK), Rakip, Raju, Drobarov, Jessel, Jeakson, Cidoncha, Sahal, Messi Bouli, Ogbeche (C).
Substitutes: Bilal, Seityasen, Caldeira, Narzary, Hakku, Samuel, Lalruatthara.
FC Goa: Nawaz (GK), Fall, Pena, Gama, Mandar Rao (C), Seriton, Brandon, Jackichand, Edu, Lenny, Manvir.
Substitutes: Naveen, Konsham, Rebello, Kingslee, Liston, Ali, Ranawade.
Welcome to ISL 2019-20 Kerala Blasters Vs FC Goa live commentary of Khel Now, where we will bring you all the live action from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
Kerala Blasters Vs FC Goa Kick-Off: 7:30 PM IST
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Eelco Schattrie insists on the need of a win tonight
In their previous league game against Bengaluru FC last Saturday, Kerala Blasters fought hard to get a result at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, but slumped to a narrow 1-0 defeat after Sunil Chhetri scored the winner in the second half.
However, Eelco Schattorie was really pleased with the performance of his side. The former NorthEast United head coach now wants his team to keep working hard and aim for the win against FC Goa on Sunday.
“We are still in survival mode. I think in the last game against Bengaluru, we did very well. Everybody put up a good show. Considering our intensity and the will to win, we were a bit unlucky, but we keep going, we keep working hard. The atmosphere is good. Tomorrow we are going for the three points,” the Dutchman asserted.
Sergio Lobera talks about the atmosphere in Kochi
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi is popular for its atmosphere when Kerala Blasters are playing, thanks to their fanbase – Manjappada. While the stadium is considered intimidating by some, Sergio Lobera, who is delighted to come away to Kerala, feels there is no extra pressure on his team.
“It is amazing to play in Kerala. It is wonderful to play in this ground. I think all professionals work to play every match, at home or away, with this atmosphere, this stadium. For us, I think, it is important to feel the motivation to play in this circumstance,” Sergio Lobera quipped.
“I don’t think it is more pressure for us and is difficult for us. As a coach, I want to play every match with the full stadium sold out and in this atmosphere,” he concluded.