It was a game of few chances. But, plenty of incident. NEUFC begin their season with a win. But, there’s plenty of room for improvement. A day to forget for Blasters who left their shooting boots in the hotel.
The action keeps coming thick and fast as Atletoco de Kolkata take on Chennaiyin FC tomorrow. Join us same time, same place, for that one. Goodbye and goodnight.
90+3′ The party is on in Guwahati as the referee blows for time. The crowd goes wild.
90+2′ Foul by Chopra on Alfaro and NEUFC in no hurry to take this free-kick.
90+1′ We go into three added minutes. We’ve had a lot of substitutions and stoppages. That seems a bit low.
90′ In the final minute now. KBFC players look out on their feet.
88′ Yusa has been NEUFC’s best player by far. Well deserved goal too.
87′ The ball nearly breaks to Chopra in the box but as he tries to shoot a block comes in.
86′ Today’s attendance is 27629.
85′ Narzary Off Nirmal On.
84′ Fatigue starting to come in for both sides.
82′ Michael Chopra picks out Rafique whose header has Subrata Paul stretching. But, it goes over.
81′ Yusa playing on the left now to counter Jhingan’s attacking threat from the Blasters’ right.
80′ The game is getting scrappy again with too many stoppages. Not what Blasters need.
78′ Marquee Zokora comes on for Romaric who has put in a good shift in midfield.
77′ Narzary with a ball in from the right. Cleared by Hengbart.
75′ Two Substitution from KBFC . Vinit Rai , German are replaced by Gurwinder Singh and Nazon .
74′ Snapshot by Antono German but it sails over the bar.
73′ NEUFC with a ball forward from midfield and Emiliano’s effort is well saved by Stack.
72′ Stack brilliant Save keep Blaster in the game.
71′ Katsumi Yusa tries to cut in from the left but the move is cut out by two yellow shirts.
70′ Blasters still struggling to penetrate the NEUFC back four.
68′ NEUFC sitting deep now looking to keep their lead.
66′ Attacking Substitution from KBFC .Indian Origin Michael Chopra comes in for Kadio.
65′ Most of Blasters’ best work has come down the right from Jhingan.
63′ Tactical Switch from NEUFC as Velez comes off and replaced by holding midfielder Cirino .
62′ Paul comes out for a simple gather and fumbles. It breaks kindly for Blasters and they can; take the gift. Lucky escape for NEUFC.
61′ Jhingan with a cross and it deflects off Paul onto the post and out for a corner.
59′ Approaching the hour mark as Kervens Belfort goes in the book.
57′ Blasters need to come out of their shell and create some chances.
54′ GOOALLLLLL!!!! KATSUMI YUSA SCORED FOR NEUFC.Velez takes the ball down the left and finds Yusa on the far post with a superb cross. Yusa makes no mistake to slot in.
52′ Its all Kerala Blaster in second half till now .
51′ Kervens Belfort with a shot from distance, that goes over the bar.
50′Shot comes in from the Blasters. As Paul dives to save it goes wide.
48′ Both sides with more attacking intent in the second half
47′ Sandesh Jhingan with a cross from the right but the header from the striker goes wide
46′ And we are back! The players emerge after the break for second half
First Half Summary: A half that took some time to ignite. Only two major opportunities and both saves coming from the hosts. Subrata Paul has been a spectator in the hosts goal. They have dominated possession, but need to do more. Blasters haven’t arrived in the game as an attacking force.
45+2′ The half is almost done. There goes the whistle.
45+1′ A good cross by Katsumi Yusa from the right but none gets on the end of it.
45′ 2 Minutes of added time .
43′ The players already huffing and puffing. as the half draws to a close.
42′ BIG SAVE BY STACK . At the other end a header by Velez punched away by Stack.
41′ Four minutes before the break. Will we get a goal?
39′ 6 Minutes away from half time , till now no goal here .
37′ Kerala are yet to test Paul in the NEUFC goal.
35′ German steals the ball from Romaric and shoots from distance.It goes wide.
34′ Teasing free-kick from the left and a knockdown falls to Jhingan who can’t connect with his effort.
33′ A long ball finds Rafique in the box his header is way off the mark though.
31′ The game has calmed down again it needs a goal.
30′ Blasters struggling to create chances against the hosts high press.
29′ NEUFC move down the left. The ball gets crossed in low but no one is on the end of it.
27′ Kerala seem a bit flustered by the waves of NEUFC attacks.
25′ Katsumi Yusa takes it and wastes it. The keeper isn’t tested.
24′ Foul on the edge of the box by Jhingan. Free kick for NEUFC
23′ Graham Stack almost let’s NEUFC in with a horrible short psss but redeems himself with a save.
22′ The set-piece is flighted in but nothing comes off it
21′ Katsumi Yusa with a good run and gets brought down. Free-kick.
20′ Last Season hero Velez is not playing as in and out striker for NEUFC .
19′ John Abraham looks less than excited in the hospitality boxes.
17′ NEUFC with a promising attack down the right but the move peters out
15′ Both sides still getting a feel for the game. Not much of note.
14′ Katsumi Yusa’s long ball from the left easily gathered by Paul in the NEUFC goal.
12′ Kerala setting up as a 4-5-1 asking NEUFC to make the play. Along expected lines.
11′ Jhingan with the interception to deny the forward.
10′ Scrappy affair with a lot of fouls so far. The game needs a flow.
8′ The game still awaits its first big chance for either team.
6′ NEUFC have tried a couple of long balls now. It seems a concerted tactic to pick out the fronttmen with diagonals bypassing midfield.
4′ Blasters have settled better.The hosts still to get into it.
2′ Holicharan Narzary with the first ffrom distance but it goes well over.
1′ Kick off in Guwahati where NorthEast United are playing against Kerala Blaster in first match of the third season .
6:55 pm With the national anthem’s done we are almost ready.
6:54 pm Out come the teams to be greeted by the dignitaries.
6:52 pm The teams are in the tunnel
6:48 pm John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhonii on stage.
6:47 pm Fireworks go off as Nita Ambani says ‘Let’s Football and the music blares.
6:46 pm Mumbai City FC wins Grassroots Development Award.
6:44 pm Electric atmosphere at the IGA as we near kick-off. Stay tuned.
6:42 pm John Abraham himself announces his team at stadium. The crowd cheers every name…North East..North East..North East
6:38 pm The season opener pits two teams from who had contrasting season’s last year. NEUFC have been growing steadily missing out on the top four by a whisker last time out. On the other hand Blasters finished bottom of the table after making the Final in 2014.
6:31 pm Here’s the visitors team…
Kerala Blaster FC- Graham stack ,Hengbart ,Aaron Hughes (c) ,Vinit Rai ,Belfort ,Antonio ,Ishfaq Ahmed ,Mehtab hussain, Rafique, Sandesh , Kadio
6:26 pm The teams are in. Marquee signing Didier Zokora misses out for the hosts
North East United FC (4-4-2) – Subrata Pal; Robin Gurung, Mailson Alves, Gustavo Lazzaretti (c), Reagan Singh; Romaric, Rowllin Borges; Halli Charan Narzary, Katsumi Yusa; Nicolas Velez; Emiliano Alfaro
6:14 pm The teams have just begun their pre-match routines. The players emerge to a, rousing reception
6:09 pm We were promised that the opening ceremony would sample the culture of each of the seven ststes in the region and it’s certainly bring delivered
6:04 pm The opening broadcast has just gone on air. ISL is shown live on Star Sports 1 , 2 , HD 1 and HD 2.
5:56 pm The atmosphere is building up with the opening ceremony just minutes away.
5:47 pm Indian ODI team Skipper is also in attendance for today’s opening ceremony.
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 1, 2016
5:32 pm Himangshu Rajkhowa is our man at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium taking in all the festivities before the big kick-off.
5:27 pm I am very excited to be here, i am here to support football, not any team: Neeta Ambani
Kick off time is 7 pm IST .