Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of this evening’s NorthEast United FC vs Kerala Blasters FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa. This is Aneesh Dey bringing you live updates from the match.
33′ Luna goes for goal directly with a shot but it was weak and Subhasish gathers it easily.
32′ Suhair brings down Barretto in a dangerous area. KBFC with a good chance to try and punish North East from this freekick.
Match halts for a drinks break!!
30′ Luna curls a nice ball in towards Diaz, who managed to get between Lakra and Flottmann. The forward got his head to it but the connection was weak as the ball goes out of play.
29′ Some good pressing by NEUFC as it is not allowing its opponents much time on the ball in the middle of the park.
26′ CLOSE- Santana did well to lift the ball over the wall but it did not dip as much as he would have wanted to. The ball sails above goal. That was not too far away.
25′ BOOKING- Enes Sipovic of KBFC gets booked for catching Brown from behind. NEUFC freekick in a dangerous position, just outside the box.
24′ Khabra lofts a great ball in an attempt to find Barretto. However, Subhasish gets to the ball first. Hernan Santana also did well to shield the ball from Barretto.
21′ BOOKING- NEUFC’s Gurjinder Kumar becomes the first player to get booked in the match.
21′ A great ball played through to Diaz, who tried to square it to Sahal. But the cross is intercepted.
19‘ A period of pressure by NEUFC around KBFC’s penalty-area, with Ralte and Suhair active in the flanks. The balls are coming in but Kerala dealing with them comfortably at the moment.
17′ Sahal with a bursting run down the left flank with Barretto with a supporting run. A whipped ball down the six-yard line would have been ideal but Sahal cuts back and it was too late by that time. Sahal’s eventual cross clared.
15′ Luna’s delivery inside the box from a KBFC freekick quite disappointing given his standards- it was flat and NEUFC clears the ball without much fuss.
13′ Suhair has been NEUFC’s most active player down the left flank. He has put in some decent balls inside the box but ntothing to trouble the Kerala defence.
11′ Camara at the end of a coming together with Barretto, which throws the former on the ground. Barretto seems to have caught Camara’s face. But it’s nothing serious and Camara is already back up.
8′ Nice bit of link-up play by KBFC players as they try to make something in the final third but NEUFC’s backline ultimately catches them out.
6′ NEUFC trying to use the flanks to penetrate the Kerala defence but the Tuskers maitaining their defensive shape.
4′ First foul of the match as Camara brings down Luna. We are all well-versed with the tackling ability of Camara but that one wasn’t well-timed.
3′ Both teams still finding their feet in the game. It hasn’t really taken off till now.
1′ KICK-OFF!! (Jessel Carneiro wins the toss and picks the side. KBFC will operate from left to right in the first half. NEUFC will be starting the game).
7:32 PM- AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!!
7:15 PM- Last-minute drills before kickoff!!
7:00 PM- STAT: Will the jinx break?
Kerala Blasters FC has played a total of 11 matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium but won only one match. Last season, it played here four times, losing thrice and sharing points in the remaining fixture.
6:47 PM- Listen in to our season preview on a new episode of The Full Time Show:
6:35 PM- OFFICIAL LINEUPS ARE OUT!!
NorthEast United FC Playing XI (4-3-3): Subhasish Roy (GK), Patrick Flottmann, Provat Lakra, Gurjinder Kumar, Khassa Camara, Hernan Santana (C), Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Laldanmawia Ralte, Deshorn Brown, Lalkhawpuimawia and Pragyan Gogoi.
Subs: Michu (GK); Singh, Irshad, Shereef; Gallego, Medhi; Roccharzela, Coureur, Manvir
Coach: Khalid Jamil
Kerala Blasters FC Playing XI (4-4-2): Albino Gomes (GK), Enes Sipovic, Ayush Adhikari, Harmanjot Khabra, Jessel Carneiro (C), Sahal Samad, Adrian Luna, Jeakson Singh, Jorge Diaz, Vincy Barretto and Marko Leskovic.
Subs: Gill (GK); Sandeep, Nishu, Meitei, Bijoy; Khawlhring, Prasanth; Chencho, Vazquez
Coach: Ivan Vukomanovic
6:15 PM- From VP Suhair’s composed finish to Apuia’s golazoo, here is what happened when both teams met the last time.
6:00 PM- Here is how we think the two teams will lineup today!!
Northeast United FC Predicted XI: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (GK) (C), Tondonba Singh, Provat Lakra, Jestin George, Mashoor Shereef, Federico Gallego, Khassa Camara, V.P. Suhair, Laldanmawia Ralte, Mathias Coureur, Deshorn Brown
Kerala Blasters FC Predicted XI: Albino Gomes, Sandeep Singh, Marko Leskovic, Jessel Carneiro (C), Jeakson Singh, Harmanjot Khabra, Adrian Luna, Sahal Abdul Samad, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez
5:45 PM- Missed the previous match? We’ve got you covered with our ISL match reviews. Here’s a recap of the OFC vs BFC fixture.
MATCH PREVIEW ISL 2021-22: Game against NorthEast United will be tougher than the opener, says KBFC coach Vukomanovic
Despite the 2-4 loss against ATK Mohun Bagan in the opener, Kerala Blasters’ head coach Ivan Vukomanovic is not an anxious man. Kerala Blasters takes on NorthEast United in the Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) at Fatorda on Thursday and the Serbian sees it as a new opportunity.
“In football, the nice thing is that we have the next opportunity to play a new game,” said Vukomanovic on Wednesday.
Khalid Jamil’s NorthEast, a semifinalist last season, also opened with a 2-4 defeat against Bengaluru FC but Vukomanovic feels the match will be a lot tougher than the opener.
“I think tomorrow’s game will be harder. Every game is different, every game is hard. It depends on how you start, how you approach, we like to be more focused on ourselves, to control the game and try to make the game easier for ourselves,” said the Serbian. “And we want to play attacking football.”
Kerala Blasters will be without K. P. Rahul, the winger who provided a nice assist to Samad Abdul Sahal for the team’s opening goal, who suffered an injury in the opener.
Meanwhile Alison Kharsyntiew, the NorthEast assistant coach, said he looked at Kerala Blasters with a lot of respect.
“They are a very good side, with a good coach and good players. We have to prepare very well, go with a strong mentality and do our best in every department to get the three points. But it will be a tough match,” he said.
Where can you watch the match?
|The match will be telecasted live on the Star Network (SD and HD): Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, Hindi Commentary on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 regional channels – Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu. It will also be livestreamed in the OTT Platform, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV|
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