ISL: Kerala Blasters beat Odisha FC for first win

Kerala Blasters
Kerala Blasters players celebrate their second goal. Photo: ISL

Vasco (Goa): Kerala Blasters registered their first win of the season as they beat Odisha FC 2-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here on Sunday.

Alvaro Vazquez (62nd) and substitute Prasanth K (85th) scored second-half goals to hand the Yellow Brigade their first victory.


For Odisha, Nikhil Raj pulled one back in stoppage time.

Adrian Luna was brilliant throughout the game and was instrumental in both the goals.

Courtesy the result, Blasters rise to sixth in the points table with five points from four games. Odisha, meanwhile, remain on third having six points from three outings. 

Alvaro Vazquez
Alvaro Vazquez slots in the opening goal. Photo: ISL

Blasters boss Ivan Vukomanovic went for a 4-4-2 formation while his Odisha counterpart Kiko Ramirez opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Blasters started on the front foot, Sahal Abdul Samad warming Odisha keeper Kamaljit Singh's gloves early on.

Minutes later, skipper Jessel Carneiro swung in a delightful ball into the box which was cleared for a corner.

Luna tried his luck from a free-kick in the seventh minute, forcing Kamaljit to dive to his left and deny the Uruguayan.

Odisha got their first real chance in the 12th minute when Aridai Cabrera bombed down the left flank and set Javi Hernandez up, but the Spaniard's effort fizzed over the bar.

Blasters continued to have the upper hand as Thoiba Singh was booked for a challenge on Luna. Against the run of play, Javi almost scored with a long-range effort after spotting Albino Gomes standing well outside his line.

Moments after the water break, Vincy Barreto was marginally offside after being through on goal.

For Odisha, who were kept under the cosh byBlasters, full- back Hendry Antonay attempted an audacious long-ranger which dipped at the top right corner but Albino was parried the ball over the bar.

The second half started with Blasters ruling the roost. Sahal looked in great touch from the off, dancing his way past defenders inside the box only to be thwarted, but the ball fell kindly for Luna whose effort went wide of the bar.

Luna was in the thick of things again just after the hour mark, and this time his through ball found Vazquez who timed his run to perfection. The Spaniard ran 30 yards, rounded the keeper and put the ball in the back of the net.

Three minutes after the goal, Kerala replaced Barretto with Nishu Kumar while Odisha threw in Gaurav Bora for Thoiba.

Vazquez could have doubled his and the team's tally in the 67th minute after being set up beautifully by Sahal, but his low effort was blocked by Kamaljit.

Daniel Lalhlimpuia replaced Jerry  Mawihmingthanga as Odisha looked for an equaliser.

Blasters suffered a setback when Albino went down after taking the goal kick and had to be taken off. Indian U-23 custodian Prabhsukhan Gill replaced him as Sahal also went off after a stellar show, with Prasanth replacing the national team midfielder.

Midfielder Prasanth's moment to saviour came five minutes to the final whistle when he dinked a perfectly weighed Luna ball past the keeper.

Nikhil Raj
Nikhil Raj pulled one back for Odisha FC. Photo: ISL


Raj scored a late goal for Odisha but it did not matter in the end.


Blasters meet SC East Bengal next Sunday.

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