Kerala Blasters secure their first win of the tournament 

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Ajsal of Kerala Blasters FC(Yellow and Black) has a tussle with Gogoi of North East United FC(White) in the 23rd match of the Durand cup football 2022, group D, played at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on 27-08-2022. Photo: Shantanu Krishnan
Ajsal of Kerala Blasters FC(Yellow and Black) has a tussle with Gogoi of North East United FC(White) in the 23rd match of the Durand cup football 2022, group D, played at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on 27-08-2022. Photo: Shantanu Krishnan
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131st IndianOil Durand Cup Match Report

Kerala Blasters secure their first win of the tournament 

Kerala Blasters FC – 3 (Aimen 28′ 90′, Ajsal 55′)    North East United FC – 0

Guwahati, Saturday, August 27, 2022: Kerala Blasters secured their first win of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup, prevailing over NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) 3 – 0, in a Group D game played at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. This is the third consecutive loss for the Highlanders in the tournament and they are as good as out, with the Blasters still in with a slim chance, having picked up four points from their three games so far. Muhammed Aimen scored a brace for the winners while Muhammed Ajsal scored the third.

All 47 games of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup are being telecast LIVE on Sports18 1 SD & HD andSports18 Khel as well as livestreamed on the Over the Top (OTT) platform VOOT!

Kerala Blasters blast out of the blocks

 Kerala Blasters began by pressing high and showing far more energy in the field. They were stitching short passes in the midfield and keeping the NEUFC defence on their toes. Vibin Mohanan and Muhammed Azhar controlled the midfield for the Blasters as they started to create chances in the opponent’s half. 

 The first clear cut chance came for the Blasters from a free-kick by Roshan Gigi, who found centre-back Tejas Krishna free in the box. The defender headed the ball over the net. Blasters found rhythm in their counter attacks and one such attack led to the first goal. 

 Muhammed Ajsal carried the ball through the left and found Gaurav Kankonkar on the edge of the box. His shot was blocked by the defender but the rebound fell to Muhammed Aimen, who slotted home. 

 Brilliant Kerala in the second half

 The second half began with the Blasters in attack mode. Ajsal’s shot was saved by the NEUFC keeper. He and Gaurav Kankonkar were brilliant throughout the game, as they linked up well and created problems for the NEUFC defence. 

 The second goal came in the 55th minute through wonderful link-up play between Gaurav, Ajsal and Azhar. Azhar it was in the end who found Ajsal on the edge of the box and the latter hit the top corner with his weaker right foot to double the advantage for Kerala. 

 Kerala Blasters continued to attack and kept creating chances. Gaurav and Ajsal missed quite a few opportunities to increase the lead.

 The third goal came as late as the 90th minute, when the brothers Azhar and Aimen combined. Azhar’s defence splitting pass for Aimen saw the latter rounding the keeper to score his second of the game.

 Next matches of Kerala Blasters FC and North East United FC 

Kerala Blasters FC will face the Army Green Football Team next on August 31, 2022 and NorthEast United FC will meet Sudeva Delhi FC on September 02, 2022, at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

 Tomorrow’s Matches

 TRAU FC will face off against Army Red FT in the first match tomorrow at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal and the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Stadium in Kolkata will witness the big derby between ATK Mohun Bagan and Emami East Bengal, in the second match of the day.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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