Recording their first win of the season, Kerala Blasters FC dismissed Odisha FC 2-1 at the Tilak Maidan. Following a goalless first period, Blasters forward Alvaro Vazquez bagged the opener at the 62 minute mark. Prasanth Karuthadathkuni came off the bench to make it 2-0 around 23 minutes later.
Odisha did snatch one deep into stoppage time, through Nikhil Raj, but at that point it was purely consolation.
With coach Ivan Vukomanovic at the helm, Kerala Blasters put on a very convincing display. They impressed with their passing, coordination and defense, completely stifling Odisha’s attack.
At the other end, Odisha FC fell short in front of the Kerala Blasters, considering their strong start to the season. Defensively they were all over the place and their forward line look blunt on the day.
Kerala Blasters FC: Player Ratings
Coach: Ivan Vukomanović
Goalkeeper: A. Gomes (7.5/10)
Defenders: H. Khabra (6.5/10), M. Leskovic (7.5/10), E. Sipovic (7/10), J. Carneiro (7/10)
Midfielders: V. Barretto (6.5/10), J. Singh (7/10), L. Khawlring (7/10), S. A. Samad (7.5/10)
Forwards: A. Luna (8.5/10), A. Vazquez (8/10)
Substitutes: N. Kumar (6.5/10), P. Gill (6/10), P. Karuthadathkuni (7/10)
Odisha FC: Player Ratings
Coach: Kiko Ramirez
Goalkeeper: K. Singh (6/10)
Defenders: Lalruatthara (5/10), V. Mongil (6/10), H. Rodas (5.5/10), H. Antonay (6/10)
Midfielders: V. Rai (7.5/10), T. S. Moirangthem (6/10)
Forwards: I. Vanlalruatfela (6.5/10), A. Cabrera (6.5/10), J. Mawihmingthanga (6/10), J. Hernandez (6.5/10)
Substitutes: I. Vanmalsawma (6/10), L. Krasniqi (6/10), G. Bora (6.5/10), D. Lalhlimpuia (6.5/10)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Adrian Luna can probably be termed as Kerala Blasters’ finest acquisition in a while. The Uruguayan was the man pulling the strings for the Blasters, controlling the midfield and working like an engine.
Also leading the Blasters’ attack, Luna provided both assists for his side’s goals. A well-deserved Hero of the Match performance from him.
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