Kochi, Oct 6: Disappointing the capacity of yellow waves, hosts Kerala Blasters shared points with guests Mumbai city FC, scoring one each, in the 5th edition of the Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium here on Friday night.
While Kerala’s Halicharan Narzary drew the first blood in the 24th minute, P Bhumji brought the parity in the injury time, just a second left for the final whistle, disappointing the capacity crowd. Interestingly, Kochi saw two Assam-born players scored both the goals for their respective team.
Though the Kerala squad dominated throughout the 90 minutes duration, the days credit snatched by Bhumji, bringing the equaliser in the dying minutes, exactly fraction of second before the final whistle after the injury time.
Kerala entered the fray, resting their star striker C K Vineeth, and played 4-2-3-1 formation against Mumbi’s same formation in the ground. Right from the word go, Blasters, blasted their rivals, and even in the third minute they found a chance to open the all-important goal. Rakip splits the defence open with his curling-through ball for Narzary on the other flank. A square ball for Doungel and he hits it first time but could not past Amrinder, who saved it with this leg, denying the valuable goal.
But the relentless work and strategies finally found result, as the home team blasted the first goal in the 24th minute through Halicharan Narzary, assisted by S Doungel. The one goal lead boosted the confidence of the Kerala boys, and the threaded out attack and created many changes. But none of them could be utilised properly and even wasted open chance in the 32 minutes, the culprit was none other than Stojanovic.
The KBFC continued their form, from where they stopped in the first half for lemon break, and found raiding the rival citadel, giving hard time for the rival defenders. In the second half also they wasted a couple of chances. Nazary on the right, crossed in from the box itself. A defensive miscommunication saw the ball landed right in the middle of two city players and Stojonoic swivels to take the shot, but off the target. It was in the 66th minutes.
As the match moved to the final leg and in the match extended to four minutes injury time and all fans and people felt that blasters winded up the match taking another three points.
However, silencing the home crow, Assamese boy Pranjal Bhumji brought the much wanted equaliser to Mumbai through a daring over shot just few second before the final whistle in the injury time.
Following a corner kick, the ball went out and, Sanju wanted to play pass, but the teenager showed some gut as he floats the ball over the Keepers head from around 38 yard, brought the equaliser shocking the players and crowd. (1-1) (UNI)