Kerala Blasters 1-0 Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC’s unbeaten run in the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) has come to an end with Kerala Blasters, riding on a Michael Chopra strike in the second half (58’), picking their first three points of the season.
Steve Coppell’s side have four points in their kitty now from as many matches while Mumbai have seven from four.
Searching for their first win of the ISL season, Kerala Blasters coach Steve Coppell opted to make three changes to his team that drew with Delhi. Kerala welcomed back their captain Aaron Hughes who partnered Cedric Hengbart with the Frenchman recovering from a groin injury. It meant Sandesh Jhingan was shunted out to the right back position.Interestingly, Coppell dropped German and Nazon and brought in Kervens Belfort and Rafi in attack.
Mumbai City coach Alexandre Guimaraes also made three changes, with David Lalrinmuana given a start in place of the suspended Pranoy Halder. Cardozo and Anwar Ali also came in to shore up the defense. Matias Defederico, their trump card in the absence of Forlan, kept his place.
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Kerala’s search for their first goal ended when Rafique’s cross from the right fell to Belfort. The Haitian’s shot was weak but fortunately fell to Chopra who was onside. The Englishman put the ball past Roberto from point blank range as the crowd went delirious.
Kerala have finally won it and have also scored their first goal of the season.