FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters end in a draw 1-1
The match between FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters end in a draw as both scored one goal each.
The Kochi-based franchise kicked off their goal tally as Cedric Hengbart scored in the very third minute, which was the fastest in this chapter of the Indian Super League (ISL) timed at 2 minutes 12 seconds.
A Mehtab corner found Azrack Mahamat on the edge of the box whose shot towards goal was blocked by a stream of bodies with Ravanan getting the last touch. The ball fell kindly to Hengbart who smashed itfrom close range.
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The Punekars first chance came in the 15th minute when Tato volleyed the ball wide from the edge of the penalty box.
Three minutes later, the home side failed to convert the corner into a goal as Traore leaped high to head the ball, missing the target.
The best chance for the home team came in the 23rd minute when Traore found himself in acres of space in Kerala’s box. However, he dragged the shot wide off the target. The duo of Aaron Hughes and Cedric Hengbart remained rock solid hereby suppressing Pune’s efforts. Only the consistent attempts of Pune’s Tato created worries for the visitors.
The Blasters could have doubled their lead in the 37th minute when Rafique and Chopra linked up to tee it up for Mehtab whose attempt went wide off the target.
The home team could have earned a penalty in the dying seconds of the first half when Sissoko was allegedly fouled inside the box by Hengbart.
The second half saw Mohammed Rafi’s shot from the edge of the box being blocked by Pune’s defense in the 53rdminute.
Josu’s back pass was almost capitalized by Traore three minutes later. However, Nandy come off his line and got a vital touch to see his effort hit Traore and go out of play.
Pune did manage to find the back of the net through Traore but the linesman raised his flag for offside.
In the 67th minute, Bruno Arias floated a cross from the left flank but Lucca failed to keep his header on target.
However, the equaliser came in the very next minute. Luccas cross came out to Sissoko on the edge of the box. His shot took a deflection off Hughes and took it away from Nandy to sneak it into the far corner.
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