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Atletico de Kolkata qualify for playoffs after 1-1 draw with Kerala

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Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) sealed their place in the semi-finals after a 1-1 draw with Kerala Blasters in an Indian Super League (ISL) football match in Kolkata at the Rabindra Sarovar stadium on Tuesday.

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ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar committed a rare blunder under the bar, leading to CK Vineeth’s goal in the eighth minute. But ATK responded in style 10 minutes later and equalized through Pearson.

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Third-placed ATK, who have now moved to 19 points from 13 matches, have a better head-to-head record against Kerala. They are the only side in the ISL to qualify for the semis in all three editions of the tournament.Kerala Blasters also have 19 points but have an inferior goal difference and are fourth in the standings.

Kerala will host NorthEast in their last group stage match, the outcome of which could potentially decide which team claims the last qualifying spot.