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Kerala Blasters Vs ATK: Match Review

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ATK and Kerala Blasters played out a dull goalless draw in the opening match of the fourth edition of the Indian Super League.

A rusty Kerala Blasters was lucky to earn a point from the contest as ATK was clearly the superior side. There was few thrills fromthe home side in the mundane contest for the fans and they gave vent to their feelings by booing Kerala Blasters in the second half.

In spite of featuring some big names including Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatisl and league’s top goal-scorer Iain Hume, the match continued to be a dull affair throughout 90 minutes. Playing for the first time on an Indian ground, Berbatov never really looked comfortable on the ball and was remained almost invisible on the field.

ATK enjoyed more possession and had more look at the rival goal. But the Kolkatans were unlucky too as an effort from Jose Branco in the 69th minute ricochetted off the far post with the Blasters goalkeeper Paul Rachubka out of position and beaten. The best chance for Kerala Blasters came in the opening minute of the extra time in the second half when Berbatov’s header off a corner was smartly saved by Debjit Majumder.

Pesic was honoured with the Hero of the match award for his efforts.

Speaking after the match, the defender said, “The most important thing for us is that we kept the clean sheet, that we didn’t concede the goal. I hope we’ll be better in the next games.” He added that he was amazed to see the huge crowd in the stadium. “The fans are incredible. I didn’t expect such a huge crowd and noise. This is magnificent, unbelievable really.”

Kerala will now take on Mumbai City FC on December 3 at home, while ATK will take on Pune City FC at home next Sunday.