Kerala Blasters picked up the first win of the ISL season against Mumbai City FC, who had so far were among the two teams to have not lost a game this season. The Yellow Brigade, playing in front of their home fans started the game really well, pinning the Mumbai midfield at the edge of their own box.
The Blasters though weren’t able to make the breakthrough despite waves and waves of pressure, on account of some poor finishing. The breakthrough finally came in the 58th minute via Michael Chopra who kept his composure to slot home after a fortuitous deflection. The Blasters held on despite some late pressure from the Mumbai outfit, who just didn’t seem to have enough on the day.
Here are main talking points from the game
#1 Fast start by Kerala Blasters (finally)
Kerala fans ahead of the game would have been hoping and praying that their team fed off the energy from the stands and started the game better. Against NorthEast United and Atletico de Kolkata they started the game poorly and needed the second half to get a foothold in the game.
Today though, they started the game like they meant it. Fast, incisive and industrious, they attacked the Mumbai City FC backline in waves. Each and every player was involved, and the full-backs were playing as wingers, Mehtab Hossain was calling the shots and Belfort was attacking players.
They might not have got the goal to show for their performance in the first half, but on another day, Rafi might have just buried one of those headers he always looks likely to head over.