Indian Super Cup 2018: Kerala Blasters FC 2-3 NEROCA FC - 5 Talking Points
The last pre-quarterfinal match took place between ISL franchise Kerala Blasters FC and promising I-League side NEROCA FC at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.
Kerala Blasters FC, who had gone all the way to the final last season in the Indian Super League had a disappointing time this around and only managed a sixth position finish. On the other hand, NEROCA FC, who were promoted to the top division this season, made an impressive debut finishing on the second spot.
Kerala Blasters FC scored early in the match when Pulga slotted in a penalty to give them the lead and Prasanth K added another goal early on in the second half.
NEROCA FC, however, did not give up and got three goals back sparking a stunning comeback. Jean Michael Joachim, Aryn Williams and Felix Chidi scored within twelve minutes to help the I-League side win 3-2 on the night and book their spot in the quarterfinals.
#1 Pulga gives Kerala an early lead
NEROCA FC began the game on a positive note looking good on the ball and taking the game to Kerala Blasters from the get-go.
Kerala had a couple of chances with Milan Singh and CK Vineeth coming close to scoring. However, the deadlock was broken after a defensive howler from veteran Indian defender Gourmangi Singh, who handled the ball inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
Victor Forcada, popularly known as 'Pulga' stepped up to take the spot-kick and did no mistake and opened the scoring for the South Indian side. The goal was followed by a celebration inspired by WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan - the 'YES' Chant.