ISL 2016: Atletico de Kolkata 1 - 1 Kerala Blasters - Player ratings
Atletico de Kolkata qualified for the semi-finals of the 2016 Indian Super League after drawing 1-1 against Kerala Blasters at home on Tuesday. A goal from former Blasters player Stephen Pearson cancelled out C.K Vineeth's goal and helped the team qualify to the play-offs.
Kerala Blasters, on the other hand, will need to win their next match against NorthEast United or will have to hope that the Nelo Vengada-managed club lose against Delhi Dynamos on Wednesday.
Here are the player ratings of the game, which saw the season one champions make it to the semi-finals.
Atletico de Kolkata
Debjit Majumder - 4/10
The Indian goalkeeper's error resulted in Kerala's opener and another mistake almost resulted in a second. The 28-year old could have cost his team the game and was fortunate to concede only one goal on the night. Debjit was not troubled much in the game other than that.
Pritam Kotal - 6.5/10
The full-back made a good clearance in the first half, which saved his team from trouble or maybe a goal. The 23-year old was fortunate to get booked for a foul on Kervens Belfort in the 32nd minute of the game. The Indian defender contributed offensively with a couple of crosses. Kotal's block of a Mohammed Rafi shot was another good contribution from the player.
Arnab Mondal - 5/10
The centre-back made some routine clearances and interceptions against the Steve Coppell-managed side. The Indian could have done better to not give C.K Vineeth a free header at goal though.
Tiri - 6/10
The Spaniard was solid at the back for the season one champions. He made sure that none of the opposition players went past him easily and gave C.K Vineeth a tough time. The 25-year old made some good clearances too.
Robert Lalthlamuana - 5/10
The 28-year old player was very quiet when he was on the pitch and was replaced at the beginning of the second half by Keegan Pereira due to an injury.
Borja Fernandez - 5/10
Borja provided Kolkata good defensive cover and also kept the ball rolling with his short neat passes. Other than that he didn't contribute much.
Stephen Pearson - 8/10
Pearson did very well to get onto Helder Postiga's pass and equalise for his side. That goal saw the Kolkata qualify to the play-offs.
Abhinas Ruidas - 7/10
The Indian attacker had a pretty good game. He was effective on the left wing and made some good crosses into the box. Ruidas also got into scoring positions too. Overall it was a good performance from the player.
Javi Lara - 6/10
The 30-year old was a threatening figure on the right wing for Kolkata. Kerala left-back Josu Currais had a tough time defending against his fellow countryman. However, Lara couldn't make any significant contributions.
Iain Hume - 7/10
The former Kerala Blasters player troubled his old team with his athleticism. Hume also played a crucial role in Pearson's goal with a pass to Helder Postiga, who in turn passed it to the English midfielder.
Helder Postiga - 6.5/10
Postiga was involved in the build-up of Kolkata's goal before giving a sweet pass to Pearson to score. The Portuguese linked up with his fellow attackers well and caused trouble to the Kerala defence. The 34-year old couldn't take advantage of the chance he got.
Keegan Pereira - 5/10
The left-back came on for Lalthlamuana in the beginning of the second half and was quite decent at the back. However, he picked up a yellow card for a foul on C.K Vineeth.
Juan Belencoso - 5/10
The striker came on for Iain Hume for the last ten minutes and there wasn't enough time for make an impact.
Sameehg Doutie - N/A
The South African replaced Javi Lara in the 90 minute and didn't have time to contribute.