ISL 2016: Kerala Blasters 3 -1 Chennaiyin FC - 5 talking points

CK Vineeth
CK Vineeth was the star of the show, scoring two goals (Image courtesy of ISL)
Modified 12 Nov 2016
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Kerala Blasters secured a crucial 3-1 victory over Chennaiyin FC in Saturday’s Indian Super League encounter. The visitors took an early lead through Bernard Mendy but Kerala mounted a wonderful comeback as C.K. Vineeth scored a brace post-Didier Kadio’s key equaliser.

The win takes them to second position in the points table.

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As the referee blew the final whistle, Kerala Blasters coach, Steve Coppell cut a calm and poised figure on the sidelines as the 60,000-strong crowd went bonkers. His side began the Indian Super League without a single win in the first three matches, but ever since, they’ve lost only once in seven outings.

Credit to the Kerala side as they’ve been persistent throughout the league and their determination was on full display against Chennaiyin. Kerala could have easily lost their way after the referee’s poor decision which denied them an equaliser. Instead, they used that as motivation and looked like a different side altogether from that moment.

Quick, penetrative and efficient, the Blasters displayed grit as Saturday’s win catapults them into second position in the points table.

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Published 12 Nov 2016
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