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60,000 Malayalees go home disappointed but having seen the best 1-0 game they probably ever will. It was end-to-end, fast, with some decent touches from both sets of players. Kolkata's wing play - especially Doutie on the right - was exceptional, and they held their own in the middle of the park. They look like pretty strong contenders for the title here!
Arguably the most ridiculous stat of the match was that Kerala had 0 shots on target, and they were behind Kolkata in all the stats comparisons - most importantly, of course, in the one that mattered most. This describes Kerala's match in a microcosm - they seemingly bossed the game but were behind at the end of it all.
The Kaloorstadion crowd was simply exceptional, and it really felt like they could have pushed Kerala over the line. The home crowd deserves better results - and Coppell's men will be acutely aware of that!
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Phew! I need to get my breath back here.
AND it is too deep!!
90' + 5' UFFF!!!! ANOTHER CORNER!!! BELFORT's header is tipped away for another corner...
90' + 4' Josu lifts a superb ball into the box. JHINGAN GETS ON THE END OF IT... DEBJIT DOES WELL TO CUT IT OUT!
90' + 3' Hume does excellently to win a throw off Jhingan. Extremely poor throw from Das as he comes in with a foul throw - how a professional footballer can do that, I'll never know
90' + 2' Kerala are throwing everything at the Kolkata box now - the kitchen sink, the kitchen and the whole damn house. WHAT A CONCLUSION TO THE MATCH!
90' + 1' YELLOW FOR BELFORT for diving. That is horrendous refereeing from the ref. Ralte definitely rammed into Belfort and that looked like a CLEAR penalty!! This will not help Coppell's mood, nor the crowd's
5 minutes added on
90'... CHANCE FOR KERALA!!! JUUUUST WIDE BY HENGBART!!! that was a golden chance!!
89' A superb ball in from Josu is nodded behind by Das. Inanity ensues during te taking of the corner as Mehtab and Josu both walk away before the corner is finally taken...
88' Despite the Kerala lads attacking constantly, its amazing that they've not worked the Kolkata goalkeeper enough
86' Chopra with a delicious little scoop that would have reached Belfort if it were not for the heroics of Tiri. The central defender's acrobatic clearance makes sure Belfort doesn't have a free shot at the Kolkata goal
85' YELLOW for Ralte as he clatters into German. From the ensuing freekick Hengbart hurtles into Debjit and the Kolkata goalie goes down in a heap. The ref had already whistled for offside, so no controversy there
82' SUBSTITUTION - Raja OFF, Bikramjit ON,
A bit of unnecessary drama there - Jewel Raja is on the floor holding his leg -looked like a sudden bout of cramps (understandable given the heat). Chopra takes exception to the Kolkata midfielder's pain and tries to single handedly drag him away. Jhingan has to push him to restore some semblance of sanity to proceedings
80' A very nice fake from Mehtab Hossain takes out one defender but his shot is blocked. Belfort picks up the ball and with a moment of pure magic takes the ball away from two onrushing Kolkata defenders. He gives it to German, whose 'go' is blocked really well. It's back to the wall defending from the Bengalis
79' The crowd have gone a little silent now - Coppell's men need to score to lift them
77' SUBSTITUTION - the EXCELLENT Doutie OFF, Ralte ON. Doutie was exceptional today and looks exhausted, rightly receives a congratulatory pat from his manager
76' Chopra is moving about with the agility of a beached whale. Mondal nips in before the Kerala striker and clears Rafique's clever ball in
75' YELLOW for Rafique. It was a fairly innocuous looking challenge at first look, but the Assamese ref doesn't believe so. His is obviously the opinion that matters here
74' Salim Doutie does supremely well to keep a long put in. He races down the right and puts the ball in for Raja Shaikh. The midfielder's first time shot is scandalously poor
73' Belfort receives the ball, and does what he does best - turns immediately and runs straight at goal - he slips in German, but the striker's ball into the box is rubbish.
72' SUBSTITUTION - Nazon OFF, Chopra ON. I cannot overstate how ridiculous that Messi-blonde hair looks on the former Newcastle striker.
71' A poor choice from Belfort, as he misses the overlapping Josu and Borja clears - unceremoniously whacking the ball away
70' That's a tired foul from Kerala and Javi Lara plays a cute pass to set Das free but Chaudhari does brilliantly to clear the ball, and Kerala attack...
69' Kerala are amping it up now. German rampages down the left, and puts the ball in early - Mondal does well to clear it
68' Belfort is in the thick of the action right away, but he runs juuust offside
67' SUBSTITUTION - Farukh Chaudary OFF, Kervens Belfort ON. This is a POWER PACKED frontline now for Kerala
65' German is a bit selfish here, and attempts to shoot from way out. It hits Tiri and is cleared from any discernible danger
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