Kerala Blasters FC are finally in action in the 132nd IndianOil Durand Cup and will take on their local rivals, Gokulam Kerala FC, in a Group C match that will take place at Mohun Bagan Ground.
Starting line-up for Kerala Blasters vs Gokulam Kerala
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17’ Goal! KBFC 0-1 GKFC
Nili Pedromo takes the corner kick – a right footed curler, which is headed into the net by Bouba to put Gokulam Kerala ahead.
35’ Justine scores for KBFC! KBFC 1-1 GKFC
Adrian Luna takes the free-kick, which is first saved by Tmawia but Aimen heads it on the follow-up. It hits the woodwork and then Justine rushes into the melee in the penalty box to get the equaliser in this Kerala derby.
43’ Goal! KBFC 1-2 GKFC
Pedromo gets the ball in the KBFC box, passes to Alex Sanchez on his right. The GKFC captain crosses it to Sreekuttan, who had made a run into the box as the winger heads the ball into the net.
45+1’ Goal! KBFC 1-3 GKFC
Vikas threads a through ball to the midfield and Nili Pedromo passes it to Alex Sanchez, who beats his marker to score Gokulam Kerala’s third goal of the match.
47’ Goal! KBFC 1-4 GKFC; Abhijith scores the fourth
Alex Sanchez gets the ball to Abhijith in the centre and the No. 42 shoots a bullet of a shot from outside the box, rattling the net. And Kerala Blasters’ hopes for a win looks almost done and dusted.
54’ Goal! Prabir Das scores for Blasters, KBFC 2-4 GKFC
Aimen makes a great run into the box, turns with the ball stuck to his feet and crosses for Prabir Das, who slots it home to sore the second goal for Kerala Blasters.
77’ Luna scores! KBFC 3-4 GKFC
Kerala Blasters attacks on the counter yet again. This time Hormipam, Bidhayshagar and Luna combine with Bidhyashagar making amends of the previous miss with a set-up for Luna, who shoot right into the net.
Full Time! KBFC 3-4 GKFC
Gokulam Kerala secured its second win in a row in the Durand Cup with a 4-3 in over Kerala Blasters in the Kerala derby.