Blasters two good for ATK in opener

Sakal Times
Sunday, 30 September 2018

Kerala Blasters FC registered their first win in Kolkata and handed ATK their first defeat in the opener as they scripted a 2-0 victory in the opening match of the Hero Indian Super League 2018-19 season at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan

Kolkata: Kerala Blasters FC registered their first win in Kolkata and handed ATK their first defeat in the opener as they scripted a 2-0 victory in the opening match of the Hero Indian Super League 2018-19 season at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Saturday.

The teams were locked goalless in the first 45 minutes of the game but second half goals from Matej Poplatnik (77th) and Slaviša Stojanovic (86th) made all the difference.

In the 11th minute, Lakic-Pesic’s inch-perfect header from a Poplatnik corner was cleared brilliantly off the goal-line by Sena Ralte.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 78th minute by the lively Poplatnik who cushioned a perfect header beyond Bhattacharya after Stojanovic’s blocked shot looped above the Atletico de Kolkata defence.

Kerala Blasters wrapped up three points in the 86th minute, thanks to Stojanovic’s thunderous strike from outside the box.

Visitors Kerala Blasters then held on to preserve their two-goal lead in the dying minutes of the opener to get their 2018-19 campaign off to a perfect start.

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