Kerala Blasters FC as soon as once more squandered a successful place, enjoying out a 3rd successive draw after being held 2-2 by Odisha FC within the Indian Tremendous League right here on Thursday.
Odisha’s Diego Mauricio (45′, 74′) netted a brace whereas Jordan Murray (52) and Gary Hooper (68′) have been on the score-sheet for Kerala.
Kerala desperately wanted a win to revive their playoff hopes however could not discover a well beyond Odisha, a aspect they’re but to beat. The end result meant ninth-placed Kerala are actually degree on factors with SC East Bengal, who’ve a recreation in hand.
Odisha headed into the break with their noses in entrance after punishing Kerala for a defensive error. Kerala began on vibrant notice and loved extra of the ball possession within the opening half however did not create clear-cut probabilities.
After dominating possession within the first quarter, Kerala missed a gilt-edged alternative to seize the lead within the 31st minute. Sahal Abdul Samad intercepted Steven Taylor’s misplaced go and located Gary Hooper within the field.
The Australian beat Jacob Tratt together with his first contact however his shot missed the body by inches. Minutes later, Kerala did not capitalise on one other defensive mistake from Odisha. Arshdeep Singh was at fault this time as he performed the ball to Hooper, proper outdoors the field. The Australian squared the ball in the direction of Juande whose first-time shot sailed over the bar.
These missed probabilities would value Kerala as Odisha scored in opposition to the run of play. Jerry Mawihmingthanga’s lob discovered Mauricio within the field, and he held off two markers earlier than discovering the again of the online.
Kerala got here out sturdy after the break and it did not take them lengthy to search out the equaliser. Hooper noticed off Tratt and skipped previous Arshdeep, earlier than squaring the ball for Murray, who acquired forward of Sajid Dhot and blasted his shot into the online.
Kerala’s intent within the second half would bear fruit as they’d take the lead for the primary time within the recreation. Vicente Gomez performed a protracted ball to Sahal, who managed the ball and picked out Murray with a reverse go. The Englishman stored his calm and slotted previous Arshdeep with ease.
However simply when it appeared like Kerala have been on the up, they’d find yourself conceding once more. Bradden Inman whipped a cross on the far submit for Mauricio who scored with a easy tap-in to attract Odisha degree.
Each side went all out within the dying phases in hopes of discovering the winner. Nonetheless, the goalkeepers of each groups got here up with some gorgeous saves to maintain the scoreline degree.