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ISL: Kerala Blasters hold Jamshedpur FC 1-1

Kochi, Dec 4 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/4/2018 11:47:12 AM IST

Kerala Blasters failed to bring their winless run to a halt but put on a spirited show against Jamshedpur in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday at the JLN Stadium, Kochi.

A foul on Tim Cahill outside the box was punished with a spot-kick that Carlos Calvo scored. Seiminlen Doungel equalised to help his team to a point from an engaging contest.

The visitors dominated possession right from the off but were dealt an early blow when Soosairaj picked up a knock and had to be replaced. In the 21st minute, Keziron Kizito’s lung-busting run from the halfway line had the Jamshedpur defence in disarray. The Ugandan midfielder failed to get a shot away in time but the loose ball fell kindly for Sahal whose first-time effort was denied by the crossbar.

Both sides went close after the half-hour mark. Malsawmzuala picked Zakeer’s pocked and released Jerry into space inside the box. The nimble-footed winger had just the keeper to beat but Dheeraj saved with the tip of his leg.

Jamshedpur struggled to carve out clear openings even after the break and Blasters kept ringing the alarm bells at the other end. The visitors took the lead through a spot kick. Tim Cahill was brought down by Dheeraj Singh outside the box but the referee pointed to the spot. Calvo stepped up and converted from 12 yards.

Blasters’ response was immediate. The home side picked up their pace and intensity and their efforts bore fruit in the 77th minute. Sahal headed Zakeer’s corner into the box for Stojanovic who flicked it across the face of goal. Tiri and Bikash Jairu failed to deal with it and Doungel pounced, pulling the hosts level. The match became an end-to-end affair towards the end but a match-winning goal remained elusive.

 

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