Kerala Blasters FC split the honor by playing a 1-1 draw with Jamshedpur FC last night, but riding on two top draw defensive performances, beat the League Shield winners 2-1 overall on two legs and qualified for their first final since 2016. , In the 2021-22 Indian Super League on Tuesday at Tilak Maidan Stadium.
Before Adrian Luna (18th) opened the scoring for Kerala with a spectacular goal, Proney Helder (50th) pulled one back for the Red Miners who needed one more goal to take the game into extra time, but with another solid performance from the Kerala backline they secured. Were born. ATK remained firm after the defeat against FC six years ago and secured a place in the summit clash.
In the first leg, Sahal Abdul Samad scored the lone goal in Kerala’s 1-0 victory which saw his third hero enter the ISL final. He was also a finalist in the early 2014 edition.
The yellow shirt started the second leg without injured Sahal but showed no signs of slowing down. Alvaro Vazquez, who took the lead in the first two minutes or so, did not try to get close when he threw the ball at the keeper, TP Rehnesh. Goals in Jamshedpur and wide post distance.
Four minutes later, Vazquez took possession of his half to set the AYUSH officer deep, but Rehnesh came out of his line in time and was aware of the danger. Kerala got a lot of joy as Jamshedpur full-back was pushed ahead leaving a lot of space to exploit their rivals.
The officer got a second chance from George Diaz Cross but Jamshedpur skipper Peter Hartley put his body on the line to avert the danger. Vazquez soon atoned for his mistake early in the half, fluttering on a fun pass from the left, Luna who came in, let go of the shoulder and twisted the effort of the side foot in the back and right corner of the rehnash.
After a cooling break, Daniel Chima Chukwu thought he had pulled Jamshedpur back into the game, but was late after initially lowering his flag, though his shot was close to offside.
Kerala’s goal then was a mistake by Prabhusukhan Gill as he punched Greg Stewart in the head with all the players from Jamshedpur around him, but in the end, the referee blew the whistle for the foul, which was a great relief to the keeper. At the break, Kerala was leading 2-0 on aggregate. Within five minutes of the start, Haldar entered one to bring Jamshedpur back into the game, hitting Stuart Corner which was initially found by Chima, whose header lacked power, and Haldar, who hit the net from two yards out, fell.
A minute later, Vazquez was able to do nothing but seal the tie for Kerala but the Spaniard was on hand to save Rehnesh from the chip after a one-on-one with him. The ball, however, kept returning to the goal with Eli Sabia but the Brazilian did enough to keep him off the line.
Kerala kept pushing for more as Marco Leskovic, brilliant later, pulled a header wide again when George Diaz freaked out Rahul Kepi against the goal but instead lobbed the ball over the keeper trying to score himself. Between two chances for Kerala, Diaz cleared Jitendra Singh’s header from the goal line in a timely manner as the ball turned towards the goal despite Gill’s hand.