Match Report:- Kerala Blasters FC 1-1 Mumbai City FC
A brilliant strike from 19-year old Pranjal Bhumij in the 93rd minute rescued a valuable point for the Islanders in front of a packed house at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. Halicharan Narzary had given Kerala Blasters a deserved lead in the first half but Jorge Costa and his boys fought back in the second half to pick up their first points of the 2018-19 Season.
The home side started the game on the front foot and created the first chance as early as the 3rd minute, with
Lucian Goian had an opportunity to give us the lead but his leaping header from a Machado free-kick was wide
Both sides headed into the break with Kerala Blasters FC playing the better football and having their noses in front. Just like the first half, the home side started the second half with the same flair. Kerala Blasters FC won a couple of corners in the 49th minute, with Jhingan unable to cause any threat and the second one being cleared by Amrinder. A brilliant one-two between Souvik Chakrabarti and Arnold gave the right-back a good chance to send in a dangerous low cross but it was dealt with ease by the Blasters’
Once again, Arnold
There was a let-off for the Islanders in the 66th minute when Stojanovic nearly doubled the lead but his curling effort was just inches away from finding the back of the net. Three minutes later, Souvik made a marauding run into the box and let one fly, but only to see it go wide
Sandesh Jhingan, the eventual Player of the Match made a brilliant block to keep Arnold away from the chance of sending the ball into the danger area. That was the last bit
It seemed like the Islanders were going to lose out points once again, despite creating chances in the second half but up stepped 19-year old Pranjal Bhumij. He received the ball about 35 yards away from goal and with no defender around him, the young winger took a thunderous shot from distance that flew past Dheeraj Singh and into the top corner. It was Pranjal’s first league goal and the goal silenced the packed stadium.
In the end, the Islanders snatched a valuable point in Kochi to get their account running for the 2018-19 season and going into the first international break of the campaign.
Up next is the Maharashtra Derby against FC Pune City on 19th October at the Mumbai Football Arena.