Kerala Blasters FC beat FC Goa 4-2 in ISL

Kochi, Feb 26 (UNI) Kerala Blasters FC sprung a late surprise by hammering four goals in the second half to defeat FC Goa by 4-2 to secure their first win after three games in the Indian Super League (ISL) match on Sunday night.

The Kochi-based outfit thus stormed into the fourth spot, inflicting a third straight defeat against FC Goa.

It was a game of two halves, with the visitors heading into the halftime break with a two-goal lead, powered by early strikes by Rowllin Borges and Mohammed Yasir, who joined the team in January from Hyderabad FC.

Whilst Borges drew the first blood through a volley from a corner kick in the sixth minute, Yasir converted a squared up pass from Noah Sadaoui, who drove the ball up on the left flank and laid up a delivery for the young attacking midfielder.

The Gaurs arguably took comfort with that early advantage though, with Kerala Blasters FC making them pay for they in the second half. Daisuke Sakai led the response, pulling off a fantastic free-kick from the left sided edge of the box to beat an outstretched Arshdeep Singh to drill the ball on the top right corner.

The goal, more importantly the nature of it, swayed the game in the favour of the home side, with Ivan Vukomanovic and his pep talk in the break paying rich dividends later on.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Greek striker Dimitrios Diamantakos notching a brace and assisting once to bring the Manjapadda alive.

There was never any doubt about him converting the spot-kick in the 81st minute, slotting the ball on the bottom right corner to equalise scores.

Kerala Blasters FC kept pushing ahead thereafter, with an overcrowded box helping him find a way past Arshdeep for the third goal of the night for his team three minutes later.

The Gaurs wore a totally disarrayed look after that. The backline was unable to get itself in order, with Diamantakos once again managing to break past them and slide in a pass on the path of their new recruit Fedor Cernych.

The latter showed sublime efficiency to shoot the ball into the net, bringing up their fourth goal in less than 40 minutes to reignite their campaign.

Kerala Blasters FC will tour to take on Bengaluru FC on March 2 for their next match, whereas FC Goa will face Mumbai City FC in their forthcoming fixture on February 28.

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