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Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters recovers a 0-1 deficit to prevail over Chennaiyin 2-1

KOCHI. Kerala Blasters was able to turn the table against Chennaiyin to win 2-1.

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KOCHI. Kerala Blasters was capable to turn the table against Chennaiyin to win 2-1. It was Chennaiyin to strike first with an early goal of Nasser El Khayati  at the 2′. Then it was a goal in the 39′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, R. Kannoly Praveen gave the win to Kerala Blasters in the 64′ minute with a goal. Kerala Blasters took advantage of its superior ball possession (57%).

The match was played at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium stadium in Kochi on Tuesday and it started at 7:30 pm local time. The referee was Crystal John. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was hot around 25 degrees Celsius or 76.98 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 75%.​

Match Statistics

Kerala Blasters was in firm control of the ball 57% while Chennaiyin was struggling with a 43% ball possession.

Kerala Blasters was more aggressive with 97 dangerous attacks and 10 shots of which 5 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Kerala Blasters won the contest.

Kerala Blasters shot 10 times, 5 on target, 4 off target. Regarding the opposition, Chennaiyin shot 18 times, 6 on target, 8 off target.


Kerala Blasters received 1 yellow card (S. Samad). On the opposite side, No yellow cards were issued to Chennaiyin.

After this match, Kerala Blasters will have 31 points to stay in the 3rd place. On the other side, Chennaiyin will stay with 18 points to stay in the 8th place.

Match Events

  • 2'

    Nasser El Khayati 

    Petar Sliskovic

  • 39'

    Adrián Luna

  • 56'

    S. Samad

  • 63'

    Prasanth K

    Vincy Barretto

  • 63'

    Kwame Karikari

    Petar Sliskovic

  • 64'

    R. Kannoly Praveen

  • 71'

    Bryce Miranda

    S. Samad

  • 76'

    Rahim Ali

    Julius Düker

  • 76'

    Jiteshwor Singh

    Ninthoi Meetei

  • 83'

    Saurav Mandal

    R. Kannoly Praveen

  • 90'

    Danish Farooq

    Adrián Luna

Next match

In the upcoming Indian Super League match, Kerala Blasters will play away against Bengaluru on the 11th of February with a 6-3 head to head record in favor of Bengaluru (2 draws).

Chennaiyin will host East Bengal on the 12th of February with a 1-0 head to head statistic in favor of Chennaiyin (4 draws).

Kerala Blasters: Formation and Lineups

Kerala Blasters adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).

The manager Ivan Vukomanovic chose to play with the following team: Prabhsukhan Gill (7.3), Nishu Kumar (6.6), Ruivah Hormipam (6.9), Victor Mongil Adeva (6.7), Jessel Carneiro (6.7), Jeakson Singh (7.0), Ivan Kalyuzhny (7.5), Rahul Kannoly (7.7), Adrian Luna (7.8), Sahal Abdul Samad (5.8) and Dimitris Diamantakos (6.8).


Kerala Blasters made 3 changes: S. Samad for Bryce Miranda (71′), R. Kannoly Praveen for Saurav Mandal (83′) and Adrián Luna for Danish Farooq (90′).

Top player: Adrian Luna

The player who no doubt impressed Kerala Blasters the most was Adrian Luna.

His rating is (7.8) with 1 goal, 59 passes (74% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 1 duel out of 5. He performed 6 crosses.

Chennaiyin: Formation and Lineups

Also Chennaiyin adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).

On the opposite side, Thomas Brdarić played with: Samik Mitra (6.1), Edwin Sydney Vanspaul (6.3), Vafa Hakhamaneshi (6.7), Gurmukh Singh (6.9), Aakash Sangwan (7.4), Anirudh Thapa (7.1), Julius Düker (7.4), Ninthoinganba Meetei (6.5), Abdenasser El Khayati (8.0), Vincy Barretto (6.1) and Petar Slišković (7.0).

Chennaiyin could not rely on the presence of Prasanth K (injured).


Chennaiyin made 4 changes: Vincy Barretto for Prasanth K (63′), Petar Sliskovic for Kwame Karikari (63′), Ninthoi Meetei for Jiteshwor Singh (76′) and Julius Düker for Rahim Ali (76′).

Top player: Abdenasser El Khayati

The player who no doubt impressed Chennaiyin the most was Abdenasser El Khayati.

His rating is (8.0) with 1 goal, 31 passes (80% accurate) and 4 key passes. He was won 7 duels out of 14. He performed 8 crosses.

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