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ISL: Kerala Blasters edge out Odisha FC to register their first win of the season

Kerala Blasters registered their first win of the season as they beat Odisha FC 2-1 in the 2021-22 Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Sunday.

Alvaro Vazquez (62nd) and substitute Prasanth Karuthadathkuni (85th) scored second-half goals to hand the yellow shirts their first victory in 11 months.

For Odisha, Nikhil Raj – in for Javi Hernandez – pulled one back in second-half stoppage time.

Attacking Adrian Luna was brilliant throughout the game and was instrumental in both the goals.

Courtesy the result, Kerala rise to sixth in the points table with five points from four games. Odisha, meanwhile, remain on third having six points from three outings.

Kerala boss Ivan Vukomanovic went for a 4-4-2 formation while Odisha counterpart Kiko Ramirez opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Kerala started on the front foot, Sahal Abdul Samad warming Odisha keeper Kamaljit Singh’s gloves early on.

Minutes later, skipper Jessel Carneiro swung in a delightful ball into the box which was cleared for a corner.

Adrian Luna tried his luck from a free kick in the seventh minute, forcing Kamaljit to dive to his left and deny the Uruguayan.

Odisha got their first real chance in the 12th minute when Aridai Cabrera bombed down the left flank and set Javi Hernandez up, but the Spaniard’s effort…

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