ArticlesThe RewindTHE REWIND : KBFC vs SCEB

February 15, 2022by KBFC Media
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THE REWIND: KBFC vs SCEB

Kerala Blasters picked up a hard-fought win against SC East Bengal, at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco. Enes Sipovic’s header goal earned three points for the men in yellow, as they climbed up to the third spot in the table.

Ivan Vukomanovic flurried in four forced changes to the starting eleven as Sanjeev, Sandeep, Bijoy started in the defense line and Pereyra Diaz returned to the final eleven after suspension. The gaffer stuck on to his usual 4-4-2 formation and KBFC had a good start to the game. At most times, the men in yellow tried to work it out from the backline itself, slowly progressing the ball into the final third. On the other side, SC East Bengal mostly attacked through their flanks, Perosevic has been their keyman in attacking.

After a good buildup play in the right-wing, Luna picked up a ball just outside the box and curled it with precision for Vazquez, but his diving header from close range was picked up by EB shot-stopper. Jeakson headed Puitea’s corner right to the target just before the cooling-off break, but Sankar Roy did well to collect the ball. Sahal also had a good chance to break the deadlock, but his shot just went wide.

KBFC took the lead a couple of minutes after the resumption. Puitea’s corner found the tall Sipovic inside the box, who just jumped to head the ball into the net. It was the talisman’s first-ever Hero ISL goal, which came in the very crucial match for his team. After conceding the goal EB looked gloomy and KBFC tried to exploit them with more attacks. But the relentless efforts from the Blasters’ side were cut out by the “Red and Gold” brigade.

Antonio Perosevic troubled KBFC’s defense not only with his skills but also through his dangerous set-pieces. He also got an opportunity to level things up, but his powerful drive from outside the box was saved by Gill. Late in the second half, Fran Sota missed a golden opportunity to equalize, as he blazed a ball instead of placing it comfortably into the net. The closely contested match came to an end after 6 minutes of additional time to the second half.

With this crucial win, KBFC has gathered three points and they’re now at the third position in the table with 26 points from 15 games. This much-needed win will certainly help the team to get ready for the final five games of the season. Kerala Blasters will be back in action again on 19 February 2022 against ATK Mohun Bagan.

KBFC XI:- Prabhsukhan Singh Gill(GK), Sandeep Singh Soraisham, Bijoy V, Enes Sipovic, Sanjeev Stalin, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Sahal Abdul Samad, Adrian Luna(C), Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez Garcia.

Subs:- Karanjit Singh(GK), Muheet Shabir Khan(GK), Sachin Suresh(GK), Vincy Barretto, Ayush Adhikari, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Chencho Gyeltshen, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Rahul KP.

SCEB XI:- Sankar Roy(GK), Naocha Huidrom Singh, Franjo Price, Joyner Lourenco, Hira Mondal, Mohammed Rafique(C), Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Lalrinliana Hnamte, Francisco José Sota Bernard, Antonio Perosevic, Rahul Kumar Paswan.

Subs:- Suvam Sen(GK), Raju Gaikwad, Telem Jackichand Singh, Subha Ghosh, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Wahengbam Angousana, Sourav Das, Bikash Jairu, Thongkhosiem Haokip.

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