By: Sports Desk
Last Updated: October 23, 2022, 21:34 IST
Odisha FC gave their fans gathered at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar a reason to celebrate as the Juggernauts rallied from a goal behind to stage a comeback victory against Kerala Blasters.
The home team trailled after 35 minutes as KBFC defender Harmanjot Khabra bagged a goal with a header after Adrian Luna swung in a delightful ball. Read More
Goals from Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Pedro Martin overturned a first-half deficit as Odisha FC rallied to get the win against visiting Kerala Blasters FC.
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Five minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.
Can Odisha hold on here?
Pedro Martin brings down a long ball from the keeper with his right leg to set himself up for a left-footed strike.
He sticks his leg through and sends the ball bulging into the back of the net to send the stadium into a frenzy.
OFC 2-1 KBFC
Jerry swing the ball in from the left to spot Reynier at the far end of the post.
The new man in gets his head to the ball but puts the ball wide of the mark as the ball grazes the side of the net on its way out.
There seems to be a sense of emergency about the home team Odisha now as the team that has scored the most number of late goals since last season, seems to drive into the opposition half as the clock keeps ticking.
Odisha have an opening and break quickly as Jerry is played in through behind the defence. But the Odisha player goes to ground midway through his run as Kerala Blasters collect the ball and see out the danger.
Adrina Luna plays a beautiful ball into the middle of the box.
Diamantakos rises highest to reach the ball but his header is hit straight at the keeper and the scoreboard remains still.
Sahal Abdul Samad is replaced by Rahul KP as Vukomanovic makes the first change of the night.
The Kerala boss also brings in Victor Mongil in place of Ivan Kaliunhzyi. Nihal Sudeesh also comes on for Ruviah.
Odisha respond with changes of their own as Isak come in for Nandhakumar, Raynier Fernandes is subbed in for Isaac and Pedro Martin replaces Diego Mauricio.
Kerala earn a corner which is swung in towards the goal. It sails over the head of the keeper and hits the bar on its way out.
Shubam Sarangi makes the most of a throw-in to send the ball into the box. And after some penalty box pinball, the ball finds its way to the feet of Jerry, who puts the ball into the net to draw Odisha level on terms with Kerala.
OFC 1-1 KBFC
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Brilliant ball in by Jerry who finds the onrushing Diego Mauricio in the centre of the box.
The Brazilian gets a touch on it and directs it towards the net but Gill stands his ground to keep the ball out.
Kerala kick the second half off as they begin the second half of the game with a slender advantage.
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Kerala Blasters head into the break with a goal to the good as Harmanjot Khabra’s 35th-minute strike separates the visitors from the home team, Odisha FC.
The fourth official has signalled for two minutes to be added on to the first period for injuries and stoppages.
The Ukraininais booked for a lunge on Shubam Sarangi as the full-back tries to initiate a move for the home team from the back.
Odisha have a chance to equalise without much delay as they earn a corner.
The set piece is swung into a dangerous area and Saul Crespo gets his head to it. Unfortunately, he can’t direct it towards the target as the ball goes out of bounds.
The visitors take the lead after a well-worked corner as Adrian Luna delivers a delightful ball into the box and Harmanjot Khabra near the far post gets his head to it and powers it past a hapless Singh to open the scoring.
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Mauricio tries to goad the Kerala defensive line into making a mistake as he presses high up and follows the ball back to the keeper. Gill is aware of the danger and gets the ball out of harm’s way as he clears it out to the away line.
Kerala move the ball upfield as Luna receives the ball down the left on an overlap. He plays a low cross in but his closest teammate in the box is near the box and the ball is cut by the home defence before it reaches a white jersey.
Kerala take the initiative as they move forward in search of a goal, but forward Diamantakos strays offside and possession changes hands.
Kerala went into the break with a slender advantage which was nullified by Jerry Mawihmingthanga after the interval as he got was at the right place to poke the ball into the net after some penalty box pinball.
Pedro Martin, who came on in place of Diego Mauricio, turned the match on its head in the 87th minute with a delightful effort after bringing down a long ball from keeper Amrinder Singh.
The Spaniard watched the ball all the way and set himself up perfectly for a left-footed shot after bringing the ball under control with a deft touch on his right.
With the clock ticking close to the end Odisha FC had the task of holding out till the final whistle, which they did to pick up their second victory in three games.
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Odisha FC welcome Kerala Blasters to the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar for their third match of the ongoing Indian Super League campaign.
Both teams have amassed three points from two games, winning one and losing another in the process.
Kerala Blasters opened their ISL 2022-2023 season with a 3-1 away over East Bengal thanks to goals from Adrian Luna and Ivan Kaliuzhnyi, who bagged two.
But, in the very next game were humbled by ATK Mohun Bagan in their own backyard as the Kochi-based team suffered a harrowing 2-5 defeat by Juan Ferrando’s men.
Coach Ivan Vukomanovic will look to return to winning ways in Odisha.
On the other hand, Odisha registered a thrilling opening game victory over Jamshedpur with some late drama. They picked up all the points on offer following a 3-2 win at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.
But, couldn’t keep their winning run going as they fell short against Mumbai City FC in their next game. The islanders pick up a comfortable 2-0 victory over the unit from Bhubaneshwar.
On what date will the ISL 2022-23 match between Odisha FC (OFC) and Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) be played?
The ISL 2022-23 match between Odisha FC and Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) will take place on October 23, Sunday.
Where will the ISL 2022-23 match Odisha FC (OFC) vs Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) be played?
The ISL match between Odisha FC and Kerala Blasters FC will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
What time will the ISL 2022-23 match Odisha FC (OFC) vs Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) begin?
The ISL match between Odisha FC and Kerala Blasters FC will begin at 7:30 pm IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast Odisha FC (OFC) vs Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) ISL match?
Odisha FC vs Kerala Blasters FC ISL match will be televised on Star Sports Network in India.
How do I watch the live streaming of the Odisha FC (OFC) vs Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) ISL match?
Odisha FC vs Kerala Blasters FC ISL match will be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar.
Odisha FC vs Kerala Blasters FC Possible Starting XI:
Odisha FC Predicted Starting Line-up: Amrinder Singh, Shubham Sarangi, Carlos Delgado, Sahil Panwar, Osama Malik, Raynier Fernandes, Saul Crespo, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Isaac Chhakchhuak, Diego Mauricio, Nandhakumar Sekar
Kerala Blasters FC Predicted Starting Line-up: Prabhsukhan Gill, Harmanjot Khabra, Ruivah Hormipam, Marko Lescovic, Jessel Carneiro, Sahal Samad, Jeakson Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Adrian Luna, Ivan Kaliuzhnyi, Dimitrios Diamantakos
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