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Key Events

90' + 6'
Márcio Rozário
A. Emaná
90' + 2'
S. Pradhan
B. Singh
89'
C. Vineeth
Yellow 2nd/RC
88'
A. Ruidas
Yellow Card
86'
S. Singh
Yellow Card
80'
C. Vineeth
Yellow Card
77'
Éverton Santos
Assist
77'
B. Singh
Goal
74'
Thiago Santos
Rafa Jordá
71'
I. Hume
M. Sifneos
65'
S. Hanghal
J. Singh
46'
S. Singh
R. Anto
24'
N. Lakić-Pešić
Yellow Card
14'
R. Anto
Assist
14'
M. Sifneos
Goal
8'
D. Singh
Yellow Card
3
1
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
12
9
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 3
Total Passes 374 312

Commentary

That's all from my side, this is Manasi Pathak signing off. Thanks for reading and see you later.
FULL-TIME: KERALA BLASTERS 1-1 MUMBAI CITY- A second-half goal from Balwant Singh saves the day for the visitors as they escape another loss. The Islanders will exit from Kochi with a point owing to their improved performance in the second half. Mark Sifneos scored the opening goal of the match for the Blasters, who were down to ten men in the ending minutes of the match as CK Vineeth was asked to leave the pitch having picked up two yellow cards. 
Márcio Rozário
A. Emaná
Mumbai City
90' + 6' Substitution Achille Emaná Edzimbi Márcio Nascimento Rosário
90' + 5' Hume delivers a cross from a free-kick position but Berbatov's half-volley attempt flies high in the sky. On the other hand, Rozario comes on for Emana.
90' + 3' Pekuson takes the corner-kick for the home side which sees Pesic heads the delivery but it does not reach the target. Nervous moments for both sides in these dying moments.
S. Pradhan
B. Singh
Mumbai City
90' + 2' Substitution Balwant Singh Sanju Pradhan
90' + 1' Four minutes are added on here. Meanwhile, Sanju Pradhan is brought on the field for Balwant Singh who limps off the pitch after Iain Hume brought him down.
C. Vineeth
Yellow 2nd/RC
Kerala Blasters
89' Yellow 2nd/RC Chekiyot Kizhakkeveettil Vineeth
89' CK Vineeth is sent off as he picks up two yellow cards in quick succession; the hosts are down to ten men. 
A. Ruidas
Yellow Card
Mumbai City
88' Yellow card Abhinas Ruidas
87' 35,392 is the attendance at the JLN Stadium in Kochi tonight. Mumbai City seem to be in a better attacking character right now as they are attempting to pull off the winner.
S. Singh
Yellow Card
Kerala Blasters
86' Yellow card Soraisam Pritam Kumar Singh
84' As Everton takes the ball from the right flank, he sends it forward for Thiago who runs in order to get his foot at the end of Everton's delivery. He shoots it into the hands of the goalkeeper but the attempt is flagged offside. 
83' Berbatov sends the ball to Hanghal but the latter's long-ranger goes way over the target. Will we see a winning goal here? Less than ten minutes of regulation time pending.
C. Vineeth
Yellow Card
Kerala Blasters
80' Yellow card Chekiyot Kizhakkeveettil Vineeth
Éverton Santos
Assist
Mumbai City
77' Assist Éverton Leandro dos Santos Pinto
B. Singh
Goal
Mumbai City
77' Goal Balwant Singh
77' GOAL! The Islanders have pulled back with an equaliser. As Emana starts the move in the middle of the park, Santos gets to the end of Emana's pass. Santos sends it ahead for an onrushing Balwant who makes no mistake in tapping the delivery in. Great finish from Balwant, his second goal for Mumbai. KERALA BLASTERS 1-1 MUMBAI CITY.
Thiago Santos
Rafa Jordá
Mumbai City
74' Substitution Rafael Jordá Ruiz De Assin Thiago Nascimento dos Santos
73' Balwant releases a right-footed shot from long range as he tries his luck at registering the equaliser. It however goes wide. Thiago Santos meanwhile comes on for Rafa Jorda for The Islanders.
I. Hume
M. Sifneos
Kerala Blasters
71' Substitution Mark Sifneos Iain Edward Hume
71' As Mark Sifneos goes down on the field, Iain Hume gets ready to take charge of the proceedings up-front. Singto instructs the Canadian.
67' Wadoo does well to block Vineeth's effort inside the box after Hangal feeds the ball to him from the left. A corner is awarded for the same but nothing comes off it. The one hour mark has been crossed and there has been no change in the 1-0 scoreline.
S. Hanghal
J. Singh
Kerala Blasters
65' Substitution Jackichand Singh Siam Hanghal
56' As Emana feeds the ball to Everton upfront, the latter takes a shot at the goal which first hits Rachubka's foot and then comes off the end of the goalpost and is collected by the custodian again. Great chance for Santos! 
54' Balwant tries to send a cross from the left but Lalruatthara puts in a tackle at the right time to stop his effort. Good gesture from the defender.
51' Meanwhile, for reasons unknown, Abhinash Ruidas is wearing jersey number 33 which belongs to Rakesh Oram and also reads the same. Weird.
48' Pekuson, once again, misses the target. This time it is just five yards away from the target; this comes after he was fed a cross from Vineeth, who was on the left.
S. Singh
R. Anto
Kerala Blasters
46' Substitution Rino Anto Soraisam Pritam Kumar Singh
HALF-TIME: KERALA BLASTERS 1-0 MUMBAI CITY- Mark Sifneos' strike 14th minute goal separates the two sides at the half-time whistle. The hosts have seen more of the ball and have had more shots on target than Mumbai. 
45' + 2' As Ruidas gets a touch on the ball while it rolls out, a corner-kick is given to the hosts which sees Jackichand take it. His delivery is well connected by Berbatov who jumps high to head it towards the goal; Amrinder is alert and gets his hands on it. That was the last action from the first half.
45' Now, Jackichand does well to cross the ball for Pekuson who is in a good position to double the lead for the home side but his shot from 25 yards outside the target goes over the bar. Meanwhile, two minutes have been added on here.
44' Balwant finds Ruidas on the left who sends a cross for Jorda inside the hosts' box but Pesic does his defensive duty well as he heads away the danger.
42' WIDE! Berbatov's pass finds Jackichand up-front but the latter sends a shot which goes way over the goal. The gaffer is frustrated as Jacki could have done better with the finishing or crossed it for his team-mate inside the box. 
36' Jorda gets involved in the action finally as he heads the delivery sent to him by Ruidas from the left-flank. The tall striker jumps high and sends a good header in but Rachubka palms it away.
34' A heavy pass from Jackichand sees Sifneos run into Mumbai's box but Amrinder does well to collect the ball. We have crossed the half-hour mark and Kerala seem to be in better control of the match so far.
29' Lalruatthara finds the gap smartly and runs through the space as he passes the delivery to Pekuson who releases a shot which is way off target. It's still 1-0 in the favour of the hosts.
27' SAVE! Amrinder dives to his left to pull off a brilliant save to stop Vineeth's attempt after the striker was fed the ball by Jackichand. Davinder having a below-par debut so far as he once again failed to mark his man rightly.
N. Lakić-Pešić
Yellow Card
Kerala Blasters
24' Yellow card Nemanja Lakić-Pešić
23' As Emana sends another free-kick from a good position, Goian does well to win the ball from the Kerala defender; as he crosses the ball from the left, Santos jumps high to get his head on it but he misses the mark. Later, Jorda tries to reach the spot in time to connect with the delivery but is denied the chance by a clearance from the opposition.
21' As the visitors win the ball, Emana sends a clever through-ball for Santos who makes his run from the right into the opposition's box but an alert Jhingan clears the ball away.
18' Santos, Mumbai's attacker, is brought down following a tackle from Lalruatthara. The foul leads to a free-kick for the visitors which is taken by Emana; Balwant nearly gets to the end of it but the ball is blocked out by the defensive force in yellow. 
R. Anto
Assist
Kerala Blasters
14' Assist Rino Anto
M. Sifneos
Goal
Kerala Blasters
14' Goal Mark Sifneos
14' GOAL! The hosts have finally opened their scoring tally! It is Mark Sifneos who gets his name on the score-sheet as his effort from inside the Mumbai City FC box goes beyond the reach of Amrinder. It was Rino who assisted Sifneos from the right. KERALA BLASTERS 1-0 MUMBAI CITY.
11' Balwant wins the contest of getting past his marker Jhingan. From the left, he tries to square the ball for his team-mate but the custodian of the home side Rachubka gets to it first.
9' After Sehnaj clears the second corner-kick of the Blasters, Jackichand takes up another. This time Sifneos connects his head to it and shoots it towards the target; however it goes wide off the target. Later, Davinder is booked for his challenge on Lalruatthara.
D. Singh
Yellow Card
Mumbai City
8' Yellow card Davinder Singh
5' First corner-kick goes to the hosts as CK Vineeth steps up for it. His delivery makes contact with Pesic first and is later shot at by Jhingan whose attempt is cleared by Davinder. Later, the ball is taken out of the box by an arobatic effort coming off Ruidas.
4' First real action comes in the form of an attempt from the men in yellow. Courage Pekuson released a right-footed shot from distance towards the goal, which however went wide off the target. The effort got the crowd cheering, nonetheless.
1' The referee blows the whistle and the action is underway! The hosts are in yellow and are playing from right to left. The visitors are donning the blue colour. 
We are just moments away from kick-off as the JLN Stadium in Kochi is filled with a sea of yellow. This is Kerala's third game at home. Will the crowd witness a goal from their beloved Blasters tonight? 
One change for Kerala Blasters tonight as Sifneos has replaced Hume in attack; whereas three changes for Mumbai City as Davinder Singh replaces Raju Gaikwad, Mehrajuddin Wadoo comes in for Rozario and Sanju Pradhan has been replaced by Rafa Jorda. 
The hosts have opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation with Mark Sifneos operating as the lone striker up-front whereas Arata Izumi will perform as the holding midfielder. On the other hand, the visitors have chosen a 4-2-3-1 formation which will see Rafa Jorda lead the attack with the support of a midfield comprising Balwant, Emana and Santos.
Mumbai City XI: Amrinder Singh (GK), Davinder Singh, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Lucian Goian (C), Abinash Ruidas; Sehnaj Singh, Gerson Vieira; Everton Santos, Achille Emana, Balwant Singh; Rafa Jorda.
Kerala Blasters XI: Paul Rachubka (GK); Rino Anto, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Sandesh Jhingan (C), Lalruatthara; Arata Izumi; Jackichand Singh, Dimitar Berbatov, Courage Pekuson, CK Vineeth; Mark Sifneos. 
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the face-off between South India outfit Kerala Blasters and westerners Mumbai City FC at JLN Stadium in Kochi. The hosts head into this fixture at the back of a goalless draw against ISL debutants Jamshedpur FC while their opponents will look to improve their result following a loss against Maharashtra counterparts FC Pune City.
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