Vineeth's last minute miracle strike wins it for Kerala: Talking points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Kerala Blasters  |  1 Year Ago

The pulsating clash between Pune and Kerala Blasters saw a sea of emotions from either side. The visitors defeated Pune 2-1 courtesy of a last minute thunderbolt from the left foot of CK Vineeth. The much needed win takes the Blasters closer to the play off spot while the stallions were left to rue their luck at the final whistle. 

Frantic first half, a feast for the fans

Kerala started with 3 at the back and wanted the three points right from the onset. The stallions were taken aback by the brave start made by the team from South but gradually grew into the game. Their impressive attacking unit was beginning to pull the strings together but lacklustre finishing and some questionable decisions from the referee kept the scores level. The blasters had chances of their own as well and the biggest opportunity fell at the feet of Hume who should have finished emphatically after an error from Pune shot stopper. The first half saw frantic back and forth action. Ranko was sent to the stands at the stroke of halftime and Hume had to be taken off after collision with Vishal. All in all, it was a half to savour for both set of fans.  

Poor refereeing continues to haunt ISL

The first half saw a few more controversial decisions in the glamorous Indian Super League. The Stallions were left feeling undone after two penalty appeals were turned down by the referee. Though the blatant penalty appeals were definitely a talking point, the hosts were also lucky to have their star man on the field for the second half. Marcelinho's tackle could have easily warranted red on another referee's hand book. Pune however did get a penalty in the second half after Alfaro was brought down by Kerala shot stopper. The key decisions need to be spot on from the referees as the tournament enters it's business end.

Kerala's redemption, a miracle on card?

Until the last minute of stoppage time, Kerala's redemption story seemed to have come to an abrupt end. They desperately wanted 3 points from this game and an absolute gold dust of a moment from C K Vineeth in virtually the last kick of the match delivered them the much needed win. Vineeth was tearful at the end of the game as the emotional Keralaite delivered a moment of magic that could reignite their campaign. The tears said a story on how much it means to the former Bengaluru FC man. Kerala started the season very poorly and if they can make the playoffs it should be a minor miracle story to cherish. 

Ranko Popovic, the angry little magician for Pune

It was the second time in the short season that Ranko was sent off to stands for his misdemeanor on the sidelines. The former Serbian footballer is a bag of emotions on the sidelines and does not hold back. The stallions will still be happy with angry Popovic who has given them a very good chance of progressing in the top four for the first time in the tournament's history. Popovic has to learn to check his emotions as his team will want to have him marshalling the sidelines in the final but important stretch of the tournament.  The loss is not all over for Pune as they can still make the play offs comfortably with better performances than the night. 


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