Pune City Pipped Kerala by a Narrow Margin: THE BULLETS

Rohit Ganguly  |  Pune City  |  3 Months Ago

   The fans of Kerala were handed another night of sorrow and desperation after Marcelinho’s solitary effort in the 20th minute for Pune took a vile deflection of Anas Edathodika and jinked into the back of the net, past a haplessly stranded Dheeraj. Despite Kerala accelerating on several gears in the second half, Kamaljit Singh laced with the efforts of Matt Mills and Sarthak Golui kept Kerala at bay.




 Kerala's wasteful nature cost them the match

         As early as in 8 minutes into the game, Stojanovic failed to latch onto a lovely ball, chipped in for him by Pekuson, from point-blank range.

        Sahal Samad left a couple of Pune defenders bamboozled by his crisp footwork but his shot from the edge of the box, flew inches wide off the post.

        Just after the breather, Stojanovic shot for goal again but his shot was too tame.

        Another chance for Stojanovic went begging after he rolled the ball for an onrushing Vineeth and Sahal to slam it home, but the pass flew way too far.

        The second-half literally saw a lot of corners for the hosts but Kerala failed to make good use of even a single set-piece, thereby gifting the match.

 Kamaljit Singh stole the show

        Previously a custodian of I-League defending champions, Minerva Punjab, Kamaljit was shouldered with the onus of keeping Kerala at bay and he met the expectations.

       Kamaljit stopped the first shot on target from Kerala after he caught Stojanovic's weak shot.

       Kamaljit stood tall again when he denied Vineeth a shot at goal from point-blank range after he pared down the angle for the Kerala striker.

        He denied Prasanth from Kerala a shot at glory after he saved his effort from close range.

        In the dying embers of the game, Anas whipped in a peach of a cross for the Kerala skipper, Sandesh Jhingan, whose firm header was traded for another corner by the Pune goalie, pulling off a brilliant save.



 Fortune favoured Marcelinho

        Marcelinho was gifted with two sitters throughout the game. He squandered away one and got lucky with the other.

        Marcelinho intercepted a ball in the centre as early as in the 7th minute and had a free run to take on Dheeraj in a one-on-one situation. The Brazilian striker did a fabulous job to keep his nerve and used his left foot to outwit Dheeraj. However, the Indian goalkeeper dived to his right at the perfect time to save the shot and deny any glory to Marcelinho.

        Marcelinho had his second chance on the 20th minute. After being teed off by Iain Hume from the centre, Ashique Kuruniyan played a reverse pass to Marcelinho, whose tame effort took a wicked deflection off Anas Edathodika and bounced up past a stranded Dheeraj Singh, who was off his line.


        Jonathan Vila was adjudged as the man of the match.


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