Substitute Idrissa Sylla equalised within the dying moments to assist NorthEast United maintain Kerala Blasters to a 2-2 attract an Indian Tremendous League recreation, right here on Thursday.
Objectives from Sergio Cidoncha (fifth minute) and Gary Hooper (45th) gave Kerala a 2-Zero lead on the break. However Ghanaian striker Kwesi Appiah (51st) lowered the margin earlier than Sylla’s damage time equaliser enabled NorthEast to go residence with some extent of their kitty.
After a minute’s silence to honour late Diego Maradona, Kerala bought off to a dream begin with Cidoncha heading in a Seityasen free-kick within the fifth minute. The Spaniard’s looped header was a factor of magnificence — no goalkeeper on the earth might have saved that.
Sahal Abdul Samad’s absence had meant that Cidoncha was enjoying greater up and that technique labored a deal with.
Within the 23rd minute, Hooper fluffed a sitter when NorthEast’s protection was caught off guard. Cidoncha, after receiving the ball from Hooper, squared it again to him, with the Englishman going through an open objective. Hooper’s first-time shot, although, blazed over the bar.
Each groups struggled to create clear-cut possibilities till the top of the primary half when an offensive transfer from Kerala ended with the referee pointing to the spot. Rakesh Pradhan was reasonably harshly adjudged to have slashed Lalthathanga Khawlhring down. Hooper fired the ensuing penalty straight down the center.
NorthEast keeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury managed to get a foot to it, however the contact wasn’t sufficient to maintain the ball out.
The Highlanders began the second-half positively and have been quickly rewarded for his or her intent. Some poor defending by Kerala allowed Appiah to attain from shut vary.
Nevertheless, Appiah turned villain later when NorthEast have been awarded a penalty within the 65th minute. The Ghanian tried to seek out Lalengmawia, however the latter was introduced down within the field by Jessel Carneiro. Appiah stepped as much as take the penalty however his spot-kick hit the crossbar earlier than ricocheting out.
Minutes after his miss, Appiah was changed by Guinean ahead Sylla who would go on to have a significant affect on the sport.
Nus’ aspect stored knocking on the door and have been quickly rewarded for his or her efforts. Sylla missed an opportunity to attract stage within the 83rd minute when he directed a header over the bar.
However he made up for that in damage time, fantastically controlling an extended ball from Gurjinder Kumar along with his chest earlier than powering residence previous Kerala keeper Albino Gomes.
In the long run, the draw ensured that NorthEast remained unbeaten after two video games.