ISL 2016 Final, Atletico de Kolkata defeat Kerala Blasters on penalties

ISL 2016 Final, Atletico de Kolkata defeat Kerala Blasters on penalties
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18 December 2016

Sourav Ganguly's ATK beat Kerala Blasters 4-3 on punishments in the ISL 2016 last. 

Kochi: Atletico de Kolkata asserted their second Indian Super League (ISL) title in three years subsequent to bettering Kerala Blasters 4-3 (1-1) on punishment shootout in a need radiance last here on Sunday. 

The match was tied in 1-1 at the break and following a hour and a half of direction time. Mohammed Rafi put the hosts ahead in the 37th moment and Henrique Sereno Fonseca adjusted seven minutes after the fact at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here. 

Gem Raja ended up being the gem in ATK's crown, placidly dispatching the last punishment, after Sameehg Doutie, Borja Fernandez and Javi Lara all changed over their spot kicks. Just Iain Hume's shot was hindered by Kerala caretaker Graham Stack. 

The home group took first strike in the shootout. Antonio German, Kervens Belfort and Mohammed Rafique scored while Elhadji Ndoye impacted over from 18 yards and Cedric Hengbart's shot was gymnastically spared by ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder. 

ATK likewise crushed Kerala in the last of the inaugural release of the competition in 2014. 

The match got an early dosage of pace with chances made at both finishes, however poor procedure combined with indications of apprehension, kept the two group's head advances from exploiting the open door. 

Kerala forward Kervens Belfort surpassed India universal Pritam Kotal and found the in-shape CK Vineeth free on the left, who fixed the great work with poor method. 

The ball was immediately heaved towards ATK's star striker Iain Hume, who peeled far from his marker yet was similarly wayward in controlling the ball. 

ATK steadily developed more grounded with Hume consolidating with his group's marquee objective scorer Helder Postiga. The Portuguese had a turn objective from an intense edge however his exertion went wide in the fourteenth moment. 

ATK's Jewel Raja was making a positive impression in midfield over his senior state-mate Mehtab Hossain, grabbing the ball from him on a few events, to bring winger Sameehg Doutie energetically, whose fresh half-volley was blocked three minutes after the fact. 

Kerala's forward development was channelised just through Belfort, the Haitian's dragging his free-kick over the bar. 

ATK's hostile development was more joined with Lalrindika Ralte likewise getting into the demonstration, helping Postiga achieve great positions from where he could shoot at objective. 

Be that as it may, for all their assumed matchless quality, it was ATK who yielded to start with, from a set-piece development that looked progressively the main way they could score. 

Mehtab's corner was guided in effectively by Mohammed Rafi, who transcended Kotal, and occupied the ball past an outstretched goalkeeper Debjit Majumder. 

Kerala's feeling of amazingness due to their got lead appeared to be unintentional and ATK's equalizer, one moment before the breather by Henrique Sereno Fonseca, was merited as they seemed more prone to score from open play. 

ATK however needed to turn to a corner to get level, Sereno outmuscling shield Sandesh Jhingan to direct his header past Stack. 

The account, after the change of finishes, stayed truly like the primary session, Belfort being the point of convergence of Kerala's assaults and ATK attempting a more composed and all encompassing methodology for objective. 

The ball moved forward and backward, yet with no genuine reason or conviction, and failure to cut open mindful protections prompted to both groups attempting long range endeavors. 

The match subsided into an average mood. ATK mentor Jose Molina attempted to infuse some vitality into his group by supplanting a tiring Postiga with Javi Lara. 

The pace of the procedures dropped recognizably, with players enduring spasms in the hot and moist climate conditions. As the match wandered towards the end of control time, neither one of the teams could make positive scoring openings. 

The additional time was to a greater extent a constrained practice on the players. Neither one of the teams were prepared to go for the jugular, careful about getting got on the break, wanting to keep ball ownership to kill objective bound danger. 

Punishments appeared to be inescapable and the main sensible answer for the iron-held stop. What's more, when it happened, at the appropriate time, ATK rose more grounded at the fag end, similarly as they did in 2014 when they won obligingness an additional time objective.

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