Matej Poplatnik and Slavisia Stojanovic scored in the second half as Kerala scored only their second win over the Kolkata franchise, and first since the 2014 edition.
Former champions ATK suffered a 0-2 defeat to the two-time runners-up Kerala Blasters. In the opening match of the fifth edition of Indian Super League (ISL) at the Saltlake Stadium on Saturday. Matej Poplatnik and Slavisia Stojanovic scored in the second half as Kerala Blasters scored only their second win over the Kolkata franchise, and first since the 2014 edition.
However, it was Stojanovic who took the first shot at the goal with his left footer but it deflected off Gerson Vieira of ATK. Poplatnik got behind the defence and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper. A perfect finish to bring up the first goal of the ISL opening night.
Kerala Blasters had last beaten ATK, then Atletico de Kolkata, in the inaugural season of ISL on November 21.
ATK will play North East United FC at home in their second match of the season on October 4. Playing the first match of the season, both the teams put up an unsettled look. As a result a goalless stalemate prevailed in the first 45 minutes. But in the second half of the game ATK’s defencer’s were not able to stop the opponents. Aiborlang Khongjee, Gerson Vieira, John Johnson, Lalhmangaisanga Ralte looked a bit shaky.
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