It was only in the 90th minute of the game, that the NorthEast United found an equaliser as substitute forward Idrissa Sylla scored a goal to pull off a draw against the Kerala Blasters FC on Thursday, November 26.
While Kerala’s Sergio Cidoncha (5′) and Gary Hooper (45′) scored 2 goals in the first-half, NorthEast United bounced back in the game with as many goals in the 2nd half with Kwesi Appiah (51′) Idrissa Sylla’s (90′) goals.
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The game between NorthEast United and Kerala Blasters paid a minute’s silence tribute to the late Diego Maradona. The football legend passed away from a heart attack, at the age of 60, on Wednesday.
Soon after the game kicked off, Kerala Blasters’ opened their account in the 5th minute with a goal from Sergio Cidoncha off a Seityasen Singh free-kick with a wonderful header leaving no chance to the goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury. The attacking mid-fielder rose to the occasion in absence of Kerala’s star player Sahal Abdul Samad.
Following the 5th-minute dream start for the Kerala Blasters, there were several missed chances on both ends until the last minute of the 1st half. In the extra minute of play right ahead of half time, Kerala Blasters FC star striker Gary Hooper scored of a penalty giving them a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half.
The 2nd half, too, started with an early goal, in the 51st minute by NorthEast United striker Kwesi Appiah, and the goal put the team back in the game against Kerala Blasters. There were plenty missed chances from both teams – NorthEast earned a penalty in the 65th minute but the Ghanian forward missed it.
In the 72nd minute of play, NorthEast United made two substitutions as Idrissa Sylla and Luis Machado came in for Kwesi Appiah and Federico Gallego, right before a Kerala Blasters free-kick. Only in the 90th minute would the substitution pay off the NorthEast side as Idrissa Sylla score a last-minute goal to draw the match between Kerala Blasters FC and NorthEast United FC at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.
“I just think right now… I have only word and excuse me for my language – I am f****** proud of this team. I don’t mind the result. I don’t mind if we win or lose or draw, I am proud of this team,” NorthEast United FC coach Gerard Nus said after the game.
We created more chances than them and we deserved much more, but as I said, I am happy about the fighting spirit and that we never gave up. We showed determination to come back in the game. We kept going and I am so happy about the performance. Now we need to think about recovery and go ahead.”