Regardless of elevating the tempo — and hopes — late within the second half, Kerala Blasters needed to be content material with a goalless draw in opposition to Odisha FC within the Hero Indian Tremendous League on the Nehru Stadium right here on Friday evening.
However the match ought to have gone the Blasters’ means, for the house aspect was denied a penalty within the 35th minute when its younger star Sahad Abdul Samad was introduced down contained in the field.
It was a night marred by accidents.
Already battling lots of its main gamers on the injured record, Blasters suffered one other setback with its Brazilian defender Jairo Rodrigues limping off within the third minute. By the 23rd, the groups’ strikers — Odisha’s Aridane Santana, the joint chief within the ISL scorers’ record this season, and Blasters’ Raphael Messi Bouli — suffered a collision whereas rising for the ball, and had to get replaced.
The house aspect — which began with out its captain and high scorer Bartholomew Ogbeche, and with Cameroon’s Raphael Messi Bouli — had simply two foreigners on the sector for a serious a part of the sport whereas Odisha had 5.
Shortly after the half-hour mark, Samad was on a wise run, dodging previous his markers. However he was introduced down contained in the field by defender Narayan Das. The Blasters screamed for a penalty however the referee was unmoved. Visibly upset, head coach Eelco Schattorie had a phrase with the referee in the course of the break.
The Blasters seemed stronger and mixed higher within the second half, going all out for the elusive objective shortly after the hour mark. However Raju Gaikwad’s shot was simply broad of the put up and a few minutes later, Ok. Prasanth’s try from the sting of the field, after a pleasant cross from Samad, went over.
Ogbeche’s arrival, within the 77th minute, raised hopes. And Blasters’ finest probability got here within the 85th minute with Ogbeche’s headed try contained in the field floating in the direction of Ok.P. Rahul. Rahul produced a robust shot however Odisha goalkeeper Francisco Sanchez neatly pushed away the hazard.
The outcome: Kerala Blasters Zero drew with Odisha FC 0.