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Kerala Blasters vs ATK, Indian Super League, highlights: KER 0-0 KOL

Kerala Blasters drew the opening game of the Indian Super League 2017/18 season 0-0 against defending champions ATK. Catch highlights of ISL football match between Kerala Blasters vs ATK, here

indian super league 2017 Updated: Nov 28, 2017 12:58 IST
Shayne Dias
Shayne Dias
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Kerala Blasters drew the opening game of the Indian Super League 2017/18 season 0-0 against defending champions ATK. Catch highlights of ISL football match between Kerala Blasters vs ATK, here(ISL / SPORTZPICS)

Kerala Blasters drew the opening game of the Indian Super League 2017/18 season 0-0 against defending champions ATK. Both side had their moments but neither could break the deadlock. Catch highlights of ISL 2017-18 football, Kerala Blasters vs ATK, here.

10:00 PM IST: That’s it from our side, thank you so much for joining us! Do join us again tomorrow for live coverage of the Indian Super League 2017-18.

9:54 PM IST: Full-time: Kerala Blasters 0-0 ATK. Neither side could net a goal and will settle for a point each on the opening day.

9:51 PM IST: 3 minutes have been added on.

9:45 PM IST: ATK and Kerala Blasters look like work-in-progress teams at this point. That is to be expected given that both have started the campaign with new managers and fresh sides. However, an opening day win - assuming anyone gets a goal at this point - would be an absolute momentum boost at the beginning of the campaign.

9:40 PM IST: Both sides seem content to start the campaign with a draw as neither are looking to take many risks at this point.

9:35 PM IST: ATK substitution: Rupert Nongrum goes off and is replaced by Bipin Singh. 15 minutes to go; can either side find a winner?

9:30 PM IST: SO NEARLY! ATK’s Zequinha curls a shot towards goal and beats the keeper but the ball rebounds off the post.

9:28 PM IST: Yet another Kerala corner comes to nothing. Can anyone break the deadlock at this point? Seeming unlikelier by the minute.

9:24 PM IST: ATK substitution: Njazi Kuqi makes way for Robin Singh.

9:22 PM IST: Kerala substitution: Iain Hume goes off and is replaced by Mark Sifneos, who becomes the youngest ever foreign player to take part in the league.

9:19 PM IST: ATK need to see out this passage of play from ATL and take their chance when it arises. They wasted three good chances in the first half and cannot afford to give the home side any more let offs.

9:14 PM IST: Kerala are playing much better in the second half but the game remains goalless for now.

9:10 PM IST: Kerala have found their rhythm now and a slick passage of interplay sees Vineeth get a shot away but ATK keeper Debjit does well to parry it.

9:06 PM IST: Can either side break the deadlock in the second half? We shall find out now as the game is now underway!

8:55 PM IST: Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Paul Rachubka had to be at his absolute best to prevent ATK from scoring, as is evidenced here:

8:50 PM IST: Half-time: Kerala Blasters 0-0 ATK. ATK have been the better side but couldn’t convert their chances. Kerala defended well but need to do better going forward.

8:48 PM IST: Two minutes have been added on in the first half.

8:45 PM IST: Kerala Blasters finally getting some attacking rhythm going. The key will be to continue to attack when the game resumes after the break.

8:40 PM IST: Half time is around 10 minutes away now and neither side look likely to break the deadlock.

8:36 PM IST: It’s worth noting that Kerala Blasters haven’t been able to string too many passes together so far. Rene Meulensteen definitely needs to work harder on getting the side to keep the ball.

8:32 PM IST: ATK have done well to create chances, and Blasters’ skipper Sandesh Jhingan has had to be at his best to keep their attackers at bay.

8:29 PM IST: Kerala need to do more to get into the game. Iain Hume and Dimitar Berbatov have been horribly isolated up front.

8:27 PM IST: Free kick to ATK just outside the box but once again it comes to nothing as Jose Branco’s shot deflects off the wall and into Blasters’ shot-stopper Rachubka’s arms.

8:22 PM IST: And again! ATK need to take their chances here. This time it’s Nazir Kuqi who fluffs an easy shot.

8:21 PM IST: Both teams have settled into the game but you get the feeling someone will have to go the extra mile to maybe create some chances since the teams are defensively well organised.

8:16 PM IST: First real chance of the game and it falls to the defending champions ATK. After some confusion inside the penalty area, Hitesh Sharma manages to get a shot away but the effort is saved. Could have done better there.

8:12 PM IST: Different team, same result. Kerala win a corner but despite a decent delivery from Iain Hume, the match remains goalless.

8:10 PM IST: ATK win an early corner but it comes to nothing in the end.

8:07 PM IST: Both teams starting steadily so far. Neither being too adventurous in attack.

8:00 PM IST: The referee blows his whistle and we are underway!

7:55 PM IST: And after all the pomp and circumstance, the teams have now made their way out to the field. Kick off in five minutes time!

7:53 PM IST: See the highlights of Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan’s performances in the opening ceremony below:

7:47 PM IST: The excitement in Kochi is now palpable as kick-off approaches. It’s worth noting that Kerala have won only one out of eight games vs ATK. Will fortune favour them today? We shall find out in a little over 10 minutes.

7:40 PM IST: We are now only 20 minutes away from kick-off!

7:35 PM IST: Salman Khan is being his usual witty self as he interacts with the captains of both sides and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who owns the Kochi-based franchise.

7:30 PM IST: Kerala Blasters skipper Sandesh Jhingan and ATK skipper Jordi Figueras have made their way out onto the field. Figueras has brought the beautiful ISL trophy along with him.

7:24 PM IST: Salman Khan has made his entry on a cycle that somehow doesn’t require any peddling. This opening ceremony has been truly riveting thus far, to say the least.

7:22 PM IST: The starting line-ups have been announced. Check them out below.

7:20 PM IST: Katrina Kaif is wowing the capacity crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi with her dance moves, and is doing her utmost best to give the ISL a sizzling start.

7:15 PM IST: The opening ceremony of the Indian Super League 2017-18 is about to begin shortly.

7:00 PM IST: We are only one hour away from kick-off between Kerala Blasters and ATK.

6:45 PM IST: We are now exactly 30 minutes away from the beginning of the ISL 2017-18 opening ceremony.

6:30 PM IST: There are many top-quality players who will ply their trade in the ISL 2017-18. Take a look at 10 players who will be difference makers for their side.

6:15 PM IST: The ISL 2017-18 opening ceremony will begin in a short while. Till then, you can relive the top 10 moments in ISL history.

6:05 PM IST: ATK named former Tottenham and Liverpool striker Robbie Keane as captain, but the Irishman will be absent for the first few games and the side will be led by Jordi Figueras till then. The side also features Indian football mainstays Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Anwar Ali and Robin Singh.

6:00 PM IST: Both teams have some fresh faces after this year’s ISL player draft. Kerala Blasters will be led by defender Sandesh Jhingan, who has captained India earlier this year. The Kochi-based side added known European talent like Wes Brown and Dimitar Berbatov to the squad and also re-signed Iain Hume, who is the competition’s overall top goal scorer.

5:45 PM IST: The last time these two teams faced off, it was in the final of the 2016 ISL. ATK went on to defeat Kerala Blasters 4-3 on penalties with the game at 1-1 after extra time.

5:30 PM IST: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the opening game in the Indian Super League 2017-18!

ISL 2017/18 sees two new teams in the I-League in the form of two-time I-League champions Bengaluru FC and the Tata Group-owned Jamshedpur FC, taking the total number of franchises in the tournament to ten.

With a spot in the AFC Cup qualifiers in the offing for the winners of the longer and expanded ISL, it is expected to be a hotly-contested competition this term.

The Rene Meulensteen-coached Kerala Blasters have assembled a strong squad this season, as have defending champions ATK, who are coached by Teddy Sheringham.

History doesn’t bode well for the Kochi-based outfit, who have defeated ATK in just one out their eight previous meetings.

First Published: Nov 17, 2017 17:29 IST