North East United FC beat Kerala Blasters in Hero ISL 2016 opening match

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North East United FC are off to a good start in the third edition of the Indian Super League football tournament as they beat the Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the opening ISL 2016 match at Guwahati on Saturday.

North East United FC vs Kerala Blasters Highlights

Japanese midfielder and also a former Mohun Bagan midfielder, Katsumi Yusa was the man, who changed the match for the North East United FC in what was turning out to be a dull goalless match.

In the 55th minute of the match, Katsumi Yusa hit the net successfully to bring cheer to about 28000 spectators at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.

That was the only goal of the North East United FC vs Kerala Blasters ISL 2016 match which began after a colourful opening ceremony featuring Bollywood stars.

North East United FC

North East United FC

The Sachin Tendulkar owned Kerala Blasters, the champions of Hero ISL 2014 made atleast a couple of attempts to level the score but in vain. In the 57th minute, they lost out with Antonio German coming up with a wayward shot which was defended by an alert North East United FC goalkeeper Subrata Paul.

In the 60th minute, there was another opportunity for the Kerala Blasters but Sandesh Jinghan’s header could not find its way onto the goal post.

The action in the Hero ISL 2016 now shifts to Kolkata at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium with Atlético de Kolkata taking on the Chennaiyin FC on Sunday.

For Kerala Blasters, their next engagement will be Atlético de Kolkata on October 5 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi as per the Hero ISL 2016 schedule.

The winners of the ISL 2016 opening match – NorthEast United FC which is owned by Bollywood star John Abraham will face FC Goa on October 4 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

North East United FC vs Kerala Blasters Match Result

  • North East United FC defeated Kerala Blasters 1-0
  • Goals: Katsumi Yusa for North East United FC in 55th minute

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