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Indian Football: Odisha, Kerala share honours

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi
February 23, 2020 22:31 IST
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IMAGE: Manuel Onwu scored a hat-trick for the hosts. Photograph: ISL Media

Odisha FC and Kerala Blasters played out an entertaining 4-4 draw in the Indian Super League, in Bhubaneshwar, on Sunday.

Manuel Onwu scored a hat-trick for the hosts, while Bartholomew Ogbeche netted twice to lead the Golden Boot standings with 15 to his name.

 

Odisha FC ended their league stage campaign with 25 points, while Kerala Blasters finished seventh with 19 points in their kitty.

Odisha took the lead through Manuel Onwu in the very first attack of the game. Jerry Mawihmingthanga's cross saw Onwu head it first time as he left Bilal Khan stranded to his position to make it 1-0.

However, Kerala equalised soon after as Messi Bouli crossed into the box which saw Narayan Das slam the ball into the back of his own net.

Kerala came close to scoring again as Jessel Carneiro's corner-kick found Ogbeche in space and the Nigerian's strike ended up on the side-netting.

The visitors eventually went ahead 2-1 when Carneiro's cross was comfortably controlled by Messi and with his second touch slammed it home to beat the goalkeeper.

In the 36th minute, Onwu scored his second of the evening; this time from a set-piece as his free-kick sailed into the back of the net.

Odisha could have made it 3-2 as Jerry went on a mazy run before he laid the ball for Daniel Lalhimpuia whose shot was fisted out for a corner by the goalkeeper.

ISLRaju Gaikwad's foul cost Kerala as he brought down Onwu inside the box which left the referee with no option but point at the spot. Martin Guedes converted from the penalty, despite Khan diving to his right to make it 3-2 for the home side.

Onwu completed his hat-trick in the 51st minute as his free-kick went straight into the far corner to take his goals tally for Odisha to seven from four matches.

Around the hour mark, Lalhimpuia had a chance to add his name to the score-sheet but his attempt went inches wide. Xisco Hernandez was denied by the crossbaras he got on the end of a Nandhakumar pull back and his first time shot came off the woodwork.

Nandhakumar too could have joined the party as his effort came off the crossbar as Kerala's defence once again was found wanting.

Shubham Sarangi was guilty of bringing down Ogbeche inside the box and the Blasters skipper beat Dorronsoro from the spot.

Deep into injury time, Ogbeche was caught on his neck by Dorronsoro and the subsequent penalty was dispatched in style by the Nigerian as he scored his 15th goal of the campaign. 

East Bengal complete thrilling comeback victory over TRAU FC

East Bengal registered an emphatic 4-2 comeback win over hosts TRAU FC in the I-League in Imphal.

The visitors were trailing by a solitary goal in the first half after TRAU drew first blood through Princewill Emeka in the 18th minute.

East Bengal, who lacked steam in the first half, came back strongly in the final 45 minutes of the game as they struck in quick intervals.

Jaime Colado's 52nd minute goal restored parity for the visitors who did press hard for a lead.

They soon found success punching in three quick goals through Kassim Aidara in the 67th minute, Brandon in the 69th minute and Marcos Espada's penalty conversion in the 76th minute.

TRAU pulled back a consolation goal through Patrick Uche who converted a penalty awarded to the hosts in the 85th minute.

As expected East Bengal started on an attacking note from the first minute. They tried making an attempt within the first two minutes when captain Aidara's long ranger landed safely into the hands of TRAU's Shayan Roy.

Soon after, TRAU forged forward with an inch perfect cross from Joel Sunday to Mayowa, who could not find the back of the net, thanks to a quick reflex from Red and Golds' keeper Laldanmawia Ralte between the post.

East Bengal's counter attacks lacked steam and their lacklustre defence soon gave way when on a counter attack a long cross from TRAU's Dinesh to Emeka inside the box saw the Nigerian scoring with a masterful header.

The game thereafter saw TRAU exploiting the visitors to the hilt while pressing hard to consolidate their lead but East Bengal ensured the hosts could not find success in their attempts.

Throughout the first 45 minutes East Bengal looked disorganised in their attempts to secure an equaliser. But things changed dramatically after the break.

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