ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters breeze past Chennaiyin FC in the Southern Derby

Kerala Blasters have lost only match in the 2021-22 ISL season
ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters breeze past Chennaiyin FC in the Southern Derby

Sahal Abdul Samad has scored in back to back ISL games.  

The Kerala Blasters continue their unbeaten streak in the 2021-22 ISL as they defeated Chennaiyin FC 3-0 at Tilak ground in Vasco.

The Tuskers had a scintillating start to their match as Argentinian Jorge Diaz Pereyra scored the first goal for the Kerala Blasters in the ninth minute. Pereyra broke the offside trap and placed the ball past Chennaiyin Keeper Vishal Kaith.

The Marina Machans were immediately on the back foot as they had no shots on the goal for the first 20 minutes. CFC's first big chance came in the 25th minute as Vladimir Koman took the corner to find Jessel Carneiro heads it accurately, but the Tuskers keeper Prabhsukhan Gill dives to his right and makes a big save.

13 minutes later, Kerala Blasters doubled their lead as 24-year-old midfielder Sahal Abdul Samad scored his third goal of the 2021-22 season. Samad went into the box and took the shot that was blocked by Vishal Kaith. But luckily, the rebound fell in front of Samad as he scored the second goal for the Tuskers. Entering the break, Chennaiyin FC struggled a lot because of their flaws in their defence.

In the second half, Kerala Blasters continued playing attacking football as Jessel Carneiro took a left-footed shot from the left side that was denied by the CFC keeper.

The Tuskers dominated possession with their aggressive playstyle and scored their third in the 79th minute. Brazilian midfielder Adrian Luna scored his first goal of the ISL for Kerala as he took a shot from the edge of the box.

The Blasters played out the remaining ten minutes to register their third win of the season. Under Head Coach Ivan Vukomonavic, the Tuskers have beaten table-toppers Mumbai City 3-0 in the previous match. Kerala has not lost a match since losing to ATK Mohan Bagan. Since then, they have won three and drawn three games. Chennaiyin FC slipped to sixth place after losing their second match in the tournament and has 11 points after seven games.

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