ISL 2021-22 Highlights KBFC 1-0 SCEB: Sipovic guides Blasters to victory against East Bengal

ISL 2021-22, KBFC vs SCEB Highlights: Get the Indian super league updates between Kerala Blasters and SC East Bengal from the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa.

Enes Sipovic scored from the set-piece to head in the first goal of teh match, putting Kerala Blasters in front in the 49th minute.   -  FOCUS SPORTS / ISL

Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Kerala Blasters vs SC East Bengal Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa.

That was all for the night. We will be back tomorrow when FC Goa locks horns with ATK Mohun Bagan. Thanks for tuning in tonight and take very good care of yourselves.

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Match Report: ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters downs East Bengal 1-0 to rise to third in the league

Updated points table: ISL 2021-22 Points Table: Kerala Blasters climbs to third after win over SC East Bengal

Updated stats table: ISL 2021-22 Stats: Gill cements Golden Glove spot after win against SC East Bengal

Full-Time

Kerala Blasters 1-0 SC East Bengal

A goal by Enes Sipovic early on the second half guided Kerala Blasters to its first win against SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League and that helped the side to get into the top four of the league table.

90+4' Key stop by Sourav! Puitea makes a run and passes for Luna, but Sourav intercepts in the last moment to clear the ball. It could have been a second if an error had happened

90+1' Shot! Angou goes for goal from distance for SC East Bengal, but this time, like the entire match, East Bengal's shot is off-target

89' Yellow Card! Hira Mondal fouls Adrian Luna and gets into the book. The frustration is creeping in for the red-and-gold brigade.

88' Substitution for KBFC! In: Vincy Barretto, Out: Sahal Samad

Substitution for SCEB! In: Subha Ghosh, Out: Joyner Laurenco

87' SC East Bengal continues to be defensively better with Hira Mondal at the back, but the damage looks to be done. With the attack lacking sharpness, a return looks to be off the cards for now

82' Miss! Sota gets the ball in front of the boa, beats his marker and shoots, but fails to keep the ball on target as KBFC remains in front after the missed opportunity for an equaliser

78' Change for Kerala Blasters as well! In: Chencho Gyeltsen, Out: Alvaro Vazquez

77' Triple change for SC East Bengal! In: Sourav, Mahesh, Angou, Out: Hnamte, Amarjit, Rafique

76' Time for another water break!

74' Puitea tries to ask questions to the SCEB defence, but Roy takes charge to put any scare to bed. The scoreline, however, remains in favour of Kerala Blasters

72' Substitution for Kerala Blasters! In: Ayush Adhikari, Out: Jeakson Singh

70' Shot! Perosevic goes for goal from distance and keeps the ball on target, but Gill saves it with a touch and then grabs it under his control

67' The ball, after moving around the midfield like a pinball game goes out of play for a throw in and SCEB continues to try and build something from the back.

64' Another set piece attempt by KBFC as Jeakson and Sahal pair up, but Jeakson's cross is headed out by Joyner. It could've been a second if Sahal had got to the ball first

60' Sanjeev gets into the book after a challenge on Perosevic. the free kick that followed saw Gill lose the ball due to poor positioning, but Sipovic clears it out of danger

59' Substitution for SCEB! In: Jackichand Singh, Out: Rahul Paswan

59' Poor shot from the corner. This is the second time Sota has taken a poor corner kick as it misses every player in the SCEB box

57' Luna takes the free kick from distance, but the ball drifts a bit too much as Jeakson fails to make the most out of the ball and Hira eventually clears the ball away

53' A chance for SC East Bengal had arrived second later as Rafique tried to score an equaliser, but the attack eventually fizzled as Ivan Vukomanovic sighed in relief. Kerala in front now.

49' GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL!!!! Sipovic scores from the corner to put KBFC in front

KBFC 1-0 SCEB

46' Pereyra diaz breaks into the SCEB box with a quick dribble, but three defenders in white cut down the gap to final block his shot

Second Half Begins!

Kerala Blasters has had only three hots on target in the first half while SC East Bengal has had none.Both the sides will look to have that stat increase in their favour in the second half.

Half-Time!

Kerala Blasters 0-0 SC East Bengal

45+1' We are into stoppage time and the duel between the two sides has been so tight that neither of them have found a way into the net in the first 45 minutes so far.

42' Chance! Perosevic gets a long ball on the right, cuts in to his left with dribbles and having beat two KBFC defenders, crosses the ball right in front of the goalkeeper, but no one from SCEB was there to put it into the net

41' Rivera continues to guide the Red-and-Gold brigade from the sidelines -- a side that has limited the high flying attack of the men in black tonight

38' KBFC gets a second corner after the first was headed out by SCEB and even that is cleared away by SCEB defender Prce.

35' As the match resumes, SCEB gets a corner kick, which after an initial clearance is hit from distance by Rafique, but KBFC has the defence under control and blocks the shot 

32' Amarjit makes a run along the right, beats Bhutia, but his cross was a bit high as the ball goes out for the water break that follows

29' Shot! The ball falls for Sahal in the SCEB penalty box and he goes for goal with his right foot, but the shot is off-target and we still do not have an opening goal tonight

26' Save! Action on the other end as Hnamte tries to go for goal from distance, but it flies above the goal as Gill makes a full-stretch attempt, but does not get a touch on the ball

25' Chance! Both the sides have had two corners each and this time, Puitea's lkick is met by Jeakson Singh, but Roy has the ball under control

22' Luna makes a run into the box, but his cross is sensed by Hira, who heads the ball out of danger. The corner that follows has Luna taking it, but after a clearance, it falls for Stalin, who troies to go for goal from distance, but shoots way over the goal

19' This time Perosevic runs down the right wings and crosses for Rahul, but Gill grabs the ball just on time

17' Save! Vazquez heads the ball into the goal, following a pass from Luna, but Roy catches the ball to deny the KBFC forward the opening goal of the match

14' Corner for East Bengal! SCEB gets a chance as Perosevic makes a run along the right of the KBFC box and crosses the ball for Amarjit. The ball once blocked falls again in the box and Sipovic manages to clear the ball away for a corner. Sota takes the kick, which is too high and goes out for a goal kick

13' Luna makes a run along the right onto the box crosses the bal for Diaz, but he misses and Puitea rushes to it with a shot, but it is eventually blocked by the white wall of SCEB

10' Ten minutes into the game and neither side has posed any serious threat around the opposition boxes as the score remains 0-0

8' Free Kick! Luna takes the kick with his right foot, but the ball goes out of play after a touch off Jeakson Singh

7' Kerala tries to build an attack along the right flank, but is forced to return to back passes.

5' Rafique takes control of the ball in the midfield and gives a long ball for Rahul Paswan on the right, but hits it too high as the ball goes out of play and Rafique apologises with a raised hand

3' Perosevic tries to makes sa run along the flanks, but Puitea stops him in his tracks as East Bengal tries to find an early goal

2' SC East Bengal get a corner kick and Perosevic takes it, which misses everybody in the box as the ball goes out for a goal kick

7:30 pm: Kick Off! Kerala Blasters is playing from right to left with SC East Bengal playing from the other side.

7:25 pm: The two sides, Kerala Blasters (in black) and SC East Bengal (in white), are out on the field and have taken their positions after the National Anthem of India. The contest is about to begin!

7:15 pm: Both sides come into the game with fresh squads.

Kerala Blasters has made three changes from its previous match with Denechandra Meitei, Marko Leskovic, Harmanjot Khabra and Vincy Barretto replaced with Bijoy V, Sandeep Singh, Sanjeev Stalin.

SC East Bengal, on the other hand, has made double the number of changes with six new players starting for the side, four of whom had started from the bench in the last match against Odisha FC.

6:50 pm: In the first leg this season, both sides remained locked at 1-1 until full time. In case you missed the match, we have got you covered with the highlights.

Read it here: SC East Bengal vs Kerala Blasters FC Highlights

6:34 pm: Starting Line-ups are out!

Kerala Blasters Starting XI: Prabhsukhan Gill (GK), Bijoy V, Enes Sipovic, Sandeep Singh, Saanjeev Stalin, Adrian Luna, Jeakson Singh, Sahal Samad, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Jorge Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez.

SC East Bengal Starting XI: Sankar Roy (GK), Adil Khan, Joyner Laurenco, Hira Mondal, Huidrom Singh, Amarjit Kiyam, Mohammad Rafique, Lalrinliana Hnamte, Fran Sota, Rahul Paswan, Antonio Perosevic

6:15 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD: The two sides have met thrice in the Indian Super League and all the three clashes have ended as 1-1 draws. It will be interesting to see how today's fixture ends.

6:00 pm: Here is how we think both teams will lineup!!

Kerala Blasters Predicted XI: Prabhsukhan Gill (GK), Nishu Kumar, Ruivah Hormipam, Marko Leskovic, Ayush Adhikari, Harmanjot Khabra, Sahal Samad, Adrian Luna, Jeakson Singh, Jorge Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez.

SC East Bengal Predicted XI: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Adil Khan (C), Hira Mondal, Ankit Mukherjee, Franjo Prce, Darren Sidoel, Wahengbam Luwang, Sourav Das, Antonio Perosevic, Marcelo Ribeiro, Naorem Singh.

MATCH PREVIEW

Kerala Blasters FC will look to get back to winning ways when it takes on 10th-placed SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Monday.

Kerala Blasters, currently placed sixth with 23 points from 14 matches, would be eager to exploit SC East Bengal’s run of poor form to regain its position in the top-four of the league table. The Blasters suffered a heavy loss at the hands of Jamshedpur FC in its last outing and a win on Monday will serve as a morale-booster ahead of its next two games against better-placed ATK Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad FC.

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With the top-four spot out of sight, SC East Bengal (on 10 points from 16 games) will be fighting for pride and attempt to secure its second win of the season.

Injuries and suspensions pose some challenges to Blasters coach Ivan Vukomanovic, who may not be getting the services of names like Ruivah Hormipam, Harmanjot Khabra and Marko Leskovic. “We have enough players in our squad. Some other players will take the positions. I am confident that these boys can do the job,” said Vukomanovic while looking to get his line-up in order.

SC East Bengal coach Mario Rivera felt his players will be under less pressure and will be playing for a win to salvage some pride. “I am sure the top teams will not be happy to play East Bengal now because they know we will be a very difficult team to beat. We are focused on winning the next match,” he said.

Where can you watch the match?

The Kerala Blasters vs SC East Bengal match will start at 7:30pm and will be telecast live on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be live streamed in the OTT Platform, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.