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ISL 2016: Atletico de Kolkata becomes Champions

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    Atletico de Kolkata players celebrate after receiving the trophy

    As soon as Alireza Faghani blew the final whistle at the 90th minute with the scores tied at 1-1, Atletico de Kolkata made history with Jose Molina’s side drawing for the tenth occasion (in seventeen matches).

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    Atletico de Kolkata players celebrate with the winning trophy after beating Kerala Blasters

    A popular belief among the supporters of the losing semifinalists of the third season is that neither of the two most exciting sides of the league stage qualified for the ultimate showdown

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    Kerala Blasters FC scoring a goal against Atleico de Kolkata

    On a night, when a ‘sea of yellow’ took over the stands at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi

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    Jewel Raja Shaikh of Atletico de Kolkata celebrates after scoring his penalty

    Atletico once again outshot their opponents, but both clubs registered four shots on target, the visitors’ marquee signing Helder Postiga being particularly wasteful in the final third.

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    Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Nita Ambani and Praful Patel, President All India Football Federation

    Kervens Belfort was the Blasters’ standout attacking player for Steve Coppell’s side looked to threaten Debjit Majumdar’s goal whenever the Haitian received the ball on the left flank.

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    3rd season of Indian Super League ( ISL) Final match between Kerala Blasters FC and Atleico de Kolkata

    Kerala Blasters went in with a 4-1-4-1 formation to counter Atletico’s two deep central midfielders who had taken the game away from Mumbai City FC just a few days back.

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    Atletico de Kolkata players celebrate with coach after winning the final

    As Coppell’s side pressed Borja and Jewel Raja high up the pitch, forcing them to misplace passes, the supply for Atletico’s front four was severely hampered.

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    Atletico de Kolkata players celebrates

    Mehtab Hossain was stellar in midfield with six tackles and two blocks, apart from 43 passes and four crosses – his immaculate corner had brought in the Blasters’ goal in the thirty seventh minute.

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    Sachin Tendulkar and Nita Ambani during Indian Super League ( ISL)

    The Atletico central midfield grew into the match as the game progressed, with Borja and Jewel Raja completing nine tackles, four blocks and five interceptions between them.

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