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ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

The win sends Kerala Blasters to the top of the table. Coppell's men would need to fix more than their finishing woes if they are to justify their two-times champions tag

BS Web team  |  New Delhi 

Full-time match report: ATK's new manager Steve Coppell was all smiles when he spoke about his new team's first two fixtures -- both at home.   "I couldn't have asked anything better. No disrespect to Kerala and NorthEast United but we will try and make our home a bit of fortress," Coppell told reporters on the eve of the first match. And Salt Lake stadium was indeed a fortress for ATK, at least against Kerala Blasters, who they have defeated on four different occasions while losing only one. But, on Saturday, Kolkata's fort was breached.. and ...

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ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

First three points of the season  #HeroISL debut goal #LetsFootball #KOLKER pic.twitter.com/47PbqiYBJc — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) September 29, 2018

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Full-time. Full-time match report to follow

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Minute 90+4 -- Refree blows the final whistle. That's it for today. Kerala make a winning start with goals by Poplatnik and Stojanovic. Kolkata, playing at home and despite the record of never losing their opening match, crumbled and rarely threatened the Kerala goal

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Minute 90 -- 4 minutes of added time

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Minute 89 -- Kerala's hero Matej Poplatnik is taken off for the final minutes. Kizito Keziron replaces him

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Minute 86 (GOAL!!) -- Stojanovic scores Kerala's second!! The Serbian controls a long ball near the box, twists, turns and frees himself off two Kolkata defenders and strikes it into the top-left corner!! Sweet sweet strike. Kolkata 0-Kerala 2

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

76' GOALLLL! Poplatnik puts @KeralaBlasters ahead! KOL 0-1 KER#HeroISL #LetsFootball #KOLKER #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/gcJK0CBZFU — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) September 29, 2018

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Minute 78 -- ATK make a change. Cavin Lobi comes in for Jayesh Rane

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Minute 76 (GOAL!!)-- Slovanian Poplatnik breaks the deadlock with a looping header. Although it did have an element of luck in it. Stojanovic's effort at goal is deflected and falls kindly for Poplatnik who heads it past Bhattacharja. ATK-0, KERALA 1.

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Minute 76 -- Slovanian Poplatnik breaks the deadlock with a looping header

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

Minute 72 -- Double substitution: Kalu Uche is on for El Maimouni Noussair   Kolkata's Lyngdoh on for Balwant Singh

First Published: Sat, September 29 2018. 17:11 IST

ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters start campaign with 2-0 win over ATK

The win sends Kerala Blasters to the top of the table. Coppell's men would need to fix more than their finishing woes if they are to justify their two-times champions tag

Full-time match report: ATK's new manager Steve Coppell was all smiles when he spoke about his new team's first two fixtures -- both at home.   "I couldn't have asked anything better. No disrespect to Kerala and NorthEast United but we will try and make our home a bit of fortress," Coppell told reporters on the eve of the first match. And Salt Lake stadium was indeed a fortress for ATK, at least against Kerala Blasters, who they have defeated on four different occasions while losing only one. But, on Saturday, Kolkata's fort was breached.. and ...

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