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September 11 (india07): Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters marked their Durand Cup debut with a slender 1-0 victory over the Indian Navy football team at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) on Saturday in the ongoing Durand Cup.
Uruguayan midfielder Adrian Luna scored the match-winning spot-kick in the 71st minute.
Scores remained level at half-time and given how wasteful both teams were on either half, it seemed that the game was heading for its first goalless draw.
The Navy team did an incredible job in their opening game when they came back from a goal down to win against Delhi FC and had they only tucked away from the biggest chance they had on Saturday in the 73rd minute, the Sailormen could have ensured passage to the quarter-finals already.

Kerala Blasters
Kerala Blasters

The opportunity was textbook and it sprung out of a Navy counterattack. Ultimately, it was squandered, not once but twice. First, Sreyas VG had to put his shot away with only Albino Gomes to beat, but the Blasters custodian palmed it away.
Only for the ricochet to fall straight at the feet of Britto PM, who had an open goal to aim for. The former East Bengal winger, however, astonishingly shot wide.
The breakthrough goal had arrived two minutes earlier, following an erratic challenge inside the box by Navy’s Dalraj Singh, which was adjudged to be a yellow card and a penalty was awarded in favour of Kerala.
Adrian Luna stepped up for the responsibility and made no mistake in making it 1-0 for his side.
“We are happy with the three points. It was our idea of today’s game. It was really hard in these circumstances with the rain and the condition of the pitch. We wanted to finish the game without injuries but now we have to see how to recover some of our players”, said Kerala Blasters head coach Ivan Vukomanovic after the game. (india07)

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Kerala Blasters beat Indian Navy 1-0 in a Group C match on their Duand Cup debut at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium here on Saturday.

Uruguayan midfielder Adrian Luna scored the winner off a penalty in the 70th minute in his first competitive match for the Yellow Brigade. The penalty was awarded after Sreekuttan was brought down inside the area.

Indian Navy had beaten Delhi FC 2-1 in their opening match.

lasters next meet Bengaluru FC at the same venue on Wednesday.

Their final group match is against Delhi FC on September 21 at the Mohun Bagan Club Ground.

The other Kerala team in the fray Gokulam Kerala begin their title defence against Army Red in Group D on Sunday.

The top two teams from the four groups will qualify for the quarterfinals.

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