Kerala Blasters vs. ATK Mohun Bagan

ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters vs. ATK Mohun Bagan – Features

Juan Ferrando thinks that the referee must shield players after Atletico de Kolkata was held to a 2-2 draw by Kerala Blasters at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, India on Saturday.

The Mariners had only one day to prepare for this match, and it was a dramatic conclusion to the game. The goalkeeping error by Brad Jones in the 93rd minute gave Bayern Munich an opportunity to equalize. However, the Spanish coach was not pleased with the result.

He pointed out that his team was denied a penalty in the first half.

A cross from the left was headed towards goal by Eduardo Herrara and as Sandesh Jhingan tried to clear it, he could not stop the ball from hitting his arm. No penalty was awarded for this incident. Ferrando commented: “I am disappointed with the result.

“We deserved to win.”

He added: “The referee did not give us a penalty and we also missed two chances in the first half. But I am very happy with my team’s performance and we did well in defense.”

When asked about his team selection, Ferrando said that he would have played exactly the same side if he could replay the game.

“I cannot change the team again and we need to continue like this,” he concluded.

Bikramjit Singh echoed his coach’s thoughts and said: “Yes, the referee did not give us a penalty in the first half and we were unlucky.”

On being asked specifically about Joni’s goal that came in injury time, he said: “We should not have conceded that goal. We were leading 2-1 and controlling the game.”


Kerala FC

Kerala Blasters Football Club is an Indian professional football club based in Kochi, Kerala. The club competes as a member of the Indian Super League, one of the top leagues of Indian football. The team is owned by former India cricket team captain, Sachin Tendulkar along with PVP Ventures and joined the league for the 2014 season.

The Blasters won one Federation Cup and two Kerala Premier League titles in five years of their existence. They are the current defending champions after defeating Delhi Dynamos in the final of the 2016 edition to clinch the third title overall.


The chance foregone

ATK could have taken an early lead but Balwant Singh missed a sitter in the 6th minute. He was left unmarked inside the box but his shot went way above the bar.

The home side took the lead in the 25th minute through a curling free-kick from Mohammad Rafique.

Eugenson Lyngdoh restored parity for ATK before half-time as he slotted at the back of the net from an acute angle.

Kerala Blasters vs. ATK Mohun Bagan

In between those two goals, Balwant missed another chance to score as he headed over from across.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute as Rafique handled the ball. However, Jhingan saved Eduardo’s attempt to secure a draw for his side.

Their next game is against Chennaiyin FC on October 6, before traveling to the opposite end of the country to lock horns against northeast outfit NorthEast United four days later.

Earlier, ATK had lost 1-0 to Chennaiyin FC on the opening day of ISL and registered their first win against Mumbai City FC (1-0).


The referee

Juan Ferrando feels that the referee needs to protect players after ATK Mohun Bagan held Kerala Blasters to a 2-2 draw in an Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, on Saturday.

The Spaniard felt that his team deserved to win and was left disappointed by the referee’s decisions throughout the game.

“Yes, the referee did not give us a penalty in the first half and we were unlucky,” he said.

When asked specifically about Joni’s goal that came in injury time, he stated: “We should not have conceded that goal. We were leading 2-1 and controlling the game”.

Balwant Singh missed a sitter in the 6th minute and was left unmarked inside the box but his shot went way above the bar.

The home side took the lead in the 25th minute via a curling free-kick from Mohammad Rafique.

Eugenson Lyngdoh restored parity for ATK before half-time as he slotted at the back of the net from an acute angle.

In between those two goals, Balwant missed another chance to score as he headed over from across.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute as Rafique handled the ball. However, Jhingan saved Eduardo’s attempt to secure a draw for his side.

Ferrando said his team was denied a penalty after new signing Asier Dipanda saw his shot hit both posts before crossing the line, while Dipanda was clutching his head. “No penalty,” he said.

“Every time there are 50-50 balls, the referee has to protect the players.”

He also criticised the performance of Serbian official Milorad Mazic after ATK midfielder Pronay Halder was shown a second yellow card for dissent in the 69th minute.

“I think the referee did not have a good day,” he said. “The red card was incorrect, I don’t even want to talk about it.”

The Blasters had gone 2-1 up in the first half through Dimitar Berbatov and Iain Hume before Bagan scored twice in quick succession through Dipanda and Andrew Barisic in the second half — although Berbatov’s goal came from an offside position.

“We are really disappointed with the score but our team played very well and I think we won this game,” Ferrando said. “I would like to congratulate my players for how they played.”

The Blasters will now face the Highlanders in the second match of their home leg on November 29.

“The next game will be a really tough one,” Ferrando said. “I have respect for them but we can beat any team in India.”

TK’s head coach Teddy Sheringham said that he would have been happy with a penalty when Dipanda scored but was relieved that the referee did not send off Halder in the second half.

“The one thing I’m disappointed with is not getting at least a draw from this game,” he said. “I thought we were excellent and we were the better side. We stopped them playing, I couldn’t see them getting a goal today.”

Sheringham also defended Halder’s second yellow card for dissent, which will keep him out of the next game against Chennaiyin FC. “I don’t think it was a yellow card,” he said.