Kerala Blasters FC faced Jamshedpur FC in the 11th match of the ISL 2023-24 season at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday, October 1. The Blasters won their second ISL game by defeating Jamshedpur FC 1-0 after a dominant display. The scoresheet is unable to show the brilliance of the Kerala side but they were the side who came to clinch the three points. After a goalless first half, the visitors started the second half on a front foot and created back-to-back opportunities. Jamshedpur couldn't find the back of the net. After the substitutions, Adrian Luna scored the only goal of the evening with Diamantakos' assist.
Meanwhile, Jamshedpur FC came on the back of a good defensive performance away from home. They secured a point after a brave defending display against East Bengal FC. They also were brilliant defensively today against the home side but to win a game, a team need to score goals. But for now, they haven't opened their copy yet.
Kerala Blasters assistant coach Frank Dauwen – "Even tomorrow, when it rains, it's not going to be a problem. Normally, before the game, we need water for the pitch so I think it's no problem."
"The Blasters began their season with a 2-1 victory over Bengaluru and though Jamshedpur managed only a goalless draw against East Bengal, Blasters' Adrian Luna feels it could be a difficult match."
Jamshedpur FC head coach Scott Cooper – "When you play against any team that's got fan support like the Blasters have, you have to match the work rate as an opponent…and play with your eyes wide open."
"The rain does affect the game. And it probably is a disadvantage to the home team. It's a leveller."
Kerala Blasters kicks off the match.
Jamshedpur are under pressure as Elsinho, the dangerous man is right at the last line.
Pritam spots Luna's run and tries to find him with a through ball, but Rehenesh collects the ball before Luna can reach it.
A long ball is played towards Chima near the Kerala Blasters area. Sachin does well to collect the ball confidently.
Sub In: Ricky Out: Imran
Danish tries to provide a pass to Peprah. The pass is not accurate and also has a lot of weight on it and Peprah could not reach the ball.
Manzorro steals the ball from Pritam. Manzorro makes a run to his right and tries to spread the ball to him. Len came up with a brilliant block from getting the ball.
Both teams seem intent on winning the midfield battle.
Chima's cross reaches Barla, who looks to create something. He goes toe-to-toe with Aimen and tries to get past him, but the Blaster player stays strong and steals the ball to end the JFC attack.
Rehenesh collects Luna's overhit ball comfortably.
Doungel sees a yellow card for stopping Luna from taking a quick free kick.
The Blasters certainly cannot complain about home support. The atmosphere is fantastic.
Five minutes were added at the end of the first half
Aimen's cross takes a deflection and falls to Danish, who rushes his shot and misses the distance by a fair margin.
The first half between Kerala and Jamshedpur ended goalless at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
The second half between Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC is underway at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
Luna swings in a good cross inside the JFC box from a corner. Rehenesh tried to collect the ball but could not. The loose ball is cleared acrobatically by Manzorro.
Cooper's side have denied everything the Blasters have thrown at them today.
Jeakson saw a yellow card for his challenge on Naorem from behind.
IN- Diamantakos, Vibin; OUT- Peprah, Danish
Rehenesh is on another level today.
Ricky sees a yellow card for his late challenge on Luna. It could have been a red because it was not only a late challenge but also a two-footed one.
Prabir Das had a good opportunity to find a teammate from a freekick. His delivery wasn't perfect as he sent the ball out of play.
A brilliant attacking move by the Blasters. Daisuke got the ball on the right flank and passed to Luna, who combined with Diamantakos for a wonderful one-two. Diamantakos opens the JFC defence with his flick and Luna sends the ball to the far corner with a first-time finish.
Jeakson with a strong challenge on Naorem but it was a foul.
N- Feddy OUT- Jeakson
Pronoy Halder sees a yellow card for his challenge on Daisuke.
IN- Sanan; OUT- Pronay
Kerala Blasters leading in terms of possession as well.
Seven Minutes added at the end of the second half
IN- Nihal; OUT- Aimen
Dohling sees a late yellow card.
Adrian Luna's goal helps the Kerala Blasters to a 1-0 win against Jamshedpur FC. That is two wins in two for Kerala, while Jamshedpur is yet to register a victory in the ISL 2023-24 season.