Kerala hearts were broken by Atletico de Kolkata for the second time in three years, as Jose Molina mashalled his troops to lift the Indian Super League trophy in Kochi on Sunday.
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A match of this intensity demands players to rise to their absolute best. While both Steve Copell and Jose Molina are tactically sound, TheHardTackle analyses 3 key battles in the game which could decide the outcome of ISL 3.
With 59 games done and dusted, we are left with the Grand Finale of yet another riveting Indian Super League campaign as Kerala Blasters play host to the Atletico De Kolkata in their own backyard
Kerala Blasters outlasted Delhi Dynamos in the penalty shootout to secure a place in the final of the third edition of the Indian Super League.
Delhi Dynamos will be looking to overcome a 1-0 deficit when they play host to Kerala Blasters in leg 2 of the second semifinal of the Hero Indian Super League 2016.
Mumbai is all set to host what has got to be one of the most riveting and nail biting encounters in recent Indian Super League history as Atletico de Kolkata travel to Mumbai with a slender 1 goal advantage in the second league of the semi finals. It will be advantage to the Kolkata outfit who part from their one goal lead, will also benefit from the fact that Mumbai City FC will be without their key forward and marquee man Diego Forlan who was will be serving his one match ban after getting sent off in the previous leg. Forlan was a key figure behind City’s table top finish in the league stages, both creating and scoring goals.The absence of the the Uruguayan could come as a huge blow for Alexander Guimares’ side.
Kervens Belfort's stunning goal just beyond the hour mark proved to be the difference as Kerala Blasters continued their good home run to beat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League.
Atletico De Kolkata's superstar Iain Hume scored a first-half brace to hand his side a 3-2 win in the first-leg of their semi-final against Mumbai City FC.
While it's a third consecutive semi-final appearance for Atletico De Kolkata, Mumbai City FC are in the knock-out stage of the competition for the first-time and they will look to carry forward their flawless run of performances this term to take them all the way through.
Atletico De Kolkata' s Consistency, Diego Forlan' s Hat-Trick & Marcelinho' s masterclass feature among the fantastic moments of the Indian Super League so far.