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.
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.
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.
While Mumbai, Delhi and Atletico have claimed their places in the play-offs, Kerala Blasters and Northeast United FC are set to battle it out on Sunday to usurp the final spot as they clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
Atletico De Kolkata qualified for the semi-finals for the third straight season of the Indian Super League when they came from behind to secure a point against Kerala Blasters.
With only Mumbai City FC sealing their place in the last four, two other favourites in Kerala Blasters and Atletico de Kolkata will battle it out on Tuesday to seal their respective semi-final berths.
Things are looking up for Steve Coppell's Kerala Blasters as they edge closer to the semi-finals with a victory over FC Pune City FC. Meanwhile the situation is murkier at their South Indian rivals Chennaiyin FC who need a win against Northeast United to harbour any hopes of making it to the semi-finals.
Diego Forlan inspired a flawless Mumbai City FC performance as they demolished a hapless Kerala Blasters side 5-0 at home to go top of the ISL. Meanwhile Chennaiyin FC lock horns with Atletico De Kolkata on Sunday in a battle for the knockout places.