In a football match, Daisuke Sakai scored his first goal for the club in the 32nd minute. However, the hero for Kerala Blasters FC that day was their young goalkeeper Sachin Suresh, who saved a penalty kick in the second consecutive Indian Super League (ISL) match.
Sachin Suresh not only saved the initial penalty kick taken by East Bengal’s Brazilian player Cleiton Silva but also denied him on the rebound after the referee signaled a retake.
Despite Sachin’s heroics, East Bengal managed to score a goal minutes later when Dimitrios Diamantakos capitalized on a deflected ball inside the box, making it 2-0 for the away team at Salt Lake Stadium. KBFC finished the game with 10 players on the field, as Diamantakos received a second yellow card for taking off his jersey to celebrate his goal.
The match was filled with drama, with a total of 7 players receiving yellow cards. East Bengal was awarded another penalty in the 96th minute, and this time, Cleiton Silva found the top corner with the last kick of the game.
In the early minutes of the game, K Peprah missed an opportunity to score when he couldn’t reach a perfect cross from the right wing by Sandeep. If he had been slightly closer to the ball, the Kochi outfit could have taken an early lead in the second minute.
As a result of this victory, Kerala Blasters FC earned 13 points from 6 games, while Mohun Bagan is in second place with 12 points after 4 games in the ISL.