Kerala will take an important advantage in their second leg semi-final to be played away after beating Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg at Kochi, on Sunday. Kervens Belfort scored off a sensational solo effort in the 65th minute in a dominant second-half display from the hosts.
Played in front of a massive crowd, Kerala Blasters continued with their impressive home run as they registered their sixth consecutive home win, thanks to a
Delhi Dynamos too looked good at start with all players being available and they almost silenced the huge crowd in the first minute itself. A long hopeful ball from midfield saw Florent Malouda take aim but a clearance saw the ball fall for Kean Lewis. Before the Delhi Dynamos winger could try his luck, defender Cedric Hengbart stood in his way and deflected the ball away for a corner. A minute later, it was Kerala’s turn to give Delhi a scare.. From a
In the second session, Belfort and Kerala Blasters were not to be denied. The home team drew first blood in the 65th minute when Belfort received a ball in his own half. The Haitian international ran quite a distance with the
Delhi’s response was strong with Malouda testing the rival goalkeeper and 10 minutes later, Kerala survived their biggest scare. A corner kick from Malouda saw Kerala head it out but the ball came back for Marcos Tebar who lobbed it inside the goalmouth where Marcelinho headed it dangerously towards goal but Hengbart proved Kerala’s saviour by heading it off the line. The second leg between the two teams will be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, on Wednesday.