It just looked like Kerala Blasters were starting to build the momentum and were finally en route to making it to the ISL 2016 semifinals until a Diego Forlan-brilliance from Mumbai City FC completely stumped them. Nevertheless, getting back up remains the mantra in life and that definitely should be the message from Sachin Tendulkar, the co-owner of Kerala Blasters.
Not all have been lost for the Kochi side as they still can reach their aim with three league games to go. Currently fifth in the table with 15 points, Kerala Blasters take on FC Pune City on Friday at the JLN Stadium in Kochi. HIGHLIGHTS AND MOMENTS FROM THE MATCH...
The Antonio Habas-coached Pune side are not doing too bad this season as they remain fourth in the table at the moment with 15 points and two more league games to go. To remain in the semifinal contention, Pune City have to win their remaining two games, else it's an uphill task.
For Kerala Blasters, good news is the availability of marquee player Aaron Hughes, who missed a couple of games owing to his international duty with Northern Ireland. His presence could bring the solidity back to the team, who are believed to be low on morale after the 5-0 blanking by Mumbai City FC.
"Presently, all teams could reach the semi-finals. This league has been that close, and it's great, it's great entertainment and it shows the league is on a good path," Kerala Blasters head coach Steve Coppell spoke on the current scenario of ISL 2016.
Head to head record
Kerala 3-1 Pune (one game drawn)
Kerala Blasters vs FC Pune City is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm IST (2.30 pm BST) on November 25.
Where to watch live
India: TV - Star Sports 1/HD1, Star Sports 2/HD2, Star Sports 3/HD3
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Bangladesh: TV - Channel 9
South-East Asia: TV - Eurosport
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