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Kerala down Pune to register first ISL win

Overcoming a one-goal deficit, Kerala Blasters FC edged past FC Pune City 2-1 to register their first win in Indian Super League (ISL) at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium on Thursday. French International David Trezeguet gave the hosts an early lead with his 15th minute strike to bring the home fans to their feet.

Trezeguet took a volley from a spectacular ball delivered by John Goossens from the left wing to fire it into the goal. But the cheer was shortlived as Kerala soon pulled up their socks to go full throttle and India U-23 forward Sabeeth equalised in the 41st minute. It was a sweet combination of moves as Stephen Pearson’s well-taken corner was directed at Cedric Hengbart, who headed it towards the goal and an alert Sabeeth quietly tucked the ball into the net.

This was Sabeeth’s first goal in the league. Attacks and counter-attacks continued from either end of the goal but the score remained 1-1 at half-time.

In the second half, Kerala think-tank introduced Penn Orji in place of G Milhomem and Orji soon made it count when the Kenyan international scored in the 65th minute. Iain Hume’s spectacular pass from the right wing was safely taken inside the box by Orji and he perfectly shot it at the bottom right corner to give Kerala the decisive lead. From then on Pune tried hard to comeback into the game but the away team proved to be strong with their defense.
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