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A young Kerala Blasters faces Sudeva Delhi FC as both the teams look forward to a positive start to their 131st Durand Cup campaign at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium today. Follow this space for all live updates.

The Magnificent Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium

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Fulltime at Guwahati as both teams play out an entertaining draw. Sudeva looked better organised but Kerala had their fair share of chances as well. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

90+3′ Close!

Tejas Krishna finds the freekick with his head and directs it goalwards but unfortunately, the ball grazes past the upright. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

90+1′ On target

Kuki’s freekick was on target but didn’t cause any trouble to the keeper. Meanwhile, 4 minutes added. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

90′ Freekick

Into the final minute and Sudeva wins a freekick in a dangerous position. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

88′ Save!

Sachin Suresh saves the right-footed attempt from Karthik. Scores still levelled. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

85′ Yellow!

Basit gets a booking for a professional foul, stopping a Kerala Blasters counter. One for the team? SDFC 1-1 KBFC

83′ Good spell of play

Sudeva piled up a string of attacks but ultimately the ball goes away. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

77′ Over

Kuki’s shot lands outside the stadium maybe! SDFC 1-1 KBFC

74′ Cooling break

The game rolls into the final cooling break for the evening. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

73′ Substitution

Gou Kuki replaces Michael for Sudeva. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

70′ Booking

Substitute Jasim gets booked for a foul on Akbar. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

68′ offside

Nischal cushions a header into the box off a long ball but the assistant referee raises his flag. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

64′ Easy

Sachin collects the through-ball easily, causing no troubles whatsoever. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

60′ Hour mark

We reach the hour mark at Guwahati as Kerala Blasters make the first change of the evening. Jasim comes in for Ajsal who has been very impressive. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

57′ shot blocked

Gaurav tries a long-range effort but his shot was well blocked by the Sudeva defence. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

54′ corner

Sudeva wins a corner, but couldn’t capitalize. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

52′ chance wasted

Blasters lose the opportunity to benefit from a quick throw-in. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

50′ good defending

Kuki plays an excellent through ball but the Blasters defender brilliantly shields the ball. Goal kick. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

46′ Kickoff

Second half begins. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

45′ Half-time

Half-time in Guwahati. Both teams are equally matched and an exciting second half awaits! SDFC 1-1 KBFC


Mangku Kuki with a worldie!!! The curl and the finesse off his left foot will surely be played over and over again. SDFC 1-1 KBFC

42′ Golazooooooooo

Kerala finally finds the perfect through-ball and Ajsal breaks the deadlock as he slots the ball in the bottom right! Gaurav’s assist deserves equal deserve. SDFC 0-1 KBFC

37′ Yellow Card

Tejas Krishna booked for a two-footed challenge on Karthik, who stays down injured. Krishna, however, won the ball but the follow-through was pretty dangerous. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

35′ Good gameplay

Good spell of play from Sudeva FC, but they are just lacking the finishing touches. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

33′ Skills!

Sleek feet from Aritra Das of Kerala Blasters who tries to put in a good cross. But the Sudeva defence crowds the space. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

30′ Cooling break

Much needed after a great start. Kerala looks like will be the first team to score whereas Sudeva is waiting for the perfect opportunity. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

28′ Wayward

Basit Ahmed Bhat tries to hit the ball on the volley but the ball goes wayward. Not sure whether he intended a cross or a shot.

24′ Big chance!

Ajsal steals the ball brilliantly and plays a low-driven cross inside the box but a last-ditch sliding tackle by Ashray Bhardwaj saves the day for Sudeva. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

21′ Another counter!

Yet another Counter attack in vein by Kerala Blasters, as Sudeva defender slides in to clear the ball. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

18′ Quick counter

Kerala Blasters break into a quick counterattack led by Ajsal, but the Sudeva defender clears the ball. The Resultant corner goes over everyone. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

14′ Freekick

Poor from Sudeva. Wasted the freekick chance. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

12′ Sudeva looks strong

Sudeva’s formation looks strong and compact, forcing Kerala to take the risks while moving forward. We have a tasty encounter in our hands. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

8′ Big opportunity!

Blasters Goalkeeper Sachin forced to make a low save from a shot from Karthik. Big chance missed for Sudeva. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

7′ Corner

Corner for Sudeva. Poor shot but luckily deflected back. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

04′ Great start

Both teams enjoying a positive start. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

01′ Kickoff!

Kickoff at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium. SDFC 0-0 KBFC

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Sudeva Delhi vs Kerala Blasters: Preview

The Kerala Blasters and Sudeva FC game at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium which follows the FC Goa-Indian Air Force game on Matchday 4, will see both teams making a first appearance in this year’s tournament while it will be their second overall appearance at the IndianOil Durand Cup.

With Kerala bringing a young side and Sudeva having an active transfer season it will be interesting to note how things pan out on the ground but both have players in their squad who the opponents will be wary of.

The Blasters might unleash Sudeva’s own Shubho Paul on them in attack and with players like India U-20 SAFF championship winner Vibin Mohanan and talented midfielders like Ebindas Yesudasan in their ranks, Sudeva will have their hands full.

The Delhi side on the other hand does not lack talent as well with the likes of Abhijit Sarkar, who impressed one and all in the FIFA U-17 world cup held in India and later, in their squad. They also bring in experience in midfield with the likes of Souvik Das who has played in the highest echelons of Indian football and with the top clubs as well, as they do in wing play with the likes of journeyman Chesterpaul Lyngdoh.

Odhisa FC began proceedings in Group D with a 6-0 win over North East United FC (NEUFC) and there are only two spots for grabs to make the knockouts. None of Sudeva or the Blasters will want to let go of an opportunity to win first-up by cashing in on any laziness on the other’s part.

Where to watch?

The match will be telecasted on the Sports18-1, Sports18-1HD, Voot, Khel and JioTV.

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By Debojyoti Sarkar

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