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ISL: Kerala Blasters ride on late Rahul KP strike to sink Bengaluru

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Margao: Rahul KP’s injury time strike helped Kerala Blasters FC beat Bengaluru FC 2-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday.

Cleiton Silva gave Bengaluru the lead in the 24th minute at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim. Lalthathanga Khawlhring equalised in the 73rd minute. Rahul KP scored the winner in the 94th minute.

The result moved Kerala to 9th spot with 13 points from 12 games. Bengaluru are 7th with 13 points from 12 games courtesy of better goal difference.

The opening minutes were a cagey affair, with both sides eager to take control of the game in the midfield. There were attempts at goal on both ends but it was nothing more than regulation saves for Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Albino Gomes.

The continuous forays into the Blasters’ half paid off in the 24th minute.

Bengaluru won a throw-in on the right and Rahul Bheke’s delivery beat everybody and fell to Cleiton Silva, who took it acrobatically on the half-volley at the far post and beat Gomes with power and placement to put BFC 1-0 up.

Kerala equalised in the 73rd minute through Lalthathanga Khawlhring.

Rahul KP wasted a good chance in the 79th minute. But he redeemed himself in the 4th minute of injury time with a brilliant solo goal.

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