On Saturday, Dimitrios Diamantakos ('18) scored the only goal of the game to take the Kerala Blasters to third place in the league.
This is the third time that fans of the Kochi-based team are in the news for the wrong reason. In a tweet, FC Goa sought an inquiry into the incident.
Though the match kicked off on a dull note, the stadium started witnessing the reverberating roars of the fans when Adrian Luna tapped in the first goal in the 42nd minute.
Kerala Blasters players arrived at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday in a new vehicle following the motor vehicle department’s (MVD) action against their official bus citing violations.
Kochi Metro is also extending the train timings to facilitate football enthusiasts.
Officials of Blasters FC and ISL said a similar situation had developed in 2019 as well.
Officials find 5 violations including damaged tyres & rear view mirrors, first aid box empty
Likely to seize vehicle if team uses it again; expert says punishment for colour change illogical
Dimitri Peters excelled for ATK Mohun Bagan with three goals, dashing the hopes of nearly 40,000 Blasters fans.
At a press conference on Saturday, team coach Ivan Vukomanovic hinted that the huge fan support they receive will help the team perform well in the match.
Kerala will look to carry the momentum and secure their first-ever victory over ATK Mohun Bagan in the ISL.
Of course, the first ISL game in Kochi after two years of not having fans is massive.
The giant flex boards of Kerala Blasters’ players, including those of Malayalis, are erected at the entrance of the venue, which will add to the excitement of Keralites.
The 25-year-old Kozhikode-born player will be joining the Marina Machans after spending five years at Kerala Blasters FC.
Kerala Blasters' vision is to work towards the contribution of local players to the national squad.
The Ivan Vukomanovic-led side will face competition from UAE's top-tier clubs - Hatta Club, Al Nasr FC, and Dibba FC. The squad will camp at the Al-Nasr Cultural and Sports Club for 12 days.
A product of Dempo SC, Barretto will add extra speed and depth in the wings for the Marina Machans.
Vukomanovic-led Kerala Blasters to the ISL final for the first since 2016, taking over the club that could only achieve a second-bottom finish in the preceding season.
Drunk high on expectation, Manjappada, the loyal and fervent fans of Kerala Blasters, had painted Kochi yellow much before the ISL final against Hyderabad FC started.
Two youths from Malappuram were killed in a road accident when their motorcycle collided with a truck at Udma in Kasaragod district early on Sunday.