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.
Quite fittingly, it was Kerala's local boy Rahul who broke the game open, striking a long ranger in the 68th minute to send the fans into ecstasy.
It was Kattimani's day as his heroics helped Kerala prevailed in the shoot-out. He saved the spot kicks from Mark Leskovic, Nishu Kumar and Jeakson Singh.
While it would be Hyderabad's maiden final appearance, Kerala Blasters will be competing in the final for the third time.
In 2014 and 2016, Kerala Blasters had made it to the finals, but on both occasions, they had lost to erstwhile ATK, and thus their dream of winning the coveted ISL Trophy remained unfulfilled.
Rachel Dammala speaks to sports investors, founders, club owners and chairpersons of various leagues and teams in the city.
Mumbai, placed fifth in the points table with 31 points from 19 matches, will not only have to beat Hyderabad FC but also hope Kerala Blasters FC lose to FC Goa on Sunday.
A big part of Hyderabad FC's rampant run is down to the form of Ogbeche who arrived at the start of the season.
The Blues saw their three-game winning run come to an end against league leaders Hyderabad FC the other night.
Hyderabad are on a three-match winning streak, sitting three points clear of second-placed Kerala Blasters FC on 26 points from 14 games.
Hyderabad pummelled SC East Bengal to show character before beating Odisha FC to now sit atop the table with 23 points from 13 games.
Regarding the victory over SC East Bengal, Marquez said that the team need to continue this form in the remaining eight games.
However, what ensued has been a stunning unbeaten run which has seen them move go to the summit of the Indian Super League.
Kerala have just lost one game so far and at the heart of their eight-game unbeaten run is Adrian Luna who has been brilliant so far.