Kerala Blasters made seven changes to the eleven, only to go down to an unchanged Sreenidi Deccan in the Super Cup on Wednesday. The I-League team from Hyderabad stunned Kochi based ISL side 2-0.
It was indeed a win to cherish for Sreenidi, which had finished runner-up in the I-League. Both goals came in the opening half, through Rilwan Hassan and David Castaneda.
Casteneda’s goal was a beauty. It began with a fine pass to the left flank from Rilwan Hassan, the scorer of the first goal. It was received by Soraisham Dinesh Singh, who crossed it to Castaneda. The splendid volley from the Columbian stormed past the Blasters’ keeper Sachin Suresh.
Hassan’s goal came off a superb pass from Phalguni Singh. The Nigerian cut into the box quickly and measured his shot precisely.
The Blasters’ defence had already been put under some pressure by Phalguni, who was such a livewire in the opening half, in which Sreenidi looked clearly the better side. After the interval, Blasters was all over the Sreenidi half.
But Sreenidi defended stoutly, content to have all their men in their own half for most of the time. After the draw with Bengaluru FC, another ISL side, in its opening match, they could afford to dream of an unlikely place in the semifinals.
Later, Bengaluru FC scored its first win in the tournament, prevailing over RoundGlass Punjab 2-0. Both goals came in the second half, from Udanta Kumam and Javi Hernandez (from the penalty spot).
Sreenidi Deccan 2 (Rilwan Hassan 17, David Castaneda 44) bt Kerala Blasters 0.
Bengaluru FC (Udanta Kumam 66, Javi Hernandez 90+6-pen) bt RoundGlass Punjab 0.