The match was held at Kalur Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the home ground of Kerala Blasters. It is reported that Blasters performed well in the match held in the closed stadium. This time, Blasters, who could not play warm-up matches against the best teams, specially invited Round Glass for the match. On the other hand, Round Glass Punjab, who came to play after accepting Blasters’ invitation, gave a good fight to the hosts.
Earlier there were news that this will be the last friendly match of Kerala Blasters before the ninth season of ISL (Indian Super League). Blasters fielded their best XI against Punjab. Goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill was the only key player absent from the game who was facing fitness issues. Gill was replaced by Karanjit Singh, the senior goalkeeper, who kept the net for the Blasters.
Harmanjot Khabra, Ruiva Hormipam, Marko Leskovic and Jessel Carneiro lined up in defense. Ivan Kaliushni, Putia, Adrian Luna and Rahul KP played in the midfield while the Greek duo Dimitrios Diamantakos-Gianno Apostolas lined up in the forward line.
At the same time, the coach Ivan Vukomanovic said that not playing a good warm-up match before the ISL is a problem faced by the Blasters. It is in this context that Blasters are organizing a Round Glass match against Punjab FC. The match against the strong Punjab team is expected to be very beneficial for the Blasters.
Earlier, Blasters played training matches against UAE club Al Jazeera Al Hamra, Kerala State Team and MA College Kothamangalam this time. None of these teams gave the Blasters much of a fight in any of these games. But the match against Round Glass Punjab was different from all this. The knowledge gained from this competition, etc., is expected to benefit the Blasters as they embark on IS.
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