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Kerala defeat Lajong 3-1


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Kalinga Super Cup

By Our Reporter

Shillong, Jan 10: Shillong Lajong encountered a setback in their inaugural match of the Kalinga Super Cup, succumbing to a 3-1 loss against Kerala Blasters FC on Wednesday at Kalinga Stadium Pitch 1, Bhubaneswar.
Despite a promising start, Lajong faltered in converting opportunities, and the repercussions were evident as Kerala Blasters seized control.
The turning point occurred in the 15th minute when Ghanaian forward Kwame Peprah netted the opening goal for Kerala Blasters. The lead was swiftly extended in the 27th minute, with Kwame securing his second goal.
Shillong Lajong managed to pull one back through a penalty expertly converted by their captain, Renan Paulino De Souza, in the 29th minute, after Karim Samb was fouled inside the box by Kerala goalkeeper Sachin Suresh.
Despite the comeback, Kerala Blasters maintained a 2-1 advantage at halftime. The second half saw Kerala Blasters continuing their dominance, doubling their lead to 3-1 in the 46th minute through Mohammed Aimen. The ISL leaders concluded the match with a 3-1 victory, securing all three points.
With this defeat, Shillong Lajong now redirects their attention to the upcoming clash – a highly anticipated ‘North-East Derby’ against North-East United FC on Monday, January 15th, at 2 pm in Kalinga Stadium Pitch 1, Bhubaneswar.Despite the initial setback, Shillong Lajong remains determined to bounce back in their forthcoming ‘North-East Derby.’
The defeat against Kerala Blasters serves as a learning experience, highlighting areas for improvement as they strive to make a mark in the Kalinga Super Cup.
With renewed focus and lessons drawn from their opening match, Lajong aims to turn the tide in their favor and showcase their resilience in the upcoming clash against North-East United FC.
Football enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the intense showdown, anticipating a spirited comeback from Shillong Lajong. Formerly identified as the Indian Super Cup, the tournament has undergone a sponsorship transformation and is now officially recognized as the Kalinga Super Cup, thanks to its association with the Kalinga group.The ongoing edition marks the fourth installment of the Super Cup and represents the 42nd national knockout football competition in India.
Sixteen premier clubs from both the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League are currently in contention, vying fiercely for the prestigious trophy. As the tournament unfolds, fans can expect thrilling encounters, skillful displays, and the unfolding drama that makes the Kalinga Super Cup a highlight in the Indian football calendar.


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