Match Day 6 kicked off on Friday with 1-1 draw between Pune City and Kerala Blasters at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
Marko Stankovic scored in the 13th minute to put Pune City up and running and then the side defended resolutely against continuous Kerala pressure, until Nikola Krcmarevic pulled the Kerala Blasters level in the 62nd minute.
Speaking about the match, Kerala coach David James said, “It is just a point. It is nice being unbeaten but we need points. Today’s performance deserved more. We are playing one of the best teams in India. Everyone knows it is going to be a tough game.”
There was a moment of controversy, as Kerala were rightly denied a goal, but weren’t given the penalty they should’ve got for Alfaro handling the ball on the line. Alfaro then missed a penalty in the 59th minute, his second this season after missing a penalty against FC Goa in the previous game.
His misery was compounded when, two minutes later, Nikola Krcmarevic leveled things up for Kerala.
After the match James said he thought the Blasters had failed to make the most of the missed penalty.
“That resonated for the whole game. Beyond the first goal, we had chances but not converting is very very frustrating. You go through hours and hours of video, hours on the training field but the decisions cost you. We had an unlucky day (in regards to that).
“So much for charging, we missed the clinical thing. We got 8 shots on target which is a good tally but that doesn’t necessarily give you goals. We got a couple of days now to get things right for Bengaluru.”
Meanwhile Mumbai City sealed a 1-0 win against Chennaiyin FC at the JLN Stadium in Chennai on Saturday, to give the defending champions their fifth defeat of the season after just six games, which keeps them rooted to the 10th spot on the table.