Record display: Viva Kerala thrashes Air-India 7-1!

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Viva Kerala has registered its highest-ever win in the I-League by beating Air India 7-1. Goals were scored by Anil (3), Karma (2), Felix and Pradeep. After a series of losses against Indian Arrows (0-1), Dempo SC (0-2) and Salgaocar SC (0-4), this is a great comeback. Is this another ray of hope in the battle against relegation? Match details and reports to follow.

 

Some might have lost hope, but Viva Kerala came back strongly in front of a sparse crowd to show that it is still alive and kicking in the I-League. Anil Kumar was the hero of the day as he scored three goals. He put the team as early as in the 7th minute. He headed the ball into the net following a cross by Chinta Chandrashekhar. In the 34th minute, Felix Chimaokwu doubled the lead. Karma crossed the ball to winger Jimshad who in turn passed it to Felix. The Nigerian only had to tap it in.

During half time, coach Kunhikrishnan told his players that they cannot relax on the 2-goal lead and that they have to increase the pressure. This is exactly what the team did. In the 48th minute, Anil scored off a cross from Karma. Then it was the young winger’s turn to put his name on the scoresheet as he converted a through-pass by India international N.P. Pradeep. After Anil scored his third goal, Karma completed his brace as he converted a pass by C.K. Vineeth who came on for Felix. The last goal was scored by Pradeep after being set up by Karma.

Anil Kumar won the MotM-award, but it could easily also have been awarded to Karma, who had an excellent outing today. However, this was an entire team-effort and it is something to build on for the future. The team also played well in its previous matches, but failed to convert the chances. Today, the jinx could be broken as they pumped the ball into the net seven times. This win was a morale-booster and let’s hope that the team performs equally strong in Pune.

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