Kerala Blasters down ATK 2-0 in opener
Kolkata: Former champions ATK suffered a 0-2 defeat to two-time runners-up Kerala Blasters in the opening match of the fifth Indian Super League (ISL) at the Saltlake Stadium Saturday.
Matej Poplatnik and Slavisia Stojanovic scored in the second half as Kerala scored only their second win over the Kolkata franchise, and first since the 2014 edition.
After enduring a nightmarish ninth place finish in the last season, ATK might have overhauled the squad roping in a trusted coach in Steve Coppell but their fate remained unchanged. The David Jamescoached outfit looked in their elements right from the start with Slovenian Poplatnik continuously raiding ATK’s box before he broke the deadlock in the 77th minute.