Ker­ala Blasters down ATK 2-0 in opener

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SP RT - —PTI

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.

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