Kochi (India) (AFP) – Kolkata won the Indian Super League title Sunday after beating Kerala Blasters 4-3 on penalties.
Atletico de Kolkata midfielder Jewel Raja Shaikh clinched the club’s second title after gliding the ball past Graham Stack to stun Kerala’s packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Cedric Hengbart failed to give title favourites Kerala a lead after hitting a straight shot that was booted out by goalie Debjit Majumder before Shaikh scored on the last penalty kick.
The teams had been locked 1-1 at the end of normal time.
Forward Mohammed Rafi’s header in the 37th minute gave Kerala an advantage but it was followed by an equaliser from Henrique Sereno Fonseca.
The second half saw both teams largely playing a defensive game, with neither side getting a breakthrough.
Kolkata, co-owned by former Indian cricketer Saurav Ganguli, won the first season of the tournament in 2014 after beating the Blasters, which is co-owned by former team mate Sachin Tendulkar.
Kolkata, coached by former Spanish footballer Jose Francisco Molina Jimenez, finished fourth in the league table but qualified for the finals by defeating table toppers Mumbai city FC in the semi-finals.
Kerala, who have ex-English footballer Steve Coppell in charge, qualified for the finals by beating the Delhi Dynamos.
Last season’s champions Chennaiyin FC bowed out of the tournament at an early stage after winning just three games out of 14.
200+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
- Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
- Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
- Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
- Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
- Price: $4.99/mo
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
- Struggling Barcelona sign 100-mn-euro digital deal
- Liverpool will not panic buy despite Thiago injury blow, says Klopp
- Surprise date-change overshadows World Cup 100-day countdown
- Qatar’s ground control on alert for World Cup disasters
- Where to find Osasuna vs. Sevilla on US TV
- Tottenham’s Premier League title credentials face Chelsea test
- Removing ‘camouflage,’ Brazil football referee comes out
- Wolfsburg’s Kovac returns to Bayern Munich with a point to prove
- Berlusconi’s Monza aiming high ahead of debut Serie A campaign
- Sling is your ticket to the best of PSG starring Messi, Neymar and Mbappe