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Kerala Blasters FC defeated Bengaluru FC 2-1 in the opening match of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday.

Adrian Luna and Keziah Veendorp (own goal) scored for Kerala Blasters, while Curtis Main scored for Bengaluru FC.

Kerala Blasters started the game brightly and took the lead in the 20th minute through Luna. The Uruguayan midfielder curled home a free-kick from 25 yards.

Kerala Blasters doubled their lead in the 30th minute through Veendorp's own goal. The Bengaluru FC defender tried to clear a cross from Luna, but he ended up putting the ball into his own net.

Bengaluru FC pulled one back in the 90th minute through Main. The English striker headed home a cross from Sunil Chhetri.

However, it was too late for Bengaluru FC as Kerala Blasters held on to win the match.

The performances

Adrian Luna was the star of the show for Kerala Blasters. The Uruguayan midfielder scored a goal and was a constant threat to the Bengaluru FC defense.

Keziah Veendorp had a difficult night for Bengaluru FC. The English defender scored an own goal and was also at fault for Kerala Blasters' first goal.

Curtis Main was the only bright spark for Bengaluru FC. The English striker scored a goal and was a constant threat to the Kerala Blasters defense.

The impact of the victory

The victory for Kerala Blasters is a vital one. It showed that they are one of the best teams in the ISL.

The defeat for Bengaluru FC is a setback. However, they are still a good team. They will need to learn from their mistakes and improve their performance if they want to challenge for the ISL title this season.

The reaction

The game was met with rave reviews from fans and pundits alike. It was a thrilling encounter that showcased the best of both teams.

Many people are predicting that Kerala Blasters will be one of the contenders to win the ISL title this season. They have a strong team with a lot of experience.

Bengaluru FC will need to bounce back from this defeat if they want to challenge for the ISL title this season. They have a lot of talent, but they need to play more consistently.