Kochi, Dec 5: Kerala Blasters enter the last four stage of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 beating NorthEast United FC 1-0 last night, December 4. [Kerala Blasters sail into semis beating NorthEast]
India international and local boy CK Vineeth netted the all-important goal in the 66th minute to confirm Kerala a berth in the semi-finals.
Kerala moved to the second position in the league table with 22 points from 14 outings. They take on third-placed Delhi Dynamos in the two-legged semi-finals.
Table toppers Mumbai City FC lock horns with Atletico de Kolkata in the other semi-finals.
Yesterday's clash was virtually a knock-out game as the winner would have qualified for the playoffs. While it was must win for NorthEast United, a draw would have been enough for Kerala.
The hosts missed the services of Jose Prieto and Mehtab Hossain, while the visitors were without star player Nicolas Velez.
Here are some of the photos from the match:
From left: Rino Anto, Mohammad Rafi, CK Vineeth
Kerala Blasters' local trio Rino Anto, Mohammad Rafi and CK Vineeth celebrate after qualifying for the semis.
India international and local hero CK Vineeth celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Kerala Blasters.
Kerala Blasters players
Kerala Blasters players celebrate after winning the match against NorthEast United and qualifying for the semis of Indian Super League 2016.
Kerala Blasters Vs NorthEast United FC
Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United players tussle for the ball.
Katsumi Yusa (red)
NorthEast United's Katsumi Yusa tries to go past Kerala Blasters' Kervens Belfort.
All images are taken from ISL official Twitter handle