A dramatic equalizer in stoppage time helped Kerala Blasters rescue a point against SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League at the GMC Stadium.
Both Kerala and SCEB, targeting a first win, made four changes apiece to their starting eleven. The contest got off to an electric start with both sides keen to grab the opener from the first whistle. Although Kerala shaded possession in the first half, it was SCEB who created better opportunities and deservedly grabbed the lead, heading into the break.
East Bengal opened the scoring in the 14th minute, as Jacques Maghoma slipped Mohammed Rafique in behind on the right, and he squared it across the face of goal. Anthony Pilkington was waiting on the other side, but Bakary Koné turned it in himself.
The Kolkata giants nearly secured their maiden ISL win from six matches but there was drama and heart break in store for the Robbie Fowler-coached side when it conceded the equaliser with less a minute left before the final whistle.
The result meant both teams remained winless after six matches but SC East Bengal managed to come out of the bottom, overtaking Odisha FC on goal difference in the 11-team standings. KBFC remained in ninth place with three points.
Kerala Blasters next face Hyderabad FC on December 27, while East Bengal face Chennaiyin FC on December 26.