On a wet night at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim, Odisha FC’s long drought finally came to an end. The 4-2 victory over Kerala Blasters FC on Thursday was its first of the latest season at the ISL — it came in its ninth match.

Odisha, however, remains at the bottom of the table, despite taking its tally to five points. A place above is Blasters, which has a point more.


Stuart Baxter’s boys played relentless, attacking football to come back strongly after conceding a goal early on. Diego Mauricio was their hero. The 29-year-old striker scored twice and was also responsible for the own goal credited to Blasters midfielder Jeakson Singh.

Though Odisha rattled the Blasters defence at the outset and even won a corner in the third minute, it found itself behind four minutes later. After K.P. Rahul’s failed attempt with a header, Jordan Murray scored from an acute angle…

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