GUWAHATI, Nov 15: A superlative performance, in which they scored twice in two halves, buoyed Kerala Blasters to their first away victory in a 4-1 rout over home side NorthEast United FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) contest here on Sunday.
English striker Chris Dagnall put the visitors ahead in the very first minute. Cavin Lobo made it 2-0 in the 20th minute. Antonio German netted the third in the 75th and Dagnall rounded off the scoreline a minute later at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.
Argentine forward Nicolas Velez struck a consolation goal late in the added time.
The win lifted bottom-placed Blasters a spot to the seventh with 11 points from 10 matches. NorthEast maintained their fifth place with 13 points from similar number of games.
German created the opportunity with a commanding run from the left flank and squared the ball for the onrushing Dagnall to tap in.
The goal stunned the home team into action. They showed some intent building up a series of passes to get back into the game. But the Blasters were not intent to taking things lying around and doubled their lead in the 21st minute.
Cavin Lobo slipped past the Blasters backline, who tried to catch him offside, only to get their positioning wrong allowing the Indian international to calmly finish. The second goal knocked the stuffing out of NorthEast, who failed to muster any meaningful attack after it.
Unfortunately, peeved NorthEast supporters vandalised the scene of play just after the game by throwing missiles at the players. � IANS