What a match: Laxmikanth Kattimani you are the star trends on social media due to his heroic performance for HFC against KBFC in a recently concluded final match of ISL 2021-22 season

Everyone in our country who complains about Indian football not producing quality matches should go back and watch the highlights of recently concluded ISL final between Kerala Blasters FC and Hyderabad FC where for the first time in two years 100 percent audience was allowed to witness the magical final between these two teams at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa.

What many football pundits expected that Kerala will easily emerge as the winner gone down the wire for first 90 minutes where both teams finished at 1-1 by goals from Rahul KP of Kerala and Sahil Tavora of Hyderabad in 68th and 88th minute respectively.

If you closely observe the finals, you would also get a sense that around 80 percent fans in the stadium were supporting Kerala and 20 percent were supporting Hyderabad.

After the first 90 minutes ended in a pulsating draw with a scoreline of 1-1 extra time of 30 minutes were allotted to decide the winner and several chances were created from both teams but eventually no result came out in those 30 minutes.

The only way to decide the new winner of ISL 2021-22 season was “Penalty shoot-out” just in case you don’t have any idea about what this term is? In order to explain this in a very simple way it would be “A rule which is used to decide the winner of the particular match in case of draw in an allotted time period where both team’s goalkeepers stand in front of the goalpost and opposite team members gets an opportunity to hit goal five times each and the team who scores more goal emerge as the winner”.

Goalkeeper Laxmikanth Kattimani for HFC and Prabhsukhran Gill of KBFC were given the responsibility to make impeccable saves for their respective sides and the former clearly saved 3 goals in comparison to later who made 1 save and eventually the score of penalty shoot-out was 3-1 in favour of HFC.

Those 3 goal scorer for HFC were Joao Victor, Halicharan Narzary and Khassa Camara while only Ayush Adhikari found the target for Kerala in shoot out.

What’s more heart-breaking for Kerala fans was that they were denied victory for the third time in the final but as they say Sport is all about fighting till the last minute and if we closely observe how these two teams played in the night of the final you will feel proud as an Indian football fan. Amid all the credits should be given to players of HFC for winning the title a big shootout should be given to their coach Manolo Marquez.