I-League: Krizo strike fires Real Kashmir past Gokulam

Krizo strike fires Real Kashmir past Gokulam Kerala
Players in action during the I-League match between Gokulam Kerala and Real Kashmir in Srinagar.

Srinagar: Real Kashmir FC kept themselves in contention for the I-League title as they jumped to the top of points table by defeating Gokulam Kerala 1-0 in a match played under rain and snow at the TRC Ground here Wednesday.

Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo scored the all-important gaol in the 51st minute to hand Real Kashmir full three points from the match.

The Jammu and Kashmir team now has 32 points from 16 matches to occupy the top spot, one point more than Chennai City FC (29 points from 14 matches) who, however, have played only 14 matches. Each team will play 20 matches in the league.

The match was played under heavy ground conditions due to snow and heavy rainfall with the temperature hovering just above freezing point.

Snowing started before the match but gave way to heavy rainfall later on. The whole of the second half was played under rains. The players found it difficult to control the ball which stopped at areas of the synthetic turf where water collected.

Ground passing was not possible and the players had to take the aerial route most of the time.

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