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A point each for Odisha FC and Kerala Blasters FC in eight-goal thriller

Manuel Onwu ended the season with seven goals in four matches for Odisha FC…

A brilliant Manuel Onwu hat-trick helped was not enough for Odisha FC to end their Indian Super League (ISL) season with a win as Bartholomew Ogbeche scored twice from the spot in the closing moments of the game to force a 4-4 draw.

Onwu (1′, 36′, 52′), Narayan Das (6′ OG), Messi Bouli (28′), Martin Perez Guedes (44′), and Ogbeche (82′, 90+4′) were on the scoresheet in what was an entertaining goalfest.

The game got off to a blitzing start, with Onwu providing his side with the lead in the first minute. Jerry Mawihmingthanga sent a lofted pass into the striker’s path inside the box. Onwu got there just ahead of Raju Gaikwad and headed it past Bilal.

Kerala hit back almost immediately. They worked the ball into Odisha’s defensive third after a string of very good passes. Bartholomew Ogbeche set up Messi for a cross on the right flank. The Cameroonian’s driven cross was met by Narayan, who got there ahead of Sahal Abdul Samad. But the Odisha defender put it into the back of his own net to make it 1-1.

Messi then registered his name on the scoresheet with a spectacular take and finish after he was found by Jessel Carneiro’s inch-perfect cross-field ball.

But the visitors could only protect the lead for seven minutes. Manuel Onwu scored from a stunning free-kick from 25 yards out. The Spaniard hit it with power and precision to find the top corner past the outstretched arms of Bilal Khan.

Onwu later won his side a penalty after being brought down by Gaikwad inside the box. Perez Guedes found the bottom corner from the spot-kick that followed to make it 3-2 before half-time.

More to follow…

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