Kochi: Substitute Arata Izumi rose to the occasion and struck two late goals to lead Atletico de Kolkata to a 3-2 victory over Kerala Blasters in an exciting Indian Super League (ISL) football match on Tuesday.
Izumi first found the back of the net in the 84th minute and scored the decisive goal on the 90th minute exactly, helping the defending champions overcome the hosts at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Nallapan Mohanraj put the visitors ahead with a 29th minute strike. Antonio German restored parity when he found the target in the 42nd minute.
However, it was not to be Kerala Blasters’ day as Arata sealed the issue with his strike just before the final whistle.
Izumi’s second goal of the night in injury time was the hammer blow as Kolkata kept their chances of making the semi-finals alive with their fourth win in nine matches.