I am very happy and proud of my team: Kerala Blasters FC’s Adrian Luna

Kerala Blasters FC midfielder Adrian Luna was pleased and very proud of his team as they beat the League stage winners Jamshedpur FC 2-1 on aggregate and qualified for their first Hero Indian Super League (ISL) final since 2016.

In the second leg of their Hero ISL semifinal at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Tuesday, Adrian Luna (18') opened the scoring for Kerala Blasters FC with a stunning goal before Pronay Halder (50') pulled one back for Jamshedpur FC. Owen Coyle's team needed one more goal to take the game to extra time, but another solid performance by the Kerala backline ensured the game finished 1-1.

Report: Kerala Blasters FC 1-1 Jamshedpur FC (agg: 2-1), Ivan Vukomanovic’s men reach final after hard-fought draw

The Uruguayan was awarded as Hero of the match for booking the place in the final for his team. While speaking in the post-match presentation, Luna said, "I'm very happy and very proud of my team. After a long wait, finally we reached the finals. Hopefully we can win." 

On asking who would he like to face in the  finals, the 29-years old midfielder said,”I don’t care. It’s a final, if you want to win the trophy you have to play against the best teams and we are ready for it.”

Analysis: With lot of efficiency and a bit of extravagance, Kerala Blasters FC pip Jamshedpur FC in a semi-final of fine margins

Kerala Blaster FC head coach also remained grounded despite the great success.

In post mast presentation Ivan Vukomanovic  said, " It’s a great feeling to qualify for the finals. Again it’s a great achievement for us. We are very happy for everybody in the club and especially for the fans. These boys worked very hard for this. They're working and fighting so hard for a draw the whole season, in this difficult bubble circumstances. We are really happy tonight with this qualification. Hope to enjoy this week till the end and see what will happen."

On the other hand, the JFC coach Owen Coyle was disappointed with his team's performance, but he applauded his boys the way they performed in the second half, he said, "I think we showed a lot of guts and hunger, but we couldn't have asked for more. With injuries and everything -- in the second half, we were great. I'm gutted not get to complete the double, but congratulations to Kerala Blasters. They played really well and tonight is their night now."

 

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