The Kerala machinery was designed to soak up pressure, of getting a headed clearance to anything aerial and a sliding tackle or a wild swing forward. Naveen, who had just moments before applied a smart low save to deny Pedro Porro stood dumbstruck as an onrushing Eric Montes fired it past him. It simply didn’t aspire to work the ball to the other end of the pitch.The visitors had remained loyal to their philosophy, of building slowly from the back and spreading wide with the intention of making crosses.Ruben Gimenez hit the crossbar from range shortly China slide bearings afterwards and Naveen used a solid left hand to keep out Soni, and it remained 1-0.

Kerala Blasters chose the second option and even though they failed eventually it could be argued their ambition of avoiding a catastrophe had been served.With consecutive wins that had 11 goals scored without conceding even once, Girona wrapped up their splendid pre-season tour and the trophy of the Toyota Yaris La Liga World football tournament that came along.The shot on the run from an acute angle after being allowed an overlap with a precision ball from Pedro Porro had all the elements of a well-executed training exercise.