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Spectacular James save not enough as Northeast Utd down Kerala Blasters in HeroISL

A wonder save from former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper David James wasn't enough as his Kerala Blasters lost 1-0 to Northeast United in the second game of the Indian Super League last night.

Former Marseille striker Koke struck the winner just before halftime with a sweet half-volley.

Before that, James rolled back the years with a contender for save of the year, as he turned aside a spectacular long-range drive from Durga Boro.

James said afterwards: "It's frustrating. I think we were the better team, for most part of the game, and had some good chances. But one mistake, one lapse of concentration, and NorthEast scored a goal.

"We haven't played against anyone from the ISL in preseason so it's hard to gauge how good the sides were. But I'm pleased with the way the team performed today. Sad for the loss but happy for the performance of my team."

NorthEast United manager Ricki Herbert said: "The character was very good tonight. It's a very young side. Some of the performances were incredibly courageous when you consider that the majority of those boys haven't won premierships before, haven't been in successful high level I-League teams and they are just young boys cutting their teeth in a very, very big league. So you can give these boys a huge pat on the back."

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