ISL 20/21: Jamshedpur defeat NorthEast Unites 1-0 in 500th ISL match
Goa: After halftime NorthEast United FC and Jamshedpur FC have to start from starting in Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Friday, both having an equal opportunity to turn the match for them.
Aniket Jadhav scored for Jamshedpur within the 53rd minute. TP Rehenesh saved a penalty from Idrissa Sylla within the 66th minute.
Jamshedpur reaches 5th spot with 10 points from 7 games. NorthEast United even have 10 points from 7 games but remained one place above in 4th courtesy of their better goal difference.
The 500th game in ISL did not produce anything exciting within the half because the ball spent most of the time within the middle of the park. Both teams tried their luck with long balls to catch the runs of their forwards but neither were ready to find the telling pass.
Gerard Nus lined up NEUFC during a 4-2-3-1 formation while Owen Coyle deployed Jamshedpur during a 4-3-3 formation.
Although both teams were trying to require all three points, they appeared to be a touch more concerned about not losing. Despite 47 minutes of football, neither team could manage an attempt on track.
The two teams started the last half with no changes. Just when NorthEast looked to be gaining an edge within the game, Jamshedpur scored through Aniket Jadhav within the 53rd minute
A long ball for Nerijus Valskis fell to Jackichand Singh. The winger passed it to Isaac Vanmalsawma on the left flank and got the return pass. Jackichand Singh crossed it to the center where Aniket Jadhav was unmarked. The forward smashed it past goalkeeper Gurmeet.
In the 56th minute, Aniket Jadhav made a marauding run down the proper from the halfway line. He passed several NorthEast defenders and got into the box. Unfortunately, his shot hit the crossbar and went out.
NEUFC were awarded a penalty within the 65th minute. A cross was fired into the Jamshedpur bench. Idrissa Sylla did not control it but the ball fell to Benjamin Lambot. Stephen Eze fouled the NEUFC center-back, who visited the bottom. The referee pointed to the spot for a penalty.
Idrissa Sylla stepped up but TP Rehenesh had other ideas. The goalkeeper guessed right, dived to his left, and parried the ball around the post for a corner. The score remained 1-0 to Jamshedpur within the 66th minute.
Gerard Nus are going to be unhappy with the result as NorthEast suffered their first defeat of the season. He is going to be disappointed with the way played for many of the sport as they looked a touch short on ideas. Owen Coyle is going to be proud of the points and someone aside from Nerijus Valskis aged the score sheet.