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Jamshedpur FC 3-1 Chennaiyin FC
KICK-OFF: Nov 25, 7.30PM (IST) (GMT +5.30)
Channel: Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3.
Streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV.
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Venue: JRD Tata Sports Complex Stadium.
Jamshedpur FC will look to get back into the scheme of things when they take on Chennaiyin at the JRD Tata Sports Stadium. The Red Miners are in a bit of a rut after losing against FC Pune City and drawing against Delhi Dynamos in their last two encounters. Pune City and Delhi Dynamos are hugging the bottom of the table, so it was a bit of a surprise to see Jamshedpur lose points against them.
Losing the in-form Spanish attacking midfielder Sergio Cidoncha to injury has been detrimental for Jamshedpur. The Atletico Madrid youth product contributed heavily to Jamshedpur’s initial run of form with three goals and three assists. The onus today to create and score goals will fall on Michael Soosairaj and Carlos Calvo and for Mario Arques to find them with his range of passing. Tim Cahill will most probably be available for selection in what will be a big boost for Jamshedpur.
With strong home support at ‘The Furnace,’ Jamshedpur will go all out for a win to get back in among the play-off positions.
The defending champions Chennaiyin finally got their first win of the season against Pune City. The win, however, came almost three weeks ago before the international break and Chennai will not have that feel-good momentum going into this game. They will rely on Gregory Nelson and Anirudh Thapa to provide attacking impetus. Thoi Singh has been an unlikely source of goals for Chennai this season. The veteran has three goals from five appearances and is making up for the Mizo Sniper Jeje who has been in poor form.
Carlos Salom hasn’t made an impact at Chennaiyin with a return of one goal from six appearances. The biggest challenge for Chennai is to figure out where the goals are going to come from, but they will take heart from the fact that Jamshedpur almost always concede a goal.
Chennaiyin were quite successful with their set-piece routines in last year’s title-winning run. They will try and take advantage of Jamshedpur’s vulnerability from set-pieces as they attempt to rescue their campaign. Also, Jamshedpur have never won against Chennai in the ISL, so there is a hint of a silver lining they could hold on to.
FULL-TIME: Jamshedpur FC 3-1 Chennaiyin FC
83′ – sub (Jamshedpur: M. Rahman [IN] Michael Soosairaj [OUT])
82′ – yellow card (Gregory Nelson, Chennaiyin)
73′ – sub (Chennaiyin: Thoi Singh [IN] Anirudh Thapa [OUT])
71′ – GOAL! 3-1 (Mario Arques, Header, Assist: Carlos Calvo, Jamshedpur)
68′ – GOAL! 2-1 (Raphael Augusto, Penalty, Chennaiyin)
65′ – sub (Chennaiyin: Carlos Salom [IN] Inigo Calderon [OUT])
62′ – sub (Jamshedpur: Tim Cahill [IN] Pablo Morgado [OUT])
55′ – yellow card (Farukh Choudhary, Jamshedpur)
53′ – sub (Jamshedpur: Farukh Choudhary [IN] Sumeet Passi [OUT])
46′ – sub (Chennaiyin: Tondonba Singh [IN] Jerry Lalrinzuala [OUT])
30′ – yellow card (Carlos Calvo, Jamshedpur)
29′ – GOAL! 2-0 (Carlos Calvo, Penalty, Jamshedpur)
14′ – GOAL! 1-0 (Pablo Morgado, Jamshedpur)
Jamshedpur FC made Chennaiyin feel all at sea as the defending champions slumped to their sixth defeat of the season.
Michael Soosairaj’s return back into the starting XI and Jamshedpur getting back to winning ways was no coincidence. The winger skinned past Inigo Calderon and the rest of the Chennaiyin defence at will. Pablo Morgado did a similar number on the Chennaiyin left-back Jerry Lalrinzuala so much so that Jerry was substituted at half-time. Carlos Calvo was immense and contributed with a goal and an assist.
Jamshedpur first goal came from a thunderbolt of a goal from Pablo Morgado. A routine corner kick for Jamshedpur was cleared by Chennai a few yards outside the 18-yard box. The clearance found Pablo Morgado who unleashed a terrific shot that beat the keeper and caressed the side netting.
The second goal came in the 29th minute thanks to some Soosairaj wizardry. Soosairaj cut in from the left and took a shot on goal only for the Chennaiyin keeper Karanjit Singh to make a weak clearance to give Sumeet Passi a chance from point-blank range. Jerry brought down Passi before he could shoot and the ensuing penalty was scored by Carlos Calvo.
The Men of Steel went into the break 2-0 up. Chennaiyin were disastrous in the first half and were stifled by Jamshedpur’s shape and organization. They barely had any momentum going forward and just couldn’t go past Jamshedpur in the final third.
Jamshedpur sat back to defend their 2-0 lead in the second half and played on the counter. Chennai made a few forays into the opposition half in the second half, but Tiri and Raju Gaikwad were comfortable on the ball and blunted the Chennaiyin attack. Tiri especially was calm and composed and is probably the best centre-back in the league.
Chennai did manage to score a goal when Gregory Nelson went down in the box using his trailing leg to make contact with the defender. Raphael Augusto stepped up to take the penalty and Chennaiyin looked ready to spark a revival.
But it wasn’t to be. A couple of minutes later, a Carlos Calvo delivery from a corner found Mario Arques at the edge of the 18 yard box. Arques headed the ball and it fell kindly to Raju Gaikwad who tried to take a shot, but did not make contact. Karanjit Singh got deceived by Raju Gaikwad’s air-shot and the ball went straight through him. 3-1 to Jamshedpur.
Jamshedpur were the exact anti-thesis of Chennaiyin today. While Jamshedpur played as a unit, Chennai looked disjointed and confused and were unable to mount anything remotely resembling a comeback after going down two goals in the first half. The forwards Jeje and Carlos Salom barely made an impact. Apart from the lack of goals upfront, the Chennai defence has conceded 16 goals. Only Pune have conceded more (17 goals).
Jamshedpur were resolute in today’s game and every single player in their team tonight stood up to be counted. They now move into third position on the table and take on Northeast United on Dec. 1