Jamshedpur FC inflicted a huge blow to FC Goa’s aspirations for a semi-final berth with a 1-0 win over the Gaurs in the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL). The win takes Owen Coyle’s men to second place in the league table but keeps Derrick Pereira’s men stuck at ninth place with four games without a win.
Jamshedpur FC wins Indian Super League Jamshedpur FC beat FC Goa by an unbeaten margin today. Daniel Chima Chukwu scored for Jamshedpur. Today’s victory will help Owen Coil and his team secure a place in the top four. Jamshedpur FC are currently second in the ISL with 22 points from 12 matches.
In the first half of the game both teams made some attempts to score but could not find the target. The wait for the ISL fans ended in the 49th minute. Nigerian player Daniel Cheema overtakes Anwar Ali to shake FC Goa’s net. Cheema, who played for Jamshedpur today, scored the opening goal. He has scored three goals for East Bengal this season.
In the second half, Rehnesh’s excellent performance in front of the Jamshedpur goal net helped. FC Goa are currently ninth with 14 points. Hyderabad FC, the table toppers in the ISL, currently have only one point lead.
Jamshedpur FC was handed the lead by Daniel Chukwu in the 49th minute against FC Goa at Athletic Stadium, Goa on Friday in the Indian Super League (ISL) after the former’s two games got postponed.
The Gaurs will look to end the inconsistent run they have had so far this season with the chances to qualify for the semi-finals starting to look bleak as Jamshedpur FC aim to power to the top.
In nine matches between them, FC Goa have registered 5 wins while Jamshedpur FC have been victorious in 3 to go with a draw.
Komal Thatal is back in training, he did some light training on his own and took touches with the squad, however, the FC Goa match might be too soon for him. Meanwhile, Glan Martins from FC Goa won’t be available as the medical staff is working with him after he was subbed off in the previous match against Bengaluru FC.
Jamshedpur FC found their winning form in their last two matches before Covid-19 forced them into a break. Now, their challenge remains to find the momentum again.
With Derrick Pereira taking the reins of FC Goa, the club has seen improved performance with a loss in the last five encounters, however, the dearth of wins continues to lower hopes for a top-four finish.
The match had an eventful start with Daniel Chukwu sending his left-footed shot narrowly wide off the mark. On the other end, Ivan Gonzalez hit the underside of the crossbar with a header. The rebound fell to Edu Bedia whose low shot was brilliantly saved by TP Rehenesh. The Gaurs threw more subsequent attacks at the JFC defence but to no avail. The first half was very feisty, to say the least, which led to three yellow cards being handed out to Alex Lima, Anwar Ali and Daniel Chukwu respectively. The injuries and stoppages led to four minutes of added time but neither team managed to break through the defences and score the opening goal.
The second half started with JFC pushing for a goal and they got one through the debutant Chukwu whose volley was too powerful for Naveen Kumar. The custodian got both hands on the ball but could not prevent it from slipping into the back of the net.
Ali came close to equalizing for the Gaurs past the hour mark but the ball did not go in after it hit the crossbar for the second time. At the stroke of the 80th minute, Airan Cabrera struck the crossbar for the third time for FCG with a left-foot volley. Derrick Pereira made a host of changes in order to change the course of the match. However, despite creating a plethora of chances, the equalizer eluded FCG as Coyle’s men defended their lead with a collective force and secured the three points. FC Goa will next face an ambitious Odisha FC at the Athletic Stadium on Tuesday while Jamshedpur FC awaits the challenge of an in-form Bengaluru FC on Saturday at the same venue.