10-men Jamshedpur salvage a point from Mumbai City
Jamshedpur FC salvaged a point from Mumbai City FC despite being down to 10-men for over an hour in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Monday.
Nerijus Valskis and Bartholomew Ogbeche scored the goals for their respective teams. However, Jamshedpur went down to 10 men after Aitor Monroy was shown a second yellow card in the 28th minute.
Owen Coyle lined up Jamshedpur in a 4-3-3 formation while Sergio Lobera deployed Mumbai City in a 4-4-1-1 formation.
It just took 9 minutes for Jamshedpur to open the scoring and it came against the run of play.
Bartholomew Ogbeche played a poor back pass, which was intercepted by Jackichand Singh. The Jamshedpur winger showed speed and guile to get into the Mumbai penalty box from the right side. He drew Mehtab Singh to himself only to square the ball to Nerijus Valskis, who was waiting in the middle. Valskis had space and his first time shot found the right bottom corner.
However, Mumbai equalised just 6 minutes later. Bartholomew Ogbeche made up for his mistake by pulling his team level. Adam Le Fondre got towards the corner flag on the left and then cut the ball back for Bipin Singh inside the Jamshedpur penalty box. The winger took a touch and laid it off to Bartholomew Ogbeche who was left unmarked. Ogbeche showed great technique as he opened up his body and side footed the ball to the far post. Goalkeeper TP Rehenesh got a hand to it but could not keep it out.
Jamshedpur went down to 10 men after Aitor Monroy was shown a second yellow card in the 28th minute.
Monroy made a risky challenge in the middle of the park and took down Bartholomew Ogbeche right in front of the referee's eyes. The referee reaches his pocket and shows Aitor his second yellow and a subsequent red.
The odds were against Owen Coyle’s as they had an hour to play with a numerical disadvantage.
The remainder of the game was Mumbai pushing for a winner while Jamshedpur gave everything to salvage a point. Only some lacklustre finishing, some last ditch defending and several brilliant saves from TP Rehenesh kept the score unchanged.
Mumbai City have only themselves to blame for not taking all three points from the game while Jamshedpur can be proud of hanging on for a point. Thus, Mumbai City’s four match winning streak came to an end.