10-men Kerala Blasters FC defeat Jamshedpur FC 3-2
10-men Kerala Blasters FC defeated Jamshedpur FC 3-2 in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Sunday. It was Kerala Blasters' first win over Jamshedpur and what a way to do it.
Costa Nhamoinesu headed Kerala Blasters into the lead in the 22nd minute but Nerijus Valskis scored directly from a free kick in the 36th minute. KBFC went down to 10 men in the 67th minute after Lalruatthara was shown a second yellow card. Jordan Murray (79 and 82) scored twice in three minutes to make it 3-1 for Kerala. Nerijus Valskis headed in his second in the 84th minute.
Owen Coyle deployed Jamshedpur in a 4-3-3 formation while Kibu Vicuna lined up Kerala Blasters in a 4-4-1-1 formation. Kerala Blasters were off to a flying start and could have scored three goals before they actually scored.
The biggest chance fell to Jordan Murray who shot over in the 12th minute. Gary Hooper was unable to convert in the 16th minute. Costa Nhamoinesu headed in Facundo Pereyra's fine free kick to make it 1-0 for Kerala Blasters in the 22nd minute.
Facundo Pereyra swung in a fine delivery into the danger area with his left foot. Costa Nhamoinesu escaped the attention of Stephen Eze, who was his marker and headed the ball into the back of the net from point blank range. Jamshedpur goalkeeper TP Rehenesh should have come off his line to catch that.
However, the goal sparked Jamshedpur into life. In the 24th minute itself, Nerijus Valskis' header drew a fine save from Albino Gomes. The keeper then denied Mohammad Mobashir's right footed shot in the 31st minute.
But in the 36th minute, Nerijus Valskis then shot directly from a free kick, when Alexandre Lima won a free kick. The Lithuanian’s strike was the first goal to be scored directly from a free kick this season.
Right at the end of the first half, TP Rehenesh, pulled off a stunning save to keep Jordan Murray's header out.
Gary Hooper was quickly on to the ball on the right flank. He zipped in a flat cross into the danger area of the Jamshedpur penalty box. Jordan Murray met the ball with his head from only a couple of yards out. But Rehenesh dived to his right to keep the ball out.
The second half started with both teams looking to take the lead. Mohammad Mobashir hit the post in the 52nd minute. A Jackichand Singh shot hit the crossbar and the post came out in the 62nd minute.
Alexandre Lima got the ball around the penalty area and squared it to the left side of the box for Jackichand Singh. The winder fired it at goal with his right foot and the ball came off the crossbar then onto the upright on the far side.
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In the 67th minute, Kerala Blasters went down to 10 men after Lalruatthara was shown a second yellow card. Soon after, KBFC coach Kibu Vicuna was booked for protesting.
While Jamshedpur tried to take advantage of their numerical superiority, Kerala Blasters took the lead through Jordan Murray in the 79th minute.
Facundo Pereyra’s effort was pushed back into the middle by TP Rehenesh and Murray was in the right place at the right time to put the ball into the back of the net.
Jordan Murray scored his second from a TP Rehenesh howler in the 82nd minute. Facundo Pereyra’s through ball for Murray was hit a bit hard. The goalkeeper came out to collect the ball but didn’t. Jordan Murray said thank you very much by slotting the ball into an empty net.
Nerijus Valskis headed in his second in the 84th minute. Valskis started and finished the move. The striker got the ball in the middle of the park. He passed it into the path of the onrushing Mohammad Mobashir, who whipped in a delicious first-time cross. Valskis rose highest to head the ball into the back of the net.
Jamshedpur pushed bodies forward searching for an equaliser but 10-men KBFC held on. Jordan Murray could have scored a third in injury time but Rehenesh denied the KBFC striker.
The result moved KBFC out of the bottom, but only into 10th. They have 9 points from 10 games. Jamshedpur missed a good opportunity to get into the top 4. They are 5th with 13 points from 10 games.