ISL: Chennaiyin FC beats Jamshedpur FC 2-1
Chennaiyin FC defeated Jamshedpur FC 2-1 in match 5 of the Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Tuesday.
Goals from Anirudh Thapa (1) and Esmael Goncalves (26) from a penalty kick gave Chennaiyin a two goal advantage before Nerijus Valskis (37) pulled one back for Jamshedpur.
Both sides have made plenty of changes to their squad ahead of the new season, including the head coaches and they will be looking to make a positive start to their season.
Csaba Laszlo and Owen Coyle, who was facing his former side, lined up their teams in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Chennaiyin broke the deadlock in the very first minute of the game. Some good build-up play saw Rafael Schuler Crivellaro get the ball. He slipped in a pass to the right flank where Esmael Goncalves was making a run. Esmael ran forward and drilled a low ball into the middle of the box. Anirudh Thapa had made a bursting run and hammered the ball into the goal.
In the 20th minute, Jamshedpur keeper TP Rehenesh made a good save. Rafael Crivellaro slipped in a wonderful pass to the running Lallianzuala Chhangte in the left channel. Chhangte's first touch was not the best but he managed to drill a low shot to the right of the keeper, who did well to send the ball outside for a corner.
Chennaiyin were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute. A ball was whipped into the box. Issac Vanmalsawma Chhakchhuak nudged Lallianzuala Chhangte from behind and the referee pointed to the spot. Esmael Goncalves stepped up and slotted the ball home calmly.
Chennaiyin looked more threatening while Jamshedpur looked short of ideas. In the 33rd minute, Jamshedpur were forced to make a change after Peter Hartley picked up a knee injury. He was replaced by Narender Gahlot
Jamshedpur pulled a goal back in the 37th minute. Jackichand Singh received a pass out on the right and chipped in a beautiful ball towards the middle. Nerijus Valskis rose highest and dispatched his header into the net.
Rafael Crivellaro was given a yellow card for a tackle on Jackichand Singh.
Chennaiyin nearly got their two goal lead back in the 45th minute. Esmael did well to hold onto the ball near the left flank. He got tackled but the referee played the advantage and the striker dished a low cross into the middle. Rafael Crivellaro got the ball and took a heavy touch which gave Narender Gahlot just enough time to slide in and send the ball out for a corner.
The first half ended with Chennaiyin leading 2-1 but Jamshedpur was back in the game.
Jamshedpur brought in John Fitzgerald for Jitendra Singh at half time. The second half started with both teams going for the kill.
In the 55th minute, Sandip Mandi made way for Ricky Lallawmawma.
Chennaiyin had a penalty shout turned down in the 62nd minute. Jakub Sylvestr was brought down inside the box but the referee waved play on. Replays showed that there was contact and Chennaiyin should have had a second penalty.
Jakub Sylvestr was replaced by Rahim Ali in the 63rd minute.
Stephen Eze missed a good chance to head Jamshedpur level in the 66th minute. Another chance went begging after Vishal Kaith made a mess of things. A ball was whipped into the box and it bounced. Kaith thought about collecting it but made a mess of it. Jackichand Singh got the ball and fired a shot at goal but a good clearance by Enes Sipovic ensured Chennaiyin’s lead.
In the 69th minute, Deepak Tangri was shown a yellow card for a rough tackle on Aitor Monroy. Tangri was lucky to be on the pitch after that.
In the 78th minute, Chennaiyin made a double change. Germanpreet Singh and Memo Moura came in for Deepak Tangri and Rafael Crivellaro.
Jamshedpur kept pushing for an equaliser while Chennaiyin looked to kill the game off. Nerijus Valskis could not take advantage of an opportunity in injury time and so it ended 2-1.