Jamshedpur’s poor form continues in 2-0 loss to Bengaluru
Bengaluru: Defending champions Bengaluru FC defeated Jamshedpur FC 2-0 at the Sree Kanteerava stadium here on Thursday.
Goals from Erik Paartalu in the 8th minute and captain Sunil Chhetri in the 63rd minute decided the game in favour of the hosts.
The result moved Bengaluru up to second place in the Indian Super League (ISL) table with 22 points from 12 games. Jamshedpur, who suffered their third successive defeat, remains 6th with 13 points from 12 games.
Both Carles Cuadrat and Antonio Iriondo deployed their teams in 4-3-3 formation making their intentions clear even before the start of the match. Both wanted to win.
However, it was the home side who started better. Visitors Jamshedpur, playing without their main striker Sergio Castel and midfield mastermind Piti, found difficult to cope with Bengaluru’s pressing game.
Bengaluru were quickly rewarded. Jamshedpur conceded a corner in the 8th minute. Dimas Delgado whipped in the ball from the right towards the near post. Erik Paartalu jumped highest and headed it into the goal.
Ashique Kuruniyan almost scored the second goal just two minutes later. Nishu Kumar played a brilliantly lobbed through ball to find Ashique running down the left flank. Ashique beat his defender and got to the ball first. He hit a vicious volley but Subrata Paul was quick to jump and push it out. The ball was quickly cleared by the Jamshedpur defense.
Ashique Kuruniyan was the best player on the field in the first half as he was involved in almost all of the crucial Bengaluru attacks. Jamshedpur FC had their back against the ball and were very slow. They grew into the match and their best moment came towards the end of the half.
In the 38th minute, David Grande put in an early cross from the right for Farukh Choudhary. He collected the ball outside the box, took a touch and got into the box. As Farukh was about to take a shot with his left foot, Ashique Kuruniyan, who tracked back brilliantly, got in the way and the ball went out for a corner.
Until then, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was pretty much a spectator. Jamshedpur showed better attacking intent in the second half but Bengaluru continued to dominate the game.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu produced a brilliant save in the 59th minute. Aitor Monroy, who got the ball outside the box, took a touch on his right and fired the ball towards goal. It seemed to be sailing into the left corner but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made a full length dive and a one-handed save to push it away for a corner.
Juanan put in a lovely tackle in the 62nd minute to deny a goal scoring opportunity. Dimas Delgado put in a poor pass towards his own goal and it set Gourav Mukhi through on goal. He dashed towards it into the box and just as he was about to take a, Juanan slid in and put in a lovely tackle to take the ball away.
Bengaluru doubled the lead in the next minute through Sunil Chhetri. Erik Paartalu from his own half lobbed a brilliant ball over the top looking for the Bengaluru captain. The ball landed in between Jamshedpur defender Narender Gahlot and keeper Subrata Paul and both hesitated.
Chhetri made the most of it and headed the ball away from the keeper. He went around Subrata Paul and volleyed the ball into an empty net. That should have been the keeper’s ball.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu produced a brilliant save in the 79th minute to deny David Grande what looked like a sure goal. A long ball was put towards David Grande on the right. Erik Paartalu looked to head it out but failed to do.
The Bengaluru man lost his balance and David Grande was through on goal. He fired a left footed shot into the post but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu stretched his right hand to take the ball over the crossbar.
Bengaluru are gaining momentum while Jamshedpur are desperate for the return of Sergio Castel and Piti.