Thrilling stalemate at Marina Arena leaves both Jamshedpur and Machans in despair: The Talking points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

In yet another thrilling contest at the Marina Arena the hosts scored a late equalizer to draw their crucial encounter against Jamshedpur. Jamshedpur took the lead courtesy of a stunning first half strike by Wellington but were on the back foot in the second half. Mihelic's corner was headed to goal by Rafique to end the match 1-1. The stalemate leaves Chennaiyin third on the table with 28 points from 16 games and Jamshedpur have 26 points from same number of games. With Kerala and Goa hot on their heels, both sides would be ruing the two points dropped in the game. 


Here are the major talking points from the game:

Suspensions affect Chennaiyin FC

Chennaiyin FC were missing two players from starting their eleven. Nelson and Ganesh were serving suspension for racking up yellow cards and their absence was clearly felt, especially in the first half. Neither Gavilan nor Augusto provided the kind of width that Nelson offers. The Dutchman stretches the opposition defence but in the absence of him only Francis was playing on the touchline in the first half. Germanpreet and Bikramjit didn't have a great first half either as they failed to find their feet when in possession. Though they managed to up their game in the second half, it was the substitutions that made the trick for the former champions. Mailson picked up his fourth yellow and will be suspended for their crucial encounter against Kerala. Gregory will be hoping it won't be as costly as it proved in tonight's game. 



Wellington a January Joy for Coppell

January transfer window was welcomed by all ISL clubs alike. The sides who were struggling to get their balance right had the chance to regroup in the mid season transfer window. Steve and his team have brought in a gem in the form of Wellington. The former Northeast United player has been phenomenal since January and has also freed up Trindade to express himself in the final third. He has made a habit of scoring wonder goals and his stunning volley against hosts will be in definite contention for the goal of the tournament. The Brazilian has been splendid in the centre of the park for Jamshedpur and two more good performances from this star could put the new comers into the knockouts.

Battle of Jerry's down the wings

It was a battle between two young stars of the game. Jerry from Chennaiyin FC is a young left back who has impressed and has become a vital cog of Chennaiyin defence. The Jamshedpur sensation has been phenomenal for the visitors throughout this season. The battle between Jerry's were intense to watch. The diminutive duo did get the best out of each other in their battles down the left. While the front man was able to get the better of Jerry to swing in beautiful crosses there were also instances when the left back stole the possession from the forward. The fans will be hoping that they will see their respective Jerry's to reach stardom in their favoured colours. 



Jamshedpur pay the price for absorbing too much pressure

Jamshedpur have stellar defensive record. On nine out of ten occasions they would have preserved their one goal lead against the persistent Chennai attack. However there is a strong case to make regarding their questionable lack of intention to hold the ball in the second half. They conceded corner after corner one of which was duly converted by Rafi to earn a point for the hosts. Jamshedpur scored their first goal after a good spell of possession but the visitors opted to sit back and soak the pressure in the second half. The hosts kept probing and finally found the elusive equalizer. There will be questions if the visitors should have shown little more intent to hold on to the ball in the second half. 


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