A Unique Record Split Jamshedpur Into Two!!!

Rohit Ganguly  |  ISL-5  |  2 Months Ago

A unique record carved a visiting Jamshedpur into two as ATK logged three full points to pose a challenge for the top four. This was ATK’s first home game after the break and the hosts came out with flying colours riding on two phenomenal strikes from their skipper Manuel Lanzarote. Despite Jamshedpur pulling a goal late into the game to imbue the match with life, the ATK rearguard held on to their positions resolutely to deny a share of the spoils to the visitors.


The unique record which was created in today’s game was one of its kind as Manuel Lanzarote became the first-ever player in ISL to score from two direct free-kicks in one single game. No other player has ever achieved this herculean feat in the history of the most flamboyant league of India.


Within just three minutes of the game kicking off, ATK notched themselves up a free-kick just at the edge of the box, as a mistimed tackle from Dhanchandra Singh brought down a bursting Edu Garcia. Lanzarote stepped up and exhibited sheer southpaw magic as he curled the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net past a diving a Subrata Paul.


The Spanish medio emulated his first goal to score his second. It was once again Edu Garcia on a blistering run down the centre and was upended by another inopportune tackle from Dhanachandra. We all knew the drill and so did Jamshedpur. The only difference was we relished it and Jamshedpur didn’t. Lanzarote stepped up and curled another screamer into the top-left corner of the net past a flying Subrata Paul.

The resumption of the second-half saw Lanzarote’s left foot speaking again as he took a shy at the goal from quite some distance but was refused by an alert Subrata. The scales tipped in favour of the visitors with the introduction of Jerry Mawihmingthanga. They started keeping a lot more possession of the ball and ATK’s defence was summoned to the deliverance of the team quite a number of times.


ATK got lucky in the 75th minute as Ricky ended up handling the ball in the box, however, it averted everyone’s eye on the field and Jamshedpur had to rebuild from scratch. On the 81st minute after being teed up by Morgado, Jerry smashed the ball into the woodwork from point-blank range.


However, the very next minute saw Jamshedpur scoring their first, painting the game back with life. Bikash Jairu whipped in a delectable ball for an advancing Arques, who headed it home after a clinical jump in the box.


The ATK defence put up a fabulous display to nullify most of the final crosses of Jamshedpur that rendered the Steel City players toothless. Lanzarote was adjudged as the man of the match.


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