Jamshedpur Thrashed Second-String Bengaluru With No Mercy

Rishav Roy  |  ISL-5  |  3 Weeks Ago

Jamshedpur FC concluded their ISL season by thrashing the table-toppers in a lopsided affair at the JRD Tata Sports Complex. With the ace secured, Carles Cuadrat made eight changes to his starting line-up that started their previous encounter against FC Goa, as Rino Anto was named their skipper. Jamshedpur, already being knocked out of the fray had a final statement to make and boy! They made it in style.


Bengaluru took an early lead through Thongkhosiem Haokip as he opened the scoring in the 16th minute for the visitors, exploiting a miscommunication between Subrata Paul and Augustine Fernandez. Augustine in an attempt to shadow Haokip, expecting Subrata to charge out of his line and collect the ball, let it roll. However, much to the pall of everyone cheering for the hosts in the Furnace, Subrata pranced in his own place, unsure of whether to leave his line or play the final guard to the castle, ended up conceding as Haokip played a fluke by wielding whatever was at his behest and the visitors drew first blood.


 Bengaluru had an excellent opportunity to double their lead before the half-hour mark when Edmund Lalrindika was fouled inside the box by Tiri. Xisco’s attempt from the spot was parried away by Paul without making matters worse for the hosts.

It was another divine comedy of errors that led to the equalizer by the home team. BFC goalkeeper, Soram Poirei came off the box to gobble up the ball only to spill it on the follow-up. Augustine, in hot pursuit of a shot at redemption, leapt over the keeper and scored the equalizer from a very acute angle, thereby averting the stretched legs of three Blue defenders.


After the second-half resumed, Jamshedpur sabotaged the visitors in a seven-minute blitzkrieg. The first of the four came from the sensational Michael Soosairaj who pranced down the left, adeptly conjured a stepover and gunned the ball into the top-right corner of the net.


Valencia-born, Pablo Morgado scored twice in two minutes to seal the fate of the game in the hosts’ favour. Carlos Calvo’s pedestrian free-kick rattled the net after Soram made a hash of his positioning and couldn’t manage to keep the ball out. Gursimrat Gill gifted a set-piece at the edge of the box from which the Spanish midfielder belted a curler thereby completing the rout. 


Jamshedpur finished fifth for consecutive seasons after their inception with 27 points in their repertoire. On the other hand, Bengaluru will look to shift focus on their first league playoff on March 8th, thereby putting behind the ignominy suffered in the den of the men of steel.


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