Jamshedpur vs Northeast United: 4 Talking Points to sum up the match

Rohan Bhattacharjee  |  Northeast United  |  1 Year Ago

North-East United FC hosted the newcomers Jamshedpur FC on the second match day of the Hero Indian Super League season 4 on Saturday at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. The 'Highlanders', who failed to qualify for the play-offs in the previous seasons looked to take off on a positive note on their home turf against Steve Coppell's side.


The game ended all square with Jamshedpur FC playing with 10 men for the last 18 minutes.



Let us have a look into the 4 important talking points of the match:


Exciting Football from NEUFC

NEUFC dominated the match with 64% of possession. They  kept up the tempo of attacking football with 16 shots compared to 10 of Jamshedpur. NEUFC managed to put 4 shots on target. They could have taken the lead in the 3rd minute when Marcinho missed an one-on-one opportunity against Subrata Pal by kicking the ball over the cross bar. Marcinho hit the cross bar in the 64th minute and Pal denied a brilliant effort of Danilo in the 66th minute. North-East United FC manager Joao Carlos Pires de Deus will be having a lot of notes written down for his forwards!


The 'Men of Steel' justified their nickname

Jamshedpur FC's rock-solid defence snatched one point from NEUFC in the away game, which is perfect as a kick start to their maiden season. With the presence of the experienced shoulder of Subrata Pal in front of the goal and Mehtab Hossain in the midfield, JFC's back line was pretty composed to nullify the chances created by NEUFC. The 'Men of Steel' from Jamshedpur are worthy of being called so! Subrata Pal has been named Man of the Match — clearly tells how much influential has been his presence. Steve Coppell will have concerns regarding his forward line as they need to be more effective to make their mark in this year's five-year-long league.



Poor Decision from the Referee, first Red Card of ISL 4

Andre Bikey came on as a substitute on the 70th minute; but Andre's game time against his former side was short lived. Bikey was directly sent off in the 77th minute as a result of a disappointing display of refering. The replay showed that Bikey's studs was miles away and didn't even touch Luiz Paez Restrepo . Not a great day Andre!


Another Goalless Draw

After a disappointing 'goal-less' opening on Friday, all had  kept their eyes on this encounter to experience the first goal of ISL 4. For the first time in ISL history, not a single goal has been scored after the first two matches — not a great record to be in the books! 


A double header Sunday awaits for us where Chennayin FC hosts FC Goa and ISL debutants Bengaluru FC hosts Mumbai City FC. Will we finally get to see the ball cross the goal-line for the first time this ISL? 


Our Verdict

The match was a special one between the sides, one of which is debuting while the other one is under a huge transition. New teams, least understanding expected, the match ended stalemate. However, with the kind of possession and composure that The Highlanders played with, our experts believe that the match should’ve ended for a side. Northeast takes our applause while the debutants take our awe. 




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