ISL 2017, Match 2: NorthEast United FC vs Jamshedpur FC, 5 Talking Points
NorthEast United welcomed newcomers Jamshedpur FC for their first encounter in the ISL. Both sides created enough opportunities to warrant a goal. However, the strikers were wasteful in the final third.
In what was a thoroughly entertaining 0-0 draw, NEUFC created the better chances on the night. Let's take a look at the five major talking points from tonight's game.
#1 Opening minutes filled with tomfoolery
Playing their first game of the season, you'd imagine NEUFC and Jamshedpur FC would be cagey and attempt to get a sense of the tempo of play. What ensued was completely the opposite. Both sides began the match as if only five minutes of the game were left to play.
Reckless clearances and wayward passes were a regular scenario for the first twenty minutes of the encounter. It was not a tactical battle at all. Far from it. However, from a neutrals point of view, it made for great viewing. Both sides were extremely risky in their game-play, deviating from the usual rigid approach that most teams begin their campaign with.