Jamshedpur FC 1-1 NorthEast United: 3 Reasons why the hosts could only manage a draw | ISL 2019-20
The home side began the game confidently and immediately imposed their identity on the encounter. They passed around midfield adeptly and kept the ball ticking beautifully as they completely dominated possession.
Consequently, they created a host of chances with Farukh Choudhary coming close courtesy a spectacular bicycle kick in the 6th minute. 22 minutes later though, Jamshedpur were rewarded for their endeavours when a flowing move was finished off by Sergio Castel.
The visitors were accorded a couple of openings to restore parity in the remainder of the opening period but they failed to capitalise, meaning that the hosts enjoyed a slender one-goal cushion at the break.
After re-emerging from the tunnel, NorthEast seemed much more comfortable on the ball and looked capable of ruffling Jamshedpur’s feathers. However, the away side had to wait until the final minute of regulation time for their equaliser.
In the 90th minute, Asamoah Gyan rose higher than Tiri and laid the ball for Panagiotis Triadis. The Greek made no mistake and poked the ball past Subrata Pal.
Both teams couldn’t muster anything substantial in second-half stoppage time as the encounter meandered towards a tense stalemate.
Here is a look at the three reasons why Jamshedpur FC could only manage a draw.
#3 Farukh and Sergio Castel turn in impressive performances
Through the early exchanges of the 2019-20 ISL season, quite a few young Indians have enjoyed brilliant campaigns, meaning that they’ve earmarked themselves for better things over the remainder of the term.
However, despite a plethora of local talent impressing, Farukh Choudhary has perhaps been the pick of that bunch. And, on Monday, the winger turned in another wonderful display as he was a constant thorn in NorthEast’s side.
On countless occasions, the forward got the better of his marker and left them for dead. An instance of a similar ilk occurred in the first half when Farkuh turned Jose Leudo near the half-way line before striding towards goal.
The winger also played an instrumental part in Jamshedpur’s opener as he timed his run to perfection, thereby freeing himself of the attention of Rakesh Pradhan.
Thereafter, he took Aitor Monroy’s pass in his stride before squaring the ball for Sergio Castel. The Spaniard did the rest and thumped the ball into the back of the net.
Apart from the goal, the duo showcased excellent understanding when linking up. Whenever Castel dropped deep, Farukh was on hand to exploit the space he had vacated whereas the former also offered the latter several passing avenues down the channels behind the full-backs.
However, the Spaniard’s outing was cut short when he was subjected to a rather robust tackle by Reagan Singh. Subsequently, the striker was withdrawn with him looking visibly distraught.
Thus, as the games pile up for Jamshedpur FC, they would be hoping that Castel returns to the fold swiftly, especially considering the telepathic relationship he enjoys with Farukh, which incidentally, forms their most potent attacking weapon.