Jamshedpur condemn Goa to their first loss in Hero ISL 2019-20
Jamshedpur FC brought an end to FC Goa’s unbeaten start to Hero Indian Super league (Hero ISL) 2019-20 after a 1-0 win against the Gaurs at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Tuesday. Sergio Castel scored the only goal of the match in the 17th minute and Goa played the last 18 minutes of the match plus injury time with 10 men after Ahmed Jahouh was sent off.
- Sergio Castel gave Jamshedpur FC the lead in the 17th minute.
- FC Goa were reduced to 10 men in the 72nd minute after Ahmed Jahouh received his marching orders.
- Subrata Paul made several fine saves to help Jamshedpur keep a clean sheet.
The hosts had to wait till the 7th minute for their first chance and it came after Jackichand Singh made a surging run into the box before forcing Subrata Paul into a save in Jamshedpur’s goal.
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The visitors had a good opportunity to take the lead themselves five minutes later courtesy a quick break that led to Robin Gurung floating in a well-measured pass from the right for CK Vineeth in the box. The former Kerala Blasters attempted a scissors kick, but his effort went wide of the target.
However, Jamshedpur did not make any mistake in the 17th minute thanks mostly to some individual brilliance from Castel after Farukh Choudhary found him with a pass in the box. The Spaniard showed his class with a delicious first touch that sent Mourtada Fall the other way and allowed him space and time to finish with aplomb to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
Stunned and now trailing, the Gaurs responded by picking up the pace and began applying pressure on Jamshedpur, albeit without creating too much in terms of clear-cut goal-scoring chances. Jamshedpur could have doubled their lead in the 34th minute after Castel produced a good cross from the right for a well-positioned Vineeth in the box. Seriton Fernandes, though, did just about enough to ensure Vineeth didn’t get a proper connection on the ball.
Jitendra Singh had Jamshedpur’s last chance of the half in the 41st minute when he spotted Mohammad Nawaz slightly off his line and tried his luck from distance. Nawaz, though, managed to get back in time to make the save.
Edu Bedia then managed to nod two headers goal-wards before halftime, but Subrata did just about enough to avert the danger on both occasions as Jamshedpur took a 1-0 lead into break.
Both sides began the second half looking positive with Jackichand and Castel being the biggest threats for Goa and Jamshedpur respectively. Jackichand, in particular, was growing in influence and it was his cross from the right that Fall headed into Subrata’s safe hands in the 54th minute. Brandon Fernandes then blazed a shot wide of goal from just outside the box four minutes later as Goa’s search for an equaliser continued.
Things got more difficult for Goa 18 minutes from fulltime after Jahouh was sent off for picking up his second yellow card.
Despite being down a man, Goa kept pushing for an equaliser and even created some nervous moments for Jamshedpur FC from set pieces. However, in the end, Jamshedpur kept their composure and defended resolutely to return to winning ways.
Hero of the Match – Sergio Castel
Sergio Castel’s 17th minute goal proved to be the difference as Jamshedpur ended Goa’s unbeaten start to the season. The 24-year-old Spaniard continued his fine form this campaign with an exquisite finish and a good all-round display, including great hold up as well as smart decision-making.
Club Award – Jamshedpur FC
Maruti Suzuki Limitless Player of the Match – Subrata Paul
DHL Winning Pass of the Match - Farukh Choudhary
ISL Emerging Player of the Match – Jitendra Singh
Hero of the Match – Sergio Castel
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