Kalinga Super Cup: Jamshedpur FC pip Shillong Lajong, NorthEast United FC ease past Kerala Blasters FC
Jamshedpur FC edged past Shillong Lajong FC by a 2-0 scoreline, while NorthEast United FC defeated Kerala Blasters FC by a 4-1 scoreline.
Jamshedpur FC defeated Shillong Lajong FC by a 2-0 scoreline to continue their unbeaten run in the Kalinga Super Cup 2024. The Men of Steel secured the victory with goals from Sanan Mohammed K and Semboi Haokip.
Jamshedpur FC have made an excellent start under their newly appointed head coach, Khalid Jamil, under whom they clinched three consecutive victories and became the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of this tournament.
Jamil’s men showed their flexibility in offensive moves, creating numerous attacks starting from the very first minute. The first real chance of the game came in the 10th minute when Haokip missed making the proper contact on Muhhamed Uvais’s defense-splitting cross. The I-League side got their chance with Wadajied, who made a tricky run inside the box but could not make the shot.
However, Jamshedpur FC got their desired goal just at the stroke of halftime with Sanan, who was assisted by another goalscorer, Haokip. Sanan was in the right place at the very right time to hand his side a crucial goal with his opportunist finish.
Jamshedpur FC were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute but failed to capitalise from the spot. It was Len Doungel whose powerful strike rattled the crossbar, missing their chance to extend the lead.
The Sanan-Haokip combination proved its worth again in the 73rd minute to double their lead. Sanan played a pin-point cross from the left flank, while Haokip was there to double their lead with a stunning head.
With the win, Jamshedpur FC remain unbeaten in the competition along with East Bengal FC. Both sides will face each other in the first semi-final on January 24.
NorthEast United FC beat Kerala Blasters FC
Despite being knocked out of the tournament, NorthEast United FC ended their Kalinga Super Cup 2024 with back-to-back wins. The Highlanders secured a 4-1 victory against Kerala Blasters FC courtesy the goals from Parthib Gogoi, Mohammed Ali Bemammer, Redeem Tlang, and Jithin M.S.
NorthEast United FC broke the deadlock just after the kickoff with Gogoi’s early goal. The young winger found plenty of space behind Kerala Blasters FC’s defense line with his rapid speed. Though both sides had a few chances in the opening half, Gogoi’s strike was the only difference by the end of the first half.
Juan Pedro Benali’s men continued their attacking moves as they were desperate to double the lead. It was Bemammer who found the back of the net with his low-driven free kick.
Dimitrios Diamantakos pulled one goal back for the Blasters in the 70th minute, but the Yellow Army could not bounce back into this game as the Highlanders scored another two goals to achieve the victory with a sustainable lead.
Tlang regained the two-goal lead in the 75th minute for NorthEast United FC with his powerful strike outside the box. In the 80th minute, Jithin seized the victory for Benali’s side, looping the ball into an empty net by dribbling past Sachin Suresh.