Odisha FC pulled off a dominant win over Jamshedpur FC in a high-octane, dramatic first-half action as the Kalinga Warriors enter the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season break high on confidence. Their supremely talented and experienced frontline clicked cohesively to put four goals past the Jamshedpur FC defence in the opening 45 minutes to seal the deal straightaway, and take their unbeaten streak to 11 games in all competitions.

Jamshedpur FC, upbeat after their 5-0 thrashing of Hyderabad FC, began the game strongly with a Rei Tachikawa stunner from outside of the box to bag the opener in the 23rd minute.

However, the trio of Roy Krishna, Isak Vanlalruatfela, and Diego Mauricio wreaked havoc in the remaining 20-odd minutes, coming together seamlessly, and running circles around the Jamshedpur FC defence to find multiple breakthroughs and produce a thorough entertainer for their home crowd.

Krishna, in particular, was the star of the show, playing a part in three of the four goals barring the one that Mauricio converted through a spot-kick. He first set up one for Isak in the 27th minute, which the youngster tapped in conveniently to bag the equaliser. Nine minutes later, the Fijian jumped upon a rebound of a shot by Mauricio to get his team a slight lead from the right-hand side of the box.

Mauricio got his due in the added time of the first-half, earning a spot-kick due to a foul by TP Rehenesh and hammering it into the net to get Odisha FC’s third goal of the night. The dynamism that these two strikers have demonstrated playing in tandem lately has been one of the core reasons behind the success of the Juggernauts. Krishna was in no mood to pipe down as the end of the opening essay of the game approached though. Isak carved open the backline, which appeared to be disarranged, and the striker pulled off another neat finish to bring up the fifth goal of the night.

Odisha FC have rounded off the opening half of the ISL 2023-24 campaign with seven victories and three draws in 12 games. Their dominance has been a result of a free-flowing attacking unit, supported by a solid defensive setup that has conceded only 12 goals so far. On the other hand, the Red Miners have a lot of thinking to do from here on. It appeared that they had turned a new leaf with an authoritative win over Hyderabad FC, but things have unravelled pretty clearly for the squad over the course of the last four months. They need to make some corrections to ensure that the second half of the campaign unfolds in a better way for them.

Key Performer of the Match

Roy Krishna (Odisha FC)

Roy Krishna scored twice, made an assist, completed 81% of his passes, tackled thrice, and created three goal-scoring opportunities to give out another fantastic, comprehensive performance from the tip of the attack.

What’s next for both teams?

The ISL 2023-24 season takes a break after the FC Goa vs NorthEast United FC match in Guwahati tonight for the international matches, which will see India participate in the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar.

Brief Scores

Odisha FC 4 (Isak Vanlalruatfela 27’, Roy Krishna 36’ 45+3’, Diego Mauricio 45+2’) – 1 Jamshedpur FC (Rei Tachikawa 23’)

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