Thriller in Kanteerava sees Bengaluru FC draw against Jamshedpur FC
Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC played out a thrilling draw in a match that witnessed three goals in the final fifteen minutes. Nishu Kumar had opened the scoring at the brink of halftime and later it was completed goals galore at the Kanteraava Stadium.
The first half started with Bengaluru dominating the proceedings with come smart possession play. As usual, their central midfielders looked to exert pressure and recover the possession before releasing Udanta Singh on the right flank. Singh’s electric pace meant that he troubled Jamshedpur’s backline with some decoy runs but it was his inability to deliver the accurate deliveries into the box that frustrated his teammates. With clinical finishers like Miku and Sunil Chettri inside the box, Singh’s crosses and low deliveries could have resulted in more goals. However, he was rather hurried in his decision making and displayed some immaturity in these situations. On the other side, even Jerry faced the same issue. The right winger was running behind the backline but his crosses were abysmal, to be honest. Jamshedpur was lackluster in possession and could not utilize the presence of Tim Cahill up front. The Australian thrives on crosses and Jamshedpur’s deliveries into the box were increasingly frustrating for the former Everton man. Eventually, Nishu Kumar scored a sumptuous volley in the 45th minute to give Bengaluru a meek lead going into the halftime.
Jamshedpur was looking quite better as they passed the ball around with purpose and precision in the second half. They looked to dominate Bengaluru and move ahead before moving the ball to the wide areas. Moreover, Bengaluru somewhat succumbed to this pressure as the visitors grew in confidence with every passing second. There was a clear change of plan regarding the gameplay in the second half, something that became quite evident. Their primary cause of concern was Cahill, who wasn’t looking sharp enough to positively impact the proceedings. Eventually, Cahill was hauled off and the pace of the game boosted up quite well. Gourav Mukhi, Jamshedpur’s 16-year-old lad equalized the score in the 81st minute. Bengaluru seemed to receive a wakeup call as they renewed their energy levels and started banking on crosses to recover two points. Sunil Chettri scored with a well-directed headed effort in the 88th minute and that seemed to have settled the game for Bengaluru. Jamshedpur buckled up, made some quick tackles and Sergio Cidoncha notched the second equalizer within six minutes of the game.
While the intensity was relatively lesser in the first half, both teams looked to have learned from their mistakes. Chettri and Kumar’s goals boasted of exuberance and class, but Jamshedpur’s grit and determination need to be applauded too.
Now, Jamshedpur will face ATK on 21st October, while Bengaluru FC would come up against FC Pune on 22nd October. Both teams played out a cracker of a contest that must have delighted the fans in the stadium.