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Super Cup: Jamshedpur, Goa clash in battle of ISL teams for place in semis

Bhubaneswar, April 11: Jamshedpur FC were at the receiving end when they clashed with ISL semi-finalists FC Goa last time but ‘revenge’ isn’t something that is on coach Steve Coppell’s mind before locking horns with the Goan team in the Super Cup quarter-final here on Thursday.

“Revenge is not the right word which I should say. We just have another opportunity to try our level best and win tomorrow’s game. We’re here to progress in the tournament and we can accomplish that only by winning tomorrow’s game”, Coppell stated in the pre-match press conference.

After upsetting the I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC in the Round of 16, the ISL debutants have set the quarterfinal date with Goa and the English coach said that his team is physically fine and they’ll go all guns blazing.

“We had a long time to recover from our last match and we are in a good shape physically. We’re rearing to give it a shot tomorrow.”

Coppel further said that it’s tougher to keep the possession rather than winning it and they’ll set the strategy accordingly.

“According to me, the easiest thing is to say keeping the possession. But I would say, it’s tougher to keep the ball with you than chasing it. The team who has the ball need to work harder to keep the possession. We’ll play to the best of our physicality and ability to perform,” he said.

Nonetheless, FC Goa who overturned ATK in their previous match, are rating their opposition highly before the match.

“They are a very good team and a good bunch of players are there in Jamshedpur. They’re defensively very organised. But, we are also here to show our worth and what I strongly feel, we are ready for the match,” midfielder Pronay Halder said in the pre-match press conference.

Goa assistant coach Derrick Pereira said that they have a few niggles but not major injury woes before the humdinger.

“I can’t say that we’re missing any player tomorrow. But there a few niggles. We can the final call only tomorrow,” he said.

“The important part is that the team have regrouped well and they’re working hard. The team is eager to put up a good performance and progress further to the semi-finals.”


Super Cup: Jamshedpur ride goalie’s heroics to edge past Minerva in tiebreaker

Bhubaneswar, April 3: Jamshedpur FC rode on young goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh’s heroics to put it across I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out and take their place in quarterfinals of the Super Cup here.

In the fourth Round of 16 match of the tournament, being played at the Kalinga stadium Sanjiban affected at least 8-9 saves throughout the 120 minutes of the match and then put the icing on the cake with two more saves in the sudden death tie-breaker to emerge the undisputed hero of the match on Monday.

Minerva, who were clearly the better team in the match, were left ruing their missed chances in the game, including an opportunity to close the game out in the tie-breaker.

The game began with Minerva lining up a 4-3-3 formation, going in with a seemingly potent strike force of Ghanian William Asiedu, the young and talented Girik Khosla and Chencho Geyltshen upfront.

Jamshedpur went in with their strong four-man defence led by India star Anas, and Brazilians Trindade Goncalves and Wellington Priori making up the attack engine in the central midfield, with Haitian Belfort and Farukh Choudhary tasked to do all the running in and around the Minerva penalty box.

After a listless first 20 minutes, the game opened up when Anas brought down Chencho in a dangerous area outside the Jamshedpur box. Asiedu’s free kick rebounded off goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh, and fell tantalizingly at the feet of an on-rushing Deepak Devrani. The defender, with only a fallen goalkeeper to beat, lobbed over.

Then in the 26th minute, off a Robin Gurung cross from the left flank, the ball found a faint deflection from a diving Farukh, fell invitingly at the feet of Belfort, who muffed his shot to allow Bikash to unleash a curling left footer, which beat Kiran Limbu all ends up but could not beat the Minerva upright.

Chencho and the young midfielder Akash Sangwan then got involved prominently in the game. Chencho first had a long ranger comfortably saved by Sanjiban and then from an Akash Sangwan ball into the box, he could not manage to wrap his legs around the ball eventually, with only the goalkeeper ahead of him.

Akash’s second beauty of the half, found Girik Khosla one on one with the keeper again, but the forward’s shot was saved ably by Sanjiban, who had a brilliant game.

The half ended with a booking for the experienced Anas, when he went into referee Santhosh’s book for a second cynical tackle in the game, this time on Girik Khosla, just outside the Jamshedpur box.

Although possession was even, Minerva clearly ended the half, the stronger side.

The second half mirrored the first in terms of Minerva having the better chances and looking the stronger side, although possession remained divided equally.

The best chance of the half, came in the 56th minute, with Chencho and Akash Sangwan again at the heart of it.

Just after Jamshedpur affected the first substitutions of the match, a double change, bringing in Sumeet Passi for Farukh Choudhary and Karan Amin for Yumnam Raju, Chencho had another shot on target in the 74th minute, Minerva’s fifth of the match, but it was the Jamshedpur custodian to the rescue again.

Minerva finished with two more chances going a begging, Chencho hitting the side netting and this time Bali Gagandeep (brought in in the 77th minute for Girik Khosla) having his shot saved by Sanjiban.

Sumeet Passi converted Jamshedpur’s fifth to put them ahead 4-3 and Kamalpreet then cooly converted for the Punjab side to get into sudden death.

Kiran Limbu then stopped Bikash Jairu’s power drive and the Minerva’s goalkeeper then opted to seal the issue himself, but Sanjiban extended his brilliant day with a crucial save.

The experienced Mehtab Hussain then converted cheekily and Sanjiban blocked Bali Gangandeep’s shot for Minerva and it rebounded off the post to send Jamshedpur FC into ecstasy and the Super Cup quarterfinals.


ISL: Goa thrash Jamshedpur to enter play-offs

Jamshedpur, March 5: FC Goa rode on Spanish striker Ferran Corominas’ brace either side of halftime to qualify for the Indian Super League (ISL) play-offs in a virtual knockout clash against Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Sunday.

Top-scorer in the league Corominas scored in the 29th and 51st minute with Manuel Lanzarote (69th) adding gloss to the scoreline.

Jamshedpur, placed fifth on the points table with 26 points from 17 games, had to win the game to make the cut while a draw would have been enough for the visitors who were on 27 points from 17 games.

Goa, who finished with 30 points, joined Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC and FC Pune City to complete the list of teams who will vie for the silverware this season.

In a rare incident, both keepers were sent off in each half for handling the ball outside the box.

First, hosts’ veteran India custodian Subrata Paul came out of his 18-yard box to inexplicably catch the ball and after the change of ends, Naveen Kumar did something similar to force the referee to take out the red card from his pocket.


MatchPreview: Goa, Jamshedpur face-off in playoff spot decider

Jamshedpur, March 3: FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC will clash in an all-important match which will decide the final playoff spot in the Indian Super League.

A draw will be enough for Goa since they are already a point ahead of the hosts. If they lose, then Steve Coppell’s side will seal a remarkable achievement in their first season at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Sunday.

“In a strange sort of way, I am happy that we have to win to go through because that way there is no doubt in our mind. If we would have been able to qualify with a draw, all of a sudden human nature means you try and protect what you have and I don’t think that really suits us,” Jamshedpur head coach Coppell said.

“The results midweek mean that we have only one goal in mind and we have only one way we can play. We simply have to win to qualify.”

The Englishman left no doubt that his team aim for victory. The previous fixture between the two sides ended 2-1 in favour of Goa at the Nehru Stadium at home.

“Do we need to get better in front of the goal? Obviously, that has been the case all season. More potential and more fire-power in front of the goal. It’s not the strikers’ fault, but the team’s responsibility to create chances and score goals and we have to correct that for tomorrow,” Coppell said.

Meanwhile, Goa are back in form, having scored nine goals in the last two matches, trouncing impressive FC Pune City 4-0 away before beating defending champions ATK 5-1 at home.

“I know a draw is enough for us but once we try and play for a draw, we end up losing the game. So we will do our best to try and win the match,” Goa head coach Sergio Lobera said. If Goa win, they can finish second due to their record against Pune City.

Goa have a few niggles but Lobera would not elaborate on which players were doubtful for the crunch match.

“They are a defensively well-structured team and comfortable with their style of play. They deserve to be in a situation where they can fight for the semifinals,” Lobera said about Jamshedpur.


Bengaluru blank Jamshedpur in ISL tie

Bhubaneswar, Feb 26: Bengaluru FC extended their lead at the top of the points table with a 2-0 victory over Jamshedpur FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) clash here on Sunday.

Venezuelan import Miku put Bengaluru ahead when he converted a penalty in the 23rd minute while Sunil Chhetri doubled the lead in the 34th minute.

Bengaluru now have 37 points from 17 matches, an eight-point lead over second placed FC Pune City. Jamshedpur are at the fourth spot with 26 points from 17 matches.

Bengaluru dealt a serious blow to Jamshedpur’s hopes of securing a play-off spot. The loss for Jamshedpur means the fate of the ISL debutants as well as FC Goa will now go all the way to the last game of the league to be played on March 4.

However, even that may not be enough for Sunday’s hosts to cling on to the fourth place as Goa have a game in hand.

Miku gave visitors the lead 23 minutes into the game from the penalty spot. After being put through on goal, the striker, who has been in top form this season, was brought down inside the penalty box by Jamshedpur FC goalkeeper Subrata Paul. He got up and calmly slotted the ball past Paul.

Stung by the goal, Jamshedpur FC tried to be a bit more ambitions but they were pegged back again around 10 minutes later.

Domimas Delgado’s corner from the right found Bengaluru captain Chettri who leapt over everyone to head the ball past Paul for the second time on the night.

Izu Azuka came close to reducing the deficit for the hosts in the 40th minute but his effort was tipped over the bar by Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh.

After the restart, the home side again came close to scoring a goal but they were again denied by a fantastic double save by Gurpreet Singh, who got down well to keep out Andre Bikey’s low effort and then he got up quickly to deny Jerry Mawihmingthangan from the rebound.

Even though Bengaluru FC dominated the possession, Jamshedpur FC had more efforts on goal. Coppell’s men had 21 shots at goal but it just wasn’t their night.

At the other end, Bengaluru could have further increased their lead had they been more clinical in front of the goal.

But that didn’t matter in the end, and any chances of a dramatic comeback for Jamshedpur FC were wiped off when Mehtab Hossain, who had come on as a substitute for Anas Edathodika in the second half, was sent off for a second yellow card in added time.


Chennaiyin remain 3rd after 1-1 draw with Jamshedpur in ISL

Chennai, Feb 19: Chennaiyin FC on Sunday earned a valuable point after forcing Jamshedpur FC to a 1-1 draw as they held their third position in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table.

Jamshedpur FC were running away with yet another victory after another moment of brilliance from Wellington Priori had given Steve Coppell’s side the lead in the 32nd minute. The visitors defended deep in the second session but Mohammad Rafi eventually broke through with one minute left to play.

The goal, from a corner kick taken by another substitute, Rene Mihelic, could prove to be crucial in the final analysis while deciding the play-off places. Chennaiyin FC continue to be placed third with 28 points from 16 matches while Jamshedpur FC are fourth with 26 points from 16 matches, leaving both with everything to fight for in the remaining two matches.

For the most part it had looked like Jamshedpur would notch their sixth win in seven matches. Steve Coppell’s side has made a remarkable late bid for a place in the play-offs and they started strongly.

They should have got the lead early in the game when Jerry Mawihmingthanga floated a ball from the right and found Farukh Choudhary at the far post. Farukh, with a free header, directed it wide off the target.

Jamshedpur FC got their goal in the 32nd minute through Wellington, who had scored a stunning bicycle kick goal against NorthEast United FC in the previous game. This time too the goal was stunning as he made space for himself outside the box from a hasty clearance and then surprised Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh with a volley that bounced just in front of him and entered the nets.

Jamshedpur FC, who have conceded the least number of goals (12), reverted to their strategy of shutting down the opposition. They defended in numbers and negated all the attacks, restricting Chennaiyin FC to some long rangers which went astray.

However, Chennaiyin FC tasted success at the very end when two substitutes — Rafi and Mihelic — combined perfectly during one of the many corners that they won. Mihelic floated the corner tantalisingly into the box and goalkeeper Subrata Paul faltered by leaving his line and getting stranded midway. Rafi sensed the chance and finished the move off with a wonderful looping header that sailed over defender Raju Yumnam into the goal.


ISL: ATK suffer third straight defeat, lose 0-1 to Jamshedpur

Kolkata, Jan 29: ATK succumbed to their third straight defeat of the Indian Super League (ISL), this time losing to Jamshedpur FC 0-1 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Sunday.

Trindade Goncalves scored a second-half winner in the 66th minute to help Jamshedpur get back to winning ways after losing the previous match.

The result means ATK stay in the eighth position while Jamshedpur remained fifth but now have 19 points from 11 games.

Jamshedpur got a chance in the opening exchanges with Goncalves coming close to find the top corner with a drive from outside the box.

The visitors created a few chances in the first period but lacked good finishing to take the lead.

In the 25th minute, Jerry Mawihmingthanga took a swipe but failed to keep the ball down.

ATK took time to get into the game with their first corner coming in the 32nd minute. Jayesh Rane got a shot on target but it was a feeble one which Jamshedpur keeper Subrata Paul collected with ease.

In the 40th minute, Martin Paterson made a smart run towards the near post to get on the end of David Cotterill’s corner. Paterson’s shot though forced Paul into a good save.

At the other end, Izu Azuka was controversially flagged offside when replays showed otherwise.

At halftime, both teams were locked 0-0.

Three minutes into the second half, Golcalves met Jerry’s cross but the upright denied his volley.

Moments later, Jamshedpur took the lead. Hitesh Sharma felled Golcalves inside the area for the referee to point towards the spot. Golcalves made no mistake, with Debjit diving the wrong way.

ATK got a few chances to restore parity but failed to score.


ISL: Pune ride late strikes against Jamshedpur

Pune, Jan 25: FC Pune City rode on late goals from Gurtej Singh and Emiliano Alfaro Toscano to defeat Jamshedpur FC 2-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter here on Wednesday.

Gurtej (62nd minute) and Toscano (66th) handed Pune all three points after Wellington Cirino Priori (29th) had put Jamshedpur in the lead.

The win saw Pune jump three places to the top of the league table with 22 points from 12 matches. They have a slender one-point lead over second placed Bengaluru FC while Chennaiyin FC are a further point away in third.

Jamshedpur remain at the fifth spot in the 10-team table with 16 points from 12 matches.


ISL: Jamshedpur beat Delhi with superb comeback

Jamshedpur, Jan 22: Jamshedpur FC staged a stunning comeback to edge out Delhi Dynamos FC 3-2 in an exciting Indian Super League (ISL) clash here on Sunday.

Kalu Uche (20th, 22nd minutes) struck twice in quick succession to give Delhi the upper hand.

But the hosts scored through Tiri (29th), Raju Yumnam (54th) and Matheus Trindade (86th) to clinch a well deserved victory.

Jamshedpur thus rose a couple of rungs to fifth on the league table with 16 points from 11 matches.

Delhi remain rooted to the bottom of the 10-team ladder with just seven points from 11 matches.


ISL: Jamshedpur snap Kerala’s unbeaten run

Jamshedpur, Jan 18: Jamshedpur FC snapped Kerala Blasters FC’s three-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Wednesday.

Jerry Mawhmingthanga (1st minute) and veteran striker Ashim Biswas (31st) scored first-half goals to ensure the hosts got back to winning ways after going down 1-2 to FC Goa in their previous match.

The visitors netted a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time through substitute Mark Sifneos (90+1).

This was Jamshedpur’s first win at home.

Courtesy the result, Jamshedpur moved a rung from eighth place to seventh with 13 points from 10 games while Kerala remained sixth with 14 points from 11 outings.

The hosts were at it from the word go with Jerry scoring the fastest goal of the tournament within the first 27 seconds.

Biswas’ initial attempt did not have enough power and fell to Jerry who pounced on the ball to slot home the Kerala goalkeeper and leave the visitors shell-shocked.

Kerala had their best chance to level things in the 21st minute but striker Iain Hume’s header was cleared off the line by Jamshedpur defender Raju Yumnam.

The home team then doubled their advantage one minute past the half-hour mark through Biswas who made the most off a melee inside the penalty area to get his name on the scoresheet.

Bikash Jairu’s initial cross was not met by Jerry and Kerala defender Sandesh Jhinghan failed to clear the danger leading to Biswas poking the ball in.

The second half remained barren with Kerala trying hard to break Jamshedpur’s defence but lacking teeth up front.

Kerala did score a late goal when substitute Mark Sifneos — who replaced Hume in the 78th minute — headed in from close but it was too little too late.